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George Economou papers, 1954-2017

Summary Information


This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, video and tape recordings, and printed materials relating to Economou's poetry manuscripts, to publications and performances to which he contributed, and to his teaching career as a professor of medieval literature.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0380
Bib ID 4078725 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Economou, George
Title George Economou papers, 1954-2017
Physical Description 12.5 linear feet (24 boxes, 1 map case drawer)
Language(s) English .
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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, video and tape recordings, and printed materials relating to Economou's poetry manuscripts, to publications and performances to which he contributed, and to his teaching career as a professor of medieval literature. Among the cataloged correspondents are: Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, Ted Enslin, Clayton Eshleman, Anselm Hollo, Robert Kelly, Margaret Randall, Charles Tomlinson, and Diane Wakoski. Boxes 1 & 2: Cataloged correspondence & manuscripts; Boxes 3 - 5: Arranged correspondence & manuscripts by other authors; Boxes 6 - 10: Writings by George Economou; Box 11: Tape recordings; Box 12: Photographs; Boxes 13 & 14: Printed materials; Map case 14-13-6: Oversize materials; Addition to the Papers, 2017.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Boxes 3-22 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George Economou papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Rochelle Owens Papers. Columbia University Libraries.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of George Economou, 1974, 1977, 1982& 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Economou, George D. Date of acquisition--1974. Accession number--M-74.

Papers: Source of acquisition--6192B. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--04/23/1997. Accession number--M-97-04-23.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/1989.

Papers Processed HR 12/01/1997.

Revision Description

2012-06-12 xml document created by Judi Zupnick.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Antin, David Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Auster, Paul, 1947- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Blackburn, Paul Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bly, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boas, George, 1891-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brinnin, John Malcolm, 1916-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bronk, William Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Codrescu, Andrei, 1946- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Congdon, Kirby Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Di Prima, Diane Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dorn, Edward Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Editors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Enslin, Theodore Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eshleman, Clayton Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greek literature, Modern -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hollo, Anselm Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hornick, Lita R., 1927- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kelly, Robert, 1935- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kostelanetz, Richard Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laughlin, James, 1914-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature, Medieval Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Medievalists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meltzer, David Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nicolson, Marjorie Hope, 1894-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Olson, Charles, 1910-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oppenheimer, Joel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Owens, Rochelle Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, Provençal Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio broadcasting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Randall, Margaret, 1936- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sorrentino, Gilbert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tomlinson, Charles, 1927-2015 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Troubadours in literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vas Dias, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wakoski, Diane Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Waldman, Anne, 1945- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wieners, John, 1934-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Women poets, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zukofsky, Louis, 1904-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

George Demetrios Economou (Columbia University Ph.D., 1967), American poet, critic, medievalist and college teacher (1936-2019). He was married to Rochelle Owens, poet and playwright.

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Series I: Correspondence & Manuscripts by other writers

Subseries I.1: Cataloged correspondence & manuscripts

Box 1-2 David Antin

Box 1-2 Paul Auster

Box 1-2 Paul Blackburn

Box 1-2 Robert Bly

Box 1-2 George Boas

Box 1-2 John Malcolm Brinnin

Box 1-2 William Bronk

Box 1-2 Andrei Codrescu

Box 1-2 Kirby Congdon

Box 1-2 Robert Creeley

Box 1-2 Robert Vas Dias

Box 1-2 Diane di Prima

Box 1-2 Ed Dorn

Box 1-2 Ted Enslin

Box 1-2 Clayton Eshleman

Box 1-2 Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Box 1-2 Anselm Hollo

Box 1-2 Lita R. Hornick

Box 1-2 LeRoi Jones

Box 1-2 Robert Kelly

Box 1-2 Richard Kostelanetz

Box 1-2 James Laughlin

Box 1-2 Harry Levin

Box 1-2 David Meltzer

Box 1-2 William Stanley Merwin

Box 1-2 Marjorie Hope Nicolson

Box 1-2 Charles Olson

Box 1-2 Joel Oppenheimer

Box 1-2 Rochelle Owens

Box 1-2 Margaret Randall

Box 1-2 Gilbert Sorrentino

Box 1-2 Charles Tomlinson

Box 1-2 Diane Wakoski

Box 1-2 Anne Waldman

Box 1-2 John Wieners

Box 1-2 Jonathan Williams

Box 1-2 Louis Zukofsky

Subseries I.2:Uncataloged correspondence & manuscripts by others

Box 3 A-G

Box 4 H-O

Box 5 P-Z & Unidentified

Box 15 Miscellaneous correcpondence, 1994-2015

Series II: Writings by Economou

Subseries II.1: Poems, essays, & book reviews


Box 6 [book reviews]

Box 6 Buxó translations

Box 6 Century Dead Center; prose poems

Box 15 Notebook containing drafts and notes mostly related to "Century Dead Center" and "Unfinished and Uncollected (drafts of the finishing of C. P. Cavafy's unfinished poems), 2/19/16"

Box 6 The Early Poetry of Rochelle Owens

Box 6 The Elevator Maniac

Box 6 The God-Child

Box 6 Hercules in the Mind

Box 6 Lorca Translations by Paul Blackburn

Box 6 A Note on Rereading Diane Wakoski

Box 6 #15 (ed. By Economou); printed copy with some manuscripts by contributors

Box 6 Philodemus

Box 7 [poems; titled]

Box 7 [poems; untitled]

Box 7 Poems: Summer '78

Box 7 Some Notes Towards Finding a View of the New Oral Poetry

Box 7 Star

Box 7 Teaching Homer in Honors Composition

Box 7 The Waste-Basket

Box 7 "Whoosh"

Box 7 Misc. manuscripts

Box 7 Misc. documents

Box 7 Notebooks

Subseries II.2: Medieval & Renaissance materials

Box 7 Misc. papers & translations

Box 8 Blackburn, Paul: Proensa & other translations, edited by Economou

Box 8A Chaucer

Box 8A Dante

Box 9 The Goddess Nature in Medieval Literature

Box 9 Notebooks

Box 9 Piers Plowman (1)

Box 10 Piers Plowman (2): Notebooks & William Langland's Piers Plowman The C Version: a Verse Translation by George Economou

Series III: Tape recordings

Subseries III.1: Reel to Reel

Box 11 Coconut Folksinger by Rochelle Owens, undated

Box 11 "How Much Paint" [by Rochelle Owens] Take 1…, undated

Box 11 [How Much Paint by Rochelle Owens] Video Nugget…, undated

Box 11 I Am the Babe of Joseph Stalin's Daughter. Rochelle Owens, undated

Box 11 A Real Vision: a Documentary on Paul Blackburn's Life and Work,, undated

Box 11 WBAI Rochelle Owens. Joe Chronicles: Sacre Coeur, undated

Box 11 Allen Ginsberg reading from unedited journals at the conference, Vancouver, B.C.,, 1963 August 2

Box 11 George Economou. Métro, 1965 July 21

Box 11 "The String Game" [by Rochelle Owens], 1965 February 20

Box 11 "Istanboul" [by Rochelle Owens], 1965 September 24

Box 11 Ted Enslin (at L.I.U.), 1965 February 25

Box 11 Rochelle Owens and Armand Schwerner (at L.I.U.: M. Moore Series),, 1965 April 27

Box 11 Paul Blackburn reading from Probençal at L.I.U.; George Oppen. L.I.U.,, 1966 February 15

Box 11 Rochelle Owens at Fischbach Gallery; Jackson MacLow at Fischbach Gallery,, 1966 January 13

Box 11 L.I.U. Read In for Vietnam, 1966 May 11

Box 11 Schwerner at Fischbach; Blackburn at Fischbach, 1966 May 18

Box 11 Family tape…, 1972 May 30

Box 11 Clayton Eshleman [and] Robert Kelly on Paul Blackburn for George Economou & WBAI (3" reel),, 1972 February

Box 11 Rochelle Owens at West End, 1974 February 4

Subseries III.2: Tape Cassettes

Box 11 U.C.S.D. Archive for New Poetry. Reading by Rochelle Owens & George Economou,, undated

Box 11 Black Box No. 17. [periodical with 2 tape cassettes of readings by Rochelle Owens and others], circa, 1979

Box 11 Dr. George Economou. Poetry Reading. Stillwater [OK], 1986 September 25

Box 11 Dr. George Economou. Stillwater, OK, 1986 September 25

Subseries III.3: Video Cassette

Box 11 Rochelle Owens/George Economou/ Poetry Reading- O.U. Art Museum,, 1987 April 30

Series IV: Photographs and Art

Box 12 Photographs

Box 15 Photograph

"Woman of Light" by George Economou. Signed watercolor, 1990

(This is housed in Box 19 of the Rochelle Owens Papers. Please go to the Rochelle Owens Papers and request Box 19 if you want to request this item)

Series V: Printed materials and Miscellaneous

Box 13 By & about George Economou & misc.

Box 14 By & about George Economou & misc.

Box 15 By & about George Economou & misc.


Box 15 Poems (photocopies); TLS Review of Cavafy; Exhibition "So Well-Suited"; Bio Notes for George Economou; Athens Arts & Entertainment; Book ad. from Shearsman Books

Box 15 Princeton University. Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies. Schedule for visit of G. Economu, December 2015

Box 17 George Econonou's review of Cavafy books in The New York Times, 24 October 1976

Box 17 Copy of The New York Times Book Review, 10 July 1977

Box 17 Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry. Edited by Karen Van Dyke, 2016

Box 17 Proensa: An Anthology of Troubadour Poetry. Selected and Translated by Paul Blackburn, 1978

Series VI: Oversize materials

Mapcase 14-M-6 Art works: Collage

Mapcase 14-M-6 Photograph of Rochelle Owens

Mapcase 14-M-6 "Portraits and Histories" [texts by George Economou] Music score, tape cassette, & poster

Mapcase 14-M-6 Posters (3)

Additions to the Papers, 2017-2022


Accession: 2017.2018.M033


Box 16 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1967-2016

Box 16 Folder 2 Emails, 2015-2017

Box 16 Folder 3 Postcards and celebration/festive cards

Box 16 Re. prize from Modern Greek Studies Association, 2013


Box 16 Folder 4 "Deer-mice Singing up Parnassus" and "Aesculapius Umbound"

Box 16 Folder 5 "Inside the Cello" by George Economou, Mid July 2016-April 2017

Box 16 Folder 6 Notes re. translations of C. P. Cavafy's poems

Box 16 Folder 7 "A Tale of Lionel Trilling"

Box 16 Folder 8 Translations into Greek of poems by George Economou and Rochelle Owens by Stavros Deligiorgis, 1997

Box 16 Folder 9 Translations into English of Greek poems

Box 16 Folder 10 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America re translation, 4-6 April 2002


Box 16 Folder 11 MGSA award, 2013


Box 16 Folder 12 Drawings by George Economou, summer 2014


Box 16 Folder 13 George Economou seated at coffe table, 1993

Box 16 Folder 13 George Economou with W.R. Askins, 2008


Box 16 Folder 14 Agreements with University of Iowa and UCSD, 2015


Box 16 Folder 15 Some reviews by George Economou, 2015


Box 16 Folder 16 The Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania Announces a Poetry Event by George Economou and Rochelle Owens, October 17, 2013 and other notices/press

Paul Blackburn:

Box 16 Folder 17 Material re. Paul Blackburn event, September 2016

Box 16 Folder 18 "Rambling Poem being a Farewell Letter in Verse to Relatives, Friends, and Acquaintances" by Nail Chiodo

Box 16 Folder 19 Review of "Anaios" by Tim Whitmarsh, 29 July 2009

Box 16 Folder 20 Photocopy of Gary Totten article


Accession: 2018.2019.M018

Box 18 Folder 1 Autograph letter signed from Ken to George and Rochelle, 4/13/2018

Box 18 Folder 2 Emails, 2017-2018

Box 18 Folder 3 Birthday and Anniversary Cards

Box 18 Folder 4 Translation Review , April 2017

Box 18 Folder 5 Rough Trade (photocopy)

Box 18 Folder 6 Artwork (photocopy) KB

Box 18 Folder 7 Kelly Writers House, September 28, 2017

Box 18 Tripwire 14


Box 19 Folder 1 Map of Greece

Box 19 Folder 2 Biographical Note

Box 19 Folder 3 "Only in Greece" Manuscript

Box 19 Folder 4 Correspondence, 2002-2019

Box 19 Folder 5 Photographs

Box 19 Folder 6 Advertisements and Notices

Box 19 Folder 7 Obituary, 2019

Box 19 Folder 8 "The Least Ancient Greek Poet" 4 CDs

Box 19 Folder 9 Acts of Love (Agreement, Introduction, Correspondence)

Box 19 Folder 10 Poetry

Box 19 Folder 11 Copyright

Box 19 Folder 12 Cavafy material

Box 19 Folder 13 Art

Box 19 Folder 14 Comments on the poetry of George Economou

Box 19 Folder 15 George Economou identity cards

Box 19 Folder 16 Plaza, Philadelphia

a folder of advertisements, copies from articles and essays by Economou: "Romancing the Railroad" and "Only in Greece", "Chaucer and Langland"

Box 19 Folder 17 Translations

Box 19 Folder 18 "Adventures in Translation Land" Nadav Vardi Lecture

Box 19 Folder 19 Miscellaneous news clippings, articles, etc.

Box 19 Folder 20 Notebook

Box 19 Folder 21 Notebook (mostly blank "Composition")

Box 19 Folder 22 Reviews of The Goddess Natura

Box 19 Folder 23 Piers Plowman (ads, reviews, etc.)

Box 19 Folder 24 Lists of Greek publications

Box 19 Folder 25 "Chaucer and Langland: A Fellowship of Makers"

Box 19 Folder 26 George Ecomomou's paintings created in Wellfleet, MA, 1980s-1990s

Box 19 Folder 27 Articles and Essays by Economou and others

Box 19 Broadside: ECONOMOU: An Evening in Kingfisher (3 copies), 13 November 2000

Box 20 Folder 1 Miscellaneous notes

Box 20 Folder 2 Acts of Love Ms.

Box 20 Folder 3 Acts of Love Reviews

Box 20 Folder 4 George Economou's Offprints

Box 20 Folder 5 Review by Tim Whitmash of Economou's Ananios of Kleitor

Box 20 Folder 6 Memorandum of Agreement re Economou's Ananios of Kleitor

Box 20 Folder 7 Selections from harmonies and fits and review of Act of Love

Box 20 Folder 8 Some Economou's article's and poems

Box 20 Folder 9 George Economou's article on Natura

Box 20 Folder 10 Notebook of George Economou's poems

Box 21 Black binder of poems

Box 21 "A Study of The Castell of Perseverance and the Thematic Traditions in which it was Written" Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, in the Faculty of Philosophy, Columbia University by George Economou.

Box 21 Miscellaneous magazines: American Poetry Review, PNR, Rain Taxi, etc.


Box 22 Folder 6 Text of a review of Ananios (sent to George by Bill)

Box 22 Folder 7 "A Century's Retrospective" (Web print out of authors list), 1 April 2002

Box 22 Folder 8 Donald Futers to George Economou (t.l.s.), 15 June 2016

Box 22 Folder 5 "Kimon Friar Lecture" from College News

Box 22 Folder 2 The American Review Volume I, Number 4, July/August 1981

Box 22 Folder 4 Photocopy of a painting by George Economou

Box 22 Folder 1 "Woman Bathing" Original watercolor by George Economou, 1989

Box 22 Folder 3 Poetry Project Newsletter #259, January 2020


Box 23 Folder 1 "Remembering George Economou" by Robert W. Hanning (Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University) , May 3, 2019

Box 23 Folder 1 Royalty Statements ("Piers Plowman,", etc.)

Box 23 Folder 1 Poetry Project newsletter, November-December 2019

Box 23 Folder 2 Royalty Statements, 2000-2007

Box 23 Folder 3 Contracts

Box 23 Folder 3 C.V.

Box 23 Folder 3 Driver's License, badges, etc.