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Charles Simic, 1938-

Papers, 1958-2011

MC 110

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About Charles Simic

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.

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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.

Folder Listing

  1. I. Correspondence (arranged alphabetically)
    1. From Simic
    2. To Simic
  2. Notebooks
  3. Published manuscripts: Poetry
    1. Complete works
    2. Individual poems
    3. Translations
  4. Unpublished manuscripts: Poetry
    1. Complete works
    2. Individual poems
    3. Translations
  5. Published manuscripts: Prose
    1. Complete Works
    2. Essays and Articles
    3. Book Reviews
  6. Unpublished manuscripts: Prose
  7. Publications
    1. Poems
    2. Essays and Articles
    3. Book Reviews
    4. Interviews
  8. Materials Relating to Simic
    1. Books
    2. Articles and essays
    3. Reviews
    4. Articles, essays and reviews in other languages
    5. Events
  9. Audio-visual Items
  10. Memorabilia
  11. Materials Relating to Others
  12. Oversized material

I. Correspondence (arranged alphabetically)

A. From Simic

f.1 Letters from Simic (A)

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