Guide to the Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno literary papers Mss 372

Finding aid prepared by Zachary Liebhaber, 2019.
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara 93106-9010
special@library.ucsb.edu
2019 May 13


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

 

An invisible spectator: a biography of Paul Bowles

box 1, folder 1

Miscellaneous Paul Bowles photographs undated

box 1, folder 2

Miscellaneous Paul Bowles materials circa 1989-2000

box 1, folder 3

Rights and permissions 1986-1990

box 1, folder 4

Selected interviews with Paul Bowles (Margot Mifflin, Mark Dery, Gerardo Pina-Rosales circa 1987-1988

box 1, folder 5

Reviews and press 1989

box 2, folder 77-80

Draft manuscript undated

box 2, folder 1

Publishing contracts 1980s

 

The world's words: a semiotic reading of James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake and Rabelais' Gargantua et Pantagruel

box 1, folder 6

Selected drafts circa 1993

 

Under the Mayan sun

box 1, folder 7-9

Selected drafts undated

 

Dix meditations sur quelques mots d'Antonin Artaud

box 1, folder 10

Drafts, notes undated

 

Les mots Anglais

box 1, folder 11

Drafts and final proofs undated

 

The continual pilgrimage: American writers in Paris, 1944-1960

box 1, folder 12-14

Drafts 1994-1995

box 1, folder 15

Photographs undated

box 1, folder 16

Photographs, proofs, and permissions 1992

box 1, folder 17

Handwriten notes 1989-1991

box 1, folder 18

Paris Review, history undated

box 1, folder 19

Permissions 1992

box 1, folder 20-24

Grove Weidenfeld 1992

box 1

Grove Weidenfeld, proof

box 1, folder 25-27

Reviews 1992

 

Correspondence A-Z

box 2, folder 2

Aldington, Catherine 1994-1997

box 2, folder 3

Alyscamps Press undated

box 2, folder 4

Anderson, Wayne 1998

box 2, folder 5

Applefield, David 1991

box 2, folder 6

Ashbery, John 2004

box 2, folder 7

Augenbraum, Harold 1999

box 2, folder 8

Aytoon-Ellis, Mary Anne 1991

box 2, folder 9

Bader, Kwyn 1993

box 2, folder 10

Barclay, Clement 1991

box 2, folder 11

Barnwell, Randall 1992

box 2, folder 12

Belieu, Erin 1996

box 2, folder 13

Bernard, Andre 2010

box 2, folder 14

Brock-Broido, Lucie 1990

box 2, folder 15

Budd, Adam R. 1991

box 2, folder 16

City Lights 1986-2000

box 2, folder 17

Clarke, David 1987

box 2, folder 18

Cohen, Stan undated

box 2, folder 19

Connell, Evan 1989-1992

box 2, folder 20

Corbett, Bill 1990-1994

box 2, folder 21

Couteau, Robert 1992-2007

box 2, folder 22

Crilly, K. 1990

box 2, folder 23

J.V. Cunningham Ms Files undated

box 2, folder 24

Dawes, Graham 1989

box 2, folder 25

Dery, Mark 1987-1989

box 2, folder 26

Desai, Anita 1999-2004

box 2, folder 27

Di Piero, W.S. 1998

box 2, folder 28

Dubroff, Susan 1998

box 2, folder 29

Elmslie, Kenward 1989-1994

box 2, folder 30

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence 1988-2006

box 2, folder 31

Festival Manca 1988

box 2, folder 32

Field, Edward 1989-1991

box 2, folder 33

Fine, Rachel 1995

box 2, folder 34

Foster, Ed (Talisman: Journal) 1990-1991

box 2, folder 35

Frailey, Stephen 1987

box 2, folder 36

Franzen, Cola 1995-2005

box 2, folder 37

Gannett, Lewis 1990

box 2, folder 38

Geertz, Clifford 1972

box 2, folder 39

Gibson, Ian 1993

box 2, folder 40

Goldin, Paul 1991

box 2, folder 41

Goldsmith, Peter 1992

box 2, folder 42

Goodman, Lanie 1990

box 2, folder 43

Gottlieb, Jay 1988

box 2, folder 44

Green, Simon 1996

box 2, folder 45

Greenwood Publishing Group 2004

box 2, folder 46

Grupo De Estudos Anglos-Americanos 2004

box 2, folder 47

Harding, G. 1990

box 2, folder 48

Herralde, Jorge 1990-1995

box 2, folder 49

Hoft, Paul 1992

box 2, folder 50

Hurley, Andrew 1990's

box 2, folder 51

Kostelanetz, Richard 2005

box 2, folder 52

Lansing, Gerrit 1994-1998

box 2, folder 53

Levering-Lewis, David 1993

box 2, folder 54

Lieberman, Juanita 1986

box 2, folder 55

Mallet, Franck 1989

box 2, folder 56

Malone, Eric 1990's

box 2, folder 57

Matthews, Harry 1990-1992

box 2, folder 58

McBrien, William 1986

box 2, folder 59

McCloud, Cory 1990-1991

box 2, folder 60

Mifflin, Margot 1987

box 2, folder 61

Minkoff, George Robert 1989

box 2, folder 62

Mlinko, Ange 1995-1998

box 2, folder 63

Montemarano, Dan 1989

box 2, folder 64

Moss, Marilyn 1990

box 2, folder 65

Munro, Evelyn 1992

box 2, folder 66

N.E.A. (National Endowment for the Arts) 1991-2003

box 2, folder 67

Naumann, Drew 1989

box 2, folder 68

Neal, Michael 1991

box 2, folder 69

Norse, Harold G. 1989

box 2, folder 70

Ondaatje, Michael 1993-1994

box 2, folder 71

O'Neil, John 1989

box 2, folder 72

Orend, Karl 1993-2002

box 2, folder 73

Orr, Helen 2001

box 2, folder 74

Padilla, Ignacio 1996-1997

box 2, folder 75

Paul, James F. (jr.) 2004

box 2, folder 76

Pettet, Simon 1994-2002

box 3, folder 1

Phelps, Eric 1990's

box 3, folder 2

Polizzoti, Mark 1989-1998

box 3, folder 3

Ponte 2001-2002

box 3, folder 4

Raskin, Jonah 1986

box 3, folder 5

Robinson, Dick 1995-1996

box 3, folder 6

Roditi 1990

box 3, folder 7

Rorem, Ned 1988-1992

box 3, folder 8

Rosenthal, Matthias 1989

box 3, folder 9

Scaramelli, Richard A. 1989

box 3, folder 10

Severson, Mary 1975

box 3, folder 11

Scheaffer, Mark 1998

box 3, folder 12

Shakespeare and co. 1990-1992

box 3, folder 13

Short, Francis x. 2007

box 3, folder 14

Skinner, Jonathan 1990-1991

box 3, folder 15

Sokolov, Maggie 1991-1992

box 3, folder 16

Speer, Laurel 2004

box 3, folder 17

Sullivan, James 1983-1997

box 3, folder 18

Sullivan, Nancy 1992

box 3, folder 19

TARG 1985-2001

box 3, folder 20

TARG (Roselyn Targ Agency) 1990-2001

box 3, folder 21

TARG-ROZ: Literary Matters Publisher Negotiations 1989-2001

box 3, folder 22

TARG-ROZ: Royalties 1989-2005

box 3, folder 23

Theoharis, Theoharis Constantine undated

box 3, folder 24

Thrope, William, via E.C. Schirmer music company inc. 1990

box 3, folder 25

Tidze, Anne-Katrin 1991

box 3, folder 26

Tillman, Lynn 2002

box 3, folder 27

Torra, Joseph 1992-2000

box 3, folder 28

Walker, Sue 1985

box 3, folder 29

Walter, Eugene 1992

box 3, folder 30

Watkins, Ben 1995-1999

box 3, folder 31

Weinreich, Regina 1987-1994

box 3, folder 32

Weiss, Jason 1992

box 3, folder 33

Wellman, Don 1995

box 3, folder 34

Whitman, George 1990

box 3, folder 35

Wolfe, Rinna 1990

box 3, folder 36

Zoberman, Pierre 1996-1999

 

Federico Garcia Lorca

box 3, folder 37

"The Opera," music by Andrey Kasparov, libretto undated

box 3, folder 38

Barbarous nights, legends and plays, translation 1991

box 3, folder 39

Early avant-garde experiments (1925-1928), translation 1989

box 3, folder 40

Early experiments in surrealism (1925-1928), translation 1989 1989

 

E.E. Cummings: a biography

box 4, folder 18

Press 2004-2005

box 4, folder 19

Blurbs 2004

box 4, folder 20

Permissions 2004-2005

box 4, folder 21

Methuen contract 2005

box 4, folder 22

Correspondence, agreements, permissions 2000-2004

box 4, folder 23-26

Manuscript 2003

item A37352/CS

Sawyer-Laucanno "E.E. Cummings," WAMU, American University, Washington DC 2004 October 19

 

Various manuscripts, reviews, and other materials

box 3, folder 41-42

The life of Lazarillo de Tormes, and of his fortunes and adversities a translation and critical edition 1995

box 3, folder 43

Kyra Kyralina by Panait Istrati, translation 2010

box 4, folder 1-5

Concerning the Angels by Rafael Alberti, translation 1993

box 4, folder 6

Mussoorie-Montague miscellany 2013

box 4, folder 7

Remission undated

box 4, folder 8

Mrs. Campbell 1997

box 4, folder 9

Report from Madrid undated

box 4, folder 10

On the deceptive brevity of life translation of Luis de Gongora (1561-1625)

box 4, folder 11

Women's poetry anthology (1957-1972)

box 4, folder 12

Handwritten notes from tape interview with John Ashbery undated

box 4, folder 13

Various reviews by Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno undated

box 4, folder 14

Baldwin, reading, handwritten notes 1991

box 4, folder 15

Matinees, by Ange Mlinko 1998

box 4, folder 16

"Dear Christopher" from George Whitman (Shakespeare and Co.) and memorandum to George Soros, capitalist 1987

box 4, folder 17

"Notariotous" 2005

box 4, folder 27

notes* Text by Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno, Images by Ben E. Watkins 1997

item A37353/CD

BBC Radio Scotland "The arts show" presented by Janice Forsyth 2005 June 5