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American Literary Studies

William Abrahams Papers

The Papers

The William Abrahams Papers include material on books that Abrahams edited under his own imprint for such presses as the Atlantic Monthly Press, Holt Rhinehart and Winston, and Dutton. The papers contain working drafts, typescripts, research notes, and correspondence. Also present is a collection of the books Abrahams edited during his distinguished career, and the texts he co-authored with historian Peter Stansky

Location of the Collection: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Number: M1125

Size: 42 linear ft

Finding Guide: Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Career of William Abrahams (1919 - 1998 )
A poet and a novelist, William Abrahams became on of the leading literary editors in the American publishing scene. He worked with many renowned writers including Joyce Carol Oates, Lillian Hellman, Diane Johnson, Brian Moore, and Pauline Kael. Beginning as a poet, Abrahams released his first novel Interval in Carolina (1945) to good reviews. He followed with By the Beautiful Sea (1947) and Imperial Waltz (1954) before beginning a career in editing for Atlantic Monthly Press in 1963. In 1965 he began supervising the O. Henry Awards, editing annual anthologies of the best entries, which he continued until his retirement in 1996. Abrahams also produced four non-fiction works that he co-authored with historian Peter Stansky, Journey to the Frontier; Two Roads to the Spanish Civil War (1966), The Unknown Orwell (1972), Orwell: The Transformation (1980), and London's Burning: Life, Death, and Art in the Second World War (1994).

Related Manuscript Collections at Stanford

Peter Stansky Papers, 1964-1987



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