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

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Dilys Laing include the continual correspondence of multiple family members, newspaper clippings (editorials, reviews, etc.), corrected scripts, drawings, an improvised Aztec dictionary, personal notes, drafts and chapters of Laing's book Corazun, printer's typescripts, files of poems (categorized under such headings as unpublished, in periodicals, in books, etc.), reviews, prose, political writing, and other documents concerning her poetry and writing.

The papers document her relationship with her family and her development as an artist and writer and thinker. Several items are worth noting. First, a used linoleum block cut, whose prints appear among her various sketches, which are also worth noting. Second, a fictionalized, prose document about an interview with an unnamed poet who is elsewhere acknowledged to be Robert Frost. Last, documents concerning a Beginner book project which mention correspondence with Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss).

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