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A collection of letters from Elizabeth Sargent to Gene DeGruson discussing writing and the Little Balkans Review. It also includes some of her work.

Elizabeth Sargent was a poet, artist, and composer who lived and worked in New York City. She was born to a mining family in 1920, adopted by a Quaker family at 16 months old, and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio where she adopted the surname Sargent from an encouraging teacher. Sargent studied theater at the Carnegie Institute of Technology where she met her first husband, Hans Freund, whom she married in 1940. They divorced after World War II and Sargent was briefly wed to a man in Argentina before marrying her third husband, Allan Roberts, in the mid-1950s. Sargent reviewed books for The Dallas Morning News until she and her husband moved to New Jersey. In 1963, Sargent published her first book of poetry, African Boy. A year later, she separated from, but did not divorce, her husband and moved to Carnegie Hall where she lived until 2010. Her studio in New York is where she wrote works like Love Poems by Elizabeth Sargent, A Woman in Love, and The Magic Book of Love Exercises. Sargent had some of her poems published in the Little Balkans Review and she became friends with Gene DeGruson, the founder. In 2010, Sargent and other tenants were evicted from their apartments above Carnegie Hall. She was the last tenant forced out after receiving a $2 million settlement. According to friends, she stopped writing after the move. Sargent passed in 2017.

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.4 linear foot

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SpC MS 0286

Sargent, Elizabeth, collection, 1983-1984

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