Davison, Peter, 1928-2004

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Peter Davison (June 27, 1928, New York, New York – December 29, 2004, Boston, Massachusetts) was an American poet, essayist, teacher, lecturer, editor, and publisher. Peter Davison was born in New York City to Edward Davison, a Scottish poet, and Nathalie (née Weiner) Davison. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where his father taught at the University of Colorado. Davison attended Harvard University, graduating in 1949. Among his classmates at Harvard were John Ashbery, Robert Bly, and Robert Creeley.

After graduating from Harvard, Davison spent a year at Cambridge University on a Fulbright Fellowship. He worked at publishers Harcourt Brace and at Harvard University Press, serving as an assistant to that press's director. In 1966 he joined the Atlantic Monthly Press, remaining there for 29 years, the final 15 as its director. For 30 years he was also poetry editor for Atlantic Monthly, which later merged with Grove Press to become Grove/Atlantic. In the 1980s he joined Houghton Mifflin, where he edited books for his own imprint from 1985 to 1998. From the 1950s forward he was part of a Boston and New England literary milieu that included Robert Lowell, Robert Frost, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall. In 1963, his first collection of poetry, Breaking of the Day, was selected by Dudley Fitts, for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He would go on to publish 11 volumes of poetry. His final poetry collection, Breathing Room (2000), received the Massachusetts Book Award. Among the authors Davison edited were Ward Just, Farley Mowat, William Least Heat-Moon, and Robert Coles.

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referencedIn Papers, 1944-1981. Houghton Library
creatorOf Davison, Peter. Doorknobs and infinity : Robert Frost as teacher / remarks by Peter Davison. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Press. Letters, 1939-1962, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Stephen Sandy letters from poets, 1954-1988. Houghton Library
creatorOf Pancake, Breece D'J, d. 1979. Papers, 1961-1990 chiefly of Pancake's literary executor John Casey [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hearon, Shelby, 1931-. Papers, 1966-1996. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Davison, Peter. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1973-1991. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Ryan, Michael, 1946-. Papers of Michael Ryan [manuscript], 1957-1990. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Houghton Mifflin Company. Collection of papers on Bitter fame, 1954-1991, (bulk 1986-1990). Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Shelby Hearon Papers TXRC96-A38., 1966-1996 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Sexton, Anne, 1928-1974. Anne Sexton Papers, 1912-1996, (bulk 1953-1974). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Gordon Cairnie papers, 1922-1973. Houghton Library
referencedIn Anne Walker Artists' Book Collection MS 114., 1974-2006 Mortimer Rare Book Room
referencedIn Anne Sexton Papers 122492286., 1912-1996, (bulk 1953-1974) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Walcutt, Sue. Letter [1968 July, n.p.] to "Binx" [i.e. Mary Cooley, Ann Arbor] University of Michigan
referencedIn Alfred Kazin collection of papers, 1933-1990, 1933-1978 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Moffitt, John. Papers of John Moffitt [manuscript], 1852-1987, bulk 1906-1987. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Walker, Anne. Anne Walker artists' book collection, 1974-2006. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Davison, Peter, 1928-2004. Peter Davison papers on L. E. Sissman, 1967-1999 Houghton Library
creatorOf Atlantic Monthly Press. Papers. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf Davison, Peter Hubert, 1928-. Correspondence, 1975, from Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Davison, Peter. Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra / Peter Davison. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Jacobson, Dan. Papers, 1941-1994. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Davison, Peter. Peter Davison papers, circa 1940-2005. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Ziff, Lloyd. Happy birthday N.B.C.C. 1974-1984 ; the National Book Critics Circle tenth anniversary, 1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Evett, Robert, 1922-1975. Mary Magdalene at Easter / [Robert Evett ; words by Peter Davison]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Dan Jacobson Papers TXRC93-A3., 1941-92 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Butscher, Edward. Collection of papers on Sylvia Plath, 1918-1976 (bulk 1946-1976). Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Sissman, L. E., 1928-1976. Papers, 1944-1981. Houghton Library
referencedIn Evett, Robert, 1922-1975. Mary Magdalene at Easter / [Robert Evett ; words by Peter Davison]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Rich, Adrienne Cecile. Papers, 1927-1999 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 person
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associatedWith Hearon, Shelby, 1931- person
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associatedWith Morrison, Kathleen, 1898- person
associatedWith National Council of Teachers of English. corporateBody
associatedWith Pancake, Breece D'J, d. 1979. person
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associatedWith Walker, Anne. person
associatedWith Walker, Anne, 1933- person
associatedWith Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972 person
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Death 2004-12-29

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