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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1982

Monroe Engel letters from Marianne Moore and Charles Olson


Letters from the American poets Marianne Moore and Charles Olson to the American writer Monroe Engel primarily concerning their writing.


  • 1947-1962

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Moore's 34 letters, 1950-1954, to Engel concern the editing and publishing of her work, particularly her translations of the Fables of La Fontaine. Olson's 41 letters discuss both personal and professional matters. Also includes poems by Olson that were sent with his letters.

Biographical / Historical

Engel, a novelist and English professor, was an editor at Viking Press (1947-1951). Moore and Olson were American poets.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

78M-33. Deposited by Monroe Engel, 17 Hilliard Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; received: 1979 May 15; gift 1989 April.

Engel, Monroe, recipient. Monroe Engel letters from Marianne Moore and Charles Olson, 1947-1962: Guide.
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