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The papers include correspondence dating from the early sixties with nearly 600 figures in the middle of the literary world including writers, critics, and publishers. Of particular note is correspondence with Cid Corman, Clayton Eshleman, Walter Hamady, Jackson Mac Low, George Oppen, Carl Rakosi, Armand Schwerner, John Taggart, Nathaniel Tarn, and Hannah Weiner. In addition there are files documenting Heller's work on George Oppen and Carl Rakosi, as well as notebooks, audio and videotapes, computer diskettes, early manuscripts, literary ephemera and roughly 10,000 pages of manuscripts by other writers.
Purchased, 2010. Accession 2010-033.
Michael Heller is an important Objectivist poet and literary critc. He is the author of ten books of critically acclaimed poetry, a memoir, three works of criticism, and essays on the Objectivist poets and poetry.