Identification: MSS 099, F756
Creator: McClure, Michael.
Title: Michael McClure correspondence with Arthur and Kit Knight
Inclusive Dates: 1973–1981
Extent: 39 items
Abstract: Correspondence exchanged between American Beat poet Michael McClure and Arthur and Kit Knight.
Language: Materials entirely in English.
MSS 099, F756, Michael McClure correspondence with Arthur and Kit Knight, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.
Shelved in SPEC MSS 099
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Purchase, August 2005.
Processed by Karalee Kopreski, October 2005. Encoded by Anita Wellner, December 2007.
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San Francisco-based Beat poet and playwright Michael McClure was born in Marysville, Kansas, in 1932. His collections of poetry include Star (1970), September Blackberries (1974), Jaguar Skies (1975) and Antechamber (1978). McClure’s plays are in the avant-garde tradition and include The Beard (1965), Gargoyle Cartoons (1971), Gorf (1971) and Josephine: The Mouse Singer (1980). McClure received several honors and awards, including an Obie for Josephine: The Mouse Singer, the Pushcart Prize for Poetry (1991), and an award for lifetime achievement in poetry from the National Poetry Association (1993).
"Michael (Thomas) McClure." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC (accessed October 2005).
The Michael McClure correspondence with Arthur and Kit Knight contains 39 items spanning the dates 1973–1981. The collection includes letters from Arthur and Kit Knight to Michael McClure, as well as letters from McClure to the Knights. Arthur Knight, an author whose writing explores the work of the Beat poets, was also the editor of the unspeakable visions of the individual (TUVOTI) with his third wife, Glee, from 1971 until her death in 1975. He continued editing the unspeakable visions of the individual with his fourth wife, Tiffany Carolyn (“Kit”), from 1976–1988. The letters contain discussions of Beat publications, upcoming editions ofthe unspeakable visions of the individual, and critical commentary on art and literature. The letters primarily convey an intellectual and professional relationship, although they also contain hints of a more personal relationship as well. It should be noted that the letters before 1975 are from Arthur and Glee Knight, whereas the letters after 1975 are from Arthur and Kit (his fourth wife, Tiffany Carolyn). One undated letter from McClure can be dated to before 1975 since it is addressed to Arthur and Glee.
Michael McClure correspondence with Arthur and Kit Knight , 1973–1981 [Box 49 F756]
The collection is arranged in two small groups; letters from the Knights to McClure and letters from McClure to the Knights. Both small groups are arranged chronologically. Four letters, 1973–1975, are from Arthur and Glee Knight to McClure.