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Allen Tate Letters (VMF166)

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Tate to Professor Fred Millett, authorizing him to quote from Tate's review of New Methods for the Study of Literature by Edith Rickert

Tate to Henry Wenning. Encloses payment for copy of Chills and Fever [collection of poems] by John Crowe Ransom (Knopf, 1924) and explains origin of tipped-in title page of White Buildings [collection of poems] by Hart Crane (Boni & Liveright, 1926) for which he had provided a Foreword. The first issue had misspelled Tate’s name on the title page: Allan. A corrected title page was tipped-in all subsequent copies. Comments upon scarcity of few first issue copies and relates that he has given his own copy to Peggy Baird, first wife of Malcolm Cowley, for her Hart Crane Collection, purchased by the University of Texas

Henry Wenning to Tate. Reports that his copy of Chills and Fever was no longer available. Thanks him for information concerning first issue of White Buildings and comments further upon extreme scarcity of book without corrected title page. Comments upon state of George Marion O’Donnell’s correspondence which is in hands of an heir

Tate to Henry Wenning. Requests copy of Chills and Fever. Relates that his own copy of Mr. Pope [collection of poems] (Minton, Balch & Company, 1928) has a tipped in sheet for Ode

Henry Wenning to Tate. Thanks him for purchasing copy of Chills and Fever and thanks him for the information sent on Mr. Pope



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Allen Tate Letters (VMF166), 1944-1964 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Allen Tate Letters (VMF166), 1944-1964Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1944-1964

ID: MSS/VMF/166

Primary Creator: Tate, Allen (1899-1979)

Extent: 5.0 Items

Date Acquired: 11/00/1968

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence from Tate to Henry Wenning and Fred Millett

Collection Historical Note

John Orley Allen Tate (November 19, 1899 – February 9, 1979) was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1944.  Born near Winchester, Kentucky, Tate studied the violin at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music from 1916-1917.  He began attending Vanderbilt University in 1918 and was invited to join a group of young Southern poets under the leadership of John Crowe Ransom known as the Fugitive Poets and later as the Southern Agrarians. Tate contributed to the group's magazine The Fugitive and to the agrarian manifesto I'll Take My Stand published in 1930, and this was followed in 1938 by Who Owns America? Tate also joined Ransom to teach at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

In 1924, Tate moved to New York City.  Over a four-year period, he worked freelance for The Nation, contributed to the Hound and Horn, Poetry magazine, and others (some years later, he would also contribute articles to the conservative National Review). To make ends meet, he worked as a janitor.  In 1928, Tate published his first book of poetry, Mr. Pope and Others Poems which contained his most famous poem, "Ode to the Confederate Dead." That same year, Tate also published a biography Stonewall Jackson: The Good Soldier.  In 1929, Tate published a second biography Jefferson Davis: His Rise and Fall.  In 1938, Tate published his only novel, The Fathers.

Tate was a poet-in-residence at Princeton University until 1942. He founded the Creative Writing program at Princeton, and mentored Richard Blackmur, John Berryman, and others. In 1942, Tate assisted novelist and friend Andrew Lytle in transforming The Sewanee Review, America's oldest literary quarterly, from a modest journal into one of the most prestigious in the nation. Tate and Lytle had attended Vanderbilt together prior to collaborating at The University of the South.

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Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

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Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 1006, November 1968. Originally laid in Reason in Madness by Allen Tate (TLS to Fred Millett)

Accession number 1287, July 28, 1971. Gift of Henry Wenning. (Correspondence to Wenning)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed September 1969 and January 1972


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[Item 1: Tate to Professor Fred Millett, authorizing him to quote from Tate's review of New Methods for the Study of Literature by Edith Rickert, 1944: August 12],
[Item 2: Tate to Henry Wenning. Encloses payment for copy of Chills and Fever [collection of poems] by John Crowe Ransom (Knopf, 1924) and explains origin of tipped-in title page of White Buildings [collection of poems] by Hart Crane (Boni & Liveright, 1926) for which he had provided a Foreword. The first issue had misspelled Tate’s name on the title page: Allan. A corrected title page was tipped-in all subsequent copies. Comments upon scarcity of few first issue copies and relates that he has given his own copy to Peggy Baird, first wife of Malcolm Cowley, for her Hart Crane Collection, purchased by the University of Texas, 1963: December 24],
[Item 3: Henry Wenning to Tate. Reports that his copy of Chills and Fever was no longer available. Thanks him for information concerning first issue of White Buildings and comments further upon extreme scarcity of book without corrected title page. Comments upon state of George Marion O’Donnell’s correspondence which is in hands of an heir, 1964: January 8],
[Item 4: Tate to Henry Wenning. Requests copy of Chills and Fever. Relates that his own copy of Mr. Pope [collection of poems] (Minton, Balch & Company, 1928) has a tipped in sheet for Ode, 1964: June 6],
[Item 5: Henry Wenning to Tate. Thanks him for purchasing copy of Chills and Fever and thanks him for the information sent on Mr. Pope, 1964: June 9],
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Item 1: Tate to Professor Fred Millett, authorizing him to quote from Tate's review of New Methods for the Study of Literature by Edith Rickert, 1944: August 12Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 2: Tate to Henry Wenning. Encloses payment for copy of Chills and Fever [collection of poems] by John Crowe Ransom (Knopf, 1924) and explains origin of tipped-in title page of White Buildings [collection of poems] by Hart Crane (Boni & Liveright, 1926) for which he had provided a Foreword. The first issue had misspelled Tate’s name on the title page: Allan. A corrected title page was tipped-in all subsequent copies. Comments upon scarcity of few first issue copies and relates that he has given his own copy to Peggy Baird, first wife of Malcolm Cowley, for her Hart Crane Collection, purchased by the University of Texas, 1963: December 24Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 3: Henry Wenning to Tate. Reports that his copy of Chills and Fever was no longer available. Thanks him for information concerning first issue of White Buildings and comments further upon extreme scarcity of book without corrected title page. Comments upon state of George Marion O’Donnell’s correspondence which is in hands of an heir, 1964: January 8Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 2 pages
Item 4: Tate to Henry Wenning. Requests copy of Chills and Fever. Relates that his own copy of Mr. Pope [collection of poems] (Minton, Balch & Company, 1928) has a tipped in sheet for Ode, 1964: June 6Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 5: Henry Wenning to Tate. Thanks him for purchasing copy of Chills and Fever and thanks him for the information sent on Mr. Pope, 1964: June 9Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page


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