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Howard Moss Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University


Finding aid created by: JA
Date: Jan 1975



Biographical History

Howard Moss (1922-1987) was an American poet, dramatist, children's author, editor, and critic. Born in New York City, he attended the University of Michigan 1939-1940 where he won a Hopwood Award; Harvard University during the summer of 1942; and received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1943. He later did graduate work at Columbia University.

Moss was an instructor at Vassar College in 1945-1946, and in 1948 became the Poetry Editor of The New Yorker magazine, a post he held for more than thirty-five years until his death in 1987.

Some of Moss' works include the following:

Moss was awarded the 1972 National Book Award for his Selected Poems.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Howard Moss Collection consists of correspondence, criticism, drama, and poetry.

Correspondence contains one letter, written by Sinclair Lewis. Criticism contains three book reviews and the manuscript for The Magic Lantern of Marcel Proust. Drama contains successive drafts of two plays, The Folding Green and the Oedipus-Mah-Jongg Scandal.

Poetry has four subdivisions. First, poems published in Finding Them Lost are presented alphabetically, after the author's manuscript for this book. The next subdivision is poems published in Second Nature. The third subdivision is "Other Poetry", consisting of occasional, light verse, unpublished, or incomplete, or unfinished poems. These too are listed alphabetically. The last subdivision is "Other Works", a category created for a book of poems for children, Tigers and Other Lilies, and its successive revisions.

Note on drafts: During processing, drafts were labelled e.g. A, B, C, etc. This was done with careful attention to paper characteristics, completeness of the manuscript, revisions and their subsequent incorporations, but these labels were designated solely at the processor's discretion, and should not be taken as either author's notation or as scholarly direction. In the seven versions of "The Folding Green", Moss does inscribe one as "Second version" and one as "Fourth version"; the researcher must choose his own path.


Arrangement of the Collection

See Scope and Content above.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.


Subject Headings

Persons

Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951.
Moss, Howard, 1922-

Subjects

American literature -- 20th century.
American poetry -- 20th century.
Dramatists, American.
Poets, American.

Genres and Forms

Correspondence.
Drafts (documents)
Galley proofs.
Manuscripts for publication.
Poems.

Occupations

Dramatists.
Poets.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Howard Moss Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries


Table of Contents

Correspondence

Criticism

Drama

Poetry


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