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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 (scarcpxm): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3