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Alfred Leslie papers, 1959-1962

Leslie, Alfred, 1927-

Painter, Editor


Collection Information

Size: 2 Microfilm reels

Summary: Mostly correspondence from friends and associates concerning Leslie's painting and his editorship of The Hasty Papers, 1960, including letters from Gregory Corso, Sam Francis, Allen Ginsberg, Sam Hunter, Norman Mailer, Marianne Moore, and Boris Pasternak. Also included are manuscript articles and galley sheets.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alfred Leslie (b. 1927) is a painter, editor; New York, N.Y. Leslie painted in a style he called "confrontational art" which involves a direct realism intended to grab the viewer's attention and deliver a message almost didactic and persuasive in its tone. He was the editor of the avant-garde literary review The Hasty Papers.


Lent for microfilming 1966 by Alfred Leslie. Later that year, a fire destroyed Leslie's studio, including his art works as well as much of the papers he lent for microfilming.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Alfred Leslie after microfilming. The papers were subsequently destroyed in a fire.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels D208-D209 available for use only at Archives of American Art offices.

Restrictions on Access

ACCESS RESTRICTED: written permission required.

How to Cite This Collection

Alfred Leslie papers, 1959-1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.