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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1985-1985.1

L. E. Sissman papers

Letters and manuscripts of the American writer L. E. Sissman.

Dates

  • 1944-1981

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

4 linear feet (15 boxes)

The bulk of the collection is manuscripts by Sissman, mostly poems, but also prose including essays, drafts, notes, fragments of stories and novels, and a few speeches. Includes a typescript with annotations, the galley proofs, and the page proofs of Hello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L.E. Sissman, a posthumous collection selected and arranged by Peter Davison; as well as printer's copies and proofs of his earlier works. Also contains 5 boxes of correspondence, both personal and professional. Correspondents include Anthony Hecht, Howard Moss, Stanley Moss, Edward A. Muir, and Kurt Vonnegut. Most of the letters, which include correspondence with other poets and publishers, and fan mail, pertain to his poetry, but 68 letters to his parents written between 1944 and 1959 discuss his student days at Harvard and early days in advertising. Third party correspondence concerns his poetry. Also a few miscellaneous manuscripts by others and printed copies of his poems.

Biographical / Historical

Sissman was an American poet, columnist, and advertising copywriter.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. I.. Letters to Louis Edward Sissman
  2. II. Letters from Louis Edward Sissman
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Compositions
  5. ___A. Early poems: 1945-1949
  6. ___B. Poems
  7. ___C. Book-length compositions, notebooks, and outlines
  8. ___D. Prose
  9. ___E. Other
  10. V. bMS Am 1985.1: Other manuscripts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

77M-70. Purchased from Anne B. Sissman with Mr. and Mrs. John Updike and the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1978.

80M-27. Gift of Peter Davison, The Atlantic Monthly Press; received: 1981.
Title
Sissman, L. E., 1928-1976. L. E. Sissman papers, 1944-1981: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00536

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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