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Robert Hayden letters to John Hinsdale Thompson, 1945-1952.

Author: Robert Earl Hayden; Erma Hayden; John Hinsdale Thompson; Margaret Thompson
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Black history and literature collection
Database:WorldCat
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The collection contains Hayden's letters from Fisk University to his white friend and colleague John Hinsdale Thompson at Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. Hayden writes about giving a talk at Xavier University in New Orleans, meeting Mark Van Doren, and passing for white when he and Van Doren went to a restaurant; how he hated the South and its racial bigotry; he and his wife Erma's unhappiness in Nashville; doubts
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Genre/Form: African American letters
Poems
Correspondence
Named Person: John Malcolm Brinnin; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Erma Hayden; Robert Earl Hayden; John Hinsdale Thompson; Mark Van Doren
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Earl Hayden; Erma Hayden; John Hinsdale Thompson; Margaret Thompson
OCLC Number: 48822711
Notes: In Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. (#1979-0035R/VF Lit).
Description: 26 items.
Other Titles: Baia'i teachings for a world faith.

Abstract:

The collection contains Hayden's letters from Fisk University to his white friend and colleague John Hinsdale Thompson at Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. Hayden writes about giving a talk at Xavier University in New Orleans, meeting Mark Van Doren, and passing for white when he and Van Doren went to a restaurant; how he hated the South and its racial bigotry; he and his wife Erma's unhappiness in Nashville; doubts about his ability as a poet; friendship with and visit from poet John Brinnin and photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson; receiving Rosenwald Fellowship in 1947.

Includes one letter from Erma Hayden to Margaret Thompson about her musical compositions at Fisk. Also, three poems: Letter from the South, Frederick Douglass (tear sheet from Atlantic Monthly), and A ballad of remembrance (typed carbon); two working notes (one on back of Rosenwald Fellowship announcement for 1947); and Baha'i pamphlet (1943).

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