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A SMALL ARCHIVE CONSISTING OF 14 LETTERS by the BEAT-ERA AUTHOR & VISUAL ARTIST FIELDING DAWSON, MOST SIGNED, to his friend the experimental novelist & screenwriter RUDY WURLITZER. Together with a COLLAGE by Fielding Dawson & a SIGNED copy of his little book "Man Steps Into Space".
1966-67 and 1997. [1966]. [1966]. 1966 - - An archive of letters, mostly typed and signed by Fielding Dawson, addressed to his friend the novelist and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer. Included in the archive is a Collage by Dawson created from black & white newspaper clippings, titled "Her Escape From Somnambulism". Dated December 30th, 1966, the collage is annotated, inscribed to Rudy and signed on the verso. Also included is Dawson's 8 page booklet "Man Steps Into Space", Inscribed to Rudy on January 1st, 1967. A telegram to Rudy from Taos, New Mexico, opens with "Angst here too." [possibly a reference to a line in NOG: "I’ll tell you a secret, we called you Dr. Angst because of the gloom on your face."]Ten substantial, stream of consciousness letters, addressed to Rudy, are dated from February 8, 1967 to March 3, 1968. Most are typed and signed by Fielding Dawson. Most of the letters are signed "Fielding" though some are simply signed "Fee". Fielding Dawson's first book "An Emotional Memoir of Franz Kline" was published in 1967 and he makes mention of sending the carbon of his book to Philip Guston. In his February 11, 1967 letter, Dawson mentions a "ruthless session with Lefford" in which he discussed his mother & childhood. He is possibly referring to the psychologist A. Lefford who co-authored the monograph "Intersensory Development in Children" with H. Birch in 1963. In his postcript to this letter, Dawson writes "Do you know, at one time, I was the catcher in the rye?". In an annotation penned in ink at the top, he mentions that "I told Lefford there was a problem at Black Mtn". His January 24, 1968 letter has much on his "Black Mountain" book with several references to Robert Creeley and Charles Olson. In a postscript, this letter contains a reference to Rudy Wurlitzer's book "Nog": "I hope your book comes along better".In a subsequent letter, dated July 23, 1968, addressed to the psychologist Dr. Lefford, Fielding Dawson signs himself "Annihilatr" [sic] and expresses his growing anxiety resulting from being rejected by the women in his life and his inability to write in this state: "What worries me is the sense of panic I feel, the feeling of being totally rejected and abandoned way out of proportion to event." The letter was shared with Rudy but possibly not actually sent to Lefford.Three letters dated from March 13, 1997 through July 22, 1997 describe Dawson's consultations with his therapist "Nina". He's included related material with the letters and in a couple of instances shares with Rudy copies of letters he wrote to "Nina", heavily corrected in ink.A unique archive which provides much insight into the author's life and writings. The Beat-era short story author, novelist and avant-garde artist, Fielding Dawson (1930-2002) studied at Black Mountain College under Franz Kline and Charles Olson. His collages and paintings illustrated several poetry books and literary magazines. His often painfully raw stream of consciousness writings sought to draw out and evoke a sense of humanity. He was one of a group of poets whose works were identified with with the Black Mountain school. Several were to return to teach, joined there by such seminal figures as Willem de Kooning, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, and others. A conscientious objector, he served as a cook in a military hospital when drafted in 1953. Returning to New York, he caroused with the likes of Franz Kline, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell, and Jackson Pollock. They often were the subjects of his writings. An advocate of prison reform, he taught writing to maximum security prisoners at prisons such as Sing-Sing and Attica and read their works on the weekly radio progam "Breaking Down The Walls".The American experimental novelist & screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer (born 1937) first started writing when working on an oil tanker when he was 17 years old. A descendant of Rudolph Wurlitzer who founded the Wurlitzer piano company, Rudy subsequently worked as secretary for the author Robert Grave [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
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