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Elizabeth Hardwick letters, 1950-1960, 1979

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


Elizabeth Hardwick letters


1950-1960, 1979


University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2011MS170: [identification of item], Elizabeth Hardwick letters, 1950-1960, 1979, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.1 Cubic feet

1 box


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.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters from Elizabeth Hardwick to fellow literary critic Robie Macauley and his wife Anne.


  • Bev Chaney, Jr. Books.
  • Macauley, Robie Mayhew, 1919-1995
  • Authors, American--Kentucky.
  • Literature--History and criticism.
  • Women authors--20th century.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

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