Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Elizabeth Hardwick letters
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Housed with multiple collections.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
2011MS170: [identification of item], Elizabeth Hardwick letters, 1950-1960, 1979, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
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Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was a Lexington born writer and literary critic. She obtained a bachelor's degree (1938) and a master's degree (1939) from the University of Kentucky before moving to New York to attend Columbia for a doctorate. Hardwick married the poet Robert Lowell in 1949; they had one child together and divorced in 1970.
With Lowell, Jason and Barbara Epstein, and Robert Silvers, Hardwick helped found The New York Review of Books in 1962 during the New York City newspaper strike. In addition to her work as a literary critic, she taught creative writing at Barnard College until 1985. As a writer her works include The Ghostly Lover (1945), The Simple Truth (1955), and Sleepless Nights (1979).
Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. Elizabeth Hardwick, Critic, Novelist and Restless Woman of Letters, Dies at 91. New York Times. 5 December 2007. Web. 7 December 2011.
The collection consists of letters from Elizabeth Hardwick to fellow literary critic Robie Macauley and his wife Anne.