Collection Dates: 1935 -- 1980
3.5 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: November 1997
Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Conrad P. Bock in 1984.
and Restrictions: This
collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
Photographs: Box 2
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Table of Contents
Scope and contents
Box 1 Biographical material -- Correspondence
Box 2 Engle, Paul -- School related material
Box 3 The Fountains of Regardlessness -- The Mountains of Odds Come Even
Box 4 Proposed novels -- Poems
Box 5 Poems
Box 6 Poems
Box 7 Poems -- Unidentified, incomplete poems
Frederick Stern Bock was born in Newton, Iowa, on October 11, 1916. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1937 and returned to do graduate work in the Poetry Workshop in the 1950s. In 1955 he joined the editorial staff of Poetry in Chicago. He worked there until 1961, when he moved to New York City. Ill health forced him to return to Newton in 1979. He died there on January 9, 1981.
Bocks poetry appeared in such magazines as The Iowan, The Nation, and the Yale Review. In 1961, his book of poems, The Fountains of Regardlessness, was published. He was working on another collection of poetry at the time of his death.
The papers of Frederick S. Bock consist of 3.5 linear feet of manuscripts dating from 1935 to 1980. Arranged alphabetically, these subject files include correspondence, newspaper clippings, and biographical material. There are drafts of his book, plays, and short stories. However, the collection is made up primarily of various drafts and revisions of his poetry.
Avison papers at Manitoba: http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/collections/rad/avison.html Section X contains two boxes of material relating to Bock. Tthere is correspondence 1957 to 1980 and more drafts and manuscripts of poems.
York University in Toronto holdings: F0259: Margaret Avison fonds include about 40 letters from Bock to Avison from ca. 1959 to the late 1970s and poetry manuscripts sent by Bock to Avison.
Bock, Capt. Charles C., (nephew of Frederick), 1962.
Calendar of appointments, 1968.
Commencement program - State University of Iowa, 1937.
Correspondence, 1935 -- 1980. (7 folders)
Engle, Paul. Poems in Praise. A review by F. Bock
Ford Foundation, 1959.
German text and translation of Schoenbergs Pierrot Lunaire.
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1964 -- 1966.
Homage to Laura and Other Stories. Bocks masters thesis, 1938. (2 copies)
Bock interviewed by Marjorie Morgan, WTTW Chicago, September 14, 1960. LP record
Morrison, Julia Maria. Poetry.
Newspaper clippings; includes Mr. Bock's obituary.
Notebooks. Including unfinished poems, story ideas, etc. (2 folders)
The Poetry Center, 1959 -- 1961.
School related material.
Books by Frederick Bock
The Fountains of Regardlessness
Final typescript -xerox copy. Revised edition, 1973. (2 copies)
Final revised typescript. Revised edition, 1973.
Revised xerox copy, June 24, 1978.
Contracts, mailing lists, and review.
Book - with notations.
The Mountains of Odds Come Even (also titled: Crag Beach)
Typescript draft with revisions.
Early typescript with corrections.
Typescript draft - xerox copy.
Table of contents - various drafts.
Other Writings by Frederick Bock
Beggars in HeavenFirst chapter typescript.
Various incomplete drafts.
The Circus of Innocents. Synopsis.
Berua Zallion Various incomplete drafts.
Golden Boy Scenario.
A Legend for Wilson Early draft.
The Prairie Angel Various incomplete drafts.
Ring Around the Moon Synopsis and incomplete draft.
Early September Typescript.
Its Time He Went Incomplete typescript.
Kid Dynamite Incomplete typescript.
Perfume for Grandma Typescript.
Reflection of the Sun Incomplete draft. (Later became a play.)
Sammy Dover Incomplete drafts.
The Second Coming Incomplete draft.
Torch Incomplete typescript.
Unidentified, incomplete plays and stories.
Poems (with various drafts and revisions):
Aubade: The Desert"
The Banging Boards
A Banner Yet
Belling the Moon
Big, Fat Summer - And the Lean and Hard"
Billings Hospital: My Fortune Told Again
The Boys at Ball on Easter Eve
Cartoon: The Valet
Catch a Man"
Christmas in November
The Completely Invalid
Cow in August
Crowd and Performer
The Dew in Prospect Park
The Egret Watchers
End of the World
Episode in a Cellar
Five Songs for an Invalid Farmer
For the Blue and Buff
"The Fountain of Pomona"
A Glass of Water
Hearkening to December
The Heart of the Sand
The Hearts of His Countrymen"
Hodgkins: The Remission
Hymn to Reductive Thought
In the Dusk
Incident During the War: The Rape of Mars
The Joggers Farewell to His Love
The Lady and the Gopher
The Later Country Weather
A Long, Hot Summer?
The Loom of the Land
The Macbride Hall Skeleton
Man Parked by Roadside
Memory of the Depression
The Move to the Poor-House
My Fortune Told Again
No Go at the Library"
O Tell Me, Brother
October in the Alley
One Drink I Crave
Othello Had a Picnic
The Outrage of the Shining Hands
Prayer to Athena"
The Race to Stand Still
Remembering the Anderson Recitals
Shadow of the Damson
Smiling at the Moon
The Sparrows on Christmas Morning
The Sport at Crag Beach
Sun Stood Like Bloods Billboard Afar
That Jacket Case
This Hermit Look
This is Our Grave
Three Variations on Findings Keeping
Two Songs About the Soil
Viewing the Ocean
The Wind in the Chimney
Winter: The Statue of Pomona
Wrongos All: A Poem for Shadwell
Unidentified, incomplete poems.