Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Yellen mss., 1863-1968, consist of the correspondence and writings of Samuel Yellen, 1906-1983, author and professor of English at Indiana University at Bloomington. The letters are concerned with matters of personal friendship, the arrangements for poetry lectures and readings, and the publication of his poems and short stories. Two letters of historic interest are included: John Ruskin to Frederick James Furnivall, Sept. 26, 1863, and Henry James to George Charles Williamson, Nov. 26, 1908.

The correspondents are Mrs. Carolyn Adair, Phoebe Lou Adams, Charles Angoff, John Barth, Paul Howard Bixler, Louise Bogan, Alexander Patterson Cappon, Freeman Champney, Margaret Cousins, Robert Creeley, Samuel Cummings, Peter De Vries, Peggy Dowst, Clayton Eshleman, Jonathan Greene, Mrs. Margaret (Lohlker) Hartley, Hiram Haydn, Langston Hughes, Rolfe Humphries, Claire Hunter, Rudolph Max Kauffmann, Stanley Jules Kauffmann, Harold Joseph Laski, Allen Lesser, Denise Levertov, Helen McAfee, Esther Morgan McCullough, Alice B. McGinty, Bernard Malamud, Margaret Marshall, Edith Ronald Mirrielees, Howard Moss, Robert Carver North, Charles Gouverneur Paulding, Charles A. Pearce, Paul Pickrel, Winfield Townley Scott, Paul McCutcheon Sears, Jon Silkin, Edward Simeon Skillin, Elizabeth F. Smith, May Agnes Strong, R. Hawley Truax, John Hoyer Updike, Robert Warshow, Richard Weber, Jessamyn West, Caroline Whiting.

Samuel Yellen's poems which have been set to music included in this collection are: Lullaby for Joanna by Robert L. Sanders in Mar. 16, 1947; Easter Meditation and Spring Song (facsimile copies) by Bernhard Heiden in 1947; How I Found Truth (facsimile copy) by Elizabeth Gould in June 1966.

See the Manuscripts Catalog for further information on the writings of Samuel Yellen.

Collection size: 146 items

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