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Denise Levertov Interview Transcript

An inventory of her transcript at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997.
Title: Denise Levertov Interview Transcript
Inclusive Dates: 1964
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Typescript of taped interview with Walter Sutton, 58 pages.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was an American poet. Originally born in England, she emigrate to the United States in 1948 and became an American citizen in 1955. She actively protested the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s and worked as a poetry editor for both the Nation (1961-1965) and Mother Jones (1975-1978). In the 1980s she moved into academia, teaching at a variety of institutions including Stanford University (1982-1993). She died in 1997 of complications due to lymphoma.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Denise Levertov Interview Transcript consists of a 58 page typescript of Levertov's interview with Walter Sutton on 16-17 Jan 1964. Levertov speaks at length about poets that have influenced her, the history of modern poetry, and her own writing process and style. Levertov also corrected the finished typescript.

The interview was originally published in the Minnesota Review in 1965 and was later republished in the book Conversations with Denise Levertov, edited by Jewel Spears Brooker.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

See the Walter Sutton Papers for information about Sutton and for correspondence between him and Levertov.

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Subject Headings


Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997.
Sutton, Walter.


Women poets, American -- 20th century -- Interviews.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Denise Levertov Interview Transcript
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: [Summit record]
Date: 2001-01-01
Revision history: 12 Mar 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC); 15 Feb 2010 - updated EAD (LMD)

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