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Martinelli, Sheri



  • Existence: 1918 - 1996


Sheri Martinelli (1918-1996), artist and poet, was born in Philadelphia and studied ceramics at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts. Martinelli later expanded her artistic repertoire to include abstract painting and engraving. She became an associate of Anais Nin and William Gaddis in 1945 and met Ezra Pound in 1951 or 1952 while he was incarcerated at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D. C. They maintained a relationship until 1956, and she provided him with inspiration for his work, including the Cantos, while he provided her with instruction in painting; he published a small booklet compilation of her work, La Martinelli, in 1956. She relocated to San Francisco in the late 1950s and began publishing the Anagogic & Paideumic Review, a literary periodical that published primarily Beat poetry, as well as poems by Charles Bukowski. Martinelli relocated to Virginia in 1984 and spent the rest of her life organizing the Pound-related papers in her possession.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Correspondence with Tram Combs, 1960-62

 Part of Collection — Box 9: [Barcode: 39002137170180], Folder: GROUP 160, F-1
Call Number: YCAL MSS MISC
Scope and Contents:

Fifteen letters from Martinelli, most TLS, with four envelopes, and eight letters from Combs, most TL, carbon.

Letters discuss Martinelli's work as editor of The Anagogic & Paideumic Review and contributions to the Review by Combs; also discussed are Ezra Pound and the death of H. D.

One letter from Martinelli is accompanied by four photographs of her artwork and of documents relating to Pound and H. D.

Dates: 1960-62

Esquire correspondence concerning The question of Ezra Pound

Call Number: YCAL MSS 180

The collection consists of alphabetically arranged correspondence between readers of Esquire Magazine and the magazine's editors concerning an article by Richard Rovere on the question of Ezra Pound's possible release from his continuing incarceration in St. Elizabeth's Hospital for the Insane. Respondents include John Dos Passos, Robert Graves, Norman Mailer, Kenneth Rexroth, William Carlos Williams, and Richard Wilbur.

Dates: 1957

Robert M. Furniss collection of Ezra Pound

Call Number: YCAL MSS 633
Scope and Contents:

The collection is comprised of materials from the estate of Robert M. Furniss, Jr., who served as Ezra Pound's attorney from 1953-1958, when Pound was hosiptalized at St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C. Materials in the collection include correspondence, financial records, printed materials, and other papers relating to Ezra and Dorothy Pound and Furniss's administration of their affairs. it also includes records of dental expenses for Sherri Martinelli.

Dates: 1941-1959

Donald Clifford Gallup papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 838
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, research files, personal papers, photographs, printed material and other papers documenting both the professional and personal activities of Donald Gallup as scholarly bibliographer, editor, curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature, and book and manuscript collector on his own account. The majority of the collection consists of Gallup's own papers, including personal, professional and editorial correspondence; a small amount of personal papers; research...
Dates: 1754-2000, bulk 1920-1995

H. D. Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 24
Abstract: The papers document the personal life and literary career of H. D. Major correspondents include Richard Aldington, Bryher, Helen Wolle Doolittle, Robert McAlmon, Brigit Patmore, Norman Holmes Pearson, George Plank, and Ezra Pound. There are manuscripts of many of her works, including Her (1927), The Walls Do Not Fall (1944), Helen in Egypt (1961), and her memoir End to Torment (1958). The collection also contains personal papers, subject files, and photographs, including items related to the...
Dates: 1887-1977

Sheri Martinelli papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 868
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, artwork and objects, printed material, and sound recordings documenting the life and creative work of Sheri Martinelli and associated figures, including Ezra Pound. The correspondence includes Martinelli's letters with Pound, the poet H. D., and Charles Bukowski, as well as many other literary and artistic figures. The writings include selections of Pound's manuscript material from the Cantos, as well as Martinelli's extensive notes and notebooks. Paintings,...
Dates: 1905-1999

Ezra Pound Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 43

The Ezra Pound Papers document the literary career and political interests of Ezra Pound. Major correspondents include Richard Aldington, George Antheil, William Bird, T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, James Laughlin, Wyndham Lewis, Marianne Moore, Odon Por, and Henry Swabey. The collection contains manuscripts of many of Pound's works, including the Cantos, Guide to Kulchur, and scripts of Pound's wartime radio broadcasts.

Dates: 1868-1976