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This collection has been left in its original physical order, but is intellectually arranged in three series: Series I. Biographical Materials, 1982-1988, Undated; Series II. Correspondence, 1955, 1982-1997; Series III. Poetry, 1938, 1953-1985 Subseries 1: Original Works, 1938-1939, 1953-1988; Subseries 2: Translations and Other Works, 1938, 1980-1985
Bogin's papers consist primarily of drafts and typescripts of his poetry and translations, but also include correspondence, biographical materials, and a copy of the musical score for Lloyd Ultan's "Pitchipoi, The Children of Drancy", which incorporated Bogin's poem "Pitchipoi.".
The strength of the papers is in their documentation of Bogin's work on poetry and translations. Bogin was well-organized in his creative process; most of his individual drafts are labeled with titles, dates, and a place of composition. Multiple drafts are also numbered in sequence. Most of the drafts are filed by title, although there are a few typescripts for larger collections. Bogin planned to publish a second book, and although there is no typescript, there is a list of the poems meant for this work filed in Box 11. There are a few published items from his time at Columbia University (1938-1939), otherwise, there is no documentation of his early work in his papers.
There is some correspondence related to Bogin's published material, as well as a few items of correspondence with Alain Bosquet, Robert Bly, Malcolm Cowley, and Lloyd Ultan.
Flat Box # 739 is located on-site
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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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George Bogin papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed b Catherine N. Carson.
Finding aid written by Catherine N. Carson in May 2008.
2008-11-07 File created.
2009/01/15 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
George Bogin, a poet and translator, was born on April 28, 1920 in New York City. A lifelong New Yorker; he was raised in Queens and graduated from Columbia College in 1939. He served in World War II, and ultimately settled in Great Neck on Long Island, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was a passionate supporter of human rights and civil liberties, and was a founder of the Great Neck Peace Forum in the early 1950s. He married Ruth Fleischer (1920-1999), with whom he had two daughters, Nina and Madga Bogin.
He was widely published in literary magazines and anthologies, including The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, The Nation, Chicago Review, Columbia Forum, New Letters, Massachusetts Review, Kansas Quarterly, and Ploughshares. He also held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmekerrig, Ireland. One of Bogin's poems , "Pitchipoi," was set to music for orchestra and soloists by Lloyd Ultan in Pitchipoi, The Children of Drancy" (1983). His translation work was primarily from the French, and included Bosquet and Supervielle. He published two books, a translation of Jules Supervielle's works, Selected Poems and Reflections on the Art of Poetry (1985), and his own book of poetry, In a Surf of Strangers (1981).
During the last few years of his life, Bogin struggled with lymphoma, and ultimately succumbed to the disease on October 7, 1988. After his death, Bogin's friends and family established the George Bogin Memorial Award. This is awarded for "a selection of four or five poems that reflects the encounter of the ordinary and the extraordinary, uses language in an original way, and takes a stand against oppression in all its forms."