The Malcolm Cowley: Robert Penn Warren Photographic Collection,1933

Descriptive Summary

Title
The Malcolm Cowley: Robert Penn Warren Photographic Collection,1933
Creator
Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989
Extent
.5 cu. ft. (1 Box): 5 items
Subjects
Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989
Tate, Allen, 1899-1979
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989
Authors, American - 20th century
Poets laureate - United States
Poets
National Institute of American Arts and Letters
Pulitzer Prize-United States
Kentucky author
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Jason Flahardy; machine-readable finding aid created by:Jason Flahardy
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Malcolm Cowley was born in Belasco, Pennsylvania, on 24th August, 1898. A successful school student, Cowley won a scholarship to Harvard in 1915. In 1921 Cowley moved to France, where he became friendly with American expatriates such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound. Cowley returned to the United States in August 1923 and became close friends with the poet Hart Crane. In 1929 Cowley published Blue Juniata, his first book of poems. Later that year he replaced Edmund Wilson as literary editor of The New Republic. He also published The Literary Tradition (1954) and edited a new edition of Leaves of Grass (1959) by Walt Whitman. This was followed by Black Cargoes, A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1962), Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age (1966), Think Back on Us (1967), and Collected Poems (1968). Malcolm Cowley died on 28th March 1989.
Robert Penn Warren was born in Guthrie, KY, in 1905. He entered Vanderbilt University in 1921, where he became the youngest member of the group of Southern poets called the Fugitives. Warren's first poems were published in The Fugitive, a magazine which the group published from 1922 to 1925. From 1925 to 1927, Warren was a teaching fellow at The University of California, where he earned a master's degree. He studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and returned to the United States in 1930. With Cleanth Brooks, he wrote Understanding Poetry (1938), a textbook which has widely influenced the study of poetry at the college level in America.
Though regarded as one of the best poets of his generation, Warren was better known as a novelist and received tremendous recognition for All the King's Men, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1947. His Promises: Poems, 1954-1956 won the Sidney Hillman Award, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Memorial Award, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1979 he earned a third Pulitzer Prize, this time for Now and Then: Poems, 1976-1978. Warren served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1972 until 1988, and was appointed the first U.S. Poet Laureate in 1985. He died in 1989.
John Orley Allen Tate was born in Winchester, Clarke County, Kentucky, in 1899. He attended Vanderbilt University and graduated magna cum laude in 1922. Tate was a founding editor of The Fugitive, a poetry magazine published out of Nashville, Tennessee, from 1922 to 1925. The magazine was named for the Fugitives, a group of Southern poets which included John Crowe Ransom, Robert Penn Warren, Donald Davidson, and Merrill Moore. From 1951 until his retirement he was a professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He died in 1979.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of five black and white copy prints of Malcolm Cowley, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren. The originals were loaned for copying by Malcolm Cowley. The images are restricted from being reproduced on-line.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Images may not be reproduced without the express permission of the Malcolm Cowley estate and the Robert Penn Warren estate.

Contents of the Collection

"[Malcolm] Cowley and Robert Penn Warren, 1933 near Guthrie, Ky."; handwritten on back of original photograph, 1933

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"Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren - near Guthrie, Ky. 1933"; handwritten on back of original photograph, 1933

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"Malcolm Cowley and Allen Tate shaking hands in front of a monument to the Confederate dead, Ft. McHenry? June '33"; handwritten on back of original photograph, 1933

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"The fishpond at Cloverlands, near Trenton, Ky. (but in Tennessee). MC after the hungry bass, June '33. Malcolm Cowley [signature]"; handwritten on back of original photograph, 1933

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Cloverlands, Clarksville, Tenn. May 1933. l. to r. - W. A. Meriwether, Allen Tate, Nancy Tate (Wood), Henry Meriwether, Clyde M., Henry T. Meriwether, Caroline Gordon (foreground) Malcolm Cowley [signature]"; handwritten on back of original photograph, 1933

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