This collection contains personal and family correspondence, poetry and prose writings, and journals and notebooks from Denise
Levertov, Denise (24 Oct. 1923 - 20 Dec. 1997), poet, was born in Ilford, Essex, England, to Paul Levertoff and Beatrice Spooner-Jones
Levertoff; as an adult she reverted to the traditional spelling of her surname. Her father was a Russian Jew who had converted
to Christianity in the late nineteenth century, ultimately becoming an Anglican priest. He traced his ancestry back to the
founder of a mystical Hasidic sect that had flourished in Russia in the eighteenth century. Denise Levertov's mother was descended
from a well-known Welsh mystic named Angel Jones. Levertov grew up feeling what she later described as "a sense of wonder"
at the marvel of creation from the teachings of both of her parents, and although she was not conventionally religious as
an adult, her upbringing was undoubtedly the source of a mystical strain underlying much of her poetry.
3.5 Linear feet
6 manuscript boxes; 1 1/2 manuscript box
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