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Edward Dorn letters and poems

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0823

Scope and Content Note

The three letters written by Edward Dorn are addressed to Clarence Major, Dave Schaff, and Louis Rowan. Additionally there are four poems (two of which are on a single sheet), titled "Nature their passing bell: an atonement," "A Vague Love," "Another Vague Love," and "In the Shadow."


  • Creation: 1959-1968


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Edward Dorn (1929-1999)

American poet Edward Dorn was born April 2, 1929, in Villa Grove, Illinois. Edward Dorn attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina for several years, receiving a BA in 1954. Although poets associated with the college have often been grouped together as the "Black Mountain poets," Dorn has suggested: "I think I'm rightly associated with the Black Mountain “school,” not because of the way I write, but because I was there." Dorn's most influential and highly acclaimed work was the four-volume epic poem, Slinger, which evolved from his earlier poem, "An Idle Visitation." Edward Dorn died December 10, 1999 in Denver, Colorado.

"Edward Dorn." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed June 2008).


7 item


Three letters and four poems written by American poet Edward Dorn.


The letters are arranged in chronological order, followed by the four poems, all written in May 1966.


Purchase, April 2008.

Shelving Summary

Box 55, F0823: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, June 2008. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.


Finding aid for Edward Dorn letters and poems
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2008 June 9
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