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Stephen Berg papers

Ms. Coll.1353

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Berg, Stephen, 1934-2014
Title:
Stephen Berg papers
Date [inclusive]:
1971-2014
Call Number:
Ms. Coll.1353
Extent:
3.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Stephen Berg was a Philadelphia born poet, professor, and editor who made that city his home for the majority of his career. A prolific writer and publisher, he was awarded several prizes throughout his lifetime including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, Pew Fellowship, PEN Translation Fellowship, and the Frank O'Hara Prize. This collection includes poetry manuscripts and published poetry collections by Berg, many of them in annotated typescript, proof, and published versions.
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Biography/History

Stephen Berg was a Philadelphia born poet, professor, and editor who made that city his home for the majority of his career. Born on August 2, 1934, he briefly attended the University of Pennsylvania in addition to other colleges before graduating from the University of Iowa in 1959.

He went on to co-found the American Poetry Review in 1972, based in Philadelphia, and continued on as editor until his death. He also taught at several area institutions including Temple University, Princeton University, Haverford College, and the University of the Arts.

A prolific writer and publisher, he was awarded several prizes throughout his lifetime including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, Pew Fellowship, PEN Translation Fellowship, and the Frank O'Hara Prize.

Berg was married to Millie Lane and had three daughters: Margot, Clair, and Emily. He died on June 12, 2014, after struggling with declining health due to a cancer diagnosis.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes poetry manuscripts and published poetry and nonfiction books by Stephen Berg. In some cases, such as the poetry collections Halo (1999),  In It (1986),  Oblivion (1995),  Porno Diva Numero Uno (2000),  With Akhmatova at the Black Gates (1981), and  X= (2002), the collection includes early typescript versions and proofs, often with the author’s annotations, as well as the final published version of each work. In others, such as  Crow with No Mouth (1989),  Cuckoo’s Blood (2007),  The Daughters (1971), and Here (2013), there is no published version included. In others, such as  The Elegy on Hats (2005),  New and Selected Poems (1992), and  The Poetry Does Not Matter (2010), only the published version is included.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by title of published work, with the drafts of a given work arranged chronologically. In some cases, such as various typescript versions of a given manuscript, the chronology can be difficult to pinpoint; in such cases, similar typescript versions have been placed together.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Clair Berg-Meyerowitz, 2016

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Translations (documents)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • American poetry--20th century
  • Poetry--20th century
  • Poets, American--20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Crazy Cloud Ikkyu, 2014.

Box Folder

Proofs, 2014.

1 1

Published version, 2014.

1 2

Crow with No Mouth, 1989.

Box Folder

lkkyu Sojun: a Zen monk and his poetry, by Sonja Arntzen (research for  Crow with No Mouth), 1974.

1 3

Proofs, 1989.

1 4

Master typescript.

1 5

Various typescript versions, 1989.

1 6-8

Cuckoo's Blood, 2007.

Box Folder

Proofs, 2007.

1 9-10

The Daughters, 1971.

Box Folder

Typescript, 1971.

1 11-12

Photocopied pages from published version, 1971.

1 13

The Elegy on Hats, 2005.

Box Folder

Published version, 2005.

1 14

Footnotes to an Unfinished Poem.

Box Folder

Various typescripts, 2001.

1 15

Published version, 2001.

1 16

Halo, 1998-2000.

Box Folder

Sovegnanos (early version of  Halo), 1998.

1 17

Typescript, 1998-1999.

1 18-20

Proofs, 1999.

1 21

Final proof, 2000.

1 22

Published version, 1999.

1 23

Here, 2013.

Box Folder

Various typescripts, 2013.

1 24

Proofs, 2013.

1 25

Homage to the Afterlife, 1991.

Box Folder

Proofs, 1991.

1 26

In It, 1986.

Box Folder

Various typescripts, 1986.

2 1

Proofs, 1986.

2 2-4

Photocopied pages from published version, 1986.

2 5

Published work, 1986.

2 6

Lovesong & Footnotes for an Unfinished Poem, 1995.

Box Folder

Various typescripts, 1995.

2 7

New and Selected Poems, 1992.

Box Folder

Published UK version, 1992.

2 8

Published US version, 1992.

2 9

Nothing in the Word: versions of Aztec poetry, 1972.

Box Folder

Typescript, 1972.

2 10

Oblivion, 1995.

Box Folder

Various typescripts, 1995.

2 11-12

Various typescripts and proof pages, 1995.

2 13

Various typescripts with jacket copy, 1995.

2 14

Author's proof, 1995.

2 15

Master proof set, 1995.

2 16

Page proof with jacket, 1995.

2 17

Published version, 1995.

2 18
Drawer Folder

Dust jacket and cover mock-up, 1995.

99

Other Tongues: poems in translation, circa 1969.

Box Folder

Proofs, circa 1969.

2 19

Other Tongues: versions.

Box Folder

Typescript, 1995, July.

2 20

The Poetry Does Not Matter, 2010.

Box Folder

Published version, 2010.

3 1

Porno Diva Numero Uno, 2000.

Box Folder

Typescript.

3 2-3

Proofs, 2000.

3 4

Published version.

3 5

Rimbaud: versions & inventions, 1993-2005.

Box Folder

Rimbaud, typescript, 1993 May.

3 6

Published version, 2005.

3 7

Shaving, 1998.

Box Folder

Typescript, 1998.

3 8

Published version, 1998.

3 9

Steam Rising from a Full Bowl of Rice: Zen master Dogen versions, 2013.

Box Folder

Published version, 2013.

3 10

The Steel Cricket, 1997.

Box Folder

Published version, 1997.

3 11

With Akhmatova at the Black Gates, 1980-1981.

Box Folder

photocopies of Akhmatova poems used as a basis for With Akhmatova at the Black Gates, 1980.

3 12

Poems by Akhmatova and variations by Berg, circa 1980.

3 13

Various poems by Berg later collected in the book, circa 1980.

3 14

Various typescripts, circa 1980.

3 15-17

Typescript with cover, 1980.

3 18

Proofs, 1980.

3 19

Corrected proofs, 1980.

3 20

Proofs, 1980.

4 1

Photocopied pages from published version, 1980.

4 2

Published version, 1981.

4 3

X=, 2000-2002.

Box Folder

Treatise on the Rainbow (early version of  X=), circa 2001.

4 4

Typescript, 2001.

4 5-7

Proofs, 2002 April 30.

4 8

Published version, 2002 .

4 9

58 Poems, 2013.

Box Folder

Published version, 2013.

4 10