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Poetry - Typed on loose paper, 1930s-1950s

 File — Box: 30-31, Folder: 175-185

Scope and Contents note

From the Series:

Augustine Bowe wrote poetry prodigiously during his life. This series contains over 50 long yellow legal pads on which friend and colleague John Frederick Nims says Bowe wrote, "night after night, year after year." According to Nims, there are approximately 1500 poems in 50 legal pads, handwritten and typed drafts. Bowe published a few poems in Poetry, but stopped seeking publication of his work when he became president of the Modern Poetry Association. Exact dates on this work is difficult to ascertain, as Bowe revised repeatedly, and had poems typed and retyped at various times. John Frederick Nims eventually went through the entirety of the various drafts and edited a volume of selected poems titled No Gods are False published in 1967. Correspondence, galleys and manuscripts of this book are located at the end of the series.


  • Creation: 1930s-1950s


Conditions Governing Access

The Augustine J. Bowe papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States