Edwin Carlile Litsey papers

Abstract

The Edwin Carlisle Litsey papers (dated 1938-1965, undated; 3.83 cubic feet; 9 boxes) consists of typescripts for 174 short stories, 218 poems and nine novels by author Edwin Carlile Litsey.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Edwin Carlile Litsey papers
Date
1938-1965, undated (inclusive)
Extent
3.83 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Authors, American -- Kentucky.
Manuscripts -- Kentucky.
Novelists.
Poets laureate.
Short stories, American -- Kentucky
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into six series: Autobiographical novels; Novels; Poems; Printed short stories, original manuscripts; Short stories and essays; and Book reviews, correspondence, and assorted.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig, paper finding aid encoded by Ida Lucille Mangum.
Preferred Citation
70m12: [Identification of item], Edwin Carlile Litsey papers, 1938-1965, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edwin Carlile Litsey was born near the Little Beech River in Washington County on June 3, 1874. When he was a child his family moved to Lebanon, Kentucky. Upon his father's death, when Edwin was only 17 years old, he began a long career as a banker at Marion National Bank. He continued to work at the bank for more than seventy years. He married the former Carrie Selecman, of Washington County, in 1900. She died in 1910. They had one daughter, also an author, Sarah Selecman Litsey Nye Ford.
In his twenties, Litsey began writing as a hobby. His first novel, The Princess of Gramfalon was published in 1900. Throughout his life he published 13 books - nine novels, one volume of short stories, one novelette, and two books of poetry. His works were often about people and life in Washington County, Kentucky. Notable works include A Man from Jericho (1911), The Eternal Flame (1937), a novelette, Stones for Bread (1940). Litsey was chosen by the state legislature as Poet Laureate of Central Kentucky in 1954.
"Edwin Carlisle Litsey, Poet Laureate Dies". The Lebanon Enterprise, pages 1-2, Thursday, February 5, 1970.
Scope and Content
The Edwin Carlisle Litsey papers (dated 1938-1965, undated; 3.83 cubic feet; 9 boxes) consists of typescripts for 174 short stories, 218 poems and nine novels by Kentucky author Edwin Carlile Litsey. The collection includes the typescript for the novel Stones For Bread, which is considered one of Litsey's best works. Also included are book reviews, letters, and poems by his daughter, Sarah Litsey Nye Ford.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Autobiographical novels, undated

My First Eight Years, undated

  • Box 70M12-01
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My Faith Alone, undated

  • Box 70M12-01
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Doom & Daughter, Echo from Agincourt, undated

  • Box 70M12-01
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Novels, undated

Peaceful Valley, undated

  • Box 70M12-02
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The Stalled Ox, undated

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Stones for Bread, undated

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The Strength of the Soil, first version, undated

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The Strength of the Soil, second version, undated

  • Box 70M12-03
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The Strength of the Soil, third version, undated

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The Way of a Man, first version, undated

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The Way of a Man, second version, undated

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Poems, undated

Titles A-Y, undated

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Holographic poems, undated

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Miscellaneous poems, undated

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Printed short stories, original manuscripts, undated

Find the Beast, undated

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Odyssey of Titus (typescript included), undated

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Old Kentuck Horn, undated

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The Skin Flint, undated

  • Box 70M12-04
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Short stories and essays, undated

1-61, undated

  • Box 70M12-05, folder 1-5
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62-112, undated

  • Box 70M12-06, folder 6-11
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113-174, undated

  • Box 70M12-07, folder 12-17
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175-233, undated

  • Box 70M12-08, folder 18-22
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Book reviews, correspondence, and assorted, 1938-1965, undated

The Eternal Flame review, undated

  • Box 70M12-09
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Grist reviews, undated

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Letters, 1938

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Letters, 1943

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Letters, 1965

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Miscellaneous and incomplete poems written by others, undated

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Sarah Litsey's poems, undated

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