Pease, Deborah Saltonstall (1943-2014)

The Deborah Saltonstall Pease Collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, memorabilia, artwork, photographs, financial materials, printed material, professional materials, journals, and other items. Also in the collection are limited edition prints and posters, and inscribed first editions.

Manuscripts in the collection include Pease’s published and unpublished poems, short stories, and novels, including Real Life (1971), “Geography Lesson” (1977), “The Toll of Industry” (1978), “Maintenance” (1981), “Waking” (1983), The Feathered Wind (1991), Did You Know? (1992), Into the Amazement (1993), Long Before This (1993), Out of Nowhere (1994), All the Observable Grace (1996), The Lost Voice of Silence (1996), Another Ghost in the Doorway (1999), At Ease With Mystery (2005), “Of Light and Illumination” (2009), and “Self-Portrait in Iceland” (2010). Unpublished novels include Sphere of Private Reflections and All Fair and Honest.

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters. The collection contains extensive correspondence with family members as well as literary figures, including Hayden Carruth, Dana Gioia, Robert Graves, Elizabeth Hardwick, Constance Hunting, James Laughlin, Mary McCarthy, Mary de Rachewitz, May Sarton, George Trow, and Niccolò Tucci. There is correspondence that relates to The Paris Review’s refusal of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant. Also included are letters between James Laughlin and William Carlos Williams. 

Memorabilia in the collection includes a plaque from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for “First Amendment Courage” awarded to Pease as the publisher of The Paris Review, literary booklets from James Laughlin, certificates, and newspaper clippings mostly from The New York Times regarding NEA grant restrictions.

Artwork in the collection includes sketches and drawings. The collection also contains portraits, including a color print of Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (Pease’s maternal great grandmother) by John Singer Sargent (ca. 1890).

Photographs in the collection feature family, friends, and colleagues in U.S. and European locales. The photographs of Pease and Niccolò Tucci date from 1963 to 1992 (bulk 1987).

Financial materials in the collection include personal and professionals records. Included are personal contributions to foundations and individuals, such as Poets House, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and A Public Space. Some of the professional financial records are related to The Paris Review and include salary statements, analysis of cash receipts and disbursements, income statements, balance sheets, budgets, fiscal proposals, author payments, canceled checks, and financial statements.

Printed material in the collection includes poetry, novels and short stories by Pease and other writers in literary journals, chapbooks and books. Some materials are signed by Pease, including Crows at Appleton, Pierrot and Peonies, At Ease with Mystery, and Heart Flight. Also in the collection is a poem by Carl Phillips, “Through an Opening,” as well as “two deluxe editions (although small) (very limited copies) privately printed books” by James Laughlin: Kollemata and Angelica. There are also catalogues from publishers and literary reviews.

Professional materials in the collection include book proposals, acceptance letters, and rejection slips. Also in the collection are materials related to The Paris Review and Moyer Bell Publishers, such as book covers, flaps, and design layouts.

Other materials in the collection are various, including a magnifying glass that belonged to James Laughlin’s grandmother, which Laughlin gifted to Pease. The magnifying glass is the inspiration for separate works by Pease and Laughlin. The collection also contains an audiocassette that features Laughlin reading the works of other writers such as Ezra Pound. Also included is a Greek journal (1963).

Notable Figures
1. Laughlin, James, 1914-1997
2. Pease, Deborah
3. Tucci, Niccolò, 1908-
4. Sarton, May, 1912-1995
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Poetry Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Poetry Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. Women authors -- United States
6. Authors and publisher
7. Women poets, American
8. American poetry -- 20th century.
9. Poems
10. American literature -- Women authors
11. Women authors, American
12. American literature--20th century
13. Photographs