Tarn, Nathaniel

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American poet, translator, editor, and anthropologist with field work among the Highland Maya and Burmese Buddhists.

From the description of Nathaniel Tarn papers, circa 1939-2000. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 462168967

Biography

Nathaniel Tarn was born in Paris, France in 1928. His childhood in Belgium was disrupted in 1939, when the threat of World War II prompted the family's removal to England. After graduating in history and English from King's College, Cambridge, Tarn studied anthropology, first at the Sorbonne and then as a Smith-Mundt-Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chicago, where he completed his doctoral degree based on fieldwork in the Mayan region of Guatemala. Further work in anthropology followed, with extensive research on Buddhist culture in Burma. Upon his return to England, Tarn received a teaching appointment to the London School of Economics, followed by a professorship at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). In addition to his expertise in the Highland Maya area and South East Asia, Tarn has also worked in the Himalayan region, China, Japan, Cuba, and Alaska.

After publishing his first volume of poetry Old Savage/Young City in 1964 and a celebrated translation of Pablo Neruda's The Heights of Macchu Picchu in 1966, Tarn decided to concentrate his energies on literature. He served as the General Editor of Cape Editions and the Founding Editor of Cape-Goliard Press in London from 1967 until 1969, then returned to the United States in 1970. Two years later he accepted a professorship in comparative literature at Rutgers, which he held until his retirement in 1985. Today he lives outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, remaining a creative and energetic force in modern poetry and the study of world literature.

As poet, essayist, translator, and editor, Tarn has published some twenty-five books, including an anthology of his collected essays in literary and cultural criticism, Views from the Weaving Mountain (1991). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Guinness prize (1963), Wenner Gren fellowship (1978, 1980), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fellowship (1984), and a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship.

From the guide to the Nathaniel Tarn papers, circa 1939-2000, (Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives)

Biography / Administrative History

Arnold Wesker gave a collection of his works to Nathaniel Tarn, in part because Tarn was a very thorough collector, but also to see what such a collection would eventually look like and perhaps, to ascertain at some point in the future what value would be ascribed to such a collection.

From the guide to the Collection of works by Arnold Wesker given to Nathaniel Tarn., ca. 1920-1988, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Schwerner, Armand. Armand Schwerner papers, 1945-1999. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Tarn, Nathaniel. Correspondence with Singing Horse Press, 1977-1990. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Meltzer, David. Papers, 1954-1974. Indiana University
referencedIn Scott, Ann London, 1929-1975. Papers, 1932?-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Tarn, Nathaniel. [Poetry reading by Nathaniel Tarn, Oct. 9, 2002 [sound recording]. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Tarn, Nathaniel. Nathaniel Tarn papers, circa 1939-2000. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn John Digby papers, 1963–2004, 1974–2002 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Conjunctions. Records I, 1981-1984. State Library of Ohio
creatorOf Neruda, Pablo, 1904-1973. Selected poems / Pablo Neruda ; edited by Nathaniel Tarn ; translated by Anthony Kerrigan ... [et al.] ; with an introduction by Jean Franco. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Nathaniel Tarn papers, circa 1939-2000 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Collection of works by Arnold Wesker given to Nathaniel Tarn., ca. 1920-1988 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Lindsay Hill Papers, circa 1963 - 2008 Mandeville Special Collections Library
referencedIn Gary Snyder Papers, 1910-2003;, (1945-2002 bulk) University of California, Davis. General Library. . Dept. of Special Collections
referencedIn John Taggart Papers, 1962-2002 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf Tarn, Nathaniel. Office files, of The American Poetry Review, 1974. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hill, Lindsay, 1952-. Lindsay Hill papers, 1968-2007. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Conjunctions. Records II, 1985-1987. State Library of Ohio
referencedIn Papers, 1932?-1976 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Kenneth Rexroth papers, Bulk, 1969-1981, 1940-1982 USC Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982. Kenneth Rexroth papers, 1940-1982 (bulk 1969-1981). University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Tarn, Nathaniel,. Casa de las Americas : papers relating to events and programs, 1965-1968. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Michael Heller papers, 1960-2010 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Anne Waldman Papers (1945-2012, bulk 1965-2000) University of Michigan
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library
referencedIn Toby Olson Papers, 1970-2000 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Heller, Michael, 1937-. Michael Heller papers, circa 1960-2010. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Olson, Toby. Toby Olson papers, circa 1970-2005. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Levin, Harry. Harry Levin Papers. 1920-1995. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Gitin, David. Papers, 1968-1993. Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Gitin, David. Papers, 1968-1993. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Trigram Press. Papers, 1965-1975. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Stanford University Press archival book copies, 1900-2012 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Wesker, Arnold, 1932-. Nathaniel Tarn collection of Arnold Wesker materials, circa 1920-1988. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Guatemala
Cuba
Subject
Ethnology
Ethnology--Guatemala
American literature--20th century
Poetry, Modern--20th century
Anthropology
Theravāda Buddhism
Occupation
Collector
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Birth 1928-06-30

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