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Elizabeth Hardwick manuscript, 1955

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Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell


Elizabeth Hardwick manuscript




University of Kentucky Special Collections

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

55M51: [identification of item], Elizabeth Hardwick manuscript, 1955, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.23 Cubic feet

1 box


The Elizabeth Hardwick A Simple Truth collection includes correspondence with Hardwick and her publishers, University of Kentucky Special Collections, and her manuscript The Simple Truth.


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

Elizabeth Hardwick manuscript (dated 1955; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of a typescript manuscript for Hardwick's novel The Simple Truth.


  • Hardwick, Elizabeth
  • Authors, American--Kentucky.
  • Drafts.
  • Women authors, American--Kentucky--Lexington

User Restrictions

Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

The Simple Truth manuscript, 1955
[Box: 1, Folder: 4-5]