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Revolutionary Writings of Diane Di Prima

Call Number: MS D201


Bound notebook of Manuscript draft verse and other notes. Apparently kept up erratically circa 1968, probably while Diane Di Prima lived in San Francisco. Some loose accompanying material. Volume begins at either end. This description starts with the "Rev notes #4" end; each "page" in the description is a section within the volume.


  • approximately 1968; 1969, 1994


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Biography of Diane Di Prima

Diane Di Prima, a feminist beat poet, was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Greenwich Village in Manhattan where she joined the Beat movement. She became friends with many other authors of the era, including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Amiri Baraka, and Audre Lorde and eventually joined Timothy Leary's community in upstate New York. In 1968 she moved to San Francisco, California, where in 2009 she was named the city's Poet Laureate.

Di Prima co-edited the literary magazine The Floating Bear with Amiri Baraka throughout most of the 1960s. Her published works in poetry, short stories, memoirs, and autobiography include This Kind of Bird Flies Backward (1958), Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems (2001), Dinners and Nightmares (1960), Memoirs of a Beatnik (1968), among other publications.


1 volume (1 volume + 1 folder) : No pagination.

Physical Location

MS D201

Physical Location

MS P619

Custodial History

Purchased from the author in 1974 for Bruce Strassburger (died 1994). Accompanied by envelope marked M. Waterman, Winston, Oregon.

The large white envelope which contained this statement was marked in pencil, probably by bookdealer: "M Waterman, 3541 Kent Creek Rd. Winston, Oregon 97496." Removed to Manuscript Records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bookdealer Charles Seluzicki, Portland, Oregon, December 22, 1997.

Related Materials

Diane Di Prima collection, MS 71, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Other collections at Spencer Research Library that contain correspondence or other materials from Diane Di Prima include:

American Poetry - 20th Century literary ephemera collection - Letters by Robert Creeley, MS 15 (folder CR), Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Jim McCrary papers, MS 332, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Grist records, MS 53, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Papers of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, MS 136, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the American Poetry--20th Century Collection
Revolutionary Writings of Diane Di Prima
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