McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990

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Thomas McGrath was born in 1916 near Sheldon, North Dakota. He first attended Moorhead State University and in 1939 earned a B.A. at the University of North Dakota. He studied at Louisiana State with Cleanth Brooks, was involved in radical political activity, wrote, and published his first book of poems. In the 1940-1941 academic year McGrath taught at Colby College in Maine then went to New York city where he wrote, did legal research for attorneys engaged in "political" cases, and worked at the Kearney Shipyards, until he entered the armed forces in 1942-1945. He used a Rhodes scholarship to attend New College, Oxford, England in 1947-48. McGrath then taught at Los Angeles State University, until he was dismissed due to his appearance as an unfriendly witness before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1953. From 1954 to 1960 McGrath worked several jobs, wrote screenplays, and in 1960 he resumed his academic career, teaching at C.W. Post College. He founded, with his wife Genia, the journal Crazy Horse. From 1962-1983 he taught at North Dakota State University and Moorhead State University. McGrath has been awarded a variety of distinguished prizes and fellowships for his work as a poet including a Guggenheim Fellow in 1967, and two Bush Fellowships (1976, 1981). In 1981 the University of North Dakota awarded him a Doctorate of Letters and in 1977 he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Western Literature. McGrath has been married three times, to Marion, Alice, and Eugenia (Genia), all of whom appear in his poetry. He is the father of a son, Tomasito, to whom much poetry is addressed.

From the description of Papers, 1940-1999. (University of North Dakota). WorldCat record id: 48777002

Born in North Dakota, Thomas McGrath taught at several colleges and universities while publishing his poetry. He received numerous awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. McGrath, who died in 1990, is considered one of the leading American poets of the late 20th century, and is the subject of several critical studies and biographies.

From the description of Papers. 1977-1982. (Tri-College Library). WorldCat record id: 27722487

Born at Sheldon, N.D., son of James Long and Catherine (Shea) McGrath. Graduated University of North Dakota in 1939, received Master of Arts from Louisiana State University, 1940; served U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Taught at Los Angeles State College, Post College, and North Dakota State University. Began teaching at Moorhead State University in 1969. Wed Eugenia Johnson in 1960. Poet, magazine editor, and author of filmscripts.

From the description of Papers, 1970-1971. (North Dakota State University Library). WorldCat record id: 29872568

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referencedIn Guide to the Virginia Gardner Papers, 1913-1990 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Hazard, Michael. The Movie at the end of the world field recordings [videorecording], 1980-1981. North Dakota State University Library
referencedIn Poetry Manuscripts Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo). Contemporary manuscripts collection, 1880- SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Guide to the Oral History of the American Left Collection, 1940-2011 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Griffith, E. V., 1927-. E.V. Griffith papers, ca. 1945-1995. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Humboldt, Charles, 1910-1964. Charles Humboldt papers, 1935-1963 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Anne Waldman Papers (1945-2012, bulk 1965-2000) University of Michigan
creatorOf McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990. Papers, 1940-1999. University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990. Papers, 1940-1999. University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
creatorOf Bertolino, James, 1942-. Papers, 1968-1980. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990. Papers, 1970-1971. North Dakota State University Library
creatorOf Choice Magazine. Records, 1961-1970. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1973-1989. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn McGrath, Alice, 1917-. The education of Alice McGrath : oral history transcript / by Michael Balter, under the auspices of the Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles, 1987. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Charles Humboldt papers, 1935-1963 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990. Correspondence with Singing Horse Press, 1987-1988. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Jacobsen, Dale. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1988-1989. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990. Papers, 1970-1971. North Dakota State University Library
referencedIn Lyons, Richard. Papers, 1938-1982. North Dakota State University Library
referencedIn Guide to the Virginia Gardner Papers, 1913-1990 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990. Papers. Tri-College Library
referencedIn Aaron Kramer papers, ca. 1940 -1986. Houghton Library
referencedIn Beat poets and poetry collection, 1959-1971. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn Beat poets and poetry papers, 1959-1969. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith Griffith, E. V., 1927- person
associatedWith Humboldt, Charles, 1910-1964. person
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correspondedWith Kramer, Aaron, 1921- person
associatedWith Lyons, Richard. person
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Grand Forks (N.D.)
North Dakota--Grand Forks
North Dakota
Minnesota
Minnesota
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American poetry
American poetry--20th century
Poets, American--20th century
Blacklisting of authors
Depressions--1929
Motion picture authorship
Poetry
Poets, American
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Poets--North Dakota
Teachers--North Dakota
Poets--Minnesota
Teachers--Minnesota
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Birth 1916-11-20

Death 1990-09-20

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