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Finding-Aid for the Laurie Lee Collection (WTU00250)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Laurie Lee. Collection,
Creator: Lee, Laurie, 1914-1997
Inclusive dates: 1944.
Extent: 1 item
Call number: WTU00250
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130

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Best known for his autobiographical narratives, Lee began his literary career at an early age, writing verse while still in his teens. Lee traveled a great deal in his youth, finally settling in Spain, where he fought in the Spanish Civil War in the Republican army against Franco. He was also a journalist and scriptwriter, penning multiple documentaries for the General Post Office film unit. After this stint as filmmaker, he went on to work as an editor for the Ministry of Information. It was at this time that he began to publish professionally his literary works, printing The Sun My Monument in 1944. This was followed by A rose for Winter (1955), which ushered in the sequence of autobiographies he is most known for: Cider with Rosie (1959), The Geographical . As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning (1969), about his experiences during the Civil War, Two Women (1983), and his final book, A Moment of War , published in 1991.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

1944: June 29. Autograph letter signed, from Lee to Wilma, promising to send a copy of his book, and describing the London bombardment during World War II. ALS 2 pp.

Subject Terms

  • Lee, Laurie, 1914-1997