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Linda Oppen Correspondence
MSS 0033  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: Oppen, Linda
    Title: Linda Oppen Correspondence,
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1982
    Extent: 1.00 linear feet (3 archives boxes)
    Abstract: The papers of Linda Oppen, daughter of the Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary. Of particular importance is the correspondence between Oppen and her parents; 3 folders of typescript poetry by George Oppen; and 8 folders of material by Mary Oppen, including 6 folders of a typescript for her autobiography MEANING A LIFE. The papers are arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS and 3) MISCELLANY. The Linda Oppen Papers supplement the George Oppen Papers and the June Oppen Degnan Papers, both housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: MSS 0033
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    Linda Oppen Correspondence, MSS 0033. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.


    Linda Oppen, daughter of Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary, was born 7 May 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. For the next six years the Oppen family lived on Long Island and in Detroit, eventually settling in Redondo Beach, California, where they lived for four years. From Autumn 1950 to Spring 1958 Linda attended the American School in Mexico City. She then entered Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y., in Autumn 1958, and graduated with a BA. in Spring 1962.
    On June 12, 1962 Linda married Alex Mourelatos, then a graduate student in philosophy at Yale. In Autumn 1962 she entered the Yale Medical School. She discontinued her studies in 1964 while on a leave of absence with Alex, who was then a Post-doctoral Fellow at The University of Wisconsin at Madison's Institute for Research in the Humanities.
    From 1965 to the present Linda and Alex Mourelatos have travelled extensively, in conjunction with Alex's teaching career, including lengthy stays in West Germany; Washington, D.C.; Princeton, N.J.; Canberra, Australia; and Cambridge, Britain. Their permanent residence during this period has been Austin, Texas, where Alex teaches in the Philosophy Department of The University of Texas, and where Linda Oppen has been active in equestrian training and showing.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Accession Processed in 1988
    The Linda Oppen Papers primarily document the lives of George and Mary Oppen. The collection supplements the George Oppen Papers and the June Oppen Degnan Papers, both housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library. The collection covers the period from 1956 to 1982, and is arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, and 3) MISCELLANY.
    The Correspondence is the largest series in the collection. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Most of the letters in this series are those of George Oppen to Linda Oppen.
    The Writings Series contains no written material by Linda Oppen. Of special note in this series, besides the manuscripts of George Oppen, are typescripts of Mary Oppen's autobiography MEANING A LIFE.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Mourelatos, Linda Oppen, -- Archives
    Oppen, George, -- Archives
    Oppen, Mary, 1908- -- Archives
    Mourelatos, Alexander P. D., 1936- -- Archives
    Degnan, June Oppen, -- Archives
    American poetry -- 20th century


    Oppen, George, -- correspondent
    Oppen, Mary, 1908- -- correspondent
    Mourelatos, Alexander P. D., 1936- -- correspondent
    Degnan, June Oppen, -- correspondent