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Donald Justice Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 191
Accessioned: Purchases, 1982-1998.
Extent: 10 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, poems, essays, reviews, stories, lectures, interviews, clippings, photographs, plays, librettos, contracts, books, programs, journals, calendars, thesis, dissertation, translations, proofs, posters, identification cards, transcripts, scrapbooks, certificates, royalty statements, broadsides, slides, and sheet music.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1998 by Anita A. Wellner.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
- Series IV.1. Personal and literary correspondence, 1936-1997
- Series IV.2. Business correspondence, 1942-1996
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7 Series IV. Personal and professional correspondence, 1936-1997 Includes literary, personal, and business correspondence. See also Series I for correspondence related to the publication of particular books. The material in each subseries is arranged alphabetically by name or organization and then chronologically within folders. Series IV.1. Personal and literary correspondence, 1936-1997 Bell, Marvin, 1969-1987 Poet and teacher Marvin Bell was a close friend of Justice. Includes typescript poems by Bell and letters from others. In his forty letters he discusses writing, teaching, the Creative Writing Program at the University of Iowa, travels, poetry readings, and offers Justice feedback on his poems. F280 1969-1971 F281 1972-1979 F282 1980-1981 F283 1982-1987 F284 Berryman, John, 1954-1955 Includes three letters to Justice, which mention his work and Justice's poems, as well as a copy of his letter of recommendation for Justice. F285 Bly, Robert, 1973-1994 Includes two letters and three typescript poems written by Bly. Booth, Philip, 1965-1986 Poet Booth, who taught with Justice at Syracuse, writes regarding teaching, his family, Justice's poetry, and his own poems. Includes thirty-four letters, six typescript poems written by Booth, and several photograph postcards. F286 1965-1972 F287 1973-1986 F288 Bowers, Edgar, 1956-1996 Includes seven letters. F289 Caetani, Marguerite, 1955-1957 Three letters from the editor of Botteghe Oscur regarding possible publication of Justice's poems. F290 Carlile, Henry, [1981 Nov 13] Postcard from Carlile and Sandy McPherson. F291 Carver, Ray, 1978 Sep 7 One letter. F292 Cole, Henri, 1994-1995 Two letters. F293 Cooper, Jane, 1979-1995 Three letters. F294 Coulette, Henri, 1972-1987 Eight letters discussing his health, family, his and Justice's poetry, and travels. See also Justice's letters to Coulette (F322-329), an Justice's article on Coulette's poetry (F266), and "Poems from letters written to Henri Coulette" (F28). F295 Dickey, James, 1962 Oct 28 One letter regarding teaching. F296 Donovan, Laurence, 1994-1995 Poet and printmaker Laurence Donovan is an "old Miami friend" of Justice. The nine letters discuss travels, his work, friends, and include sixteen photographs and a clipping. F297 Duncan, Harry, 1964-1978 Four letters concerning a 1964 book of French translations, his poetry, and family. F298 Eberhart, Richard, 1984 Apr 27 One letter concerning Yaddo. F299 Engle, Paul, 1956-1987 Eleven letters regarding the 1986 Iowa Creative Writing Workshop reunion, getting poetry published, Justice's The Sunset Maker, and the "postface" (typescript included) for Contemporary French Poetry. Includes Engle's broadside poem, "Heartland." F300 Feldman, Irving, 1976 Two letters concerning poetry readings and praising Departures. F301 Fitzgerald, Robert, 1977 One letter. F302 Fussell, Paul, 1979 Feb 2 One letter. 7 Series IV. Personal and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series IV.1. Personal and literary correspondence (cont'd) Gioia, Dana, 1985-1996 Forty-two letters regarding his job at General Foods, his poetry, contemporary poets, mutual friends, Weldon Kees, Justice's poetry and painting, music, travels, his interview with Justice, and Diane Wakoski. Includes two photographs of Justice with Gioia and one of Gioia and his new baby. Also includes poems by Gioia, articles and clippings, a copy of his introduction to a Weldon Kees volume, and a list of possible poems for Justice's New and Selected Poems (with Gioia's comments). See also Gioia's interview with Justice (F477). F303 1985-1986 F304 1987 F305 1990-1996 F306 Glaser, Elton, 1995-1996 Six letters regarding their joint poetry reading at the University of New Orleans and a request for Justice to judge the 1996 Akron Poetry Prize contest. F307 Gross, Harvey, 1977-1978 Four letters concerning Justice's essay on poetic meter for The Structure of Verse, co-edited by Gross. F308 Haffenden, John, 1956-1987 Four letters requesting information regarding John Berryman for Haffenden's biography of Berryman. Hall, Donald, 1956-1987 Thirty letters discuss Hall's writing, publication and reviews, arranging a reading for Justice at the University of Michigan, other poets, being labeled a "conservative" poet, editing Platonic Scripts, and Justice's contributions for New Poets of England and America (edited by Hall, Robert Pack, and Louis Simpson). Includes galley proofs of Justice's poems for New Poets of England and America and a permission sheet. F309 1956-1978 F310 1981-1983 F311 1985-1987 Halpern, Daniel, 1977-1982 Twenty-eight letters discussing Justice's works published in Antaeus, mutual friends, his work, and travels. Includes postcards from his travels in Morocco and Europe, as well as a list of topics for a book on Wallace Stevens. F312 1977 F313 1978-1981 F314 1982-1983 F315 Higgins, Thomas, 1969 Nov 17 One letter from the subject of Justice's poem, "Variations for the Piano." F316 Hirsch, Edward, 1986 Two letters regarding Justice's poetry and a poetry reading. F317 Hirschman, Jack, [1960 Jan 14] One letter regarding Weldon Kees and Justice's poetry. F318 Hollander, John, 1996 Feb 20 One letter concerning Justice's New and Selected Poems. F319 Howard, Richard, 1971-1977 Four letters regarding Justice's poetry. F320 Irving, John, 1976-1996 Four letters discussing his life in Vermont, readings, his novels, Cider House Rules and Trying to Save Piggy Sneed. Includes a flyer which attributes poems written by Justice to Irving. F321 Jarman, Mark, 1994 Two letters regarding Justice's books, plus a copy of the journal, Pequod (1984), in which Jarman's article, "Ironic Elegies: the Poetry of Donald Justice," appears. 7 Series IV. Personal and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series IV.1. Personal and literary correspondence (cont'd) Justice, Donald Letters to Henri Coulette, 1959-1988 In over 110 letters, Justice discusses the Iowa Creative Writing Program, his poetry, health, family, the Ford award, writing plays, mutual friends, travels, teaching, readings, as well as critiqued poems written by Coulette. Includes copies of his poems with extensive notes by Justice, two envelopes with a photograph of Justice used as a seal, and a letter to Coulette from Harry E. Maule. See also Coulette's letters to Justice (F294 and F28). F322 1959-1962 F323 1963-1964 F324 1965-1968 F325 1969-1978 F326 1979-1982 F327 1983-1985 F328 1986-1988 F329 Letter to Mr. Torgersen, 1982 Oct 3 Draft letter disputing Torgersen's review in American Poetry Review. F330 Letter to Mary Ethel Justice (mother), [1936-1937?] Letters to Jean and Nat Justice (wife and son), 1960-1976 Twenty-eight letters written to his family during his travels for poetry readings, summer teaching jobs, stays at the MacDowell Colony, and during a 1976 trip to England with Henri Coulette. Affectionate letters in which he discussed his travels, life in England, teaching and reading experiences, his health, and movies. Includes three poems, a program, and a receipt. F331 1960-1967 F332 1968-1976 F333 "Correspondence Diary," 1990-1993 Aug One spiral-bound notebook in which Justice listed and numbered all letters written between 1990 and 1993. Includes name of recipient, dates, a brief line about the letter's contents, and lists enclosures. F334 "Copy to all who took the recent M.F.A. Examination," [1970s] Mimeograph copy of a letter from Justice to University of Iowa graduate students regarding the poor writing displayed on recent M.F.A. examinations. F335 "Notebook of lectures and certain business correspondence," 1990-1991 Legal-size notepad containing drafts of letters to Patrick Dillon (Atheneum), Claudia Johnson, Belle Randall, Ken Fields, Joseph Parisi, Miller Williams, Paul Elledge (re: Mark Jarman), Joseph Dermant, Dana Gioia, Eric Parker, plus letters of reference for Leon Stokesbury, Jeff Franklin, and Lewis Turco. Also includes lists of addresses, notes for library research, an outline for a course on poetry, and a letter regarding personal investments. The notepad also includes notes for a reading and notes for a lecture at Breadloaf in 1990. 36 pp. F336 Drafts of letters, 1991-1992 Loose pages of autograph drafts of letters to Elise Pascher, Jane Jones, Charles Martin, Robert Pack, Stephen Robitaillo, Scott Jones, Charles Wright, Dee Clark, Steve Kunsisto, Matthew Graham, Henry Carlile, Vern Rutsala, Ed London, W. D. Snodgrass, Harry Ford, Richard Frost, Harriet Mosher, Gregory Smith, Melissa Hammerle, Lewis Turco, Sidney Berger, and others. Also includes a 1991 update to Justice's resume and a letter of reference for Peter Klappert. 32 pp. F337 Drafts of letters, 1991-1992 Standard-size notepad, with some loose pages inserted, containing drafts of recommendations for Robert Mezey, Dana Gioia, Gail Shepherd, Padgett Powell, William Logan, Eric Parker, as well as a letter regarding Breadloaf. Also includes five pages of revisions for Dana Gioia's interview (F477) of Justice (published in a 1995 issue of American Poetry Review) and four pages of notes related to research for a course on poetry. F338 Drafts of letters,  Standard-size notepad with autograph drafts of letters to Kate Hensler, Paul Mariani, and others. 6 pp. F339 Drafts of letters, 1994 Standard-size notepad (plus a few pages laid in) with autograph drafts of letters to Willis Regier, T. McFarland, Donald Hall, Harry Ford, Walter Martin, William Logan, Robert Pack, and others. Also includes letters of recommendation for Carol Frost, Debora Gregor, Bill Young, Ginny MacKenzie, Steve Kronen, and Offitt. Also includes paragraphs reviewing books by Richard Russo, Stuart Dybek, and Andre Dubris III. 33 pp. F340 Drafts of letters, 1995 Standard-size notepad which contains drafts of letters to Stephen Foster, Catherine Davis, Hualing Engle, Edgar Bower, James Reidel, and others. Also includes a list of names and addresses. F341 Drafts of letters,  Standard-size notepad containing autograph drafts of letters to Glenna Nowell, Danny Smith, Mark Melnicove, Robert Farnsworth, Peter Jay, and others. Also includes a list of expenses for a trip to New England. F342 Kronen, Steve, 1995 Aug 6 One card celebrating Justice's seventieth birthday. F343 Lang, Daniel, 1994 Sep 27 One letter regarding his establishment of an art school in Italy for the University of Tulsa. Levine, Philip, 1970-1982 Sixteen letters discussing John Berryman, mutual friends (Mezey, Bell), his readings, Yaddo, other poets, Atheneum, get-togethers with Justice, and academic department politics. F344 1970-1972 F345 1973, 1982 8 Series IV. Personal and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series IV.1. Personal and literary correspondence (cont'd) F346 Logan, John, 1954 Nov 27 One letter regarding Justice's poetry. Logan, William, 1985-1995 Thirty-three letters regarding his current writing projects, faculty life, book reviews, other poets, readings, his sabbatical in England, his personal life and family. Includes poems by Logan, newspaper clippings and programs from England, and photocopies of letters to others. F347 1985 May-Jul F348 1985 Aug-Nov F349 1986-1987 F350 1994-1995 F351 London, Ed, 1980 Mar 18 One card from this composer who collaborated with Justice on Death of Lincoln. F352 Mariani, Paul, 1987-1996 Three letters regarding his writing, audio cassette tapes featuring Jerome Mazzaro, Harte Crane, and Justice's New and Selected Poems. F353 Martin, Walter, 1994 Two letters regarding Justice's poems. F354 McAfie, Thomas, [1956 Dec 12] One Christmas greeting from a writer who was Justice's colleague at the University of Missouri. F355 McCain, Murray, 1957-1958 Two letters from Justice's undergraduate roommate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Fall 1944). F356 Meredith, William, [1967 Dec 19] One thank you note with Meredith's poem, "In the Canyon." F357 Merker, K. K., 1964 August 27 One letter regarding publishing translations by Justice. Mezey, Robert, 1976-1997 These eighty-one letters from Justice's long-time friend and fellow poet include information regarding Mezey's writing, Justice's poetry, a long-distance chess game between them, his family, travels, students, struggle with depression, the death of Jim Wright, mutual friends, and other poets. Mezey has enclosed clippings, typescript poems, and a typescript of his Seamus Heaney review. F358 1976-1978 F359 1979 F360 1980 F361 1981-1982 F362 1986-1988 F363 1993-1994 F364 1995 Jan-Jul F365 1995 Aug-Dec F366 1996-1997 F367 Murphy, Richard, 1976-1986 Three letters regarding England, the University of Iowa, readings, U. S. university teaching jobs, and Sri Lanka and the Tamils. F368 Nims, John Frederick, 1994 Dec 7 One letter regarding Yugen. 8 Series IV. Personal and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series IV.1. Personal and literary correspondence (cont'd) F369 O'Donnell, George Marion, 1943 Three letters from the first poet with whom Justice was acquainted. O'Donnell's letters discuss Justice's poems, his own writing, the job of a poet, and thoughts on public recognition of poets or the lack thereof. F370 Offutt, Chris, 1994 Two letters (with enclosed resume and typescript poems) regarding mutual friends, his family, and writing a novel. F371 O'Gorman, Ned, 1979 Two letters requesting Justice's reflections on Allen Tate for a biography O'Gorman is writing. F372 Pack, Robert, 1991 Aug 31 One letter regarding the future of the Breadloaf conference. F373 Peich, Michael, 1990 Two letters regarding his printing of a poem written by Justice and Mezey titled "Starkweather Ballad." Includes a typescript page regarding the creation of the poem, with Justice's revisions and a note from Mezey. F374 Plumly, Stanley, 1976-1982 Nine letters mentioning readings, travels, teaching at Princeton, Marvin Bell, and poetry by Justice or himself. F375 Ramsey, Paul, [n.d.] One letter written to Mrs. Jean Justice regarding teaching and his family. F376 Randall, Belle, [1991 Dec 16] One letter regarding publishing a poem by Justice. F377 Ruggles, Carl, 1943 Two letters from this American composer, with whom Justice studied music composition, critiquing musical scores by Justice. F378 Schmitt, Peter, 1991 Jan 31 One thank you card. F379 Schulman, Grace, 1986 Mar 14 One letter praising Justice's translations of Rilke poems. F380 Simon, Maurya, 1996 Mar 19 One card complimenting Justice's linocuts and his reading at Pomona, CA. F381 Smith, Dave, 1976-1981 Four letters regarding working with Justice at the University of Florida. F382 Snodgrass, W. D., 1994 Jun 11 One letter regarding Helmut Goebbels, his writing and his Erieville home. F383 Sollberger, Harvey, 1967-1968 Three letters requesting permission to write a musical score based on Justice's poem, "To the Hawks." F384 Spender, Stephen, 1977 Jan 14 One letter regarding Departures and meeting Justice in Iowa City. F385 Spires, Elizabeth, 1995 One letter regarding Justice's poetry and her Worldling. F386 Starbuck, George, 1965-1971 Six letters regarding readings and teaching at the University of Iowa. Stern, Richard, 1951-1995 Forty-eight letters from poet Stern discussing plays in New York, his teaching, travels, writing a novel, and his poetry, as well as critiquing poems by Justice. He mentions Marianne Moore, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, and John Berryman. Enclosed are a few poems, letters from others, and a 1955 letter offering Justice a teaching position at the University of Chicago. Also includes one letter from Gay Stern. F387 1951-1955 F388 1956 F389 1957-1962 F390 1964 F391 1986 F392 1987 F393 1988-1995 8 Series IV. Personal and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series IV.1. Personal and literary correspondence (cont'd) Strand, Mark, 1964-1995 One hundred and thirty-four letters from poet Strand discussing his travels, teaching, poetry, anthologies, the Iowa Workshop, other poets, his family, Justice's poems and paintings, readings, buying land in Nova Scotia, gambling, and mutual friends. Enclosed are typescripts or photocopies of poems by Stern, autograph notes on a play, a page of doodles by Strand, and a copy of Strand's 1978 satire, "The Presidential Resignation." F394 1964-1965 F395 1966 F396 1967-1970 F397 1971 F398 1972 Jan-Jul F399 1972 Aug-Dec F400 1973 F401 1974-1976 F402 1977-1978 F403 1979-1984 F404 1985-1987 F405 1989-1995 and [n.d.] F406 Taylor, Peter, 1948-1994 Three letters regarding Justice's poems, jobs, and recommending students for the Iowa Workshop. Turco, Lewis, 1964 and 1986-1995 Thirteen letters from poet Turco discussing mutual friends, translations, teaching at Hillsdale, and writing. Enclosed are clippings and reviews by Turco. One letter is written on the verso of a broadside of Turco's poem, "Oswego" (1988). F407 1964 F408 1986-1995 F409 Twichell, Chase, 1979 Mar 9 One letter regarding jobs and gambling. F410 Vendler, Helen, 1980 Two letters praising Justice's Selected Poems. F411 Voigt, Ellen, 1995 One thank you card. F412 Weiss, Theodore Russell, 1976 Oct 24 One letter regarding Princeton and a mutual friend. F413 Williams, Miller, 1976-1986 Five letters regarding readings, travels, and acknowledging Justice's praise for his book. F414 Winters, Yvor, 1954 Two letters responding to Justice's review of his book and regarding students who imitate his poetry. F415 Wiseman, Christopher, 1994-1996 Six letters regarding teaching, writing, and readings in England. Enclosed is a Thomas Hardy program. F416 Wormser, Baron, 1985-1988 Fourteen letters (plus one article) regarding art, Francis Bacon, his poetry, and reviewing The Sunset Maker. Wright, Charles, 1965-1995 One hundred and thirty letters from poet and long-time friend Charles Wright, in which he discusses his poetry, his wife (artist Holly McIntire), teaching, his health, awards, travels, California poets, the University of Virginia, and the Iowa Workshop. Includes typescript poems and an essay by Wright. F417 1965-1966 F418 1967-1970 F419 1971 F420 1972-1973 F421 1974-1976 F422 1977 F423 1978-1979 F424 1980-1982 F425 1983-1984 F426 1985-1986 F427 1987-1995 F428 Wright, Franz, 1982-1996 Letters from the son of James Wright in which he discusses his health, poetry, and appreciation for Justice's encouragement. Includes poems by Franz Wright. F429 Wright, Stuart, [1987 Feb 2] One letter regarding Justice's papers. 9 Series IV. Personal and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series IV.2. Business correspondence, 1942-1996 Arranged alphabetically by publisher, organization, or company and then chronologically within folders. The series includes one folder of miscellaneous business correspondence which is filed at the end. F430 The Academy of American Poets, 1974-1987 Three letters (two from Henri Cole) regarding readings for the Academy and a "Poets' Salute to Harry Ford," plus a tax receipt. F431 American Poetry Review, 1976-1983 Most of the nine letters are with editor Arthur Vogelsang, regarding Justice's submissions or requests for permissions. F432 Antaeus/Ecco Press, 1984-1988 Three letters, two from Daniel Halpern, regarding publication of Justice's poems. F433 Anvil Press, 1976-1985 Twenty-five letters regarding Anvil Press's British publication of Selected Poems. Includes royalty statements, copies of reviews, and advertisements for the book. Most of the letters are from Peter Jay and include personal information regarding Jay's family and own writing, plus several poems written by Jay. See also Antheneum Press for related correspondence (F434-441). Atheneum/Macmillan Atheneum merged into Macmillan in June of 1984. Most of the correspondence is between editor Harry Ford and Justice, and includes the original letters written by Justice to Ford. Their discussions center on Atheneum's publication of Departures (1973), Selected Poems (1979), and The Sunset Maker (1987). Correspondence, 1972-1992 F434 1972-1975 F435 1976-1978 F436 1979 F437 1980 F438 1981-1983 F439 1984-1986 F440 1987-1989 F441 1990-1992 F442 Royalty statements, 1974-1992 Includes check stubs, Justice's completed author's questionnaire, and statements. F443 Atlantic, 1983-1986 Three letters from poetry editor Peter Davison. F444 British Broadcasting Corporation, 1959 Three letters requesting permission to broadcast a BBC "Third Programme" which would include the poetry of Justice and other young American poets (1959 Jul 5). F445 The Georgia Review, 1982 Jan 31 Justice letter regarding a review by Stitt. F446 Harper's Magazine, 1958-1959 Four letters, including three from R. B. Silver, regarding the publication of Justice's poems in 1959. F447 Houghton Mifflin Company, 1987-1990 Letters from Al Poulin and Peter Davison regarding Contemporary American Poetry. F448 Hudson River Press/Hawk's Well Press, 1958-1959 Eighteen letters from Jerome Dennis Rothenberg regarding the publication of Justice's poetry. The press had a contract to publish Summer Anniversaries, but because of press problems, Justice was amicably released from the contract and the book was published by Wesleyan. Rothenberg nominated Justice for the Lamont Prize. Enclosed is volume one of Poems From the Floating World. F449 The Iowa Review, 1982-1986 Twelve letters with editor Dave Hamilton regarding "Notes of an Outsider." F450 Libraries, 1958-1982 Letters from libraries at the University of Buffalo, Weslyan University, University of Florida, and the Pierpont Morgan Library regarding lectures or donations of manuscripts by Justice. F451 The New Criterion, 1984-1995 Twenty-one letters from Robert Richman regarding publication of Justice's poems, with copies of letters from Philip Levine and Fellowes. F452 The New Yorker, 1956-1994 Eighteen letters from editors Howard Moss, Alice Quinn, or Charles McGrath, regarding the copyrights, acceptance, rejection, and/or publication of Justice's poems. Some letters include Justice's typescript poems, which bear editor's notations. Check stubs and fan letters are also included. 9 Series IV. Personal and professional correspondence (cont'd) Series IV.2. Business correspondence (cont'd) F453 Poetry, 1942-1986 Eight letters from Karl Shapiro, Henry Rago, or John Frederick Nims regarding publication of Justice's poems and the Inez Boulton Prize in 1960. Also includes a group of three early rejection notices (1942-1943) from Poetry, American Mercury, and The Atlantic Monthly, all pasted to one sheet. F454 Princeton University, 1974 Two letters from Carlos Baker regarding Justice's engagement as the Bain-Swiggett Lecturer in the Spring of 1976. F455 The Southern Review, 1994-1995 Four letters regarding publication or copyright of Justice's poetry and the inclusion of his poetry in Pushcart Press XX. F456 University of Iowa, 1976 Two letters from John Leggett regarding Justice's leave of absence for a Guggenheim Fellowship. University of Michigan Press, 1967-1993 Includes correspondence, contract, royalty statements, check stubs, and income tax records. The press published Platonic Scripts, Contemporary French Poetry, and Poets on Poetry, to which Justice contributed. Also includes reviews of Contemporary French Poetry. Correspondence F457 1966-1982 F458 1983-1988 F459 Royalty statements and financial papers, 1965-1993 Wesleyan University Press, 1959-1990 Wesleyan University Press, which later merged with the University Press of New England, published Summer Anniversaries and Night Light. Some Wesleyan correspondence is present in the series for those books. Includes correspondence, royalty statements, copies of checks, and tax forms. The correspondence primarily covers publication details, such as permissions, contracts, proof pages, publicity, and readings. Information about the Lamont Prize and plagiarism of Justice's poems is also present. Correspondence, 1959-1994 F460 1959-1960 F461 1961-1965 F462 1966-1968 F463 1969-1994 and [n.d.] Royalty reports, 1961-1990 F464 1961-1975 F465 1976-1985 F466 1986-1990 F467 Miscellaneous business correspondence, 1948-1996 Arranged in chronological order, this folder of correspondence includes eighteen letters from various magazines, journals, and organizations. Magazine and journals include Mademoiselle, The Paris Review, New York Times Review of Books, The Formalist, The New England Review, Nation, The Statesman, and North American Review. Most of the letters discuss publication of Justice's poems. Includes a typescript of Justice's poem, "Doom Poem (To the Hawks)" and letters from Hayden Carruth, Grace Schulman, Paul Carroll, and Donald Hall.
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