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DERAN, Elisabeth, Annie Lou Staveley, and Edward Field
[Archive]: The Elisabeth Deran and Annie Lou Stavely Correspondence, with related material
[Circa 1970-2001]. Near Fine. An archive of letters, manuscripts, and related papers of Elisabeth "Betty" Deran, an economist and partner of Alma Routsong when Routsong wrote the classic lesbian novel *Patience and Sarah* (1969) under the pseudonym of Isabel Miller), and a close confidante of the celebrated Gurdjieffian teacher Annie Lou Staveley. The archive documents the personal and working relationship between Deran and Staveley, which began after Deran's break-up with Routsong in the early 1970s and continued until Staveley's death in 1996. Although Staveley was married and did not consider herself a lesbian, Deran had fallen in love with Staveley and had persuaded her "that she needed a woman in her life." Both women were dedicated to the study and practice of the teachings of George I. Gurdjieff, and both were strongly influenced by Gurdjieff's lesbian disciple, Jane Heap, a prominent raconteur and co-editor of *The Little Review*. The archive contains the correspondence of Deran and Staveley from 1972-1995, which consists of over 200 autograph letters by Staveley together with manuscript drafts and retained typescript copies of Deran's letters, all of which have been indexed by Deran. Also included are about 50 autograph letters and cards (circa 1970-79) written by the gay poet Edward Field jointly to Deran and Alma Routsong, and to Deran after the break-up of Deran and Routsong. Field was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a prominent figure among New York's literary bohemia. In his memoir, *The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag and Other Intimate Literary Portraits of th … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Between the Covers (betweenthecoversrarebooks) [Gloucester City, New Jersey, United States]
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