Meridel Le Sueur papers, 1902-1997.


Le Sueur, Meridel. Meridel Le Sueur papers, 1902-1997.

Meridel Le Sueur papers, 1902-1997.

Correspondence, literary journals, audio tapes, published writings, published and unpublished manuscripts and fragments, publicity, radical publications, clippings, photographs, and other miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of Le Sueur, a writer, actress, feminist, and radical political activist, and her family. Le Sueur's audio tapes (1950s-1980s) contain interviews, music, and conversation with family and friends. In addition, the collection includes papers of Le Sueur's father, William Winston Wharton, her mother and stepfather, Marian and Arthur Le Sueur, and her daughters, Deborah Le Sueur and Rachel Tilsen, and their families. The correspondence, covering over 70 years of Le Sueur's life, contains letters from friends, publishers, admirers, and family, particularly her daughters, Rachel and Deborah. There is much information on family matters, her literary progress, and political affairs. The journals, which Le Sueur kept nearly her entire life, comprise 133 volumes, dating from her teenage years through the 1990s; they are the wellspring of much of her writing. Manuscripts in the collection include a sampling of the huge amounts of material sent to Meridel by other aspiring writers, in addition to her own work, both published and unpublished. Publications, clippings, programs, and other publicity provide information on Le Sueur's career and activities, and on the many political and literary organizations that interested her.

48.0 cubic feet (47 boxes, 1 partial box, and 1 oversize folder).

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Clay County, Minn. farmer, born 1880 at Moorhead, Minn., and died 1976. From the description of Papers, 1949-1959. (North Dakota State University Library). WorldCat record id: 28522504 ...

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Meridel Le Sueur was born February 22, 1900, in Murray, Iowa. She did not finish high school, dropping out before the First World War. She began writing at the age of fifteen. Largely self-taught, Miss Le Sueur attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She came to know John Reed and met Theodore Dreiser and Edna St. Vincent Millay at Mabel Dodge's literary salon. She won acclaim in 1927 for her story Persephone and again in 1934 for The Horse. She was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. S...

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