Special Collections and Archives

Lawrence Lee papers

Special Collections and Archives

Lawrence Lee papers

Lawrence Lee papers

Finding Aid

Prepared  by Barbara Bass, March 11, 2002


Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor


Biographical Note: Lawrence Lee (1903-1978), born in Gadsden, Alabama, was a poet known for his subdued, lyrical style, as well as his poetic treatment of the life of Thomas Jefferson in Monticello and Other Poems (1937) and The Tomb of Thomas Jefferson and Other Poems (1940). Lee was editor of Virginia Quarterly Review from 1938-42, and contributed to numerous other publications, such as Sewanee Review, New York Herald-Tribune, New York Times, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Scribner's Magazine, Forum, Life and Letters, and The Classical World. He was an instructor in English, French and later in literature at various universities. He spent the largest part of his teaching career at the University of Pittsburgh, from which he retired in 1973.


Scope and Content: This collection contains typed poems by Lee, all of which are undated and signed by the author, and most of which are copies, rather than originals.


Box 1
Folder -- Contents

  1. "After my Wife's Death" [typed poem, signed, copy]: undated
  2. "Augustan Poem I" [typed poem, signed, copy]: undated
  3. "Killybegs" [a collection of 4 poems] [typed poems, signed, copy]: undated
  4. "Knocknarea: Maeve's Tomb" [typed poem, signed, with a holograph note by the author]: undated
  5. "Matutinal Cemetery" [typed poem, signed, copy]: undated