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MS Am 1985-1985.1

Sissman, L. E., 1928-1976. L. E. Sissman papers, 1944-1981: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1985-1985.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sissman, L. E., 1928-1976.
Title: L. E. Sissman papers,
Date(s): 1944-1981.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters and manuscripts of the American writer L. E. Sissman.

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.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

L. E. Sissman Papers, 1944-1981 (MS Am 1985-1985.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

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.

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