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Guide to the Charles Simic Papers, 1958-2011

Collection number: MC 110

Size: unknown boxes (unknown cu.ft.)

About Charles Simic (1938- )

Charles Simic was born on May 9, 1938, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In 1953 he left Yugoslavia with his mother and brother to join his father in the United States, where they lived in and around Chicago until 1958. His first poems were published in 1959, when he was twenty-one. In 1961 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and in 1966 he earned his Bachelor’s degree from New York University.

His first full-length collection of poems, What the Grass Says, was published the following year. Since then he has published more than sixty books in the U.S. and abroad, among them Jackstraws (Harcourt Brace, 1999), which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times; Walking the Black Cat (Harcourt Brace, 1996), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; A Wedding in Hell (1994); Hotel Insomnia (1992); The World Doesn’t End: Prose Poems (1990), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Selected Poems: 1963-1983 (1990); and Unending Blues (1986). He has also published many translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry, and books of prose, most recently The Monster Loves His Labyrinth (Ausable Press, 2008) and The Renegade (Braziller, 2009). He was also the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 1992.

Elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000, his many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1973 he has lived in New Hampshire, where he is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire. In 2007 Simic was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States.

About the Charles Simic Papers

The collection, which is restricted, consists of correspondence, notebooks, manuscripts, published works, recordings, photographs, and material about Simic’s work.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is restricted. Permission to view the collection must be obtained in advance. Contact Special Collections staff for information.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Simic Papers, 1958-2011, MC 110, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Multiple acquisitions, multiple sources, 1983-2014 (many varied accession numbers)

Related Material

Charles Simic publications in the University of New Hampshire library catalog.