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James Magner Jr. Collection

Manuscript Collection No.62
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1.3 cu.ft. in 3 boxes. 1956 - 1986

Provenance: The Ohio University Library received the James Magner Jr. Collection as a gift from Mr. Magner in July of 1980, and in installments thereafter. Christopher R. Leonard processed the collection in July, 1988.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Library owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Mr. Magner has not dedicated copyrights and/or possible literary rights to the public. Consideration of such rights is the responsibility of the researcher and publisher. Permission to examine this collection includes no right to publish from it without securing the necessary permission from Mr. Magner or other affected parties.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Library.

Photoduplication: The Ohio University Library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name, collection number, and Ohio University Library in all footnotes and bibliographical references.

Related Material: The bulk of Magner's published writing can be found in the Ohioana section of Special Collections.

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James Edmund Magner Jr. was born on March 16, 1928, on Manhattan Island, and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. During the mid-forties he worked with underprivileged children, taught boxing, and washed windows before trying college at Notre Dame for a couple of months. He then went into newspaper work. Magner served in the United States Infantry from 1948-51, and was discharged as a sergeant. He was initially stationed at Fort Devens, MA, where he was the heavyweight boxing champion. In the first winter of the Korean War he was wounded in the knee, an event which proved to be the turning point of his life.

Magner returned to the states and served in Roman Catholic monasteries at Dunkirk NY, Pittsburgh, and Hartford, spending five years as a Passionist seminarian (1951-56). He then attended Duquesne University, and received his B.A. in Philosophy. After graduating, he taught at a Christian Brothers High School in Pittsburgh for four years.

He later received his M.A. in English at the University of Pittsburgh in 1961, where he was a graduate fellow for one years. He received his Ph.D. from Pittsburgh in 1966.

He began teaching at John Carroll University in 1962, and eventually became a major member of the English faculty.

His poetry was first published in small literary journals in the late fifties. He later wrote and published eight books of poetry:

Toiler of the Sea, Golden Quill Press, 1965.
Although There is the Night, Golden Quill Press, 1968.
Gethesmane, The Poetry Seminar Press, 1969.
The Dark is Closest to the Moon, The Ryder Press, 1973.
The Women of the Golden Horn, The Ryder Press, 1976.
To Whom You Shall Go, The Golden Quill Press, 1978.
Till No Light Leaps, Golden Quill Press, 1981.
Rose of My Flowering Night, Golden Quill Press, 1985.

He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1965, 1968, 1973, 1976, and 1978.

Magner also wrote John Crowe Ransom: Critical Principles and Preoccupations, 1971.

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The bulk of the James Magner Jr. collection is several journals and photocopied portions of journals in which Mr. Magner's poetry, criticism, and prose has appeared. It also includes correspondence from several poets and other literary figures, such as Anne Sexton and Richard Eberhart. Lastly, it contains reviews of Magner's poetry.

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