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Charles Plymell

1970 - 1979


Manuscript Collection Number: 457
Accessioned: Gift of Richard Aron, October 2002
Extent: .3 linear ft.
Content: Manuscripts
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: January 2003, by Kevin Burke

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Biographical Note

The American writer Charles Plymell was born in Holcomb, Kansas, in 1935. During the 1960s he lived in San Francisco and was associated with the Beat writers Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 1966, Plymell married Pamela Beach, a relative of Sylvia Beach, the owner of the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris and original publisher of Ulysses. In 1970 he received an M.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University. Plymell has been editor and publisher of Cherry Valley Editions, a small press in Cherry Valley, New York, since 1974. He has served as an instructor in English at a number of colleges and universities in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, and been involved in poets-in-the-schools programs in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and New York. Since 1963 Plymell has published fourteen books with a variety of small presses as well as contributed to several anthologies and periodical publications.

The collection of Charles Plymell manuscripts contains manuscripts for poems, fiction, and essays written by Charles Plymell during the 1970s, as well as a small number of manuscripts of the work of other poets.


Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2003. Retrieved January 14, 2003 from

Other information derived from the collection.

Related Collection:

Mss 456 Janine Pommy-Vega Manuscripts

Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

     Charles Plymell Manuscripts
F1   Poetry
     (56 items)
     Includes typed and autograph drafts of poems by Charles
     Plymell with corrections.

F2   Fiction
     Includes typed and autograph drafts of chapters for a “novel-

F4   Nonfiction
     Includes typed and autograph drafts of essays and letters.

     Other Authors’ Manuscripts

F5   Poetry
     (9 items)
     Includes six, unsigned poems by Janine Pommy-Vega from
     Journal of a Hermit & (published by Cherry Valley Editions),
     and others.

F6   Ray Bremser Manuscript
     Includes photocopied manuscript of Blowing Mouth/The Jazz
     Poems: 1958 – 1970, by Ray Bremser.

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