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Leonard Lewisohn collection of Robert Bly poetry translation materials

Identifier: Mss081C

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two compact discs of Robert Bly's 2002 London reading of Hafez and Rumi poetry in translation, as well as correspondence documenting the ultimately unsuccessful efforts to publish the recording in the United Kingdom. In addition, there are poster advertisements from various Bly readings, and a photograph of Bly reading Rumi and Hafez poetry in 1992. There is also a 2008 edition of Shokaran, a literary magazine published in Tehran, Iran, devoted entirely to Bly's poetry, translated into Persian.


  • 1990-1992, 2002-2003, 2008-2009


Language of Materials

English and Persian

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Lewisohn must be contacted before the publication of any reference to materials in the collection or reproduction of materials in the collection. Copyright retained by the creator.

Biographical Note

Leonard Lewisohn is a Lecturer and Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Persian and Sufi Literaure at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He has written widely on Persian poetry, and collaborated with Robert Bly to publish Angels knocking on the tavern door : thirty poems of Hafez(Harper Collins, 2008).


0.1 Cubic Feet (4 folders, 2 compact discs)


This collection contains audio recordings of a 2002 London reading of Persian poetry in translation by poet and translator Robert Bly, correspondence regarding publishing the recordings, and posters of various Bly readings. In addition, there is a 2008 edition of Shokaran, a literary magazine published in Tehran, Iran, devoted entirely to Bly's poetry.


The files are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Mezz (R69, D6, S6); AV (R2, D2, S4)


Collection was donated by the collector in 2009.

Related Material

For information about Robert Bly in other collections held at the University of Minnesota Libraries; Manuscripts Division, see: Robert Bly papers (Mss 81), Carol Bly Papers (Mss 79), and James Wright Papers (Mss 66). In addition, an online presentation of some materials in the Robert Bly papers can be found here: Robert Bly Revealed.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Ann Mulfort in 2010.

Leonard Lewisohn collection of Robert Bly poetry translation materials, 1990-1992, 2002-2003, 2008-2009
Ann Mulfort
April 2010
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Collecting Area Details

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