Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964

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Poet and anthologist.

From the description of Papers, 1920-1966. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 56837748

Poet and editor.

From the description of Papers of Oscar Williams, 1939-1942. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71069013

American poet most noted for his poetry anthologies.

From the description of [Poems] / Oscar Williams. [193- -1947] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 491429622

Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York, December 1910. He wrote poetry from an early age, winning the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1921, yet gave up poetry to work, quite successfully, in advertising for sixteen years. In 1937 he decided to quit his advertising job, resumed writing, lecturing, and poetry readings, and through the 1940s and 50s produced a number of poetry anthologies. He originated the Little Treasury Poetry Series and several of his anthologies, including Little Treasury of Modern Poetry (1952) and Immortal Poems of the English Language (1964), were used as textbooks in more than 100 American colleges and universities. Williams died in New York City, December 10, 1964.

From the guide to the Williams, Oscar mss., 1920-1966, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington))

Oscar Williams was an American poet and anthologist.

From the description of Oscar Williams papers concerning The War Poets, 1944-1945. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612748681

From the guide to the Oscar Williams papers concerning The war poets, 1944-1945., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American poet and editor.

From the description of Papers of Oscar Williams [manuscript], 1940-1969. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647816298

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creatorOf Blackmur, R. P. (Richard P.), 1904-1965. Typed letter signed RP Blackmur to: Mr. Williams November 4, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Spencer, Theodore, 1902-1949. Typed letter signed Theodore Spencer to: Mr. Williams October 24, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Oscar Williams papers concerning The war poets, 1944-1945. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-2000. Typed letter signed Karl Shapiro to: Mr. Williams November 14, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Typed letter signed Robert Penn Warren to Mr. Williams. Wellesley College
creatorOf Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-1980. Typed letter signed Muriel Rukeyser to Mr. Williams September 15, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Thompson, Dunstan, 1918-1975. Papers of Dunstan Thompson, 1865-2009 (bulk 1918-2008). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Papers, 1944-1981. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Williams, Oscar mss., 1920-1966 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Typed letter signed Archie MacLeish to: "Oscar Williams" March 25, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. Postcard signed RE to: Oscar January 23, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Trigg, Emma Gray White. Papers of Emma Gray Trigg [manuscript], 1921-1940. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1906-. Oscar Williams interview : notes, 1984. Mervyn H Sterne Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB Sterne Library
creatorOf Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. Typed letter signed Wallace Stevens to Mr. Williams September 13, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Blackmur, R. P. (Richard P.), 1904-1965. Typed letter signed RP Blackmur to: Mr. Williams March 7, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Redding, Dorcas. May be / Dorcas Redding ; [words by] Oscar Williams. Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library, University of Louisville
creatorOf Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973. Autograph letter signed W.H. Auden to: Oscar Williams October 30, [1940]. Wellesley College
referencedIn Wagner, Joseph Frederick, 1900-1974. A poem is! : for voice and piano / music by Joseph Wagner ; poem by Oscar Williams. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-2000. Typed letter signed Karl Shapiro to: Mr. Williams October 9, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. Typed letter signed R.E. to: Oscar January 20, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. Papers, 1920-1966. Indiana University
creatorOf Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. [Letter] 1946 Sept. 5, London [to] Oscar Williams, New York. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. Typed letter signed Dick to: Oscar January 13, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Colt Press. Colt Press records, ca. 1941-1942. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964,. The war poets : manuscript, [1945] Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Typed letter signed Warren to Mr. Williams November 24, 1941. Wellesley College
referencedIn Barker, George, 1913-1991. George Barker collection, 1930-1966. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. Autograph letter signed Marianne Moore to: Mr. Williams. September 13, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. Typed letter signed Dick E to: Oscar November 24, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Blackmur, R. P. (Richard P.), 1904-1965. Typed letter signed RP Blackmur to: Mr. Williams March 5, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bishop, John Peale, 1892-1944. Typed letter signed John Peale Bishop to: Mr. Williams January 16, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. Oscar Williams papers concerning The War Poets, 1944-1945. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. Papers of Oscar Williams, 1939-1942. Library of Congress
referencedIn Leffert, Henry. Correspondence, 1950-1962. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. Papers, 1899-1957. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. Typed letter signed W. Stevens to Mr. Williams October 27, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. Typed letter signed Wallace Stevens to Mr. Williams February 2, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965. Autograph letter signed Randall Jarrell to: "Mr. Williams" Wellesley College
creatorOf Sexton, Anne, 1928-1974. Anne Sexton Papers, 1912-1996, (bulk 1953-1974). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn E. E. Cummings additional papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
creatorOf MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Typed letter signed Archie MacLeish to: "Mr. Williams" September 16, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965. Autograph letter signed Randall Jarrell to: "Mr. Williams" Wellesley College
creatorOf Aiken, Conrad, 1889-1973. Typed letter signed Conrad Aiken to: Mr. Williams November 25, 1940. Wellesley College
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. Papers of Oscar Williams [manuscript], 1940-1969. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. [Miscellaneous uncataloged materials] Indiana University
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. [Items relating to the poetry anthologies edited by Oscar Williams]. Indiana University
creatorOf Jeffers, Una, 1884 or 5-1950. Autograph letter signed Una Jeffers to: "Mr. Williams" September 16, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953. Miscellaneous papers, 1942-1967. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Bakey, Thusa M. Typed letter signed Thusa M. Bakey to: Mr. Williams September 11, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Typed letter signed Robert Penn Warren to Mr. Williams January 16, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995. Autograph letter signed Stephen Spender to: Mr. Williams December 13, [s.d.]. Wellesley College
creatorOf MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Typed letter signed AmacL to: "Oscar Williams" October 15, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-2000. Typed letter signed Karl Shapiro to: Mr. Williams November 21, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Allott, Kenneth. Autograph letter signed Kenneth Allott to: Mr. Williams March 22, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Tate, Allen, 1899-1979. Autograph letter signed Allen Tate to "Dear Williams" September 15, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. Typed letter signed Dick E to: Oscar December 28, 1941. Wellesley College
referencedIn Adler, Ija. Papers, 1932-1967. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Typed letter signed AmacL to: "Mr. Williams" March 12, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. Typed letter signed Oscar Williams to: "Mr. MacLeish" January 5, [s.d.]. Wellesley College
referencedIn Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953. Papers, 1936-1954. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Herschberger, Ruth, 1917-. Typed letter signed Ruth Herschberger to: Mr. Williams November 16, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Typed letter signed AmacL to: "Mr Williams" September 23, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Typed letter signed Robert Penn Warren to Mr. Williams March 11, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Prokosch, Frederic, 1908-1989. Autograph letter signed F.P. to: "Dear O.W." Wellesley College
creatorOf Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. Typed letter signed Dick E to: Gene and Oscar January 13, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Prokosch, Frederic, 1908-1989. Autograph letter signed F.P. to: "Dear O.W." February 8, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-2000. Typed letter signed Karl Shapiro to: Mr. Williams September 26, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Blackmur, R. P. (Richard P.), 1904-1965. Typed letter signed RP Blackmur to: Mr. Williams October 7, 1941. Wellesley College
referencedIn Additional papers, 1917-1962 and undated. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Garrigue, Jean, 1912-1972. Typed letter signed Jean Garrigue to: "Oscar Williams" Wellesley College
referencedIn Anne Sexton Papers 122492286., 1912-1996, (bulk 1953-1974) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Nemerov, Howard,. Typed letter signed Howard Nemerov to: Mr. Williams December 9, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Typed letter signed Robert Penn Warren to Mr. Williams September 15, 1941. Wellesley College
creatorOf Prokosch, Frederic, 1908-1989. Autograph letter signed Frederic to: "Dear Oscar" June 13, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. [Poems] / Oscar Williams. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-1980. Typed postcard signed Muriel Rukeyser to Mr. Williams December 1, [1914]. Wellesley College
creatorOf Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. Typed letter signed Marianne Moore to: Mr. Williams. March 6, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Derwood, Gene, 1909-1954. [Miscellaneous uncataloged materials] Indiana University
creatorOf Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. General correspondence, 1901-1972. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Spender, Theodore. person
correspondedWith Stauffer, Donald Alfred, 1902- person
correspondedWith Stepanchev, Stephen, 1915- person
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United States
Subject
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
Publishers and publishing--History--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Poetry
Labor and laboring classes
English poetry--20th century
African Americans--Employment
American poetry--20th century
Poetry
Mineral industries--Employees
World War, 1914-1918--Poetry
Poetry--Collections
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Poets
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Birth 1900-12-29

Death 1964-10-10

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