Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Di Prima mss., 1956-1972, are the correspondence and writings of Diane Di Prima, 1934- , poet and editor. The letters are to her mother Emma (Mallozzi) Di Prima, (Mrs. Francis Di Prima), about the children, about moving, and her objections to a distasteful article; to her daughter Jeanne during a poetry reading tour of Casper, Wyoming, Tucson and Flagstaff, Arizona, and Gallup, New Mexico, in Jan.-Nov., 1971, and during the same tour to her son Alexander Marlowe and to Grant Fisher commenting on the reception of her work.

Letters to Diane Di Prima come from John Wieners in Oct., 1963, and from Robert Creeley in Jan., 1968, about her work as an editor. Other letters in June-Sept., 1971, from Alan Brilliant, Patti Field, and Eric Smith of the Unicorn Press are concerned with publishing the Di Prima broadside XV Dedications.

A letter of Jeanne Di Prima to Robert Alfred Jump Wilson, January 12, 1972, encloses the draft of a poem, dry heat of the tassajara, by Diane Di Prima, A.D.S., 1p., 28cm.

Included in the collection are Songs by Peter Hartman, a poem Night Samba by John Wieners, and a photograph of Diane Di Prima by Alan Stephen Marlowe.

Collection size: 44 items

Related manuscripts: Di Prima mss. II

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