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Lillian Smith letters to Rochelle Girson

Lillian Smith letters to Rochelle Girson

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lillian Smith letters to Rochelle Girson
Creator: Smith, Lillian (Lillian Eugenia), 1897-1966
Inclusive Dates: circa 1960
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) (4 typed letters)
Collection Number: ms1209
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Lillian Smith (1897-1966), author, lecturer, and human rights advocate, was born in Jasper County, Florida, and resided in Rabun County, Georgia. Her best known fiction piece was the controversial 1944 novel Strange Fruit.

For more information, see the article "Lillian Smith (1897-1966)" in New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Rochelle Girson (1915-2002) was a journalist, literary critic, and served as the book review editor of the Saturday Review at the time of the letter. In 1967 she published a travel book entitled Maiden Voyages.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of four annotated letters from Lillian Smith to Rochelle Girson. Correspondences regard Ms. Smith's selection of books on race relations for the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and include her opinions of works by Louis Lomax, Peter Ritson, and Charles Dickens.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lillian Smith letters to Rochelle Girson, ms 1209. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2017.

General Notes

Digitization of this collection was sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

American literature
Anisfield-Wolf Award.
Authors, American.
Girson, Rochelle
United States -- Race relations

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1960 Access Online