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Theodore Roethke Collection

 Collection — Box: VMF 11, Folder: 22
Identifier: MS-VMF-vmf140

Setting copy for The Waking: Pomes 1933-1953 by Roethke and one autograph letter from Roethke to "Dorothy."


  • 1947


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Biographical Information

Theodore Roethke (May 25, 1908 – August 1, 1963) was an American poet, who published several volumes of poetry characterized by its rhythm, rhyming, and natural imagery. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book, The Waking, and he won the annual National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1959 for Words for the Wind and posthumously in 1965 for The Far Field.

Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Roethke attended the University of Michigan, earning A.B. and M.A. degrees. He briefly attended law school before entering Harvard University, where he studied under the poet Robert Hillyer. Abandoning graduate study because of the Great Depression, he taught English at several universities, including Lafayette College, Pennsylvania State University, and Bennington College.

In 1940, he was expelled from his position at Lafayette and he returned to Michigan. While teaching at Michigan State University in East Lansing, he began to suffer from manic depression, which fueled his poetic impetus. His last teaching position was at the University of Washington, leading to an association with the poets of the American Northwest.

Method of Acquisition

Accession number 1337. Purchase from Bertram Rota Ltd. Booksellers, January 21,1972. (The Waking)

Accession number 1406, November 26, 1973. Originally laid in The Lost Son by Theodore Roethke (ALS to "Dorothy")

Processing Information

Processed January 1972 by Holly Hall and November 26, 1973

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 18: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

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