Johnson, Ronald, 1935-1998

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Ronald Johnson was born in Ashland, Kansas on November 25, 1935 to A.T. Johnson and Helen Mayse (1910-1993). When he was a child, his family moved to Topeka, Kansas. He spent some time at the University of Kansas before performing two years of national service in the Army, in Georgia, Arizona, and California. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in 1960 at Columbia College.

In 1964, Johnson published his first collection of poetry, A Line of Poetry, A Row of Tree, with Jargon Press. He would go on to publish numerous poetry collections, including two with W.W. Norton & Company, Incorporated.

Johnson's epic work ARK was published in 1996 and is divided into three books of thirty-three sections. The text contains "Radi Os," a poem that Johnson created by marking out portions of the first four books of John Milton's Paradise Lost.

Johnson lived much of his life in San Francisco, employed at various occupations to support himself. During his professional career he also held several guest professorships at universities such as the University of Kentucky and the University of Washington. Johnson died March 4, 1998 in Topeka, Kansas at the age of 62.

From the guide to the Ronald Johnson papers, 1954-1993, (University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections)

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referencedIn John Taggart Papers., 1974-1975. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
creatorOf Ronald Johnson papers, 1954-1993 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Taggart, John, 1942-. John Taggart papers, 1974-1975. University of Connecticut, Homer Babbidge Library
creatorOf Williams, Emmett,. Concrete poetry archives, early 1940's-1967. G-L. Library of Congress
creatorOf Finlay, Ian Hamilton,. Ian Hamilton Finlay correspondence, 1962-1969. G-L. The Sage Colleges Libraries
referencedIn Peter Yates Papers, 1927 - 1976 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf Yates, Peter, 1909-1976. Papers, 1928-1976. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Benton, William, 1939-. [William Benton collection] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
creatorOf Johnson, Ronald, 1935-. [Ronald Johnson papers] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
referencedIn William Benton Collection, 1971-1998 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
referencedIn [Biographical newspaper articles on Ronald Johnson / collected and photocopied by the Kansas State Historical Society]. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn John Taggart Papers, 1962-2002 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn John Taggart Papers, 1965-1974 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Flood Editions. Records, 1998-2007 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
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associatedWith Alpert, Barry, 1912-1977 person
associatedWith Aver, Philip Van person
associatedWith Baldwin, Gordon, 1932-2006 person
associatedWith Benton, Bill person
associatedWith Benton, William, 1939- person
associatedWith Blaisdell, Gus, 1935-2003 person
associatedWith Bloom, Harold, 1930- person
associatedWith Davenport, Guy, 1927- person
associatedWith Finlay, Ian Hamilton. person
associatedWith Finlay, Ian Hamilton, 1925-2006 person
associatedWith Flood Editions corporateBody
associatedWith George, Tom person
associatedWith Grier, Ed person
associatedWith Hoyem, Andrew, 1935- person
associatedWith Leibowitz, Herb person
associatedWith Longmans, Green & Co. Ltd. corporateBody
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Newman, Charles person
associatedWith Rago, Henry, 1915-1969 person
correspondedWith Taggart, John. person
correspondedWith Taggart, John, 1942- person
associatedWith Vas Dias, Robert person
associatedWith Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. person
associatedWith W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Yates, Peter, 1909-1976. person
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Birth 1935-11-25

Death 1998-03-04

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