Guide to the Papers of Dilys Laing, ca. 1917 - ca. 1960Manuscript MS-984

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Box: 1, Dates: 1930s-1950s

Documents included are almost entirely correspondence, separated by her husband, all of them from family including: her mother (Emilie Frances Bennett), her father (A.J. Bennett), her brother (John Walter Bennett) and his wife (Lucy) and their children (Susan and Elizabeth), and from her cousin (Monica Roberts Chalmers, to whom Walk through Two Landscapes was dedicated). Most of the letters from the mid 1930's to the late 1950's, but the letters from her cousin Monica ("Mona") date to the mid 1940's, because she died in 1946. Also, a box of checks and stubs.

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Box: 2, Dates: ca. 1917-1930

Included are a box full of newspaper clippings (editorials, articles concerning Canada, and book reviews), small notes, a used linoleum block cut, a copy for a script of "War and Peace" which Laing corrected, drawings from the 1920's (with a few from c. 1917), an address book converted into an Aztec dictionary, personal notes and poets in a small file box.

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Box: 3, Dates: Undated

Included are drafts and chapters of Laing's book Corazun (including synopsis and handwritten drafts, the second and third drafts in original and carbons, and other chapters), a copy of the Vox which contains the first chapter of Corazun, and the printer's typescript, notes and worksheets for The Great Year.

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Box: 4, Dates: Undated

Included are documents listed under such headings as poems in books, poems in periodicals (as opposed to her collections), poems unpublished, translations, and readings. Also included is a binder of her poems.

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Box: 5, Dates: Undated

Included are reviews of books and other prose notices, poems, a prose, fictionalized interview with Robert Frost, and correspondence (with individuals as well as with publications, including Harpers). Also included is an alphabetized book of her poems, and a box of miscellaneous, typed poetry, mostly hers.

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Box: 6, Dates: Undated

Includes a document entitled Memorandum to the Concerned, which concerns the distribution of Letter to a Threatened World, a political statement written by her and her husband. Also, correspondence, to and about her, some separated into the category "last letters received prior to her death." There are reviews, the novel form of "Smoking Mirror", early newspaper contributions, young drawings, and advertisements.

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Box: 7, Dates: Undated

Included are miscellaneous prose, short stories, critical writing, and fiction. Also, correspondence and documents concerning a Beginner book project with Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss), and assorted photographs.

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