Andrew Nelson Lytle Papers
The Papers of Andrew Nelson Lytle (1902-1995), author, educator, editor, critic and Vanderbilt University alumnus (B.A. 1925), were acquired from Mr. Lytle in three
segments. The first and largest of these segments arrived in 1968, and a smaller group of items appeared later in 1968. The third portion was not acquired until 1988.
Previous finding aids for this collection reflected these three groupings. During 1989, however, the collection has been rearranged so as to integrate these three sections
and make the papers easier to use. This new finding aid reflects the new arrangement and integration of the papers.
The Andrew Nelson Lytle Papers, 1873-1988, include correspondence, manuscripts of writings, research materials, reviews, publicity, legal and financial documents,
theatrical clippings and programs, photographs, journals and diaries, family records and manuscripts of writings by others. The collection documents, in varying extent,
Lytle's trips abroad (1921, 1924), his life at school (Oxford exams, Vanderbilt, Yale Drama School), his careers as actor, farmer, author, teacher and editor, his activity
in the Agrarian literary group, his strong family ties, his relationship with his beloved wife, and his friendships which include many fellow writers (especially
Donald Davidson, Caroline Gordon, Frank Lawrence Owsley, Katherine Anne Porter, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren), academic colleagues and devoted students. There is
also a substantial amount of family correspondence and papers chronicling the Lytle, Nelson and related families of Tennessee.
This collection will be of chief interest to those researching Andrew Lytle's life and writings, but it will be of importance to those interested in the Fugitive and
Agrarian Groups, and (to lesser extent) the Sewanee Review.
For details of Lytle's life and works, the following are recommended:
Lucas, Mark. "Andrew Lytle," in Fifty Southern Writers After 1900. Joseph M. Flora and Robert Bain, eds. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987. (Pages 290-300)
Lytle, Andrew Nelson. A Wake For The Living: A Family Chronicle. New York: Crown Publishers, 1975.
Polk, Noel. "Andrew Nelson Lytle: A Biography of His Writings," Mississippi Quarterly 23 (Fall, 1970): 435-491
Wright, Stuart T. Andrew Nelson Lytle: A Bibliography, 1920-1982. Sewanee, TN: University of the South, 1982.
Overview | Biographical/Historical Note | Complete Finding Aid (pdf)
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Series IV Listing | Series V Listing
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Series IX Listing | Series X and Oversize Listing
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