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Collection Details


Collection Name: Rudi Holzapfel Letters to Ellen Shannon-Mangan
Repository Name: University of Delaware. Library. Special Collections Department [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Newark, Delaware, United States
URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/holzapf.htm
Dates Spanned: 1978-2000
Description: The Rudi Holzapfel Letters to Ellen Shannon-Mangan comprises one linear foot of correspondence, including 175 letters and greeting cards, and 54 postcards, spanning the dates 1978 - 2000. The correspondence began when Brendan Kennelly introduced Shannon-Mangan to Holzapfel for assistance with her biography of the poet of James Clarence Mangan. Holzapfel's letters were written from Bonn, West Germany, where he lived through the 1980s, and Tipperary, Ireland, where he moved in 1990, as well as during travels. Shannon-Mangan lived in Astoria, Oregon. Beyond the discussion of Clarence Mangan's life, work, and critical reception, the primary subject of the letters is literature, particularly poetry, including Holzapfel's writing and Shannon-Mangan's own work. Additionally, the families of both writers became friends, and the letters contain personal and family news. The postcards in the collection were sent from various European locations where Holzapfel traveled and vacationed. The tone of Holzafpel's commentary on life as a poet and the work of other writers is frank, humorous, and outspoken. Holzafpel's letters, whether handwritten or typed, frequently bear his supplemental holograph annotations, revisions, commentary, and postscripts -- reflecting great engagement in his correspondence with Shannon-Mangan.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 175
Broad Subjects: Biography; Intellectual life; Literature
ASP Subjects: Authors; Biography; Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; County Tipperary, Munster, Ireland; Letters; Literature; Poetry; Poets; United States; Writing
Other Subjects: James Clarence Mangan
Collection Code: OHC0004808