Stafford, Jean, 1915-1979

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Jean Stafford was an American author, best known for her realistic and sublimely crafted short stories. Much of her fiction invoked classical literary themes, but viewed them through the perspective of an alienated, 20th century woman. Many of her stories reflected her own tumultuous, often melodramatic personal life.

From the description of Jean Stafford correspondence with Henry W. Johnstone, 1969. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55081876

Jean Stafford (1915-1979) was a novelist and short story writer who earned national acclaim when her first book, Boston Adventure, became a best-seller. Her Collected Short Stories, originally published in The New Yorker, won her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1970. Born in Covina, California, Stafford moved to Colorado at the age of five. She graduated with a BA and MA from the University of Colorado in 1936. She spent most of her adult life on the East Coast where she also wrote articles, children's books, and a non-fiction book on an interview with Marguerite C. Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald. She was a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and the Sewanee Review. Over the course of her career, Stafford won numerous grants and fellowships as well as the O. Henry Prize for her short story, In The Zoo. Stafford was married to poet Robert Lowell, then to photographer Oliver Jensen, and finally to journalist A.J. Liebling.

From the description of Jean Stafford papers, 1893-1992 (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 181160330

Jean Stafford (July 1, 1915 - March 26, 1979) was a novelist and short story writer who earned national acclaim when her first book Boston Adventure (1944) became a best-seller. Her Collected Short Stories (1969), which were originally published in The New Yorker, won her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1970.

Born in Covina, California, Stafford moved with her family to Colorado when she was five. She graduated with a BA and MA from the University of Colorado in 1936. She spent most of her adult life living on the East Coast where, in addition to novels and short stories, she wrote non-fiction articles, several children's books, and a non-fiction book on an interview with Marguerite C. Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald. She was a frequent contributor to magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and the Sewanee Review . Over the course of her career she won numerous grants and fellowships as well as the O. Henry Prize (for her 1955 short story In The Zoo ).

She was married three times, first to poet Robert Lowell, then to photographer Oliver Jensen, and finally to journalist A.J. Liebling. She passed away in White Plains, NY.

From the guide to the Jean Stafford Papers, 1893-1992, (Special Collections. University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries.)

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referencedIn Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001. Anne Morrow Lindbergh papers, 1906-1997 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Stallman, R. W. (Robert Wooster), 1911-1982. Papers of Robert Wooster Stallman [manuscript] 1935-1962. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn James O. Brown Associates. James O. Brown Associates records, 1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. records, 1899-2003 (bulk 1945-1989). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ford Madox Ford collection, [ca. 1850]-1973, (bulk 1850-1939). Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Letters to Norman William Johnson, 1937-1962. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Gordon, Caroline, 1895-1981. Caroline Gordon - Allen Tate correspondence, 1938-1970. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
creatorOf Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939. Ford Madox Ford collection, [ca. 1850]-1973 (bulk 1850-1939). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Robert Lowell papers, 1861-1976 (inclusive) 1935-1970 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Hardwick, Elizabeth. Papers, 1934-1991 (bulk 1960-1990). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Stafford, Jean, 1915-1979. Letters, 1938-1948. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Liebling, A. J. (Abbott Joseph), 1904-1963. A.J. Liebling collection, 1920-1963. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. records, 1899-2003, 1945-1989 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Stafford, Jean, 1915-1979. Jean Stafford correspondence with Henry W. Johnstone, 1969. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Ransom, John B. (John Bostick), 1920-2000. John B. Ransom, III Collection. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
creatorOf Stafford, Jean, 1915-1979. Jean Stafford papers, 1893-1992 University of Colorado Boulder
referencedIn Robert Lowell papers, 1861-1976 (inclusive) 1935-1970 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Jean Stafford Papers, 1893-1992 Special Collections. University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries.
referencedIn Lurie, Alison. Alison Lurie papers, [ca. 1960-1977] Cornell University Library
referencedIn A.J. Liebling collection, 1920-1963. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Erskine, Albert, 1911-1993. Albert Erskine papers, 1930-1999. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994. Papers of Peter Hillsman Taylor, 1939-1977 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn John Phillips Marquand correspondence, 1892-1960. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Cohn, Alfred E. (Alfred Einstein), 1879-1957. Papers, 1920-1954. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Robert Lowell Papers TXRC94-A10., ca. 1845-1988, (bulk 1970-1977) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn James O. Brown Associates Records, 1927-1992. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Haverstick, Iola S.,. Iola S. Haverstick papers 1889-1991. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Papers, 1845-1988 (bulk 1970-1977). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Percy, Walker, 1916-1990. Letters : to Jean Stafford, 1962-1971. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous papers, 1922-1976. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Alison Lurie papers, [ca. 1960-1977] Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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associatedWith A. J. (Abbott Joseph) Liebling, 1904-1963. person
associatedWith Cohn, Alfred E. (Alfred Einstein), 1879-1957. person
correspondedWith Davis, Lambert, 1905- person
associatedWith Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. person
associatedWith Erskine, Albert, 1911-1993. person
associatedWith Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939. person
associatedWith Ford Madox Ford 1873-1939. person
correspondedWith Frichtel, Mary Lee, 1908- person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
correspondedWith Giroux, Robert person
correspondedWith Goodman, Charlotte Margolis, 1934- person
associatedWith Gordon, Caroline, 1895-1981. person
associatedWith Hardwick, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Haverstick, Iola S., person
correspondedWith Hightower, Robert person
correspondedWith Honeycutt, Ann person
associatedWith James O. Brown Associates. corporateBody
correspondedWith Jensen, Oliver, 1914-2005 person
associatedWith Johnstone, Henry W., person
associatedWith Jones, Howard Mumford, 1892- person
associatedWith Liebling, A. J. (Abbott Joseph), 1904-1963. person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001. person
associatedWith Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 person
associatedWith Lurie, Alison. person
associatedWith Lurie, Alison. person
correspondedWith Marquand, John P. (John Phillips), 1893-1960 person
associatedWith Mock, William, B. T. person
associatedWith Pennsylvania State University corporateBody
associatedWith Percy, Walker, 1916-1990. person
correspondedWith Ransom, John B. (John Bostick), 1920-2000. person
associatedWith Stallman, R. W. (Robert Wooster), 1911-1982. person
associatedWith Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994. person
correspondedWith Thompson, Dorothy Jay person
correspondedWith Thompson, Paul V. person
associatedWith University of Colorado Libraries. Special Collections Dept. corporateBody
correspondedWith White, Katharine Sergeant Angell person
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Books--Reviews--20th century
Women authors, American--20th century
Women authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1915-07-01

Death 1979-03-26

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