Lonnie Coleman letters

Lonnie Coleman letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-1982
Title: Lonnie Coleman letters
Dates: 1930s-1982
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3370

Biographical/Historical Note

William Laurence Coleman (Lonnie Coleman) was born in Bartow, Georgia. He moved to Savannah in 1979. He was the author of short stories and novels, most notably the bestselling Beulah Land trilogy. His last novel, Mark, is an autobiographical novel.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one hundred letters from Lonnie Coleman to his very close personal friend Edgar Jean Brasco. The letters were written while Coleman was in the Navy and a few years after his service. Bracco was also a writer and the letters concern Coleman's personal feelings for Bracco but much is related to his growth in writing the novel and the influences upon him. The letters contain criticism and support of Bracco's writing as well. Also included are eleven letters from Bracco to Nowell Briscoe relating his relationship with Coleman. The collection also contains a letter from Gordon Reekie, two letters to Dr. Roy Williams, four photographs of Lonnie Coleman with Edgar Bracco, and correspondence from Lonnie Coleman to Oma Ratchford.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Authors, American--Correspondence.
Authors, American--Photographs.
Bracco,, Edgar J., 1920-2008 -- Correspondence
Bracco,, Edgar J., 1920-2008 -- Photographs
Briscoe, Nowell -- Correspondence
Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-1982 -- Correspondence
Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-1982 -- Friends and associates
Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-1982 -- Photographs
Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-1982 -- Relations with men
Novelists, American--Correspondence.
Novelists, American--Photographs.
Ratchford, Oma -- Correspondence
Reekie, Gordon -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lonnie Coleman letters. MS 3370. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence; telegraphs; newspaper clippings
3Correspondence; interview notes; interview audio cassette tape (Dr. Roy Williams), July 23, 1983