Interview with Elizabeth Hardwick, September 20, 1979

Project: Kentucky Writers Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Hardwick met Robert Lowell at a party given by Phillip Rahv, the publisher of the Partisan Review. Tate and Hardwick corresponded through the 1970s. Hardwick describes what it was like to be married to a person with a serious mental illness. Hardwick discusses loneliness, and the solitude necessary to a writer. Hardwick discusses Lowell's poetry and their trip to Europe. Hardwick describes Lowell's bouts of mental illness, how they came upon him, and medical treatment and hospitalizations he underwent. She did not find it onerous to care for her husband, and had a great deal of support. Hardwick discusses "Sleepless Nights," and how many of the characters and events are fictional, within a framework of truth.

Interview Accession

1979oh267_kw010

Interviewee Name

Elizabeth Hardwick

Interviewer Name

David Farrell

Interview Date

1979-09-20

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Hardwick, Elizabeth Interview by David Farrell. 20 Sep. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hardwick, E. (1979, September 20). Interview by D. Farrell. Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hardwick, Elizabeth, interview by David Farrell. September 20, 1979, Kentucky Writers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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