Artwork related to W. D. Snodgrass

Summary

Creator: McGraw, DeLoss
Date(s): circa 1986-1998
Call Number: GRA 0120
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: This collection of artwork by American painter and poet DeLoss McGraw comprises ten pieces of original artwork reflecting the artist's collaboration with, creative responses to, and inspiration drawn from the works of American poet W. D. (William De Witt) Snodgrass.
Physical Description: 10 items
Source: Purchase, September 2013. Gift of Kathleen Snodgrass, September 2013.
Processing: Processed and encoded by Maureen Cech, November 2013. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

DeLoss McGraw

Painter and poet DeLoss McGraw (born 1945) is known for incorporating literary texts into his artwork, which has resulted in collaborations between the artist and various authors, most notably American poet W. D. Snodgrass. McGraw's works draws upon influences from folk art.

Sources

"DeLoss McGraw." I. Wolk Gallery. http://www.iwolkgallery.com/galleries/artists/deloss_mcgraw.php (Accessed November 1, 2013)

W. D. Snodgrass

Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet W. D. (William De Witt) Snodgrass (1926-2009) published over 30 volumes of poetry, criticism, and translations. Snodgrass was one of the early practitioners of the confessional style in American poetry with his first volume Heart’s Needle (1959), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1960.

Snodgrass held faculty positions at several universities, including the University of Delaware, where he was Distinguished Professor of creative writing and contemporary literature from 1980 to 1994.

Scope and Content Note

This collection of artwork by American painter and poet DeLoss McGraw comprises ten pieces of original artwork reflecting the artist's collaboration with, creative responses to, and inspiration drawn from the works of American poet W. D. (William De Witt) Snodgrass.

McGraw first encountered Snodgrass's poetry in 1976; McGraw began a correspondence with Snodgrass when he sent the poet examples of his work inspired by Snodgrass's poetry. Their collaborative relationship flourished, and McGraw continued to draw inspiration from Snodgrass's verse. McGraw's paintings have been reproduced alongside Snodgrass's poems in volumes such as The Kinder Capers: Poems (1986),W. D.'s Midnight Carnival (1988), andThe Death of Cock Robin (1989).

Included are three framed collages, six framed gouache paintings, and one unframed gouache painting. The unframed painting "Mr. Evil" is an oversize gouache painting on paper embellished with decorative papers cut in the form of a wolf-like creature with outstretched arms.

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Shelving Summary

  • items 1-10: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize mapcases

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

GRA 0120, McGraw, DeLoss, Artwork related to W. D. Snodgrass, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Related Materials in this Repository

W. D. Snodgrass papers (multiple accessions)

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, https://library.udel.edu/static/purl.php?askspec

Container List

"W. D. Reads Too Much Dostoyevsky and Nears the Edge", undated Art original : gouache on paper; 32 x 25 in. Item 1
"W. D. Creates a Device for Inverting Mr. Evil", circa 1989 Art original : gouache on paper; 37 x 29 in. Item 2

Reproduced in The Death of Cock Robin(1989) with the poem of the same title.

"The Locked House", circa 1986 Art original : gouache on paper; 35 x 27 in. Item 3

Response to Snodgrass's poem "The Locked House."

"The Poet Wounded and Vengeful", undated Art original: gouache on paper; 35 x 27 in. Item 4
"W. D. Chasing Fireflies", circa 1998 Art original : gouache on paper; 34 x 26.5 in. Item 9

Painted by McGraw for the cover of Snodgrass's Selected Translations (1998).

"Mr. Evil", circa 1988 Art original : gouache on paper; 100 x 18 in. Item 10

This painting was given to Snodgrass by McGraw prior to the publication of Midnight Carnival (1988).

Collages

These three collages were created from Snodgrass's letters to McGraw and photographs of the poet and artist.

Collage (1), undated Art original : collage on paper; 10.5 x 12 in. Item 5
Collage (2), undated Art original : collage on paper; 10.5 x 12 in. Item 6
Collage (3), undated Art original : collage on paper; 32 x 11.5 in. Item 7

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