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Emery George Collection

Identifier: PCMS-0070
The Emery George Collection includes manuscripts of original poetry and translations, published appearances, photocopies of published work, and correspondence relating to the second edition publication of George's book Contemporary East European Poetry: An Anthology.


  • 1966-1996


Terms of Access and Use

The Emery George Collection is open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.


.63 Linear Feet (1 full manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box)


Emery George, born in Hungary in 1933 and naturalized as an American citizen in 1954, is a prolific poet, translator, and scholar of Germanic literature. His collection contains manuscripts of original and translated poetry, published works, and business correspondence.

Biographical Note

Emery Edward George was born on May 8, 1933 in Budapest, Hungary. He came to the United States in 1946 and was naturalized as a citizen in 1954. He attended the University of Michigan, where he studied Germanic language and literature. He received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in 1955, 1959, and 1964, respectively. He held a two-year appointment at the University of Illinois before returning to the University of Michigan, where he taught from 1966 to 1988.

Emery George is an internationally renowned scholar, poet, and translator. He has published several volumes of original poetry including Black Jesus (1974), Voiceprints (1987), Blackbird (1993), and poetic translations including Miklós Radnóti: A Comparative Study (1993), Metropolitan Icons: Selective Poems of János Pilinszky in Hungarian and in English (1995). In addition, he served as an editor for poetic anthologies including Contemporary East European Poetry (1994).


This collection is arranged in three series:

  • Manuscripts, 1966-1996
  • Printed Matter, 1974-1996
  • Correspondence, 1992-1993
  • Acquisition Information

    Donated to the Poetry Collection by Emery George in multiple accessions.


    No further accruals are expected to this collection.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Sarah Akers, 2016.



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    Repository Details

    Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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