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Holmes, John Clellon, 1926-1988.

John Clellon Holmes letter to Shirley Allen

1953 June 23


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F864


Creator: Holmes, John Clellon, 1926-1988.


Title: John Clellon Holmes letter to Shirley Allen


Inclusive Dates: 1953 June 23


Extent: 1 item (4 p.)


Abstract: American author John Clellon Holmes typed this four-page letter to his future wife, Shirley Allen.


Language: Materials in English.



Citation

MSS 099, F864, John Clellon Holmes letter to Shirley Allen, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 60, F864: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Purchase, December 2009.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, April 2010.


The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Notes

American writer and educator John Clellon Holmes, author of novels, short stories, essays, and poems, was best known as a chronicler of the ideology and lifestyle of the "Beat generation writers."

Holmes's semi-autobiographical novel Go, published by Scribner in 1952 and later in England as The Beat Boys , is considered to be the first published novel depicting the Beat generation.

Born March 12, 1926, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Holmes died on March 30, 1988, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Shirley Allen married Holmes on September 9, 1953. She was his second wife.

Sources:

Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioR (accessed April 2010).


Scope and Content Note

American author John Clellon Holmes typed this four-page letter to his future wife, Shirley Allen.

Holmes's letter was written from St. Louis, Missouri, where he was visiting Jay and Fred Landesman. Holmes, who had previously contributed to Jay Landesman's periodical, Neurotica, and knew the brothers from New York City, offered his current observations on the Landesmans. Holmes also described at length the town of St. Louis, with which he was less than impressed. His letter continued with comments on the short stories of Fitzgerarld which he had recently read and ended with words of endearment for his future wife.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Holmes, John Clellon, 1926-1988--Correspondence.
Allen, Shirley--Correspondence.
Topical Terms
Novelists, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Beat generation--20th century--Correspondence.
Authors, American––Correspondence.
Geographic Names
Saint Louis (Mo.)--History--20th century.
Form/Genre Terms
Correspondence.
Personal Contributors
Allen, Shirley, correspondent.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

MSS 099 F902, John Clellon Holmes letters to Richard Douglass


Detailed Contents List

John Clellon Holmes letter to Shirley Allen, 1953 June 23   [Box 60 F864]