- 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.