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Theodore Enslin Papers

Call Number



ca. 1955-1975, inclusive


Enslin, Theodore


3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials

English .

Biographical/Historical note

Theodore Enslin was born in Chester, PA on March 25, 1925. He studied muscial composition with Nadia Boulanger and Francis Judd Cooke. He has two children, Deirdre and Jonathan Morton, from his first marriage with Mildred Marie Stout in 1945. He divorced in 1961 and married Alison Jane Jose in 1969, with whom he had a son, Jacob Hezakiah. Theodore Enslin has written many books of poetry, including Forms (1971-73), The Poems (1970), Views (1973), Synthesis (1975), Etudes (1972) and To Come, to Have Become (1966) for which he won the Hart Crane Award in 1969. Other awards include the Niemann Award in 1955 for his weekly newspaper column, "Six Miles Square." Enslin has also written a play, Barometric Pressure 29.83 and Steady (produced in New York in 1965), and an extended essay on Gustav Mahler published by Black Sparrow Press.

Arrangement note

The Theodore Enslin Papers are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Manuscripts

Scope and Content note

The Theodore Enslin Papers are a collection of correspondence and manuscripts written to and by Theodore Enslin between 1957 and 1975. Collection highlights include letters written by Paul Blackburn, Robert Bly, Carol Berge, Hayden Carruth, Cid Corman, Diane DiPrima, Clayton Eshleman, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Rago and Gary Snyder.


Series I: Correspondence
Series I contains five boxes of correspondence with such notable literary figures as Paul Blackburn, Robert Bly, Hayden Carruth, Cid Corman, Diane DiPrima, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder and Theodore Weiss.
Series II: Manuscripts
Series II contains two boxes of manuscripts by Theodore Enslin, including Forms I-IV and miscellanous poems and prose.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Theodore Enslin Papers; MSS 047; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Theodore Enslin Papers were purchased from Theodore Enslin between 1968-1975.

Collection processed by

Luke Martin

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Language: Description is written in: English, Latin script.


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