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FOUR AUTOGRAPH POST CARDS and tHREE ALS; to poet and editor William Claire: March 17, 1968; April 22, 1968; May 2, 1968; May 23, 1968; June 18, 1968; August 1, 1968; Dec 9, 196?

MILES, Josephine

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Hand written on her printed Berkeley, CA post cards and small sheets of paper. The first card notes that will be willing to come up with some work for "Voyages; the second card mentions critics who have liked her work, that there is a checklist of her work at Wash U in St. Louis, etc; she wants Claire to send a list of the work that he will use from the Washington University checklist and wants to see the new number; talking about the material he will use and the photo she has sent, etc. The homage to Josephine Miles was issued in Voyages: Vol. II, number 3, Fall, 1968. Josephine Miles (June 11, 1911 & May 12, 1985) was an American poet and literary critic; the first woman to be tenured in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She wrote over a dozen books of poetry and several works of criticism. Born in Chicago in 1911, Miles attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature before moving to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue her doctorate. She remained in Berkeley for the rest of her life, receiving many highly-coveted fellowships and awards until her death in May 1985. She was the first woman to receive tenure in the English Department at Berkeley and, at the time of her death, held the position of University Professor, one of the rarest and most prestigious honors in academic life. She was fascinated with Beat poetry and was both a host and critic to many Beat poets from her chair at Berkeley. Most notably, she helped Allen Ginsberg publish Howl by recommending it to Richard Eberhart, who would publish an article in the New York Times praising the poem. She was also the founder of the internationally distributed Berkeley Poetry Review in 1974 on the U.C. Berkeley campus. The PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award was established in her honor to recognize achievement in multicultural literature. Bookseller Inventory # 50138

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