Don Carpenter (1931-1995), a novelist, was the author of
Blade of light (1966),
Getting off (1971),
class of '49
From a distant past (1988), among other works. This collection
contains letters to Carpenter from Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, and other contemporary poets.
Donald Richard Carpenter was born March 16, 1931 in Berkeley, California, the son of Eugene P. and Genevieve
(Cody) Carpenter. He graduated from Portland State University in 1959 and received an M.A. from San Francisco
State University in 1960.
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