Philip Whalen papers, [194-]-2001.


Philip Whalen papers, [194-]-2001.

Consists of writings (notebooks, poems, prose works), correspondence, professional papers, artwork and personal papers that detail Whalen's dual life as a poet and later Buddhist monk. Notebooks record his daily experiences and observations including interactions with other poets and writers associated with the Beat scene, trips including to the Sierras and notably his two extensive stays in Japan and his study of Zen Buddhism and his association with the San Francisco Zen Center. Correspondence with colleagues Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Leslie Scalapino and Miriam Sagan, among others, often included literary manuscripts sent to Whalen, and with family including sister Velna Whalen.

35 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 4 oversize folders (23.4 linear ft.)


SNAC Resource ID: 7763072

UC Berkeley Libraries

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Whalen, Philip. (person)

Philip Whalen was a Beat poet and a Buddhist Monk. From the description of Philip Whalen papers, [194-]-2001. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 57586331 Poet; associated with Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, San Francisco beat writers, and Charles Olson; ordained a Buddhist monk in the 1970s; b. 1923. From the description of Philip Whalen Collection, 1958-1977. (University of Connecticut). WorldCat record id: 28418352 Philip Glenn Whalen w...

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Scalapino, Leslie. (person)

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