Scope and Content
Title: Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno literary papers
Identifier/Call Number: Mss 372
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
4 linear feet
(4 cartons, 1 audiocassette, 1 CD)
Sawyer-Lauçanno, Christopher, 1951-
Date (inclusive): 1972-2013
Date (bulk): 1990s
Abstract: Papers of American biographer, translator, critic, and poet Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno (1951- ). The bulk of the material
dates to the 1990s and includes manuscript drafts, galley proofs, correspondence, and research and interview notes.
Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
[Identification of Item], Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno literary papers, Mss 372. Department of Special Research Collections,
UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gift of Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno, 2019.
Best known for his biographies of E.E. Cummings and Paul Bowles, Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno (1951- ) began his career as
a staff writer for Time-Life Educational Sytems in Tokyo, Japan from 1980-1982. While producing English language instruction
text, Sawyer-Lauçanno transitioned to literary biography, beginning with his biography of Paul Bowles,
An invisible spectator: a biography of Paul Bowles (1990). Other works by Sawyer-Lauçanno have included more biographies, including
E.E Cummings: a biography (2004), translations of works in Spanish and French, poems, librettos, and articles in numerous periodicals.
Sawyer-Lauçanno received a New York Times notable book citation in 1989 and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in
Paraphrased from: "Sawyer-Lauçanno, Christopher 1951–." Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series. Encyclopedia.com. (May
13, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/sawyer-laucanno-christopher-1951, accessed on May 14, 2019.
Scope and Content
Papers of American biographer, translator, critic, and poet Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno (1951- ). The bulk of the material
dates to the 1990s.
In addition to the annotated manuscript drafts and galley proofs of Sawyer-Lauçanno's literary biographies, translations,
and other works, the collection contains publication agreements and editorial correspondence, research and interview notes,
and personal correspondence with other writers and poets, including John Ashbery and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Among the manuscripts are those to Sawyer-Lauçanno's biography of E.E.Cummings,
E.E. Cummings: a biography (2004), and Paul Bowles,
An invisible spectator: a biography of Paul Bowles (1989), and to his work on American expatriate writers in Paris,
The continual pilgrimage: American writers in Paris, 1944-1960 (1992).
Original file arrangement has been retained.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Sawyer-Lauçanno, Christopher, 1951- -- Archives
Ashbery, John, 1927-2017
Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999