Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006

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Peter Viereck (1916-2006) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College.

From the guide to the Peter Viereck Manuscripts, 1963-1965, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Peter Viereck is an accomplished American poet, historian, and scholar. His verse features a unique gift for rhyme, lyricism, and an almost metaphysical infatuation with ideas. His combination of traditional forms with intellectual experimentation compose a singular and rewarding body of work.

From the description of Peter Viereck letter to Louis Untermeyer and papers, 1942-1951. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 51733126

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Peter Viereck (1916-2006) was a seminal figure in American conservative thought as well as an award-winning poet and historian who won Guggenheim Fellowships in both poetry and history. Viereck wrote prolifically on politics and intellectual history, and published over a dozen collections of poetry, most recently Door: Poems (2005). In 1949 Viereck won the Pulitzer Prize for his first book of poems, Terror and Decorum. Often credited with launching and naming the modern conservative intellectual movement in the late 1940s, Viereck later criticized its direction and deplored Senator Joseph McCarthy for betraying authentic conservative values. He was professor of Russian and European history at Mount Holyoke College for nearly fifty years

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Peter Viereck's father, George Sylvester Viereck (1884-1962), played a prominent role in the literary and cultural scene of early twentieth-century America, inspiring and serving as the first secretary of the Poetry Society of America. As a free-lance writer for publications including The Saturday Evening Post, George Sylvester Viereck interviewed many leading figures, including Albert Einstein and Adolph Hitler, and was a friend of Sigmund Freud. During World War II, the elder Viereck's standing was destroyed by his support for Nazi Germany as a paid propagandist. He was arrested and jailed for five years as an unregistered agent of Germany, although espionage charges against him were ultimately dropped. During his imprisonment, his younger son died in U.S. military service at Anzio, Italy, deepening George Sylvester Viereck's rift with his elder son Peter, who served as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst during the war. Peter Viereck had already diagnosed the evils of Nazi Germany in his book Metapolitics: From the Romantics to Hitler, begun at Harvard in 1936 and first published three months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

From the guide to the Peter Viereck papers, 1815-2006, (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )

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referencedIn Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006. Charles Edward Eaton papers, 1916-1990s [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006. Office files, of The American Poetry Review, 1975-1989. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972, 1929-1957 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ciardi, John, 1916-1986. John Ciardi papers, 1910-1997 (bulk 1960-1985). Library of Congress
creatorOf Beeson, Jack, 1921-2010. The day's no rounder than its angles are : three songs : for medium voice and string quartet / music by Jack Beeson ; words by Peter Viereck ; score. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Rubin, Louis Decimus, 1923-. Louis Decimus Rubin papers, 1945- (Series 1.1.1 V-W) [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006. [Letter, 1953] June 24, South Hadley, Mass. [to Jack W.C.] Hagstrom [Amherst, Mass.] / P Viereck. Amherst College Library
referencedIn Sykes, Gerald, 1903-. Papers, ca. 1921-1984. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1871-1972 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Peter Viereck Manuscripts, 1963-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Harmon, William, 1938-. William Harmon papers, 1939-2000 (correspondents T-V). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Elmer Gertz Papers, 1789-1997, (bulk 1926-1988) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Ammons, A. R., 1926-. The Little Magazine archive, 1965-1988. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Davis, Julia Johnson,. Correspondence regarding Peter Viereck, 1957. University of Virginia. Library
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creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series VI., Editorial Department Files, 1915-1984 (bulk 1948-1978). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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creatorOf Tate, Allen, 1899-1979. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
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referencedIn Correspondence of Michael Hamburger, with associated literary manuscripts and other material, 1929-1995 Leeds University Library
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referencedIn Simpson, Louis, 1923-. Papers of Louis Aston Marantz Simpson, 1943-1969. Library of Congress
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series I., General Correspondence, 1922-1977 (bulk 1946-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Hillyer, Robert, 1895-1961. Papers, 1725-1961. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Richard Volney Chase Papers, ca.1930-1984. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Furioso papers, 1938-1951. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Carpenter, Margaret Haley. Papers of Margaret Haley Carpenter [manuscript], 1898-1985, bulk 1953-1985. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006. Peter Viereck letter to Louis Untermeyer and papers, 1942-1951. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Pinsky, Robert. Robert Pinsky papers, circa 1960-2008. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Hamburger, Michael. Correspondence of Michael Hamburger, with associated literary manuscripts and other material. University of Leeds, Brotherton Library, Leeds University Library
referencedIn Parnassus: poetry in review records, 1971-1996 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Charles Edward Eaton Papers, 1950s-1990s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Chimera papers, (1943-1959) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Paul Blanshard Papers, 1912-1979 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006. Letters, n.d., to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn John Ciardi Papers, 1910-1997, (bulk 1960-1985) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. Notebook. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Gerald Sykes Papers, ca. 1921-1984 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Joseph Barnes Papers, 1923-1970 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Joel Oppenheimer Papers, 1925-1988. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
referencedIn Records of, Little Magazine TXRC95-A96., 1965-1988 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000. Elmer Gertz papers, 1789-1997 (bulk 1926-1988). Library of Congress
creatorOf Peter Viereck papers, 1815-2006 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Lawrence E. Spivak Papers, 1917-1994, (bulk 1945-1983) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Frank, Adelaide Schulkind. Papers, 1925-1972 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Letters to Wesley Hartley from various 20th century American authors and playwrights, 1957-1961. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Joseph Brodsky papers, circa 1890-2004, 1972-1996 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Beeson, Jack, 1921-2010. The day's no rounder than its angles are : three songs : for middle voice and string quartet / music by Jack Beeson ; words by Peter Viereck ; vocal score. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series VII., Other Department Files, 1916-1996 (bulk 1943-1969). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Furioso papers, 1938-1951 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Papers, 1927-1999 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006. Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1949-1953. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Chase, Richard Volney, 1914-1962. Richard Volney Chase papers, ca.1930-1984. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library.
referencedIn William Harmon Papers (#4568), 1939-2000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
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creatorOf Meacham, Harry M. (Harry Monroe), 1901-1975. Harry M. Meacham papers [manuscript] , 1900-75. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006. [Poems] / Peter Viereck. SUNY Geneseo, Milne Library
creatorOf Saylor, Bruce. Loveplay / by Bruce Saylor ; poems by Peter Viereck. University of Maryland Libraries, UMD Libraries
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associatedWith Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Antioch review. corporateBody
associatedWith Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 person
associatedWith Barber, Evelyn M. person
associatedWith Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. person
associatedWith Beeson, Jack, 1921-2010. person
associatedWith Bell, Daniel, 1919- person
associatedWith Blanshard, Paul, 1892- person
associatedWith Brodsky, Joseph, 1940-1996. person
associatedWith Carpenter, Margaret Haley. person
associatedWith Chase, Richard Volney, 1914-1962. person
associatedWith Ciardi, John, 1916-1986. person
associatedWith Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006. person
associatedWith Frank, Adelaide Schulkind. person
associatedWith Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith FREDA KIRCHWEY, 1893-1976 person
associatedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. person
correspondedWith Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000. person
associatedWith Griffin, William J. person
associatedWith Hagstrom, Jack W. C., 1933- person
associatedWith Hamburger, Michael. person
associatedWith Harmon, William, 1938- person
associatedWith Hillyer, Robert, 1895-1961. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Kirchwey, Freda. person
correspondedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
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associatedWith Meacham, Harry M. (Harry Monroe), 1901-1975. person
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
correspondedWith Oppenheimer, Joel person
correspondedWith Parnassus: poetry in review corporateBody
associatedWith Pinsky, Robert. person
associatedWith Rich, Adrienne, 1929-2012 person
associatedWith Rubin, Louis Decimus, 1923- person
associatedWith Saylor, Bruce. person
associatedWith Shapiro, Alan. person
associatedWith Shelley, Philip Allison, 1907- person
associatedWith Simpson, Louis, 1923- person
associatedWith Spivak, Lawrence E. (Lawrence Edmund), 1900-1994. person
associatedWith Stone, Lu. person
associatedWith Sykes, Gerald, 1903- person
associatedWith The New York Quarterly. corporateBody
associatedWith Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977, person
associatedWith Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Russia History
United States
Subject
Ryn, Claes, G--1943-
Germany--Civilization
Sontag, Susan--1933-2004
National socialism
Poets, American--Correspondence
Conservatism
Poets, American
Authors, American--20th century--Biography
Brodsky, Joseph--1940-1996
German Americans--Biography
D'Evelyn, Thomas
Russian poetry--20th century--History and criticism
World War, 1939-1945--German Americans
Literature--American Poetry
Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier)--1917-2007
Bettelheim, Bruno
Heckscher, August--1913-1997
Occupation
Poets
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Birth 1916-08-05

Death 2006-05-13

Americans

English

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