Denise Levertov

Scope and Content

Consists of letters and proofs relating to the published poetry works of Denise Levertov.

Administrative / Biographical History

Denise Levertov (1923-97) was born in Essex, and educated at home by her father, a Russian Jewish immigrant, who became an Anglican priest, and by her Welsh mother. She sent her poems as a child to T S Eliot, who admired and encouraged her. In 1948, she emigrated to America, where she was acclaimed by Kenneth Rexroth in The New York Times as 'the most subtly skilful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving,' and during the following decades she became 'a poet who may just be the finest writing in English today' (Kirkus Reviews). Throughout her life, she worked also as a political activist, campaigning tirelessly for civil rights and environmental causes, and against the Vietnam War, the Bomb and US-backed regimes in Latin America.

Related Material


Other archival material for Denise Levertov can be found at the Washington University in St Louis, University of Texas at Austin: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library, University of Connecticut Library, New York Univeristy: Fales Library, Columbia University Libraries: Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Brown University: John Hay Library, University of Victoria: McPherson Library, State University New York: Buffalo State College, Yale University Libraries: Beinecke Library.