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Author: Gay Wilson Allen; Clifton Joseph Furness
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Consists of correspondence, notebooks, printed material, essays, and other writings, literary manuscripts, scrapbooks, teaching materials, pictures, books, clippings, offprints, periodicals, and sale catalogs. The focus of the collection is Allen's career as an university professor and Walt Whitman scholar. In particular Allen's activities as a professor at New York University and as a lecturer at Nagono, Japan in
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Named Person: Walt Whitman; Evie Allison Allen; Charles N Elliot; Emory Holloway; Peter Mitilineos; Hans Reisiger; Henry Scholey Saunders; Richard Watson Gilder; Fredson Bowers; Oscar Cargill; Malcolm Cowley; Milton Hindus
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Gay Wilson Allen; Clifton Joseph Furness
OCLC Number: 31182073
Description: 5,500 items (33 linear ft.)
Other Titles: Solitary singer, a critical biography of Walt Whitman.
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Consists of correspondence, notebooks, printed material, essays, and other writings, literary manuscripts, scrapbooks, teaching materials, pictures, books, clippings, offprints, periodicals, and sale catalogs. The focus of the collection is Allen's career as an university professor and Walt Whitman scholar. In particular Allen's activities as a professor at New York University and as a lecturer at Nagono, Japan in 1955, are documented. The history of Whitman criticism is an important theme. There is a large amount of research material on Whitman, both of Allen and other literary scholars. These include Evie Allison Allen, Clara Barrus, Charles N. Elliot, Clifton Joseph Furness, Emory Holloway, Peter Mitilineos, Hans Reisiger, and Henry Scholey Saunders. The Correspondence Series contains original correspondence acquired by Allen of Richard Watson Gilder, Alice James, and William James. This series also contains the correspondence of Rober Asselineau, Fredson Bowers, Oscar Cargill, Malcolm Cowley, Charles E. Feinberg, Milton Hindus, Emory Holloway, Sholom Kahn, and Frederik Schyberg. There are no strictly personal papers in the collection.

Allen's career, both as a professor and Whitman scholar, is documented in several series. The Walt Whitman Materials Series and the Scrapbooks Series relate to his Whitman research. In the former series the Commemorations and Societies Subseries and the Popular Culture Subseries also document the ever increasing interest in Whitman's life and works during the twentieth century. The Correspondence Subseries and the Pictures Subseries contain copies of letters and pictures relating to Whitman and his age. The Correspondence Subseries also contains extensive letters concerning Allen's early teaching career, his dealings with several presses, and the marketing and reception of his THE SOLITARY SINGER, A WHITMAN BIOGRAPHY. There are manuscript copies of this biography in the Writings Series.

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