Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Derwood mss., 1937-1956, consist of the correspondence, writings, and drawings of Gene Derwood, 1909- 1954, poet and painter. In private life Miss Derwood was the wife of Oscar Williams, 1900-1964, poet. The letters chiefly are to and from poetry editors about her writings. Other letters are concerned with the schooling for their son Strephon.

The writings include the text from The Poems of Gene Derwood published by Clarke and Way in 1955 (Lilly PS3507 .E716 A17); and a folder of miscellaneous pieces and criticism.

The drawings include two sketch books, three abstract colored paintings and pictures of sculptured works by Gene Derwood.

The biographical folder includes a number of photographs of Miss Derwood.

Collection size: 100 items

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