Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Calas mss., 1939-1945 and 1967, consist of letters from William Carlos Williams, 1883-1963, poet, to Nicolas Calas, 1907-1989, art critic and educator. The material deals primarily with Williams' appraisal of Calas' critical writing and its effect on Williams' own work. There is also considerable discussion of Calas' own poetry, which Williams had agreed to translate into English. Several of the letters discuss current projects of Williams, including the progress of Paterson. The collection includes a letter from Williams to Madeline Elise (Regnier) Boyd, a postcard to Calas from Carl Van Vechten, 1880-1964, author, and a letter to Calas from Mike Weaver, author. Weaver is author of William Carlos Williams: the American background, Cambridge, 1971, a work which discusses the literary relationship of Calas and Williams.

Collection size: 26 items

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