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Guide to the Harry Paul Taylor Papers, 1975-1982

Abstract

This collection contains a variety of items including variant manuscripts of the 79 poems included in Harry Paul Taylor's book, IMAGERY IN POETRY. There are notes of ideas he incorporated into the poems, revisions, and some layout instruction. One folder contains a brief biographical sketch and a review in which Taylor explains how his poetry is written, what his poetical theories are, and what he hopes to accomplish. There are other poems, letters from Dr. Jay B. Hubbell to Taylor; and other correspondence and clippings concerning Allan Halladay and Gustave Whitehead. There is also an autographed copy of a book about Whitehead, HISTORY BY CONTRACT: BEGINNING OF MOTORIZED AVIATION by William J. O'Dwyer and Stella Randolph. There are three versions of SPACE AGE POETRY and a number of other poems on miscellaneous subjects. Included also is the volume A LIFE SCENARIO WITH ARTIST ANTONIO CIRINO by Charles Movalli, poetized by Taylor; and typescript copies of "The Lady of Liberty." This collection is a part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Harry Paul Taylor papers
Creator
Taylor, Harry Paul, 1908-
Extent
3.7 linear feet, 8 boxes, 530 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains a variety of items of the American poet Harry Paul Taylor including variant manuscripts of the 79 poems included in his book, IMAGERY IN POETRY. There are notes of ideas he incorporated into the poems, revisions, and some layout instruction. One folder contains a brief biographical sketch and a review in which Taylor explains how his poetry is written, what his poetical theories are, and what he hopes to accomplish.

There are other poems, letters from Dr. Jay B. Hubbell to Taylor; and other correspondence and clippings concerning Allan Halladay and Gustave Whitehead. There is also an autographed copy of a book about Whitehead, HISTORY BY CONTRACT: BEGINNING OF MOTORIZED AVIATION by William J. O'Dwyer and Stella Randolph. There are three versions of SPACE AGE POETRY and a number of other poems on miscellaneous subjects. Included also is the volume A LIFE SCENARIO WITH ARTIST ANTONIO CIRINO by Charles Movalli, poetized by Taylor; and typescript copies of "The Lady of Liberty."

A later addition to the collection (2008-0176) (10 items, 0.2 lin. ft.; dated 1976-1979) contains Taylor's letters to professor Ben Powell. Attached to the letters are proofs and marketing materials for IMAGERY IN POETRY, as well as a history of his poetry that included samples of the works he mentioned.

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Contents of the Collection

Writings: Imagery in Poetry, undated
Box 1
Writings: Imagery in Poetry, undated
Box 2
Writings: Imagery in Poetry, undated
Box 3
Correspondence, undated
Box 4
Writings: Jay Broadus Howell, undated
Box 4
Writings: Symphony..., undated
Box 4
Writings: We Were First, undated
Box 4
Writings: A Life Scenario, undated
Box 4
Writings: Misc.
Box 5
Writings: Misc.
Box 6
Writings: Space Age Poetry, undated
Box 7
Letters, 1976-1979
Box 08/176-1

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harry Paul Taylor Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Harry Paul Taylor Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1977, 1979, 1981, and 1983.