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Evelyn Scott Letters with Bob Evans

Identifier: MS-2300

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This collection contains two letters to Bob Evans concerning Evelyn Scott. The 1946 letter is a short note from Elizabeth Ames of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., stating she does not know the whereabouts of Evelyn Scott. The 1949 letter is from Evelyn Scott. It is a response to a letter sent by Bob Evans. She discusses the effects of war on finding paper and American novels. Scott also mentions her dissatisfaction with Scribner's for rejecting her book.


  • 1946-1949

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This collection contains two letters to Bob Evans, one concerning Evelyn Scott's whereabouts from director of Yaddo, Elizabeth Ames, and the other from Scott herself.

Biographical/Historical Note

Author Evelyn Scott (1893-1963) was born Elsie Dunn in Clarksville, Tennessee to Seely and Maude Thomas Dunn. The family moved around but Scott was primarily raised in New Orleans. In 1913, she married Frederick Creighton Wellman (1873-1960), and they changed their names to Evelyn Scott and Cyril Kay-Scott (largely because Cyril was already married); the couple then fled to Brazil where they lived until 1919. Together they had one son, Creighton “Jigg” Scott, born in 1914. It was also during her time in Brazil that Scott began writing poetry and essays. She then published her first trilogy of novels, beginning with The Narrow House, between 1921-1923. Over the next two decades, Scott published several works including the critically acclaimed The Wave (1929) and Eva Gay (1932). She later left Cyril by 1928, and then married novelist John Metcalfe (1891-1965) in 1930. Following health complications, Scott died in 1963.

From 1923 to 1969, Elizabeth Ames (1885-1977) was Executive Director of Yaddo, an artist's community in New York where Scott and Metcalfe worked for a time, and is the dedicatory of Scott's book Eva Gay. Ames was born in Minneapolis in 1885 and died on March 28, 1977, at Yaddo.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in January of 2000.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA