Collection ASM0064 - Clark Mixon Emery papers

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Clark Mixon Emery papers

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  • 1939-1981 (Creation)
  • 1948-1959 (Creation)

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5 Boxes

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Clark Mixon Emery was born in 1909 in Marysville, California. Receiving his PhD in literature, Clark taught at Oregon State, University of Indiana, and the University of Miami. Emery is a renowned Ezra Pound scholar, known for his 1958 monograph Ideas Into Action; A Study of Pound's Cantos.

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The Clark Mixon Emery Papers consists of materials regarding the 20th century modernist expatriate American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972).

A total of 53 letters and postcards by Ezra Pound addressed mostly to Emery written from September 4th, 1951 to August 1st, 1959 are held in this collection, predominantly written during Pound's stay in the St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was treated for mental illness until 1958. Some letters by his wife Dorothy are included as well. Most of the letters are typed, and about half are signed. Many of the letters concern Emery's work on his 1958 monograph Ideas Into Action; A Study of Pound's Cantos. In others Pound writes about his complacency in the hospital and his eagerness to depart, and discusses the work of Emery's student Ronald Perry. In addition to the letters the envelopes are preserved as well. Photocopies of the letters and envelopes are included in the collection.

Other correspondence held in the collection concerns Ezra Pound and his Cantos. These include letters from Pound's daughter, Mary de Rachewitz, to Emery; letters from Sheri Martinelli and Ronald Perry, also 20th century American poets, to Emery; a letter from Walton Brooks McDaniel, former teacher and friend of Pound, to Archie McNeal, former university librarian of the University of Miami Libraries, regarding Emery's work on Pound; and photocopies of other letters by Pound not addressed to Emery. Some of Ronald Perry's poetry, and two photographs of Sherri Martinelli's paintings of Ezra Pound, are included as well.

The other materials in the collection are as follows: essays by and about Pound from the 1950s; transcripts of broadcasts by Pound from December 7, 1941 to June 28, 1942; The Analyst, "A Guide to Ezra's Cantos"; a January 1948 issue of "Four Pages," regarding Pound's poetry; an "Ezra Pound for President" pamphlet; The Pound newsletter #1-#10 from January 1954 to April 1956; Strike periodical #1-3, #5-6, #8-10 from June 1955 to June 1956; Amagogic & Paideuminic Review #5-6 and an October 1959 issue; a 1952 typescript titled "Die Pisaner Gesänge" by Rainer M. Gerhardt; and other periodicals, newspapers, and clippings.

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In box 1, the folders containing correspondence from Ezra Pound are chronologically arranged.

In the inventory list, the names and descriptions of the folders for Pound's correspondence match the original titles by Clark Mixon Emery. Hence, some are written in first-person, for example: "Pound declines to read a thesis about him by a former student of mine [Clarke Emery] - R. Landini, I think."

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This collection is open for research.

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Clark Mixon Emery Papers Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

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  • English
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German

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See also Clark Mixon Emery's 1958 monograph Ideas Into Action; A Study of Pound's Cantos. The University of Miami Libraries has four holdings under the call number PS3531.O82 C285.

See also the Ronald Perry Poetry Collection (ASM0631).

The Pound letters sent to Emery were one of the items highlighted as one of the University of Miami's treasures in an online exhibit titled "Treasures of South Florida Libraries: A Celebration of Rare & Unique Materials" (linked below)

Information about related materials is available at http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=875

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