Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Kelley mss., 1907-1935, consist of letters written by Sinclair Lewis, 1885-1951, novelist, to Mrs. Edith (Summers) Kelley, (Mrs. Clyde F. Kelley), 1883-1956, novelist and secretary of Upton Sinclair at the Helicon Home Colony, Englewood, New Jersey; a typewritten copy of a group of Sinclair Lewis' poems including "Foreword," "To Alethea in Her Old Age," "Gold in Umber," "An Invocation," "The Mystery," "Fear on Calvary," "Uninspired," "The Bourgeoning," and "City Sanctuary"; photographs of the stairway, east exterior, south end of court, and north end of court of Helicon Home Colony, founded by Upton Sinclair at Englewood, New Jersey, in 1906; and a copy of a photograph of the ruins of Jack London's home, Wolf house, in Sonoma County, California.

The letter relate to Lewis' proposed marriage to Edith Summers, his 1928 trip to England, his Vermont farm, his writing, her writing, personal and family news, friends, and opinion of other authors.

The letters and poems are accompanied by typescripts, and each of the photographs of Helicon Home Colony by a photogrpahic copy made in 1957 by O. K. Harter, photographer, Monrovia, California.

Collection size: 7 items

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