Agrarians (Group of writers)

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Holman handbk. to lit. |b ("In current literary history and criticism, however, [the term Agrarians] is usually applied to a group of Southern American writers who published in Nashville, Tennessee, between 1922 and 1925, The Fugitive, a little magazine of poetry and some criticism championing agrarian regionalism but attacking "the old high-caste Brahmins of the Old South." Most of its contributors were associated with Vanderbilt University; among them were John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Donald Davidson, Robert Penn Warren, and Merrill Moore. In the 1930’s they championed an agrarian economy as opposed to that of industrial capitalism and issued a collective manifesto, I’ll take my stand. They were active in the publication between 1933 and 1937 of The American Review, a socioeconomic magazine that also analyzed contemporary literature. They found an effective literary organ in The Southern Review (1935-1942), under the editorship of Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren. In addition to their poetry and novels, the Agrarians have been prominent among the founders of the new criticism.")

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Walter Clyde Curry Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0097
Overview Walter Clyde Curry (1887-1967), a long-time member of the Department of English at Vanderbilt, was a scholar of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton. He was one of the initial members of the Fugitive literary movement.
Dates: Inclusive: 1933-1967; Majority of material found within Bulk: 1955-1963

Fugitive and Agrarian Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0160
Overview This collection contains 1.67 linear feet of materials on the Fugitive Poets and the Nashville Agrarians. Most of the materials have to do with the years in the 1920’s when the Fugitive poet group was formed and the resulting poems, manuscripts, and correspondence. In addition there are a few items, mostly articles, that concern the Agrarian group.
Dates: 1922 - 1979

Fugitive and Agrarian Collection Addition

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0622
Scope and Content Note This collection, 3.34 linear feet, is an addition to the Fugitive and Agrarian Collection MSS 160. It includes a wide range of items relating to the Fugitive and Agrarian groups and is especially valuable in the holdings of items from the 1980’s and 1990’s including correspondence, articles, book reviews, and other materials. In addition to the Fugitives and Agrarians themselves, whose biographical notes follow below, associates represented in this collection include:
Dates: 2012

 

About this Site

This site contains collection guides, or finding aids, to the archival collections held by Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives, the History of Medicine Collection, and the Scarritt Bennett Center. Finding aids describe the context, arrangement, and structure of archival materials, allowing users to identify and request materials relevant to their research.

Requesting Materials

Each finding aid contains a link to request materials from the collections. Collections can also be requested by emailing the repository directly through the library website. Each repository has its own location, hours, and contact information. Please consult the repository with questions about using the materials. Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the repository’s reading room. In many cases, the collections are stored off-site and require advance notice for retrieval.