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Larsson, Raymond Ellsworth, 1901-

Raymond Ellsworth Larsson letter to William Carlos Williams

1969


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F961


Creator: Larsson, Raymond Ellsworth, 1901-


Title: Raymond Ellsworth Larsson letter to William Carlos Williams


Inclusive Dates: 1969


Extent: 2 items


Abstract: American Catholic poet Raymond Larsson (born 1901) wrote to his friend, American poet and physician William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), seeking assistance in gaining release from Rockland State Hospital.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 099, F961, Raymond Ellsworth Larsson letter to William Carlos Williams, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 66, F961: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes

Location

Special Collections, 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, January 2014.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, March 2014.


The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Notes

Raymond Ellsworth Larsson

Raymond Ellsworth Larsson (born 1901) was an American Catholic poet whose work was best known in the 1920s and 1930s.

His poetry appeared in a 1927 issue of Transition magazine, along with the work of James Joyce, Kay Boyle, Gertrude Stein, Hart Crane, André Gide, and Archibald MacLeish.

William Carlos Williams

American poet and pediatrician William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) is most widely known for his five-volume impressionistic poem, Paterson, published between 1946 and 1958.

In addition to poetry Williams, who was interested in post-impressionism and cubism, also wrote essays on art, many of which are collected in A Recognizable Image (1978); as well as novels, such as his White Mule, which was serialized in the literary magazine, Pagany (1930-1933).

In 1963, Williams was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

Sources:

Wisconsin; a guide to the Badger state, compiled by workers of the Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Wisconsin, New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce [c1941].

Garraty, John A. (ed.) Dictionary of American Biography. Supplement Seven 1961-1965. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981. pp. 788-791.

Information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

American Catholic poet Raymond Larsson (1901- ) wrote to his friend, American poet and physician William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), seeking assistance in gaining release from Rockland State Hospital.

In the fall of 1969, Larsson was committed to the Rockland State Hospital for psychiatric treatment, which, according to his letter, included "treatments by electricity." Larsson complained of ill treatment, outlined some of his behaviors which were viewed as offensive, and lamented the uncertainty of the length of his "imprisonment." Larsson sought Williams's aid in contacting those who might facilitate his release and requested copies of Williams's poems to read.

Accompanying Larsson's letter is a brief handwritten note from Williams to his secretary. Williams requested a letter be typed in triplicate, and one of the copies be sent to Larsson. There is no mention of the content of the letter.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Larsson, Raymond Ellsworth, 1901- --Correspondence.
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963--Correspondence.
Corporate Names
Rockland State Hospital.
Topical Terms
American poetry--Catholic authors--20th century.
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Mental illness--Treatment--United States--History--20th century.
Form/Genre Terms
Correspondence.
Personal Contributors
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963, correspondent.

Related Materials in this Repository

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

MSS 099, F867 Raymond Ellsworth Larsson letters and poems


Detailed Contents List

Raymond Ellsworth Larsson typed letter to William Carlos Williams, 1969 December 5   [Box 66 F961]

William Carlos Williams autograph note to unidentified secretary, 1969 December 19   [Box 66 F961]