Caresse Crosby papers, 1912-1970.


Caresse Crosby papers, 1912-1970.


The Caresse Crosby Collection represents the largest extant body of Caresse and Harry Crosby's efforts in prose and poetry, printing and publishing, as well as their personal correspondence and assorted memorabilia. Of special interest is material of 20th century authors, such as a bound volume of letters to Harry and Caresse Crosby from D.H. Lawrence, galley proofs of The Bridge by Hart Crane, an extensive body of correspondence from both Kay Boyle and Ezra Pound, and artwork by Henry Miller. This collection contains all titles published by the Black Sun Press, early Black Sun Press announcements, newsclippings, free-standing volumes, photographs and Caresse Crosby's literary manuscripts, poems, short stories and plays, Caresse Crosby's art work as well as early typescripts of The Passionate Years, and its unpublished sequel, Who in the World. The remainder of the collection consists of packages containing scrapbooks and miscellany, oversized materials that include a great deal of original artwork, Caresse Crosby's appointment calendars, inventories of the Crosby library, address books, miscellaneous documents, and several films. Political materials date from 1948 to her death in 1970.

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