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Reed Whittemore: Online Resources

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist

Reed Whittemore: Consultant in Poetry, 1964-65, 1984-85
Reed Whittemore
Consultant in Poetry,
1964-65, 1984-85

On April 28, 1964, Librarian of Congress L. Quincy Mumford announced the appointment of Reed Whittemore as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Whittemore served one term as consultant, from September 1, 1964 to May 31, 1965. Nearly two decades later, Whittemore, known for his witty, graceful verse, was appointed Interim Consultant in Poetry during the illness of poet laureate Robert Fitzgerald. Upon Fitzgerald's death on January 16, 1985, he became Consultant in Poetry for the second time. He held the position for one term, giving his concluding lecture, "Poets and Anthologists: A Look at the Current Poet-Packaging Process, with Historical Asides," on May 6, 1985, in the Coolidge Auditorium.

This guide compiles links to resources on Reed Whittemore throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on his life or selections of his work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.

Resources

Library of Congress Web Site
   •Articles, Notices
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Videos
   •Essays by Reed Whittemore
   •Reviews
   •Reed Whittemore in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

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Articles, Notices

"Consultant in Poetry Named for 1964-1965" (PDF, 685 KB)
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, May 4, 1964

"Reed Whittemore, Interim Consultant in Poetry, to Open Poetry and Literature Series" (PDF, 278 KB)
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, September 17, 1984

"Reed Whittemore: An Appreciation"
From the Catbird Seat blog, April 11, 2012

Print Resources

Works by Reed Whittemore in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author heading:

Whittemore, Reed, 1919-

Works about Reed Whittemore can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under the following subject headings:

Whittemore, Reed, 1919-
Whittemore, Reed, 1919,---Interviews

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

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Biographical Information, Poetry

Beltway Poetry Quarterly
Six poems published by Whittemore in the Winter 2004 issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Dryad Press
Includes a literary chronology for Whittemore and bibliography of his writings.

The Poetry Foundation
Biography of Reed Whittemore.

University of Maryland Libraries
Finding aid to the Reed Whittemore Papers in the Archives and Manuscripts Department, University of Maryland Libraries. Includes a biography of Whittemore.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"Reed Whittemore, Former Poet Laureate, Dies at 92"
New York Times, April 10, 2012

"Reed Whittemore, Former Poet Laureate, Dies at 92"
The Washington Post, April 9, 2012

"Grace Notes: Reed Whittemore" (03:03)
By Grace Cavalieri, miPOradio

"Reed Whittemore: The Dark Comedian"
By poet Merrill Leffler

"The Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress"
Transcript of an interview with Grace Cavalieri, January 1990

Audio Recordings

Garrison Keillor Reads Whittemore's Poem "The Elm City" (starts at 03:10)

Videos

The Poetic Legacy of Reed Whittemore (14:20)
Coffee House TV, May 2008

Essays by Reed Whittemore

"The Two Rooms: Humor in Modern American Verse" (PDF, 1.61 MB)
Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature 5, no. 3 (Fall 1964): 185-91. Reproduced on the Dryad Press Web site.

Reviews

Against the Grain: The Literary Life of a Poet (2007)

The Montserrat Review

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Reed Whittemore in the News

Google News search on Reed Whittemore

Blog entries on Reed Whittemore, via Google Blog Search

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