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Judith Moffett Literary Correspondence Collection

Identifier: 03-01-exws_moffett

Scope and Contents

The Judith Moffett Literary Correspondence Collection consists of letters addressed to Dr. Moffett from other poets and writers. The correspondence includes over 400 letters, notes, postcards, and cards all addressed to Dr. Moffett covering a period from 1963 to 1996. The correspondence includes letters from: George Abbe (American poet), Isaac Asimov (fantasy writer), Peter Beagle (American fantasy writer, author of The Last Unicorn), Marvin Bell (American poet), Wendell Berry (American poet), David Bromwich (essayist), Paul Engle (Director of Iowa Writers Workshop), Seamus Heaney (Irish poet), Donald Justice (American poet), Lisel Mueller (American poet), Alicia Ostriker (American poet), Grace Schulman (American poet), and Paul Zelinsky (children's book illustrator and author).


  • Creation: 1964-1999
  • Other: Majority of material found within Bulk 1969-1985
  • Other: Date acquired: 1998


Judith Moffett Biography

Judith Moffett (1942-) was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Cincinnati. She is an English professor, a poet, a Swedish translator, and the author of twelve books in six genres. She has written several books of poetry: Keeping Time (1976) and Whinny Moor Crossing (1984), science fiction: The Ragged World (1991) and Pennterra (1987), along with translations and criticisms of other poets' works. She studied briefly with the poet James Merrill, who had a significant influence in her development as a writer.


8 boxes : The collection is housed in 8 archival boxes (approximately 4 linear feet).

Language of Materials



Collected correspondence between writer, English professor and translator Dr. Judith Moffett (1942-) and other poets and writers. Over 400 letters, notes, postcards, and cards all addressed to Dr. Moffett covering a period from 1963 to 1996. Includes letters from George Abbe, Isaac Asimov, Peter Beagle Marvin Bell, Wendell Berry, David Bromwich, Paul Engle, Seamus Heaney, Donald Justice, Lisel Mueller, Alicia Ostriker, Grace Schulman, Paul Zelinsky and others.

Arrangement Note

Alphabetical by author, chronologically.

Physical Access Requirements

WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.

Source of Acquisition

Judith Moffett.

Method of Acquisition


Judith Moffett Literary Correspondence Collection Finding Aid
Kaileigh Oldham
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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