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Guide to the Frederick Stern Bock Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1935-1980
Creator: Bock, Frederick Stern (1916-1961)
Extent: 3.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0567
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Poet , Assistant Editor Poetry Fountains of Regardlessness (1961). Correspondence, subject files, and preliminary drafts of his writings.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs Box 2

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Conrad P. Bock in 1984.

Preferred Citation: Frederick Stern Bock Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

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.

Bock's 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.

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