Robert Duncan

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Robert Edward Duncan (January 7, 1919 – February 3, 1988) was an American poet and key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance. He was adopted by Edwin and Minnehaha Symmes, a family of devout Theosophists, and was later a student of the Western esoteric tradition. However, he was never a member of the Theosophical Society in America.[1]

Online resources



  • Robert Duncan...A Life in Poetry posted by Cody Carvel. 1975. "Robert Duncan is a major poet from the beat generation and spent most of his career in San Francisco. This documentary is filmed by Richard O. Moore, another major San Francisco poet and co-founder of KPFA."
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  1. Microfilmed Membership Records. Theosophical Society in America Archives.