The Anne Sexton collection consists of manuscripts of poems by Sexton. The poems are mostly one to three pages in length, and either typed or carbon typescripts. Some pages contain holograph corrections. The poems are arranged chronologically from Jan. 1970 to April 28, 1973. There are 146 individual poems. Also present is a photocopied typed draft of The Awful Rowing Toward God, a work that consists of forty-one separate poems. Many of the poems in the collection were published in The Complete Poems, edited by Linda Gray Sexton and Loring Conant, Jr. (Houghton-Mifflin, 1981). Some of the drafts here vary slightly from the published versions.
Sexton, Anne (1928-1974)