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Richard Rubenstein Papers
MSS 0229  
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Description
Papers of Richard Rubenstein, American poet. The papers contain letters (1950-1958) to Rubenstein, letters his wife received after his death about his manuscripts, manuscripts, and a bound scrapbook of clippings and letters. His correspondence includes two letters from William Carlos Williams, numerous notes from small press publishers and several letters from admirers of his poetry. His writings include a typescript of his collected poems, short stories and miscellaneous poems. Also part of the collection is a typed excerpt of a TV interview entitled the "Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men," presented in January, 1959 by KETC, St. Louis.
Background
Born on January 2, 1922, Richard Rubenstein began his literary career in a local prep school when he won a poetry contest. Associated with the Beat Poets in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rubenstein worked to found and edit several small press poetry journals--NEUROTICA, first published in spring of 1948; INFERNO, in late 1949; and GRYPHON, in spring of 1950. In GRYPHON he published early works of Robert Creeley and Denise Levertov, as well as the established authors Henry Treece, D.H. Emblem. e.e. cummings, and Cid Corman. He himself published a small chapbook, BEER AND ANGELS, and produced a long manuscript of collected poems which went unpublished. Rubenstein's health deteriorated because of his long-standing nervous condition and the alcohol he drank to combat it. He died there on Yom Kippur in 1958.
Extent
0.40 linear feet (1 archives box and 1 oversize folder)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Collection is open for research.