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American Literary Studies

Special Collections: Twentieth Century to 1945

  • American Authors Collection
    The collection contains autographs of prominent nineteenth and twentieth-century American authors. It also includes some correspondence, manuscripts, portraits, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets.
  • Dorothy Dodds Baker (1907-1968) and Howard Baker (1905-1990)
    Published and unpublished manuscripts of poetry, plays, fiction and essays by both authors as well as extensive correspondence with other writers, friends, and family. Howard Baker, a Stanford graduate and co-editor with Yvor Winters of the magazine Gyroscope, was a novelist, poet, and literary scholar; Dorothy Baker published several highly regarded novels and also wrote plays. Their friends included Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, and Robert Penn Warren as well as Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis.
  • Ambrose Gwinett Bierce (1842-1914?)
    The papers consist primarily of correspondence to Bierce during the later part of his life, from 1872-1913. Also included in the collection are diaries, sketchbooks, photographs and memorabilia.
  • Bernard De Voto (1897-1955)
    Personal papers through 1955, including literary manuscripts and correspondence. De Voto was a novelist, historian, critic, editor, and a vigorous exponent of government conservation of natural resources. DeVoto's column "The Easy Chair" was a regular feature in Harper's from 1948-1955, and his correspondents include many of the leading persons in contemporary literature, politics, education, and the arts.
  • Hawthorne Family Papers
    Manuscripts, letters, journals, and sketch books from Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, who was Nathaniel Hawthorne's wife, and from two of their children, the son Julian and the younger daughter, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop.
  • Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
    Hemingway letters and manuscripts from 1908 to 1961 along with documents relating to Hemingway's life, and correspondence about him from 1918 to1963.
  • Janet Lewis (1899-1998 )
    Personal papers through 1989, including manuscripts and correspondence. A poet, novelist, short story writer, librettist, and teacher. Lewis is the author of the widely praised historical novels The Wife of Martin Guerre (1941), The Trial of Søren Qvist (1947), and The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron (1959).
  • William Saroyan (1908-1981)
    Manuscripts, personal notebooks, correspondence, family papers, and private library, documenting the full gamut of Saroyan's life and career, from early apprentice work in the 1920s through the late novels and plays of the 1970s. Saroyan was a prolific novelist, short story writer, dramatist, and memoirist. He drew on his experience as an Armenian-American growing up in Fresno, California to project a rhapsodic vision of the universal human condition. Among his most famous works are the story collection The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934), his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Time of Your Life (1939), and the novel The Human Comedy (1943), for which he received an Academy Award for Original Story.
  • The John Steinbeck Collections (1902-1968)
    Stanford has significant holdings of Steinbeck materials, including manuscripts, notes, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. These are contained in a number of different collections.
  • John Steinbeck's The Forgotten Village Papers (1941)
    Papers related to the collaboration between Herbert Kline and John Steinbeck on the film, The Forgotten Village.
  • John Steinbeck Foreign Editions
    The collection contains over a thousand books in forty-seven languages, including, among many others, Basque, Finnish, Farsi, Korean, Slovak, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
  • Yvor Winters (1900-1968)
    Personal papers through 1968, including correspondence, manuscripts, and materials related to his teaching at Stanford (1928-1966). Poet and critic, Winters was a major voice in literary American critcism from the late 1930s into the 1960s; his Collected Poems won the Bollingen Prize in 1952.

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