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Wendell Berry letters to Mr. Kingston, 1971, 1973

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


Wendell Berry letters to Mr. Kingston


1971, 1973


University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2012MS190: [identification of item], Wendell Berry letters to Mr. Kingston, 1971, 1973, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.01 Cubic feet

3 items


Wendell Berry (b. 1934) is a Kentucky born writer, poet, essayist, and activist whose works focus on the theme of harmony with nature. Berry received both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from the University of Kentucky and later taught creative writing at his alma mater (1964-1977; 1987-1992). His major works include Nathan Coulter: A Novel, Recollected Essays, 1965-1980, and The Broken Ground.

Wendell Berry. Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. n.d. Web. 21 November 2011.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two letters from Wendell Berry to an unknown poet referred to as Mr. Kingston. The first letter mentions his inability to contribute to a Thoreau project due to other commitments. Berry says that he would like to write on Thoreau in the future and encloses a prospectus for his recently published volume Findings. In the second letter, he mentions his recent purchase of fifty acres of land to save it from development and thanks Kingston for sending him a photograph. The collection also includes a postcard from Tanya Berry to Mr. Kingston.


  • In Our Time (Firm).
  • Port Royal (Ky.)
  • Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
  • Authors, American--Kentucky.
  • Authors--Correspondence.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory