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Guide to The Reaper Records, 1979-1989
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Access Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: The Reaper Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1979-1989
    Collection number: M0512
    Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: Records pertain to the editorial process of THE REAPER, its production, finiancial management, and other miscellaneous business, as well as the literary interests and opinions of its editors and contributing authors. Included is correspondence between the poetry editors Mark Jarman and Robert McDowell; letters received from authors, subscribers, and others; submitted manuscripts; production files for most issues consisting of original contents, paste up, galleys, artwork, related correspondence, and printing flats; grant applications; mailing records; clippings and reviews; and other business records.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    The Reaper Records. M0512. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased, 1988.


    The Reaper, a small poetry and fiction magazine founded by Robert McDowell and Mark Jarman, was an important voice in the movement in American poetry known as the New Narrative or the New Formalism, which began in the late seventies. The movement attacked the free verse poetics of autobiographical experiences that the Beats had espoused in the 1950's . The New Formalists argued for a return to meter and rhyme, recognition of the importance of narrative, and the inclusion of public as well as private experience. From Issue #1, published in 1980, to Issue #19/20, the final issue, to be published in 1990 , The Reaper was strongly committed to narrative poetry and published many of the authors working in this new form including Dana Gioia, Rita Dove, Frederick Morgan, Liam Rector, Chris Semansky, Chase TWichell, and Rusty White. In addition, The Reaper published Jarman and McDowell's reviews and critidal essays on modern poetry that prompted reviewers to call it "feisty and iconoclastic."

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The records of The Reaper, dating from 1979 to 1989 , are arranged in three series : correspondence, issue files, and business files. They document the editorial process of the journal, its production, financial management, and other miscellaneous business aspects, as well as the literary interests and opinions of its editors and contributing authors.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Carter, Jared.
    Cervantes, James.
    Dove, Rita.
    Eberhart, Richard, 1904-.
    Flynn, Richard.
    Gioia, Dana.
    Haas, Barbara.
    Hall, Donald, 1928-.
    Hilton, David, 1938-.
    Jarman, Mark.
    Joselow, Beth.
    McDowell, Robert, 1953-.
    Mastro, Mark Anthony.
    Morgan, Frederick, 1922-.
    Rector, Liam, 1949-.
    Semansky, Chris.
    Twichell, Chase, 1950-.
    Wilhemous, Tom.
    American literature--20th. century.
    Poetry, modern--20th. century.