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Collection Number: 04539

Collection Title: Robert Morgan Papers, 1967-1979

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Size 40 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Robert Morgan, poet, received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1967, and began teaching creative writing at Cornell University in 1971. The collection contains letters and writings of Robert Morgan. Letters are chiefly from from Morgan to Russell Banks of the literary magazine Lillabulero and the small press of the same name. Writings are typescripts, corrected galleys, and/or published versions of poems, some of which were published in six of Morgan's books of poetry: Zirconia Poems (1969); The Voice in the Crosshairs (1971); Red Owl (1972); Land Dying (1976); Trunk and Thicket (1978); and Groundwork (1979).
Creator Morgan, Robert, 1944- .
Language English.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Robert Morgan Papers #4539, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Purchased from H. E. Turlington Books of Pittsboro, N.C., in Augsut 1989 and July 1995 (Acc. 95098).
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North Carolina poet Robert Morgan was born in Hendersonville, N.C., in 1944 and grew up on the family farm in Zirconia. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B., 1965), where he studied with Jessie Rehder, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.F.A., 1968), where he worked with Fred Chappell. He also studied with Guy Owen at North Carolina State University.

Morgan taught English at Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1968-1969, and then, supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, moved back to Hendersonville to write full-time. In 1971, he began teaching creative writing at Cornell University.

Morgan is a widely published poet, many of his poems having appeared in major literary magazines. He also has published several collections of poems, some of which are represented in this collection.

Married to Nancy Bullock in 1965, Morgan has two children, and, as of 1989, lived in Freeville, N.Y.

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Most of Robert Morgan's early work, 1967-1971, was published in Lillabulero, a small literary magazine edited by William Matthews and Russell Banks in Chapel Hill, N.C. In 1968, the operation was moved to Northwood Narrows, N.H. Morgan's first book, Zirconia Poems, was published by Lillabulero Press in 1969. This collection includes letters, 1967-1970, from Morgan to Matthews (1967 only) and Banks, and typed transcriptions, corrected galleys, and published versions of Zirconia Poems and other books, 1969-1979, published by Lillabulero and other houses. Letters of 14 July 1969 and 30 July 1970 have typed transcriptions of poems as enclosures.

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