“John Ashbery’s complete library has just been donated to Houghton Library’s Woodberry Poetry Room where Ashbery delivered his first poems as an undergraduate in the 1940s. This month, the cataloging of six- to seven-thousand manuscripts, papers, and books will commence, slated for completion in 2020.
“Christina Davis, the Woodberry Poetry Room’s curator, made this announcement on Thursday, Nov. 1 in an introduction to a reading by acclaimed American poets Ann Lauterbach and Dara Wier, both of whom knew Ashbery throughout his career.
” ‘I learned that they were all dear friends at his memorial service [in Dec. 2017],’ Davis said. ‘When I was trying to find a meaningful way to make this announcement, it seemed like the legacy of his friendship would be the perfect portal through which to announce it.’
“Previously stored at his homes in Chelsea and Hudson, NY, the comprehensive collection of Ashbery’s works is what Davis describes as ‘the 20th century iteration of what a poet’s library could be.’ ”
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