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Linda Oppen Mourelatos Correspondence
MSS 0033  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Related Materials

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Linda Oppen Mourelatos Correspondence
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0033
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Languages: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot (3 archives boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1982
    Abstract: The papers of Linda Oppen Mourelatos, daughter of the Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary. Of particular importance is the correspondence between Oppen and her parents; 3 folders of typescript poetry by George Oppen; and 8 folders of material by Mary Oppen, including 6 folders of a typescript for her autobiography MEANING A LIFE. The papers are arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS and 3) MISCELLANY.
    Creator: Mourelatos, Linda Oppen, 1940-

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence of Linda Oppen Mourelatos, daughter of the Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary. Of particular importance is the correspondence between Oppen and her parents; 3 folders of typescript poetry by George Oppen; and 8 folders of material by Mary Oppen, including 6 folders of a typescript for her autobiography MEANING A LIFE.
    The papers are arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS and 3) MISCELLANY.
    1) CORRESPONDENCE is the largest series in the collection. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Most of the letters in this series are those of George Oppen to Linda Oppen.
    2) WRITINGS contains no written material by Linda Oppen. Of special note in this series, besides the manuscripts of George Oppen, are typescripts of Mary Oppen's autobiography MEANING A LIFE.

    Biography

    Linda Oppen Mourelatos, daughter of Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary, was born 7 May 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. For the next six years the Oppen family lived on Long Island and in Detroit, eventually settling in Redondo Beach, California, where they lived for four years. From Autumn 1950 to Spring 1958 Linda attended the American School in Mexico City. She then entered Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y., in Autumn 1958, and graduated with a BA. in Spring 1962.
    On June 12, 1962 Linda married Alex Mourelatos, then a graduate student in philosophy at Yale. In Autumn 1962 she entered the Yale Medical School. She discontinued her studies in 1964 while on a leave of absence with Alex, who was then a Post-doctoral Fellow at The University of Wisconsin at Madison's Institute for Research in the Humanities.
    From 1965 to the present Linda and Alex Mourelatos have travelled extensively, in conjunction with Alex's teaching career, including lengthy stays in West Germany; Washington, D.C.; Princeton, N.J.; Canberra, Australia; and Cambridge, Britain. Their permanent residence during this period has been Austin, Texas, where Alex teaches in the Philosophy Department of The University of Texas, and where Linda Oppen has been active in equestrian training and showing.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Linda Oppen Mourelatos Correspondence, MSS 0033. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired, 1985.

    Related Materials

    George Oppen Papers (MSS 0016) and the June Oppen Degnan Papers (MSS 0017), Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Degnan, June Oppen -- Correspondence
    Mourelatos, Alexander P.D., 1936- -- Correspondence
    Mourelatos, Linda Oppen, 1940- -- Archives
    Oppen, George -- Correspondence
    Oppen, Mary, 1908-1990 -- Correspondence
    American poetry--20th century