Biographical/historical: Muriel Rukeyser was an American poet, playwright, biographer, and writer of children's literature.
Content: This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence by and about the author, notebooks, financial and legal documents, certificates, sketchbooks, and pictorial works. The manuscripts and typescripts include essays, articles, poems, narrations, notes and outlines of works, scripts and scenarios, and translations. The correspondence, dating from 1933 to 1976, includes letters from the author to Kay Boyle, Babette Deutsch, Alfred Kazin, May Sarton, Frances Steloff, Louis Untermeyer, and others. Also present are letters relating to the author between various correspondents, including Matthew Josephson, Monica McCall, Octavio Paz, Max Lerner, Kenneth Rexroth, Louis Untermeyer, and others. There are letters to Rukeyser from Bernice Abbott, Conrad Aiken, Elizabeth Bishop, Eleanor Clark, I. Bernard Cohen, Malcolm Cowley, Babette Deutsch, Doubleday & Co., Robert Edmund Duncan, Herbert McLean Evans, Peter S. Feibleman, Sara Bard Field, Hallie Flanagan, Hank Fuller, Horace Gregory, Robert Herring, Granville Hicks, Miriam Jasspon, James Laughlin, Ruth Lehman, Denise Levertov, Helen (Merrell) Lynd, Carson McCullers, Lenore (Guinzburg) Marshall, William Meredith, Edith (Rosenfels) Nash, Nancy Naumburg, Pierre Payne, Norman Holmes Pearson, Katherine Anne Porter, Eugene Victor Rostow, Lawrence and Myra Lyons Rukeyser, May Sarton, Unicorn Press, Louis Untermeyer, Vassar College, Alice Walker, Marie de L. Welch, John Wheelwright, Antoinette Wilson, Theodore Carl Wilson, Ella Winter, Yale University Press, Elizabeth Young, The Young Communist League of the U.S., Marya Zaturenska, and others, dating from 1930 to 1976.