Barnard, Mary.

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American poet, biographer, and translator Mary Ethel Barnard was born in Vancouver, Washington on December 6, 1909. She was the daughter of Bertha Hoard and Samuel Melvin Barnard, who worked in the timber industry. After graduating from Reed College in 1932, Barnard established a relationship by mail with Ezra Pound, who became her literary mentor. Her poetry, prose, and translations of Greek poetry were published in literary magazines and as monographs. She was awarded numerous honors throughout her career, including the Levinson Award (1936), the Elliston Award (1979), and the Western States Book Award for Poetry (1986). Barnard died in 2001.

From the guide to the Mary Barnard papers, 1890-2001, 1933-2001, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Mary Barnard was born in 1909 in Vancouver, Washington, where she lived most of her life. She spent 20 years in New York meeting other poets including Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore. She was curator of the poetry collection of the Lockwood Memorial Library in Buffalo for four years. Her translation of the works of Sappho has been published in numerous editions and is still used in college classrooms today. She died in 2002.

From the description of Mary Barnard papers, 1924-2000. 1924-2000. (CORVALLIS BENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY). WorldCat record id: 55142918

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Tiger's Eye records, 1939-1955 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Serly, Tibor. The Pleiades : perfect copy / Tibor Serly ; poem by Mary Barnard. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers of Robert Graves: Correspondence (arranged by correspondent), c1909 to 2004 St John's College, Oxford
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
creatorOf Wicks, Christopher. Six songs of Sappho / Christopher M. Wicks. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Ezra Pound papers : addition, 1862-1983, 1960-1971 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Lippincott, Jeanne M. Songs of Sappho / Jeanne M. Lippincott. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-1997. Houghton Library
referencedIn Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Papers, 1870-1969 Houghton Library
referencedIn Tiger's eye records, 1939-1955. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. Ezra Pound papers : addition, 1862-1983 (bulk 1960-1971). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Serly, Tibor. The Pleiades. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn May Sarton Papers, 1846-1995, 1920-1995 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Schwarz, Ira P. Sappho fragments & variations / [music by] Ira-Paul Schwarz ; [words by] Sappho ; trans. by Mary Barnard. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Gary Snyder Papers, 1910-2003;, (1945-2002 bulk) University of California, Davis. General Library. . Dept. of Special Collections
creatorOf Malpede, Karen. Sappho and Aphrodite : typescript. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Barnard, Mary. Mary Barnard papers, 1890-2001. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Serly, Tibor. The Pleiades : cantata in modus lascivus for mixed chorus and orchestra : reduced score and complete chorus for rehearsal : corrected copy / Tibor Serly ; poem by Mary Barnard. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Malpede, Karen. Sappho and Aphrodite a play in progress : typescript. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Mary Barnard papers, 1890-2001, 1933-2001 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Barnard, Mary. Mary Barnard papers, 1924-2000. Reed College Library
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correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Graves, Robert Windham, 1858-1934 person
associatedWith Lippincott, Jeanne M. person
associatedWith Malpede, Karen. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Pound, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. person
associatedWith Reed College (Portland, Or.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sappho, fl. ca. 610-ca. 580 B.C. person
associatedWith Sarton, May, 1912-1995 person
associatedWith Schwarz, Ira P. person
associatedWith Serly, Tibor. person
associatedWith Snyder, Gary person
associatedWith Wicks, Christopher. person
associatedWith Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
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American poetry--20th century
Poets, American--20th century--Archives
Greek poetry--Translations into English
Poets, American--20th century
Translators
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Birth 1909-12-06

Death 2001-08-25

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Americans

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