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Ben Pleasants papers, 1959-2013
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Description
This collection documents the activities, writings, and political opinions of Ben Pleasants. Pleasants was a Los Angeles-based writer, as well as a close friend of both Charles Bukowski and Steve Richmond, seminal figures in the Los Angeles "Meat School." He published works on John Fante, Kenneth Rexroth, James Laughlin, Kate Braverman, Marge Piercy, Budd Schulberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others. This collection spans from 1959 to 2013, and chronicles Pleasants' time in California as a poet, playwright, interviewer, and novelist.
Background
Ben Pleasants was a Los Angeles-based writer. He was born on August 6, 1940 in Long Island, New York, and graduated from Hofstra University in 1962 before moving to California with his first wife. He began graduate studies in English at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1964.
Extent
4.0 linear ft. (4 boxes, 2 half-size boxes, 1 record carton, 5 shoeboxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.