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Personal correspondence and papers, c. 1971, 1973-6, 1978-9, 1981-91, 1993-8, 2000, n.d.

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MS. Gehenna Press b. 88

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Personal letters addressed variously from and to Leonard Baskin, Lisa Baskin and their son Hosea Baskin. Comprises (fols. 1-51) incoming letters 1973-4, 1976, 1978-9, 1981, 1983-4, c. 1985-6, 1987, c. 1988, 1989-91, 1993, 1996-8, n.d. including letters from the Gehenna Press authors:
  1. (fols. 1-3) Jose Yglesias, 1973-4
  2. (fols. 4, 30, 34-8) Anthony Hecht (fol. 30 mentions the Gehenna Press book Florilegium (1998), fols. 35-6 are an enclosed, printed Hecht poem 'Once More, With Feeling') [see also a manuscript poem by Anthony Hecht in personal papers (below)], 1976, 1996, 1998, n.d.
  3. (fols. 5-11, 20, 22-4, 51) Ruth Fainlight (fols. 6, 23 are enclosed Fainlight manuscript poems) [see also a printed poem from Ruth Fainlight in personal papers (below)], 1978-9, 1981, 1983-4, 1989, 1991, n.d.
  4. (fols. 39-47) Sidney [Kaplan], n.d.
(fols. 52-5) Outgoing (draft and copy) letters, 1989, 1993, c. 1995

Plus personal papers (some possibly ideas or notes for prospective Gehenna Press books) comprising:
  1. (fols. 56-79) Papers relating to Leonard Baskin's non-Gehenna publications and works (including sculptures), c. 1971, 1976, 1982-6, 1994, n.d.
  2. (fols. 80-172) Speeches, essays, interviews and notes, mainly on art [see also MS. Gehenna Press c. 9, fols. 384-474 for drafts of Leonard Baskin's lecture 'Impulsions to Print', given at Gehenna Press: The Work of Fifty Years exhibition venues], 1988, 2000, n.d.
  3. (fols. 173-6) Poems (manuscript and printed) from Ruth Fainlight and Anthony Hecht, c. 1990, n.d.
  4. (fols. 177-222) Cuttings and offprints,1976, 1981, 1982, n.d.
  5. (fols. 223-4) ?Gehenna-related lists, n.d.
  6. (fols. 225-6) Christmas card list and addresses, c. 1981, n.d.
  7. (fols. 227-89) A Baskin scrapbook, containing (passim) cuttings and collected ephemera and a catalogue from a Victoria & Albert museum exhibition, Illustrations to Ted Hughes Poems, as well as draft and copy letters from Leonard Baskin to Ted Hughes and Gordon Ray of the Guggenheim Foundation, and letters and notes to Baskin from writers including the filmmaker Leo Hurwitz, 1975, 1982, 1984, n.d.
  8. (fols. 290-9) Sketches, with (fol. 290) one art proof (possibly an iteration of 'Monkey' from Skulls (2003)).

Dates

  • c. 1971, 1973-6, 1978-9, 1981-91, 1993-8, 2000, n.d.

Extent

299 Leaves

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Shelfmark

MS. Gehenna Press b. 88

Related Materials

See also Baskin family personal printed ephemera in MS. Gehenna Press b. 87, and a personal ephemera woodcut (item 4) in MS. Gehenna Press e. 9

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