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  • Title: Jack Hirschman papers
    Collection number: 0158
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet 3 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1962-1982
    Abstract: Manuscripts of Hirschman's (b.1933) Requiem and Hunger; typescript translations of Russian writer Alexander Kohan; Bukowski ephemera.
    General Physical Description note: All materials are in good condition, with some items, like the Bukowski special editions, in mint condition.
    creator: Hirschman, Jack, 1933-

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Jack Hirschman papers, Collection no. 0158, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.


    The materials in the archive are sorted by author (if translation) or title (if Hirschman's original work), arranged alphabetically in boxes 1 and 2. Box 3 contains Hirschman's Bukowski collection, sorted alphabetically. Individual items may be located by title, author, or sometimes date in the finding aid.

    Scope and Content

    Manuscripts of Hirschman's Requiem and Hunger; typescript translations of Russian writer Alexander Kohan; Charles Bukowski ephemera.
    The Hirschman papers are composed of two boxes of manuscripts and one box of Hirschman's personal collection of Charles Bukowski ephemera, including signed limited editions of various publications. The Hirschman manuscripts date from 1962-1982, though many are undated. The translation manuscripts are often printed side-by-side with the foreign language original, which gives the reader insight into the metamorphosis of poetry from one language to another. Correspondences range from editors' tirades to detailed and often warm communiques from the poets with whom Hirschman worked. Of particular interest is one large collection of letters about the creation of an anthology of Artaud, including the translations of Hirschman, Anaïs Nin, and others.

    Biographical note

    Writer/tranlsator Jack Hirschman was born on December 13, 1933, in New York, NY; he was the son of Stephen Dannemark and Nellie (Keller) Hirschman. Hirschman married Ruth Epstein, a radio programmer, on December 25, 1954. The couple had two children; Celia and David.
    Hirschman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from City College New York in 1955, and earned both his A.M. and Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1957 and 1961, respectively. He is a member of the Union of Street Poets, the Union of Left Writers, the Roque Dalton Cultural Brigade, and the Jacques Roumain Cultural Brigade.
    In his career Hirschman has worked as a poet of Dartmouth College (1952-); instructor and assistant professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles (1959-61; 1961-66); painter and collagist, with exhibitions in Los Angeles and Venice, California; and translator of over 25 books from the original German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Albanian, and Greek.


    1. Fragments, privately printed, 1952.
    2. A Correspondence of Americans, introduction by Karl Shapiro, Indiana University Press, 1960.
    3. Two, lithographs by Arnold Belkin, Zora Gallery (Los Angeles), 1963.
    4. Interchange, Zora Gallery, 1964.
    5. Kline Sky, J. Brandi, 1965.
    6. (Editor) Antonin Artaud, Artaud Anthology, City Lights, 1965.
    7. Yod, Trigram Press (London), 1966.
    8. London Seen Directly, Cape Golliard (London), 1967.
    9. Wasn't It Like This in the Woodcut, Cape Golliard, 1967.
    10. Ltd. Interchangeable in Eternity: Poems of Jackruthdavidcelia Hirschman, privately printed, 1967.
    11. William Blake, Love Press, 1967.
    12. (With Asa Benveniste) A Word in Your Season, Trigram Press, 1967.
    13. Jerusalem: A Three-Part Poem, Love Press, 1968.
    14. Aleph, Benoni and Zaddik, Tenfingers Press, 1968.
    15. Jerusalem, Ltd., Trigram Press, 1968.
    16. Shekinah, Maya, 1969.
    17. Broadside Golem, Box Zero, 1969.
    18. Black Alephs: Poems, 1960-1968, Phoenix Book Shop, 1969.
    19. NHR, Christopher's Books, 1970.
    20. Scintilla, Tree Books, 1970.
    21. Soledeth, Q Press, 1971.
    22. DT, Yes Press, 1971.
    23. The Burning of Los Angeles, J'Ose Press, 1971.
    24. HNYC, Skyline Press, 1971.
    25. Les Vidanges, Beyond Baroque, 1972.
    26. The R of the Ari's Raziel, Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1972.
    27. Adamnan, Christopher's Books, 1972.
    28. Aur Sea, Tree Books, 1973.
    29. Cantillations, Capra, 1973.
    30. K'wai sing: The Origin of the Dragon, a Surrealist Text, Beyond Baroque, 1973.
    31. Djackson, Rainbow Resin, 1974.
    32. Cockroach Street, Street, 1975.
    33. The Cool Boyetz Cycle, Golden Mountain, 1975.
    34. Kashtaninyah Segodnyah, Beatitude, 1976.
    35. Lyripol, City Lights, 1976.
    36. The Arcanes of Le Compte de St. Germain, Amerus, 1977.
    37. The Proletarian Arcane, Amerus, 1978.
    38. The Jonestown Arcane, Poetry for the People, 1979.
    39. The Cagliostro Arcane, Michael Hargraves, 1981.
    40. The David Arcane, Amerus, 1982.
    41. Class Questions, Retribution Press, 1982.
    42. The Necessary Is, Fishy Afoot, 1984.
    43. Kallatumba, Ruddy Duck, 1984.
    44. The Bottom Line, Curbstone, 1988.


    1. (With Victor Erlich), Vladimir Mayakovsky, Electric Iron, Maya, 1970.
    2. Artaud, Love Is a Tree, Red Hill, 1972.
    3. Rene Depestre, A Rainbow for the Christian West, Red Hill, 1972.
    4. Luisa Pasamanik, The Exiled Angel, Red Hill, 1973.
    5. Stephane Mallarme, Igitur, Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1973.
    6. Ait Djafer, Wail for the Arab Beggars of the Casbah, Papa Bach Bookstore, 1973.
    7. Jean Cocteau, The Crucifixion, Quarter Press, 1975.
    8. Johann Maier, The Book of Noah, Tree Books, 1975.
    9. (With Alexander Altmann), Eleazer of Worms, Three Tracts, Beatitude, 1976.
    10. Alexander Kohav, Orange Voice, Beatitude, 1976.
    11. Kohav, Four Angels in Profile, Four Bears in Fullface, Beatitude, 1976.
    12. Robert Rodzhdestvensky, Requiem, Beatitude, 1977.
    13. Natasha Belyaeva, Hunger, D'Aurora Press, 1977.
    14. Kohav, Emigroarium, Amerus, 1977.
    15. Eliphas Levi, Dove Rose, Viscerally Press, 1979.
    16. Depestre, Vegetations of Splendor, Vanguard Press, 1980.
    17. Santo Cali, Yossiph Shyryn, Antigruppo (Sicily, Italy), 1981.
    18. Cali, Jabixshak, Amerus, 1982.
    19. Katerina Gogon, Three Clucks Left, Night Horn, 1983.
    20. Pablo Neruda, Elegy, David Books, 1983.
    21. Sarah Kirsch, Poems, Alcatraz Editions, 1983.
    22. Agim Gjarkora, Communist, Fishy Afoot, 1984.
    23. Roque Dalton, Clandestine Poems, Solidarity, 1984.
    24. Paul Laraque, Slingshot, Seaworthy Press, 1987.
    25. Ferruccio Brugnaro, Fist of Sun, Curbstone Press (Willimantic, CT), 1997.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Artaud, Antonin, 1896-1948 -- Archives
    Bukowski, Charles -- Archives
    Hirschman, Jack, 1933- -- Archives
    American poetry--20th century--Archival resources
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources