Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Sanazaro mss., ca. 1982-1989, consist of correspondence and papers of poet and independent scholar Leonard R. Sanazaro, 1949-2004, relating primarily to his interest in and work on Sylvia Plath.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; III. Miscellaneous.

The majority of the letters in the collection are from Sylvia's mother, Aurelia Schober Plath, 1906-1994, with copies of Sanazaro's letters to Mrs. Plath being predominantly from 1983. Other correspondents in the collection are friends, and colleagues of Sanazaro relating to his career as a writer and biographer of poet Sylvia Plath. Dating primarily from 1983, these files revolve around his work The Dark Repose, Sylvia Plath: A Radio Biography which aired October 27, 1983 on radio station KUNR-FM in Reno, Nevada.

The writings consist of a photocopy transcript of Sanazaro's Plath radio biography, edited by Aurelia Schober Plath, and a draft of his essay, The Paradox of Terrible Beauty: Unity in the Late Poems of Sylvia Plath. The miscellaneous files include receipts and memorabilia, lecture and reading announcements, and newspaper clippings.

An inventory is available.

Gift. 2005

Collection size: 176 items

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