Collection Number: 70136

Collection Title: Elizabeth Lemmon Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1934-1935

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Size 5 items
Abstract Consists of four letters (three typed, and one handwritten) from Thomas Wolfe, a white author, to Elizabeth Lemmon, a white Virginia socialite. The letters, all written in 1934, relate to Lemmon’s invitation to visit her, as well as the status of his work. Also contains one typed draft, inscribed to Lemmon from white book editor Maxwell Perkins, of the Irish literary critic Mary Colum's 1935 review of Wolfe’s Of Time and the River, published in the magazine The Forum and Century.
Creator Lemmon, Elizabeth, 1892-
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Elizabeth Lemmon Collection on Thomas Wolfe #70136, North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Lorne Bair Rare Books in 2022 (Acc. 20220902.1), with money from the Aldo P. Magi Fund and the Morton Teicher Fund.
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Elizabeth Lemmon (1892-1994) was a white Virginia socialite. In 1922, Lemmon met Maxwell Perkins,a white book editor, in an encounter that began what would evolve into a 25-year relationship between the two, documented in A. Scott Berg's biography Maxwell Perkins: Editor of Genius (1978), and Rodger L. Tarr's As Ever Yours: The Letters of Max Perkins and Elizabeth Lemmon (2003). Through Perkins, Lemmon became friends with the white authors Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Consists of four letters (three typed, and one handwritten) from Thomas Wolfe to Elizabeth Lemmon, and one typed draft of Mary Colum's 1935 review of Wolfe’s Of Time and the River, published in the magazine The Forum and Century. The letters from Wolfe, all written in 1934, relate to Lemmon’s invitation to visit her, as well as the status of his work.

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5 items.
Folder 1-4

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Thomas Wolfe letters to Elizabeth Lemmon, 1934 #70136, Series: "Elizabeth Lemmon Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1934-1935." Folder 1-4

Folder 5

Review: Of Time and River, 1935 #70136, Series: "Elizabeth Lemmon Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1934-1935." Folder 5

Original 3-page typescript draft of literary critic Mary Colum's review of Of Time and River, published in the magazine The Forum and Century Volume 93 (April 1935, pp. 218-219). Inscribed to Elizabeth Lemmon by Maxwell Perkins. Perkins refers to Colum as "Molly Colum."

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Processing Information

Processed by: Dawne Howard Lucas, September 2022

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, September 2022

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