Finding Aid for the Peter H. Lee Collection of Books and Letters from Wallace Stevens, 1940-1963

Processed by Laurel McPhee as part of the CFPRT project, Spring 2005; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé and edited by Laurel McPhee and Amy Shung-Gee Wong.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Peter H. Lee Collection of Books and Letters from Wallace Stevens,
Date (inclusive): 1940-1963
Collection number: 146
Creator: Lee, Peter H., 1929-
Extent: 1 half box (.25 linear ft.)
Abstract: Collection consists of letters from Wallace Stevens to Peter H. Lee, and books from Lee's collection by Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Robert Lowell.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peter H. Lee, 2005.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Peter H. Lee Collection of Books and Letters from Wallace Stevens (Collection 146). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Peter H. Lee (1929-) was born in Seoul, Korea. He received his B.A. from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his M.A. from Yale in 1953. Lee went on to study various languages and comparative literatures at universities in Switzerland, Italy, England and Munich, Germany, where he earned his Ph.D. from Ludwig-Maximilian University in 1958. After holding positions at Columbia, Hawaii, and UC Berkeley, Lee came to UCLA in 1987 to begin his distinguished teaching career in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures as a professor of Korean and comparative literature. Professor Lee is an academic pioneer, credited with single-handedly developing the field of Korean literature, especially in a comparative context, in the West. He is the author of 16 books and numerous articles.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters from Wallace Stevens to Peter H. Lee. In early 1951, while Lee was studying at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, he sent Stevens some poems. A friendship developed between the poet and the young Korean scholar, resulting in a rich body of correspondence that developed over a period of several years (see George S. Lensing, Wallace Stevens: A Poet's Growth, pp.239-240). The 19 letters in this collection contain Stevens' insightful reflections on poetry and scholarship in general, and document his friendship with Lee. The collection also contains 12 books from Lee's personal collection: seven by Wallace Stevens (two of which are inscribed to Lee by the author), three by T.S. Eliot, and one each by both Robert Frost and Robert Lowell. The finding aid includes complete citations for the books; in addition, full catalog records for these books can be found in the UCLA Library online catalog by performing a keyword search on the phrase “Peter H. Lee collection of books.”

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Books, 1940-1963.
  2. Letters, 1951-1955.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Lee, Peter H., 1929- --Archives.
College teachers--United States--Archival resources.
Literature teachers--United States--Archival resources.
Lee, Peter H., 1929- --Correspondence.
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955--Correspondence.


Container List

 

Series I: Books, 1940-1963.

Physical Description: (12 items).

Scope and Content Note

All 12 books in this collection have been individually cataloged and shelved. To page an item, locate its catalog record in the UCLA Library online catalog by performing a keyword search on the phrase “Peter H. Lee collection of books.”
  • Eliot, T.S. Four quartets. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
  • Eliot, T.S. The Idea of a Christian Society. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1940.
  • Eliot, T.S. Notes Towards the Definition of Culture. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949.
  • Frost, Robert. Complete Poems of Robert Frost. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962 (1963 printing).
  • Lowell, Robert. Lord Weary's Castle. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946.
  • Stevens, Wallace. The Auroras of Autumn. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950.
  • Stevens, Wallace. The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1954.
  • Stevens, Wallace. Harmonium. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950.
  • Stevens, Wallace. The Man with the Blue Guitar, Including, Ideas of Order. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952.
  • Stevens, Wallace. Opus Posthumous. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957.
  • Stevens, Wallace. Parts of a World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951.
  • Stevens, Wallace. Transport to Summer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.
 

Series II: Letters, 1951-1955.

Physical Description: (1 half box).

Scope and Content Note

Letters are arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Letters from Wallace Stevens to Peter H. Lee. 1951 March 21-1955 April 1.

Physical Description: (19 items).

Scope and Content Note

Assorted letters from Wallace Stevens to Peter H. Lee, on various subjects.