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Marshall (Jack) papers
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Correspondence and writings of American poet Jack Marshall spanning the latter half of the twentieth century.
The child of an Iraqi-Jewish father and Syrian-Jewish mother, Jack Marshall grew up in an Arabic-speaking Mizrahi Jewish home–an experience he wrote about in his memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn: Growing Up in a Jewish-Arabic Family in Midcentury America (Coffee House Press, 2005). After graduating from Brooklyn College, where he studied literature, Marshall took a series of jobs, including working on a Norwegian merchant ship, managing a clothing store, and working as a longshoreman in the late 1950s. Marshall was active in the Lower East Side poetry scene centered around the 10th Street Coffee House in the first part of the 1960s. He published his first volume of poetry, The Darkest Continent, in 1967.
10.5 Linear Feet (23 manuscript boxes and 4 half manuscript boxes)
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