Papers of June Oppen Degnan, writer, publisher, political activist, and sister of poet George Oppen (1908-1984). Most of the
collection documents Degnan's activities as publisher of the San Francisco Review in the 1960s, and her association with New
Directions Books. Included is correspondence and writings of many important members of the American literary community including
Jack Anderson, Robert Bly, William Bronk, Basil Bunting, Hayden Carruth, Robert Creeley, Clayton Eshleman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti,
Erich Fromm, Allen Ginsberg, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, George Oppen, Carl Rakosi, Jerome Rothenberg, C. P. Snow, Gary
Snyder, Diane Wakoski, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky. Virtually no references to Degnan's personal or political
life can be found in the papers. Of special significance are letters from George Oppen. The collection is arranged in four
series: 1) SAN FRANCISCO REVIEW AND NEW DIRECTIONS; 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS; 3) FILES OF MAJOR WRITERS; and 4) SAN FRANCISCO
REVIEW ANNUAL, 1963.
June Oppen Degnan was born in New York City on June 7, 1918, the daughter of George August and Seville Shainwald Oppen. June's
brother was George Oppen (1908-1984), who became a well-known poet and exponent of the Objectivist school. For her higher
education, Degnan attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Sorbonne, and the University of San Francisco Law
School. She was married at least twice: once to a Mr. McKeen (a relationship which ended around 1959), and once to George
Degnan, a marriage which took place around 1960. From her first marriage, June had one daughter, Aubrey, who subsequently
married Orly Lindgren.