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Polk Affair, 1990-1992
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of Keeley's early writings as a student (Princeton, Class of 1948); bound and loose drafts and galleys of novels; short fiction; nonfiction books; articles, essays, introductions, and reviews; awards and speeches; translations of modern Greek poetry; and works edited by Keeley. The writings include the following titles: The Libation (1958), The Gold-hatted Lover (1961), Modern Greek Poetry (1983), School for Pagan Lovers (1993); translations of C. P. Cavafy's Passions and Ancient Days (1971) and Collected Poems (1975), Giannēs Ritsos' Ritsos in Parentheses (1979–the only time these poems were published), and Odysseus Elytēs' Selected Poems (1981). There is literary, academic, organizational, and personal correspondence with internationally-known colleagues and personal friends, such as R. P. Blackmur, Babette Deutsch, Kimon Friar, Carolyn Kiser, William Meredith, W. S. Merwin, Joyce Carol Oates, Giannēs Ritsos, George Seferis, Angelos Sikelianos, Wallace Stegner, Charles Scribner, and Willard Thorp; and with organizations such as the American Farm School, the Modern Greek Studies Association, and the Poetry Society of America, as well as many others.
Faculty material includes translation workshops Keeley taught at Columbia, Princeton, and the State University of Iowa; alumni, committee, and interdepartmental correspondence within various programs at Princeton; and student papers, course outlines, lecture notes, course-related forms, and computerized student grades. The P.E.N. American Center files primarily reflect the years of Keeley's presidency (1992-1993), but span from 1969 to 1990 and include his membership on the executive board in 1980. They include board meeting minutes, memos, correspondence, and P.E.N. international congress material. Also included are Keeley's scrapbook items, miscellaneous notes, manuscripts of translations by others, audiotapes of music by Mikis Theodorakis and readings of poems by Giannēs Ritsos, as well as printed matter.
Additional papers that were acquired from Keeley after his original gift are arranged by accession in Series 10 and 11 and include additional writings, correspondence, faculty papers, P.E.N. American Center materials, family papers, personal documents, memorabilia, photographs, and other materials that compliment many of the existing series. These additions include materials related to Albanian Journal, the Road to Elbasan, Borderlines, A Memoir, "The Grand Tour" (unpublished), On Translation: Reflections and Conversations, The Salonika Bay Murder, Cold War Politics and the Polk Affair, School for Pagan Lovers, and Some Wine for Remembrance, translations of Greek poets, and anthologies Keeley edited, including A Century of Greek Poetry, 1900-2000 and W. W. Norton's The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present.
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Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and 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:
Polk Affair; Edmund Keeley Papers, C0763, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 124
- PEN America
American Farm School (Greece)
Modern Greek Studies Association
Poetry Society of America
Princeton University. Creative Arts Program.
Princeton University. Creative Writing Program.
Princeton University. Hellenic Studies Program.
Princeton University. Modern Greek Studies Program.
Cavafy, Constantine, 1863-1933
Elytēs, Odysseas, 1911-1996
Ritsos, Giannēs, 1909-1990
Seferis, George, 1900-1971.
Sikelianòs, Ángelos (1884-1951)
Vasilikos, Vasilēs, 1934-