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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3163

Letters to Monroe Engel


Personal and professional letters addressed to Monroe Engel.


  • circa 1947-1981

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


0.66 linear feet (1 box)
Includes professional and personal manuscript and typescript letters to Monroe Engel from various correspondents. Many of the letters have been signed by the correspondents. Some of the letters are addressed to both Monroe and his wife Brenda S. Engel, with few addressed solely to Brenda.

Biographical / Historical

Monroe Engel (1921-2014) was a novelist, critic, and a Harvard University English professor. Monroe was Lionel Trilling’s editor at the Viking Press in 1947, when The Middle of the Journey was published.Engel was the author of five novels, including Fish, Statutes of Limitations, and The Maturity of Dickens. Monroe's wife Brenda S. Engel was a teacher, a consultant on Open Education, a researcher, and an associate professor at Lesley University.


Collection is minimally processed. Arranaged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Gift from Brenda S. Engel, 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018M-082. Given by Brenda S. Engel in 2018 February.

Processing Information

Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018.
Link to catalog
Engel, Monroe. Letters to Monroe Engel, circa 1947-1981 (MS Am 3163): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
March 07, 2018
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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