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Paul Metcalf letters to Ted Wilentz

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0842

Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises letters and postcards written by Paul Metcalf to Ted Wilentz between 1984 and 1991.

This small collection of ten typed letters and one postcard were written by writer Paul Metcalf to his longtime friend Ted Wilentz, who was the former owner of the Eighth Street Bookshop in New York City. Additionally the collection has a postcard announcing a Metcalf reading, a handwritten thank-you letter from Metcalf's wife Nancy, and a photocopy of a Metcalf's review of a Herman Melville documentary.

Many of the letters regard a poetry reading to be given by Metcalf which was sponsored by the Washington Project for the Arts in 1984. The Metcalfs were guests in the Wilentzes' home during this trip to Washington, D.C., for the reading. In other letters Metcalf commented on his longtime friend, poet Jonathan Williams, who also published several of Metcalf's books.


  • Creation: 1984-1991
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1984-1985


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,

Paul Metcalf (1917-1999)

Paul Metcalf was a writer of poetry, plays and prose, who used an experimental style. Metcalf was born in East Milton, Massachusetts, to a New England family whose ancestors included Herman Melville and Roger Williams. One of Metcalf's best known works is Genoa, a story in which the author alludes to his family's relationship to Melville. In 1987 Paul Metcalf was honored by the American Academy and institute of Arts and Letters. Mr. Metcalf died on January 21, 1999, near Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

"Paul Metcalf, 81; Wrote Experimental Tales."The New York Times. 1999 January 31. (accessed April 21, 2009).


14 item (15 pages)


The collection comprises letters and postcards written from Paul Metcalf, experimental American writer, to Ted Wilentz, former owner of the Eighth Street Bookshop in New York City, between 1984 and 1991.


The letters and postcards are arranged in chronological order.


Purchase, November 2008.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 50, F0800: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, May 2009. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

Finding aid for Paul Metcalf letters to Ted Wilentz
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2009 May 7
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Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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