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Albert and Naomi Lebowitz Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms067

The Albert and Naomi Lebowitz Papers consists of correspondence from Harold Brodkey, Stanley Elkin, George P. Elliott, William H. Gass, Irving Howe, William L. Hungate, Adrian H. Jaffe, Beverly Jarrett, Jane Lago, Iris Murdoch, Howard Nemerov, Michael Pinkston, J.F. Powers, Egon Schwarz, Mona Van Duyn, Helen Vendler, and Miller Williams. Also included are materials toward Albert Lebowitz's novels Laban's Will (1966) and The Man Who Wouldn't Say No (1969).


  • 1962-1996


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11.00 boxes

Biographical Information

Albert Lebowitz (June 18, 1922 - September 24, 2016) was a St. Louis attorney and author who attended Washington University in the 1940's. He received his law degree from Harvard University in 1948 and has practiced in St. Louis since then. Albert Lebowitz has written two novels, Laban's Will (1968) and The Man Who Couldn't Say No (1969), as well as a number of short stories. Lebowitz was an editor of Perspective from 1961 until 1975 when the magazine ceased publication.

Naomi Lebowitz (February 6, 1932 - ) is an emeritus professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. An incomplete list of Dr. Lebowitz's works includes Humanism and the Absurd in the Modern Novel (1971); Italo Svevo (1978); Kierkegaard: A Life of Allegory (1985); Dickens, Manzoni, Zola and James: The Impossible Romance (1990); Ibsen and the Great World (1990); and The Philosophy of Literary Amateurism (1994).

Method of Acquisition

Accession number 875. Gift of Albert Lebowitz, December 6, 1967

Accession number 1945. Gift of Naomi Lebowitz, March 23, 1992

Accession number 2100. Gift of William H. Gass, 1994


Albert and Naomi Lebowitz Papers
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  • 2021 April 22: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495