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Hayden Carruth Letters and Poem

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Carruth

Scope and Content of the Collection

Approximately 40 letters, notes, and postcards primarily from Hayden Carruth, American poet and literary critic, to Van Allen Bradley, reporter for the Chicago Daily News and book dealer. The letters concern book reviews done by Carruth for the Chicago Daily News, but also touch on literature, events in Carruth’s life, and monetary worries. Also includes a letter to Carruth from E. E. Cummings, two letters from Carruth to Chicago journalist Herman Kogan, and one typescript copy of Carruth’s poem “Michigan Water” dated 1963. Some extra envelopes that do not correspond with the letters also included.


  • Creation: 1949-1970



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Hayden Carruth Letters and Poem are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Hayden Carruth Letters and Poem are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Hayden Carruth

American poet and literary critic.

Hayden Carruth (August 3, 1921 – September 29, 2008) was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Chicago. He served as the editor of Poetry magazine from 1949-1950, as poetry editor for Harper’s, and as an editor of The Hudson Review. During his literary career, Carruth wrote more than 30 books of poetry in addition to books of literary criticism, essays, and a novel. In 1996, he won the National Book Award for his collection, "Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey." He also taught at Bucknell University and Syracuse University. Carruth lived in Johnson, Vermont for many years before living in Munnsville, New York.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


Letters and poem written by American poet and literary critic Hayden Carruth, primarily to Chicago Daily News reporter Van Allen Bradley.


Materials are arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 8 7

Location note

no content


Purchase, 2015.

Processed by

Catherine Grandgeorge, 2017.

Inventory of the Hayden Carruth Letters and Poem, 1949-1970
Catherine Grandgeorge
Language of description
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Repository Details

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

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