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RESEARCH HELP > HUMANITIES AND AREA STUDIES > AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

American Literary Studies


Janet Lewis Papers

The Papers

Stanford has a number of special collections that contain original manuscripts, correspondence, and other archival materials related to Janet Lewis, including two notable ones in conjunction with her husband, Yvor Winters.

Finding Guides: Details are listed below with the specific collections.

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at speccollref@stanford.edu or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.


Career of Janet Lewis (1899-1998):

Poet, novelist, writers of short stories, and teacher, Janet Lewis was born in Chicago in 1899. In 1922, she published her first volume of poetry, The Indians in the Woods. She was married to author Yvor Winters in 1926, with whom she founded Gyroscope (1929-1931), an influential literary journal that served as center for a group led by Winters. She has continued to write poetry throughout her life, the work first collected in Poems, 1924-1944 (1950) and later in Poems Old and New, 1918-1978 (1981). Lewis' first novel was The Invasion: A Narrative of Events Concerning the Johnson Family of St. Mary's (1932). She is best known for her historical fiction, including The Wife of Martin Guerrre (1941), The Trial of Soren Qvist (1947), and The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron (1959). She is also the author of a volume of short fiction, Good-bye, Son, and Other Stories (1946). She has taught creative writing and literature courses at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis papers, 1906-1982.

Size: 8.5 linear ft. and 1 oversize box.
Call Number: M0352
Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.
Content: The papers, covering 1906-1982, are divided into three major series: Winters' papers, Lewis' papers, and related materials. Lewis' papers are subdivided according to genre, include her personal and professional correspondence, articles, essays, lectures, novels, librettos, poems, and miscellany. The third series of the papers consists of related materials such as works by friends and former students of Lewis and Winters, musical scores by William Bergsma and Malcolm Seagrave, interviews of Lewis, and miscellany.

Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis papers, 1920-1970.

Size: 2.5 linear ft.
Call Number:
Special Collections M0360
Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the Reading Room of the Department of Special Collections.
Content: Correspondence and literary manuscripts collected by Peter Howard of Serendipity Books over a period of several years. The focus is primarily on Yvor Winters and his wife Janet Lewis, however there are also materials by and about other writers who have had an association with Winters.

Janet Lewis Papers, 1964-1989.

Size: 6.75 linear ft.
Call Number: M0543
Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.
Content: Incoming personal and professional correspondence, including letters from William Bergsma, Gus Blaisdell, Elizabeth Daryush, Donald Davie, John Edmunds, John Fraser, Richard Freis, Charles Gullans, Thom Gunn, Maurice Lesemann, N. Scott Momaday, Grosvenor Powell, Pearl Andelson Sherry, Ann Stanford, and Donald E. Stanford. Some manuscripts by Janet Lewis and others. Basically an addenda to SC M352, the Papers of Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis, with the bulk of this material dated after 1982.

Janet Lewis Letters to Kathleen Foster Campbell, 1982- 1991.

Size: .25 linear ft.
Call Number: M0634
Content: 136 letters arranged chronologically. Also includes one poem by Lewis, "Rose," (June 1986), and one poem by Angela Jackson, "The outcast learns the language of birds," (July 1986), both written while attending the Djerassi Foundation's Ranch.

Janet Lewis reading at Stanford.

Size: 1 VHS video cassette.
Call Number: Univ Archives V65
Content: Janet Lewis reading from her work at an event sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, 1990.

The Legend: opera-oratorio, 1986.

Size: 2 items.
Call Number: Misc 220
Content: Libretto by Janet Lewis based on her novel, The Invasion; music by Bain Murray. Includes program.

Selected Biography and Criticism:

Carnochan, Brigitte Hoy. The Strength of Art (Stanford: Stanford University Libraries, 1984)
Crow, Charles. Janet Lewis (Boise, Idaho: Boise State University, 1980)

Related Manuscript Collections at Stanford:

Bacon, Ernst. Papers, 1938-1986. Spec Coll
Carnochan, Brigitte Hoy. Papers Relating to Research on Janet Lewis, 1930-1994. Spec Coll M0866
Edmunds, John. Papers, 1947-1986. Spec Coll
Lesemann, Maurice (1899-1981). Papers, 1918-1986 Spec Coll M0375
Olsen, Tillie (1912- ). Papers, 1930-1990. Spec Coll M0667
Stafford, Clayton. Papers, 1929-1985. Spec Coll M0434
Stanford, Donald (1913- ) Papers, 1933-1985. Spec Coll M0466

 

 

 

 

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