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Daniel Haberman papers, 1972-1987

Summary Information

Abstract

American poet, translator and graphic designer. Haberman was instrumental in founding the American Poets' Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and was the Cathedral's first Poet-in-Residence (1983-1986).

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1992
Bib ID 14336462 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Haberman, Daniel, 1933-1991
Title Daniel Haberman papers, 1972-1987
Physical Description 5.04 Linear Feet (12 document boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in seven series:

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Content Description

Drafts of his poems, correspondence, recordings of his readings, photograph, reviews, blurbs, awards, and notes.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Daniel Haberman Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

American Poets' Corner. Columbia University Libraries.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara Nissman, 2019.

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Processing Information

Processed by Patrick Lawlor and Barbara Nissman, 2019.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Haberman (1933–1991) was an American poet, translator and graphic designer. Haberman was instrumental in founding the American Poets' Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and was the Cathedral's first Poet-in-Residence (1983-1986). Haberman published two volumes of poetry, Poems (1977) and The Furtive Wall (1982). A collection of his verse, The Lug of Days to Come (1996) was released posthumously. Haberman's translations of Archilochus, Erinna, Praxilla, Antipater of Sidon, Zenobius, and Gaetulicus were done in collaboration with Marylin B. Arthur. As a graphic designer, Haberman designed 16 editions of Shakespeare.

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Series I: Correspondence



Box 11 Correspondence with Publishers


Box 11 Poetry Readings: Correspondence


Box 11 Correspondence with book-sellers



Box 7 Letters exchanged between Cornelia Foss (illustrator of Erinna) and Daniel Haberman



Box 8 Correspondence with Poets (Djeraasi Foundation)


Box 8 Correspondence with Edgar Bowers


Box 8 Correspondence with Anthony Hecht


Box 8 Correspondence with Guy Davenport


Personal correspondence with Daniel Haberman:


Box 8 Robert Penn Warren


Box 8 WM Spackman


Box 8 Michael Hamburger


Box 8 Seamus Heaney


Box 8 Carl Rakosi


Box 8 James Schuyler


Box 8 Howard Nemerov


Box 8 Robert Fagles


Box 8 Vera Lachmann


Box 8 XJ Kennedy


Box 8 Laura Riding Jackson


Box 8 Peyton Houston


Box 8 Alfred Starr Hamilton


Box 8 Norman Cousins


Box 8 Stanley Burnshaw


Box 8 Clarence Brown


Box 8 John Heath-Stubbs


Box 8 David Wright


Box 8 Arturo Vivante


Box 8 Charles Sisson


Box 8 Richmond Lattimore


Box 8 JV. Cunningham


Box 8 Mary Renault


Box 8 Robert Fitzgerald


Box 8 Douglas Bush


Box 8 Bror Zachrisson


Box 8 Correspondence with critics and publishers


Box 8 Correspondence with Journals



Box 9 Barbara Nissman correspondence with John Daniel (publisher of The Lug of Days to Come) publicity for book release.


Box 9 Barbara Nissman contract with John Daniel for publication of book


Box 9 Barbara Nissman personal correspondence re: publishing of Daniel's book


Box 9 Barbara Nissman personal correspondence: response to Daniel's book including composers' response to setting his poetry


Box 9 Miscellaneous (includes unanswered letters from Cambridge Press other contacts)


Box 9 Contacts with publishers in London



Box 11 Poetry Readings: Correspondence


Box 11 Correspondence with book-sellers


Box 11 Correspondence with Publishers



Box 10 Norton Collection of Classical Literature

Barbara Nissman correspondence with Bernard Knox, editor to include Erinna translation (copy of poem published in book included) Also published in The Greek Poets - Norton Collection (copy from book included.)


Nissman correspondence with poets re: blurbs for Daniel's book:


Box 10 Guy Davenport


Box 10 Anthony Hecht


Box 10 Richard Wilbur


Box 10 Edgar Bowers


Box 10 Rachel Hadas


Box 10 Bernard Knox


Nissman correspondence with poets re: death of Daniel Haberman:


Box 10 Daniel Aaron


Box 10 William Jay Smith


Box 10 Don Stanford


Box 10 Nick Lyons


Box 10 Catherine Brosman


Box 10 Guy Davenport


Box 10 Richard Wilbur


Box 10 Edgar Bowers


Box 10 John Heath-Stubbs


Box 10 Sandi Mendelson (publicist for Poets' Corner)


Box 10 Daniel Hoffman


Box 10 Byron Gordon


Nissman correspondence with poets composers publishers, etc. in response to Daniel's book "The Lug of Days to Come":


Box 10 Guy Davenport


Box 10 Richard Wilbur


Box 10 Seamus Heaney


Box 10 Charles Sisson


Box 10 XJ Kennedy


Box 10 Linda Blandford (Guardian)


Box 10 Harry Ford


Box 10 Daniel Aaron


Box 10 Carl Rakosi


Box 10 Owen Laster


Box 10 Anthony Hecht


Box 10 Edgar Bowers


Box 10 Rita Dove


Box 10 Edward Hirsch


Box 10 Lyle Bonge


Box 10 Herb Liebowitz (Parnassus)


Box 10 John Heath-Stubbs


Box 10 RWB Lewis


Box 10 JD McClatchey


Box 10 Michael Hamburger


Box 10 Gyorgy Kurtag


Box 10 Ned Rorem


Box 10 Dominic Argento


Box 10 James Billington


Box 10 Diane Middlebrook


Box 10 Molly Peacock


Box 10 Lawrence Joseph


Box 10 William Jay Smith


Box 10 Michael Dirda


Box 10 David Hyde Pierce


Box 10 Catherine Brosman


Box 10 Marylin Arthur


Box 10 Michael Schmidt


Box 10 Grace Shulman


Box 10 Barbara Feldon


Box 10 Don Stanford


Box 10 Nick Lyons



Box 11 Barbara Nissman correspondence with publishers about publishing Daniel's manuscript

Series II: Drafts of Early Poems (unpublished)



Box 1 My poetry is more profound than I


Box 1 I cry the want of many a new word


Box 1 The preening door


Box 1 Look! Look!, 9 October 1972


Box 1 Left side of literature


Box 1 Keats


Box 1 Reality, December 1973


Box 1 No I would not want to be an artist, 16 February 1972


Box 1 Explication


Box 1 Inside me a dog barks, September 1972


Box 1 Undrossed


Box 1 The painting on the wall


Box 1 Though unprepared- demise of May


Box 1 Monteriggioni


Box 1 Today April 25th


Box 1 Hypnopompia, September 1973


Box 1 Undamned flood, September 1974


Box 1 Absenting conflict, February 1973


Box 1 Where goslings gaze, April 1974


Box 1 One world with time on two continuum, 23 February 1972


Box 1 At the children's beach


Box 1 Cancer!, October 1981

Series III: Drafts of Poems



Box 2 Nothing's New


Box 2 Oh Let's just say I'm sad for all the world


Box 2 Yet astride the peccant moon


Box 2 Go ramble in the lolling hills


Box 2 Letter from the Virgin Isles


Box 2 In the early of the evening, June 1979


Box 2 I cannot say I'm pleased


Box 2 Aleatory wind, September 1977


Box 2 Startled the sound of the sea


Box 2 Morning streams, August 1977


Box 2 Blinking buoy/the pinioned sky


Box 2 The little flower


Box 2 Ballad- in the night of my heart, January 1979


Box 2 A tale


Box 2 I by a lake, September 1977


Box 2 Blear to the night


Box 2 When loss is in the night


Box 2 When I have gathered in the night


Box 2 Futile snow of spring


Box 2 The trees in gentle umbrage swayed


Box 2 Red hand of the sun, December 1976


Box 2 Shame


Box 2 There is a wall, October 1972


Box 2 Opening epigraph


Box 2 Trout duet


Box 2 When I was young? Refrain


Box 2 On a spindling whorl


Box 2 Artists in the Hamptons


Box 2 Middle epigraph



Box 3 Sonnet- Primitive in my perpetual dawn


Box 3 On a holiday in Latium


Box 3 In the fields of Tuscany I would go


Box 3 The other day (as I went by) Loitering Hill


Box 3 Amended dreams


Box 3 Do I have an opinion?


Box 3 On crying, 24 March 1972


Box 3 The keening soil, June 1974


Box 3 Flouting spider, January 1974


Box 3 Intimate, September 1974


Box 3 Dauber & Pine


Box 3 Truth is: not for me are books to breathe -Unruly thing


Box 3 Perdix


Box 3 Over many years; my son


Box 3 Mr. America, December 1973


Box 3 40 is a foolish age


Box 3 Epigraph for a tired friend, July 1974


Box 3 I don't understand


Box 3 Worm


Box 3 For Ray, 13 October 1972


Box 3 Variations on Herbert Read



Box 4 Do we have such secrets to keep within, 17 February 1972


Box 4 A fortress heart, June 1974


Box 4 There is now a time of unsweet regress, 19 February 1973


Box 4 Know thyself, December 1973


Box 4 If I write a poem is it not mine to keep


Box 4 When I walk among the flowers, 7 March 1973


Box 4 Hillary Brook


Box 4 I am the prisoner of my poems


Box 4 Dear little bird, March 1981


Box 4 Bleak of the heart and hearth


Box 4 Attis


Box 4 Four by night


Box 4 And in conjunction with a day


Box 4 In the inchoate plan, December 1978


Box 4 Sea dreamed cloister house


Box 4 Frequent fantasy, May 1979


Box 4 Let time in disparagement of days


Box 4 Walk with me, June 1977


Box 4 Kafka


Box 4 Van Gogh


Box 4 Splicing Sonnet 64


Box 4 Edward died- will no one grieve


Box 4 Sistine chapel


Box 4 An explanation for Edward, 16 February 1972


Box 4 After Thanksgiving with Barbara, November 1983



Box 5 Risk now the wind of I would too


Box 5 With cattle lowing to the hills


Box 5 Belling life moves through its field


Box 5 Though mild is the wind of day


Box 5 When there's nothing I've to do


Box 5 Two months it is since last we spoke


Box 5 Clumbering in the umbered night


Box 5 Through an oriel where, November 1985


Box 5 One drop upon a rusted leaf


Box 5 When the mist is on the morning, February 1985


Box 5 In the west of Cornwall


Box 5 Have you seen Coppelia's eyes?


Box 5 In the purple of an autumn


Box 5 Not without lessons


Box 5 Then let me add a simple prayer


Box 5 To Heraldic day I'd sing my song


Box 5 O Savage sing amid the flames


Box 5 Allegheny night WV


Box 5 Now the night descending


Box 5 Though a shooting sprout of spring begins


Box 5 Before the wind we lived at sea


Box 5 Wu! Hu!


Box 5 Written to a scholar, March 1984


Box 5 Venus orbits as the rose, August 1984


Box 5 I am dead and having died, January 1985


Box 5 Sweet sweetness of the phlox


Box 5 The certain tree, January 1986


Box 5 Writings on the wall


Box 5 Harold Bloom


Box 5 Your inditement says I cannot love


Box 5 Not before lunch (12/72), December 1972


Box 5 So you have a blue balloon


Box 5 Strangers in bed, February 1972


Box 5 Cornelia touched me


Box 5 Her changeling heart, 17 October 1972


Box 5 I challenge you to a duel, May 1973


Box 5 Look for no love, May 1973


Box 5 I suppose, of course, there's nothing new


Box 5 The wedding, February 1975


Box 5 Gladiator of the heart


Box 5 Winning



Box 6 Acceptance, December 1973


Box 6 Taunting


Box 6 Tolstoy's well


Box 6 Mingling


Box 6 Grosse Fugue


Box 6 Cried out beneath the quarreling sky


Box 6 Formlessness, February 1974


Box 6 Babel-world, January 1975=4


Box 6 Catullus #63


Box 6 At the Poets' Park


Box 6 Lunching with middle-age couple, December 1973


Box 6 Copies of books by Daniel Haberman


Box 6 The Furtive Wall


Box 6 The Lug of Days to Come


Box 6 4 Xmas Card Poems by Daniel Haberman


Box 6 Copy of Erinna fragment- translation



Box 7 When love—my love—is a proxy claim


Box 7 Petunias raise their lovely heads


Box 7 One rose bouqueted with others


Box 7 The wind blows and I am cold, May 1973


Box 7 Night on the beach at Amagansett


Box 7 And in tumbreled night


Box 7 Rereading Othello, June 1974


Box 7 Friend on DaVinci


Box 7 And now you tell me you've grown old


Box 7 Remaindermen


Box 7 Be my workmate


Box 7 Halfway to Hawaii


Box 7 Loitering wolf moon


Box 7 Economics of love, February 1975


Box 7 Visiting Nurse


Erinna and Translations:


Box 7 Antipater of Sidon- Epigram


Box 7 Erinna


Box 7 Zenobius on Praxilla


Box 7 Praxilla


Box 7 Gaetulicus' Epitaph on Archilochus


Box 7 Archilochus



Box 8 Djerassi Foundation Residency (October 1987) includes poetry revised during residency



Box 9 Manuscript of The Furtive Wall


Box 9 Manuscript of The Lug of Days to Come



Box 12 "Odd bits for poems" -notes/lines jotted down; book lists/ miscellaneous


Box 12 Miscellaneous jottings/articles saved

Series IV: Readings



Box 6 Copies of printed invitations to readings


Box 6 CD of Daniel Haberman reading at Guggenheim Museum 3/1/83, 1 compact disks


Box 6 CD of Daniel Haberman reading at Wesleyan University 8/14/81, 1 compact disks


Cassette Tapes of readings:


Box 6 Guggenheim Museum, 1 March 1983, 1 audiocassettes


Box 6 Wesleyan University, 14 August 1981, 1 audiocassettes


Box 6 Ingber Gallery, 19 December 1984, 1 audiocassettes


Box 6 Books & Co. 12/3/81 from The Furtive Wall Honors College Poetry Reading at Wesleyan University, 18 September 1980, 1 audiocassettes



Box 12 Programs/publicity/poetry readings

Series V: Reaction and Blurbs


Reaction of poets & writers upon receiving the Erinna translation:



Box 7 JV Cunningham


Box 7 XJ Kennedy


Box 7 Robert Fitzgerald


Box 7 Charles Sisson


Box 7 Guy Davenport


Box 7 Willis Barnstone


Box 7 Robert Fagles


Box 7 Archie Ammons


Box 7 Richard Eberhart


Box 7 Stanley Burnshaw


Box 7 Clarence Brown


Box 7 Howard Nemerov


Box 7 Anthony Hecht


Box 7 Geoffrey Hill


Box 7 Barbara Tuchman etc. (includes full mailing list)


Blurbs from poets for Poems:



Box 11 James Schuyler


Box 11 Helen Adam


Box 11 Jonathan Williams


Box 11 Joel Oppenheimer


Box 11 Henrietta Weigel


Box 11 Blurbs from poets about The Furtive Wall.

Series VI: Photographs



Box 10 Photos of Daniel Haberman plus obituary notice

Series VII: Awards/Notes on Books/ Biographical Information/Rejects/Reviews



Box 11 Contract with Arts Direction Book Company for publication


Box 11 Contemporary Authors –entry



Box 9 Books to buy


Box 9 Rejections



Box 11 Reviews received.



Box 12 Award for The Tempest (edited by Daniel Haberman) selected as one of the Fifty Books of the Year (1972) by the American Institute of Graphic Arts


Box 12 Court papers re: '68 convention/printing of "Impeach Nixon" pamphlet; tried and vindicated


Box 12 Notes on Books


Box 12 Book List