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William Maxwell letter to Louise Bogan, (1945?). In: Louise Bogan Papers (box 12, folder 13), Amherst College Library.

Amherst College is fortunate to have the literary papers of poet and critic Louise Bogan (1897-1970).  Bogan was poetry critic for The New Yorker for thirty-eight years. One of the greatest treasures in her papers are the nearly four hundred items of correspondence with writer and fellow New Yorker staffer William Maxwell.  Bogan, eleven years his senior, met Maxwell in 1936, shortly after he joined the magazine as an editor. She soon recognized Maxwell’s prodigious talents for fiction and served as his muse and advisor.  Gradually they became close friends and artistic co-equals.

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