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Title: Henri Coulette Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1955-1990
Extent: Number of containers: 14 boxes and 1 oversize folder
The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
This collection was purchased from the Henri Coulette estate (accession number 1881) on
August 15, 1995.
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[Identification of item], Henri Coulette Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino,
- 1. Henri Coulette was in the habit of writing on every available piece of
paper, consequently his handwriting can be found throughout the collection.
- 2. Poems - The poems are filed by title, or first line when untitled. If
there is more than one poem on a page, it is filed by the first poem.
- 3. Poems - Versions of the same poem appear throughout the notebooks,
groups of poems, single poems, and book length poems. They have not all been
cataloged separately in each form.
- 4. Poems - In boxes 7 and 8 nearly all the poems exist in multiple drafts.
Henri Anthony Coulette was born in Los Angeles, California on November 11, 1927. He
received his B.A. from Los Angeles State College (now California State University, Los
Angeles) in 1952, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1954 and his PhD from Iowa in
1959. Coulette taught high school English, was an instructor in the University of Iowa
writer's workshop (1957-1959), and for most of his career, was a professor of English at
California State University, Los Angeles (1959-1988). Coulette published
of the Secret Agents,
his first book of verse in 1965 and his second,
in 1971. He contributed to
New Poets of England and
The Attic, (1959);
(1960). Coulette served as the editor for
The Unstrung Lyre:
Interviews with Fourteen Poets
(1965). Coulette also contributed to
New Yorker, and
Hudson Review. Coulette's
first book of verse,
The War of the Secret Agents, was awarded the James
D. Phelan Foundation award (given each year to a California artist) and the Lamont Poetry
Prize for the best first volume of poetry published in America in 1965. Coulette was
named Cal State L.A.'s Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1970 and in 1976 was awarded
a John Simon Guggenheim memorial fellowship. Coulette was best known for his
traditionally metered poetry and as an educator, editor, and poet. Coulette died of
apparent heart failure on March 26, 1988.
Indexing: Form and Genre Terms
Manuscripts for publication
A volume of poems by Henri Coulette was transferred from the Manuscript Department to the
Rare Books Department on April 13, 1998:
The Family Goldschimitt,by Henri Coulette, (New York: Scribner's, 1971).
Vols 65-68. ed. Jane A. Bowden (Detroit: Gale Research Comapny, 1977), p. 142.
Vol 125. eds. Hal May and Susan M. Trosky (Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1989), p. 74.
New Revision Series, Vol 14. ed. Linda Metzger (Detriot: Gale Research Company, 1985), p. 110.
Los Angeles Times,
Obituaries, 1988, Apr. 14.