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John Sanford letters to Noel Young

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0863

Content Description

In 1992, American author John B. Sanford wrote to Noel Young of Capra Press regarding the rejection of his book, Maggie: a Memoir. In his 1994 letter, Sanford recommended the manuscript of a novel written by Laurel Speer.


  • Creation: 1992-1994


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

John B. Sanford (1904-2003)

Poet, novelist, and historian John B. Sanford, who was born Julian Lawrence Shapiro on May 31, 1904, in New York City, legally changed his name to Sanford in 1940. A writer of fiction, history, and autobiography, Sanford's later work focused on autobiography, including the acclaimed multi-volume work Scenes from the Life of an American Jew (1985-91), of which volume one, The Color of Air, won a PEN award.

"John Sanford." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed February 2010).

Noel Young (1922-2002)

American author and publisher Noel Young was born on December 25, 1922, in San Francisco, California. As founder of the Capra Press he published works by celebrated authors, such as Anaïs Nin, Ross Macdonald, and Kenneth Patchen. One of the highlights of Capra Press was a series of chapbooks which included work by Laurence Durrell, Henry Miller, and Ray Bradbury. Young also published his own work under the pseudonym Leon Elder.

"Noel Young." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed February 2010).


2 item (2 pages)


Two letters written by American writer John Sanford to Capra Press publisher Noel Young between 1992 and 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Originally laid in a copy of Sanford's The $300 Man (Spec PS 3537 .A694 T57x 1967).

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

MSS 0110, Archive of Pagany (F0209, F0326).

Shelving Summary

Box 60, F0863: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, February 2010. Further encoded by George Apodaca, November 2015.


Finding aid for John Sanford letters to Noel Young
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2015 November 9
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