On efficiency: John Updike’s poetry archives

Gill, J. (2019) On efficiency: John Updike’s poetry archives. In: Anderson, L., Byers, M. and Warner, A. (eds.) The Contemporary Poetry Archive: Essays and Interventions. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 92-110. ISBN 9781474432436

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This chapter reflects on the experience of working with the archives of the American poet, novelist, short-story writer and art critic John Updike (1932–2009). Held at Harvard University’s Houghton Library, with additional materials among the New Yorker Records at the New York Public Library, the papers prove to be a curiously mixed resource.¹ The primary holdings at the Houghton Library are beautifully catalogued, and as clear, comprehensive and accessible as one might expect from a close familiarity with his poetry. The New Yorker Records offer a wonderful insight into the modus operandi of the periodical, and of Updike’s relationship...

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gill, Professor Jo
Authors: Gill, J.
College/School:College of Arts
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press

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