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Sawyer-Lauçanno (Christopher) literary papers
Mss 372  
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  • Title: Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno literary papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Mss 372
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4 linear feet (4 cartons, 1 audiocassette, 1 CD)
    Creator: 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.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno literary papers, Mss 372. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno, 2019.

    Biographical Note

    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 1992.
    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).

    Processing Information

    Original file arrangement has been retained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
    Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography
    Audiocassettes
    Compact discs
    Correspondence
    Drafts (documents)
    Galley proofs
    Research notes
    Sawyer-Lauçanno, Christopher, 1951- -- Archives
    Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
    Ashbery, John, 1927-2017
    Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
    Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999