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Charles Henri Ford Letters

Identifier: M510

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 13 letters and postcards from Charles Henri Ford to Robert Sharrad, the book editor of City Lights, regarding Sharrad’s invitation to Ford to contribute to the journal. The letter dated “25 ix 86” includes the haiku submitted by Ford, taken from The Minotaur Sutra.


  • Creation: 1986-1989


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Charles Henri Ford was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, in 1908, as Charles Henry Ford, although there seems to be some confusion as to the exact location and year of Ford’s birth. Ford was a poet, editor, novelist, and artist. He was considered to be the United States first Surrealist poet. Ford co-authored with Parker Tyler what many consider the first gay novel, The Young and Evil (1933). He was also well known for his editing of two magazines, Blues: A Magazine of New Rhythms and View, a magazine published during the 1940s that focused on Surrealist and figurative art and literature. Ford’s career spanned most of the twentieth century. He maintained friendships with many of the most famous literary and artistic figures of the era, including Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Robert Maplethorpe, and Patti Smith.


1 Folder (13 items)

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Arranged chronologically


Purchased for Mississippiana in 2010

Charles Henri Ford Letters
Lynn Cowles
May, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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