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Guide to the Allan Seager papers, 1906-1968
BANC MSS 70/176 z  
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Description
Correspondence; typescripts of his short stories and novels; research materials and manuscripts of his biography of Theodore Roethke, The Glass House; diaries, 1924-1931, and diary notes, 1931-1960.

Correspondence; typescripts of his short stories and novels; research materials and manuscript of his biography of Theodore Roethke, The Glass House; diaries, 1924-1931, and diary notes, 1931-1960.

With these: a few papers of Seager's grandfather, John Brathwaite Allan, including 3 v. of Civil War diaries, 1861-1864.
Background
Born in Adrian, Michigan on February 5, 1906, Allan Seager, author and biographer of the poet Theodore Roethke, moved with his family at the age of eleven to Memphis, Tennessee where he lived until his college days. He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1930, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then won a Rhodes Scholarship and went to Oriel College. Oxford in the fall of 1930. While at Oxford he contracted tuberculosis and subsequently returned to America for treatment. He later resumed his studies in England, after which he became editor of the magazine Vanity Fair until it ceased publication. He then commenced his teaching career in English Department at the University of Michigan, a post he retained until he died of cancer on May 10, 1968, with the exception of the academic year 1944-1945 when he was a visiting professor at Bennington.
Extent
Number of containers: 5 boxes, 6 cartons, and 5 volumes
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.