1408 W Gregory Dr #203
Urbana, IL 61801
Since 1984 and by arrangement with W.S. Merwin, the formative materials for his nearly seventy books of poetry, prose, translations and plays–including notes, notebooks, drafts, typescripts, proofs, and correspondence–have been deposited in the collections of the The University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Merwin Archive is a remarkably detailed impression of a profound literary career.
In addition to celebrating his 90th birthday this year, 2017 has seen the publication of a fiftieth-anniversary edition of his ground-breaking work THE LICE, as well as a career-spanning volume, THE ESSENTIAL W.S. MERWIN.
To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will mount back-to-back exhibitions of select items from Merwin’s archive, beginning October 23 and closing November 17. The exhibitions will be chronological in scope, each two weeks in duration. If you’re in the area, please visit!
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm.
Learn more about the library at this link: https://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/2017/09/29/happy-ninetieth-birthday-w-s-merwin/