Edwin J. Becker papers, 1944-1954 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
ID: 1/1/MSS 061
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
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Scope and Contents: This two-box collection chiefly contains the letters sent to Becker while he was incarcerated from 1944 to about 1948; they were preserved for him by Ada Rutledge, and by his literary agent Bertha Klausner. A number of the letters are addressed to one of these two, though they deal directly with Mr. Becker's affairs. Only one letter by Becker is preserved, though his numerous autograph notes appear on the letters. Of particular interest are letters from Henry Miller, Caresse Crosby, Dorothy Norman, Frances Sanger, and Anais Nin. Manuscripts by Becker including Chains of Shadows, a collection of poems written in prison, three articles and a play.