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Creator:Snodgrass, W. D. (William De Witt), 1926-2009
Title:W.D. Snodgrass letters to Lila Jean Hank
Date(s):1944-1946
Call No:MSS 0723
Abstract:Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet W.D. (William De Witt) Snodgrass (1926-2009) wrote 58 letters between 1944 and 1946 to his then-fiancée Lila Jean Hank after being drafted into the United States[...] Navy and stationed in Saipan. The letters described life on the naval base at the end of World War II and a long, anxious period of demobilization in the Pacific. Snodgrass was one of the early practitioners of the confessional style in American poetry with his first volume Heart's Needle (1959) written after his divorce from Hank in 1953 and inspired by the subsequent estrangement from their daughter.
Subjects:Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence | Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence | Saipan, Battle of, Northern Mariana Islands, 1944 | World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American | More Subjects