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John Sanford letters to Noel Young


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Poet, novelist, and historian John B. Sanford, who was born Julian Lawrence Shapiro on May 31, 1904, in New York City, legally changed his name to Sanford in 1940. A writer of fiction, history, and autobiography, Sanford's later work focused on autobiography, including the acclaimed multi-volume work Scenes from the Life of an American Jew (1985-91), of which volume one, The Color of Air, won a PEN award.

"John Sanford." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed February 2010).

American author and publisher Noel Young was born on December 25, 1922, in San Francisco, California. As founder of the Capra Press he published works by celebrated authors, such as Anaïs Nin, Ross Macdonald, and Kenneth Patchen. One of the highlights of Capra Press was a series of chapbooks which included work by Laurence Durrell, Henry Miller, and Ray Bradbury. Young also published his own work under the pseudonym Leon Elder.

"Noel Young." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed February 2010).

In 1992, American author John B. Sanford wrote to Noel Young of Capra Press regarding the rejection of his book,

Maggie: a Memoir. In his 1994 letter, Sanford recommended the manuscript of a novel written by Laurel Speer.

Box 60, F0863: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Originally laid in a copy of Sanford's

The $300 Man (Spec PS 3537 .A694 T57x 1967).

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, February 2010. Further encoded by George Apodaca, November 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2015 November 9
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John Sanford letters to Noel Young.
Box 60 Folder F0863

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