Scope and Content
Snyder, Gary, 1930-
Title: Gary Snyder Letters to Cid Corman
Date (inclusive): 1957-1961
0.2 linear feet
Abstract: Gary Snyder (1930- ), poet, essayist, translator, Zen Buddhist, environmentalist,
lecturer, and teacher, is considered one of the most significant environmental writers of the twentieth
century. This collection contains fourteen letters from 1957-1961 written by Gary Snyder in Japan to Cid
Corman in the United States. Cid Corman (1924-2004) poet, editor, and translator, was the founder of the
Origin and the Origin Press.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as
many are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: MC152
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Gary Snyder (1930- ), poet, essayist, translator, Zen Buddhist, environmentalist, lecturer, and teacher, is
considered one of the most significant environmental writers of the twentieth century.
Snyder has written more than twenty books of poetry and prose including:
Myths & Texts (1960),
Riprap & Cold Mountain Poems (1965),
A Range of Poems (1966),
The Back Country (1967),
Earth House Hold:
Technical Notes & Queries for Fellow Dharma Revolutionaries
Turtle Island (1974),
The Old Ways (1977),
Real Work: Interviews & Talks, 1964-1979
Axe Handles (1983),
Passage Through India (1983),
Left Out in the Rain: New Poems 1947-1985
The Practice of the Wild (1990),
No Nature: New and Selected Poems
A Place in Space: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds, New and Selected Prose (1995),
Mountains and Rivers Without End (1996),
The Gary Snyder Reader (1999),
The High Sierra of California (2002),
Look Out: A Selection of Writings
Danger on Peaks: Poems (2004), and
Back on the Fire: Essays
From 1986-2002, he served as a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of California,
Davis, where he was instrumental in founding the "Nature and Culture" program (1993), an undergraduate
academic major for students of society and the environment.
Recognition of Snyder's achievements includes the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book
his appointment to the California Arts Council (1975-1979), and his induction into both
the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1987) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1993). He
also received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry (1997) and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2008).
Scope and Content
This collection contains fourteen letters from 1957-1961 written by Gary Snyder in Japan to Cid Corman in
the United States. The letters discuss Japanese culture, poetry, submissions to
fellow poets, progress on "Mountains and Rivers," and Snyder's Zen study, among other topics.
Arrangement of the Collection
The letters are arranged chronologically.
Special Collections also holds the Gary Snyder Papers, D-050.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online
public access catalog.
Snyder, Gary, 1930---Correspondence
Authors, American--20th century
Poets, American--20th century
Collection is open for research.
Acquired in 1977 from Serendipity Books.
Sara Gunasekara processed this collection and created and encoded this finding aid.
[Identification of item], Gary Snyder Letters to Cid Corman, MC152, Department of Special Collections,
General Library, University of California, Davis.
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