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Lyn Lifshin papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Lyn Lifshin was born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1942 and published her first book of verse in 1968. Since then Lifshin has published over 40 books of poetry and several anthologies. Her focus is on feminism and the institution of marriage.

The papers of this contemporary American feminist poet consist of voluminous correspondence, notebooks, card files, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and audio recordings. The collection includes draft manuscripts for many works, including an anthology, Ariadne's Thread: A Collection of Contemporary Women's Journals, and Tangled Vines: A Collection of Mother and Daughter Poems. One prominent correspondent is Toni Ortner-Zimmerman. The collection includes printed materials, such as announcements, newsletters, and flyers for many poetry organizations and publications, particularly women's poetry organizations. There is a small amount of juvenilia and documentation related to Lifshin's school years.

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