Abstract

The papers of Linda Oppen, daughter of the Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary. Of particular importance is the correspondence between Oppen and her parents; 3 folders of typescript poetry by George Oppen; and 8 folders of material by Mary Oppen, including 6 folders of a typescript for her autobiography MEANING A LIFE. The papers are arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS and 3) MISCELLANY. The Linda Oppen Papers supplement the George Oppen Papers and the June Oppen Degnan Papers, both housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Biography

Linda Oppen, daughter of Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary, was born 7 May 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. For the next six years the Oppen family lived on Long Island and in Detroit, eventually settling in Redondo Beach, California, where they lived for four years. From Autumn 1950 to Spring 1958 Linda attended the American School in Mexico City. She then entered Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y., in Autumn 1958, and graduated with a BA. in Spring 1962.

On June 12, 1962 Linda married Alex Mourelatos, then a graduate student in philosophy at Yale. In Autumn 1962 she entered the Yale Medical School. She discontinued her studies in 1964 while on a leave of absence with Alex, who was then a Post-doctoral Fellow at The University of Wisconsin at Madison's Institute for Research in the Humanities.

From 1965 to the present Linda and Alex Mourelatos have travelled extensively, in conjunction with Alex's teaching career, including lengthy stays in West Germany; Washington, D.C.; Princeton, N.J.; Canberra, Australia; and Cambridge, Britain. Their permanent residence during this period has been Austin, Texas, where Alex teaches in the Philosophy Department of The University of Texas, and where Linda Oppen has been active in equestrian training and showing.

Scope and Content

Accession Processed in 1988

The Linda Oppen Papers primarily document the lives of George and Mary Oppen. The collection supplements the George Oppen Papers and the June Oppen Degnan Papers, both housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library. The collection covers the period from 1956 to 1982, and is arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, and 3) MISCELLANY.

The Correspondence is the largest series in the collection. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Most of the letters in this series are those of George Oppen to Linda Oppen.

The Writings Series contains no written material by Linda Oppen. Of special note in this series, besides the manuscripts of George Oppen, are typescripts of Mary Oppen's autobiography MEANING A LIFE.

CORRESPONDENCE

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11 Aunt Agnes to Linda Oppen, 1959.
12 Beauvais, Rick and Aubrey to George and Mary Oppen, 1962 - 1963.
13 Beauvais, Rick and Aubrey to Linda Oppen and Alex Mourelatos, 1962.
14 Haight, Eve to George and Mary Oppen.
15 Mayer, Diane and Andy to George and Mary Oppen.
16 Mayer, Diane and Andy to Linda Oppen, 1965 - 1971.
17 Mourelatos, Alex to George Oppen, 1968 - 1972.
18 Oppen, George to Aubrey Beauvais, 1964.
19 Oppen, George to Eve Haight.
110 Oppen, George to Diane and Andy Meyer.
111 Oppen, George to Alex Mourelatos.
112 Oppen, George to June Oppen Degnan.
113 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen, 1956 - 1958.
114 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen, 1959 - 1960.
115 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen, 1961 - 1963.
116 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen, 1964 - 1966.
117 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen, 1967 - 1970.
118 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen, 1971 - 1972.
119 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen, 1973 - 1978.
120 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen, 1979 - 1980.
121 Oppen, George to Linda Oppen - Miscellaneous undated letters.
122 Oppen, George miscellaneous correspondence from 1958 to 1972, 1958 - 1972.
123 Oppen, Mary to Alex Mourelatos, 1968 - 1971.
124 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1956 - 1958.
125 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1959.
126 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1960 - 1962.
127 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1963 - 1964.
21 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1965.
22 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1966.
23 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1967 - 1968.
24 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1969 - 1970.
25 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1971 - 1972.
26 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1973 - 1974.
27 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1975 - 1976.
28 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1977 - 1978.
29 Oppen, Mary to Linda Oppen, 1979 - 1980.
210 Degnan, June Oppen to George and Mary Oppen, 1958 - 1969.
211 Degnan, June Oppen to Linda Oppen, 1959 - 1979.
212 Haight, Eve to Linda Oppen, 1964 - 1970.
213 Oppen, Linda to George and Mary Oppen, 1964 - 1982.
214 Mary Oppen - Poetry and Prose, TS and PP..

WRITINGS

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215 Mary Oppen - Poetry, TS and PP..
216 Mary Oppen - Selections from MEANING A LIFE - 2 copies corrected TS of "Kalispel".
217 Mary Oppen - Selections from MEANING A LIFE - Corrected TS of "WWI 1918-1920,".
218 Mary Oppen - Selections from MEANING A LIFE - Corrected TS of "Belvedere 1930,".
31 Mary Oppen - Selections from MEANING A LIFE - TS of "New York 1935-1939". Corrected
32 Mary Oppen - Selections from MEANING A LIFE. Corrected TS of "Trip West After the War, 1942-1946."
33 Mary Oppen - Selections from MEANING A LIFE - Corrected TS of untitled material.
34 By George Oppen - Poems, including "A Narrative," and "A Morality Play: Preface..
35 By George Oppen - Poems, TSSc..
36 By George Oppen - Poems, TSSc..

MISCELLANY

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37 Publishing information. Concerning June Oppen Degnan's efforts on behalf of William Bronk.
38 Calendar of readings from Academy of American Poets, 1963 - 1964. "Coming From a Great Distance," program
39 Letters of condolence to Mary Oppen, upon the 1984 death of George. Photocopies, 10 ALs, 5 TLs, 1 TL



Finding aid generated: 2005-10-31