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Carl Rakosi Papers
MSS 0355  
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Description
Papers of Carl Rakosi, American "Objectivist" poet and social worker, who professionally practiced psychotherapy under the name Callman Rawley. Rakosi was known for his association with the Objectivist movement as well as Jewish writers of the twentieth century. The writings in this collection primarily represent Rakosi's recent (1988-2004) literary activities; however, the numerous other contributions of his 100-year lifespan are also represented. The collection contains correspondence, prose, poems, book reviews, and extensive interviews with Rakosi, while also including journal articles, case histories and notes that document his work as a psychotherapist, during the decades when he withdrew from the publishing world. Included are typescripts and photocopies of poems for THE COLLECTED POEMS OF CARL RAKOSI and page proofs for THE OLD POET'S TALE (1999). The collection represents the part he played as a young poet in the Objectivist movement, with copies of correspondence with other Objectivist poets such as Louis Zukofsky, as well as essays written by Rakosi much later on the impact of that literary moment, such as the short essay called "The Objectivist Connection" that explains the origin of the term "Objectivist." The collection contains worksheets for poems, audio and videocassette recordings of readings and interviews, and drafts of printed interviews.
Background
Carl Rakosi was born on November 6, 1903, in Berlin, Germany, and came to the United States with his father and stepmother in 1910. He received his B.A. (1924) and M.A. (1926) from the University of Wisconsin, and completed his Masters of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania in 1940. He married Leah Jaffe in 1939.
Extent
6.50 linear feet (17 archives boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Materials contained in Box 5, Folders 9-11 are restricted until the year 2070 according to federal and state laws.