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MS Am 2102

Sissman, L.E., 1928-1976. L. E. Sissman additional papers, 1946-1989: Guide.

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Last updated 2016 June 21

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Note: This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2102
Creator: Sissman, L.E., 1928-1976.
Title: L. E. Sissman additional papers,
Date(s): 1946-1989.
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Compositions by American author, L.E. Sissman along with correspondence.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jackie Dean.

Acquisition Information:

91M-61. Gift of Anne (Bierman) Sissman; received: 1992 June 29.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff members to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

L. E. Sissman Additional Papers, 1946-1989 (MS Am 2102). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

L. E. Sissman (1928-1976) graduated from Harvard College in 1949 as Class Poet. He settled outside of Boston and worked as an advertising copywriter. From 1964 to 1974, his poetry and prose was published in the New Yorker and Atlantic monthly. His books include the poetry collections Dying: an introduction (1967) and Hello darkness: the collected poems of L. E. Sissman, published posthumously in 1978. His Atlantic monthly columns were collected in Innocent bystander: scenes from the '70s (1975). Sissman died of Hodgkin's disease.


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Scope and Content

These additional papers contain correspondence of L. E. Sissman including letters from Atlantic monthly and the New Yorker as well as letters received by his wife after his death. The bulk of this collection is typescripts and proofs of Sissman's poems and book reviews published in the New Yorker and of his Atlantic monthly column, The innocent bystander. There are compositions by others, including a typescript of John Updike's forward to Sissman's Innocent bystander: scenes from the '70s, among other items.

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