Papers of June Oppen Degnan, writer, publisher, political activist, and sister of poet George Oppen (1908-1984). Most of
the collection documents Degnan's activities as publisher of the San Francisco Review in the 1960s, and her association with
New Directions Books. Included is correspondence and writings of many important members of the American literary community
including Jack Anderson, Robert Bly, William Bronk, Basil Bunting, Hayden Carruth, Robert Creeley, Clayton Eshleman, Lawrence
Ferlinghetti, Erich Fromm, Allen Ginsberg, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, George Oppen, Carl Rakosi, Jerome Rothenberg, C.
P. Snow, Gary Snyder, Diane Wakoski, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky. Virtually no references to Degnan's personal
or political life can be found in the papers. Of special significance are letters from George Oppen. The collection is arranged
in four series: 1) SAN FRANCISCO REVIEW AND NEW DIRECTIONS; 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS; 3) FILES OF MAJOR WRITERS; and 4)
SAN FRANCISCO REVIEW ANNUAL, 1963.
June Oppen Degnan was born in New York City on June 7, 1918, the daughter of George August and Seville Shainwald Oppen. June's
brother was George Oppen (1908-1984), who became a well-known poet and exponent of the Objectivist school. For her higher
education, Degnan attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Sorbonne, and the University of San Francisco Law
School. She was married at least twice: once to a Mr. McKeen (a relationship which ended around 1959), and once to George
Degnan, a marriage which took place around 1960. From her first marriage, June had one daughter, Aubrey, who subsequently
married Orly Lindgren.