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Ghiselin, Brewster, 1903-2002
Brewster Ghiselin Papers
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.5 linear feet
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ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-3


Brewster Ghiselin was an English professor, literary critic, editor, and poet. The collection contains some of Ghiselin's works and correspondence. Typescripts, proofs, galleys, Italian translations, phonograph records, a few books, and notes represent his works, while the correspondence consists of letters from his literary friends and colleagues.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence and works of Ghiselin. The correspondence is predominately with Allen Tate and Ellis Foote, but also includes letters from John Ciardi, John Peale Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, John Crowe Ransom, Theodore Roethke, Robert Penn Warren, Thornton Wilder, and others. His works are represented by typescripts, proofs, galleys, Italian translations, phonograph records, and related correspondence for Country of the Minotaur (1970), a book of poetry, and notes and typescripts for "The Burden of Proof," Ghiselin's review of John L. Stewart's The Burden of Time: The Fugitives and Agrarians (1965) for the "Sewanee Review." A heavily annotated copy of the published book is also included.

In addition there is Ghiselin's translation from Italian into English of an article by Francesco Mei entitled "Culture and Technique in Tate," (1970), the typescript of an essay, "The Unliteral Imagination" by Allen Tate, a script for the production of Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, and numerous poems by Ellis Foote included in his correspondence.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ghiselin, Brewster, 1903-2002

Ghiselin was a professor of English at the University of Utah, a literary critic, editor, and poet.

Collection History


Purchased from the author in 1993-1994.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Brewster Ghiselin Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-3