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Pittsburgh Authors: Literary Degrees of Separation, Spring 2013 @ Pitt Special Collections: The Creative Process

Exhibit of documents from the Mary Roberts Rinehart Papers (1831-1970), Hervey Allen Papers (1831-1965), Lawrence Lee Papers (1920-1978), Walter and Martha Leuba Collection, Nixon Theatre: Pittsburgh Theatre Collection, and Special Collections

Exhibit Case 3: The Creative Process

In a letter by Frost to Lawrence Lee from 1938, Frost writes on poetry, "It takes one impulse to write a poem and a second to want to see it published." Lee edited a magazine called "The Virginia Quarterly" to which Frost submitted "The Silken Tent." Frost proclaims himself as "an admirer" of Lee's poetry, and he urges Lee to continue as editor. At the end of the letter, Frost writes that Lee is his middle name, and Lawrence is his hometown. According to Frost, "Connections like this count with me."  

Images below from left to right: Robert Frost in a chair; Letter from Robert Frost to Lawrence Lee, October 16, 1938; Robert Frost, Hervey Allen, and Dr. David Fairchild  while attending the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 1947.