Archibald MacLeish: reflections by Bernard A. Drabeck, Helen E. Ellis, Richard Wilbur

By Bernard A. Drabeck, Helen E. Ellis, Richard Wilbur

"During the final 5 years of his lifestyles MacLeish participated during this sequence of interviews tracing his profession as a poet, Librarian of Congress, statesman, and guy of letters. He speaks candidly of his pupil years, his 'expatriate interval' in Paris, and his next writing and educating. The editor/interviewers have properly requested purely short, perceptive questions, leaving the highlight at the poet. His language is colloquial, and the variety of his writing event, and buddies may still turn out attention-grabbing to readers."--Library Journal

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After that when the economic collapse hit us all I had almost a decade as an "editor" of Fortune spending most of my time on trips all over the country and abroad to Asia and Europe and South Americaan unusual graduate course in the Depression, in the beginnings of fascism, in Marxist economicsmost of all in the Republic itself, its kind, its true Page 6 quality, its underlying natureall of which left its record not only in Fortune but in versea rather lengthy record. That ended with seven or eight years of public service beginning with the Library of Congress of which I was director (Librarian of Congress) for five years during which the entire library was reorganized.

It all began in 1974 with the establishment of a MacLeish Collection at Greenfield Community College. Lewis O. Turner, president of the college, asked the faculty to suggest projects the newly established Greenfield Community College Foundation might support. " Realizing that we would need his permission and his cooperation if the collection were to amount to anything, we made an appointment to see him at his home in Conway. He liked the idea and gave us some of his books to get started. We also wanted to do some interviews with him.

This went on for two or three years. During that time I was writing. I forgot to say that while I was abroad, all my Yale stuff, and other stuff just after leaving Yale, had been published under the very appropriate title of Tower of Ivory by a young professor at Yale named Lawrence Mason, published through the Yale University Press. While I was doing all this, I was working on what turned into The Happy Marriage, which Houghton Mifflin not too hesitantly agreed to publish. The Tower of Ivory included my class poem at Yale, the poem from the Yale Review, and a sonnet sequence which won a Yale prize.

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