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Prepared for the Web by Barbara Bass, March 5, 2002; Last Updated: March 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1956-1969
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Vincent Godfrey Burns, or Bobby Burns (1893-1979), was named poet laureate of Maryland in 1962, a position he held for the rest of his life, even amid some controversy. A Congregational minister and beloved radio performer, Burns was politically very conservative - he described himself as a "dedicated patriot" and is remembered for his poem, "Down at the Old Watergate", in which he maintained that Richard Nixon had been the victim of a virtual witch hunt. His most notable prose includes I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang, written with his brother, Robert Burns in 1932, and Female Convict, which sold more than a million copies in paperback.
For more information on Burns see Contemporary Authors v. 41-44 First Revision.
Scope and Content: The Vincent Godfrey Burns Papers consist of typescripts and xerox copies of 17 poems, essays, and one television play by Burns. The typescripts are corrected and annotated. Also included are copies of letters from Burns to Spiro T. Agnew; Lyndon B. Johnson; Life magazine; Nathan Pusey; Max Rafferty; Time magazine; Harry S. Truman; The Washington Post.
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