A Guide to the Gregory Corso Papers, 1957-1980

Corso (Gregory) Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Gregory Corso Papers
Creator - cre
Corso, Gregory.
Inclusive Dates
1957-1980
Extent
0.25 Linear Feet
Abstract
Gregory Corso was born 26 March 1930, in New York, NY. His career included working as a writer, manual laborer in New York City (1950-1951), and employee of the Los Angeles Examiner (Los Angeles, CA, 1951-1952), a merchant seaman on Norwegian vessels (1952-1953) and in the English department of the State University of New York at Buffalo (1965-1970).
Call Number
1997.0105
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Archives & Special Collections Staff.
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 archives@uconn.edu URL:

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Gregory Corso Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased from several different vendors.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Gregory Corso Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Poems
  • Essays
  • Notebooks
  • Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • New York (inhabited place)

Personal Name(s)

  • Corso, Gregory.

Subject(s)

  • Beat generation
  • Poetry
  • Literature
  • Poets
  • Twentieth century.
  • American poetry
  • American literature

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Biography

Gregory Corso was born 26 March 1930, in  New York, NY, the son of Fortunato Samuel and  Michelina (Colonni) Corso. His career included working as a writer, manual laborer in New York City (1950-1951), and employee of the  Los Angeles Examiner ( Los Angeles, CA, 1951-1952), a merchant seaman on Norwegian vessels (1952-1953) and in the English department of the  State University of New York at Buffalo (1965-1970). He appeared in  Peter Whitehead's film, “Wholly Communion” and in  Andy Warhol's “Couch.” He wrote novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and poetry. Corso was awarded the Longview Award for poem, “Marriage”, $1,000 Poetry Foundation award, the  Jean Stein Award for Poetry, and is a member of the  American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1986).

Also coauthor of screenplay “Happy Death”, 1965; contributor to periodicals, including Evergreen Review and  Litterair Paspoort.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 1999.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence pertaining to the publication of Corso's poems in an anthology and manuscripts of poems, a notebook and an essay.

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General note

Published Works:

Writings by the Author

  1. R. Brukenfeld  The Vestal Lady on Brattle, and Other Poems,  (Cambridge, MA), 1955.

  2. “This Hung-Up Age” (play) produced at Harvard University, 1955.

  3. Bomb (poem; broadside),  [San Francisco], 1958.

  4. introduction by Allen Ginsberg,  Gasoline (poems),  City Lights, 1958, new edition, 1992.

  5. (With Henk Marsman)  A Pulp Magazine for the Dead Generation: Poems,  Dead Language, 1959.

  6. (With William S. Burroughs,  Brion Gysin, and  Sinclair Beiles)  Minutes to Go, Two Cities Editions  (Paris), 1960.

  7. Happy Birthday of Death (poems),  New Directions, 1960.

  8. (Editor with Walter Hollerer)  Junge Amerikanische Lyrik (anthology),  Carl Hansen Verlag, 1961.

  9. The American Express (novel),  Olympia Press, 1961.

  10. (With Anselm Hollo and  Tom Raworth)  The Minicab War,  Matrix Press, 1961.

  11. Find It So Hard to Write the How Why & What...,  Paterson Society, 1961.

  12. Long Live Man (poems),  New Directions, 1962.

  13. Selected Poems,  Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1962.

  14. (With Lawrence Ferlinghetti and  Allen Ginsberg)  Penguin Modern Poets 5, Penguin, 1963.

  15. The Mutation of the Spirit: A Shuffle Poem,  Death Press, 1964.

  16. There Is Yet Time to Run Back through Life and Expiate All That's Been Sadly Done (poems),  New Directions, 1965.

  17. (Contributor) Paris Leary and  Robert Kelly, editors,  A Controversy of Poets,  Doubleday Anchor, 1965.

  18. The Geometric Poem: A Long Experimental Poem, Composite of Many Lines and Angles Selective,  [Milan, Italy], 1966.

  19. (Contributor) Bob Booker and  George Foster, editors,  Pardon Me, Sir, But Is My Eye Hurting Your Elbow? (screenplays),  Bernard Geis, 1967.

  20. 10 Times a Poem: Collected at Random From 2 Suitcases Filled With Poems—the Gathering of 5 Years,  Poets Press, 1967.

  21. Elegiac Feelings American,  New Directions, 1970.

  22. Gregory Corso,  Phoenix Book Shop, 1971.

  23. Egyptian Cross,  Phoenix Book Shop, 1971.

  24. The Night Last Night Was at Its Nightest...,  Phoenix Book Shop, 1972.

  25. Earth Egg,  Unmuzzled Ox, 1974.

  26. Way Out: A Poem in Discord (play),  Bardo Matrix (Kathmandu, Nepal), 1974.

  27. The Japanese Notebook Ox,  Unmuzzled Ox, 1974.

  28. Collected Plays,  City Lights, 1980.

  29. edited by Michael Andre,  Writings from Ox,  Unmuzzled Ox, 1981.

  30. Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit,  New Directions, 1981.

  31. Mindfield: New and Selected Poems,  Thunder's Mouth, 1989.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Correspondence, 1958-1960 

Corso to Max Gartenberg, 1958-1960 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:1

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Series II: Manuscripts, 1957-1980 

“Literary Revolution in America”, 1957 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:2

Notebook, ca. 1970 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:3

Unpublished poems and fragments, ca. 1972 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:4

Poems, ca. 1975-1980 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:5-7

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