The Maurice Lesemann papers are composed primarily of letters from the poet-novelist Elizabeth Madox Roberts, letters from
the poet-critic Yvor Winters, a letter from Janet Lewis, and poems by Winters and Roberts. The correspondence takes place
between 1919 and 1933, with most of the Winters letters being written in 1919 and the Roberts letters between 1919 and 1933.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by the author.
Maurice Lesemann was born on November 28, 1899, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Dr. Louis F. W. Lesemann, a Methodist clergyman
and educator with the position of Dean at the Garrett Biblical Institute of Northwestern University.Elizabeth Madox Roberts was born on October 30, 1881, in Perryville, Kentucky, to Simpson and Mary Brent Roberts, descendants
of Kentucky pioneers who had trekked into Kentucky through Boone's Trace in the 18th century. Her father was a combination
of scholar, schoolteacher, farmer, and surveyor whose enthusiasm for classical culture and the philosophical idealism of Berkeley,
along with his awareness of the family's involvement in Kentucky and American history, strongly affected the intellectual
framework of his daughter in her formative years.
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