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American Literary Studies

Special Collections: Twentieth-Century Literary Publishers

  • William Abrahams Papers
    Educated at Harvard, William Abrahams (1919-1998) was a poet and novelist before becoming one of the most distinguished literary editors on the American publishing scene during the last decades of the twentieth century. Among the many renowned writers whose work he guided into print were Lillian Hellman, Joyce Carol Oates, Diane Johnson, Brian Moore, and Pauline Kael. Abrahams was also an influential force in fostering the short story in America, editing the annual O.Henry award volumes for more than thirty years. The William Abrahams Papers include extensive materials on the scores of books that he edited under his own imprint, for such publishing houses as the Atlantic Monthly Press, Holt Rhinehart and Winston, and Dutton. In addition to the working drafts, typescripts, research notes, and correspondence of the writers Abrahams edited, his papers also contain the research notes and correspondence related to the books Abrahams co-authored with his collaborator, Stanford history professor Peter Stansky.
  • Black Lizard Press
    Records of the press from 1980 through its closing in 1991, including correspondence and contracts as well as business papers and production materials. Under the editorial guidance of writer Barry Gifford, Black Lizard published reprint editions of long unavailable noir writers such as Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Harry Whittington, and a host of other paperback authors.
  • E. V. Griffith Archive
    Literary papers (1945-1995) of E. V. Griffith, poet and editor, with material from virtually every poet of the American avant-garde. Materials from Griffith's years issuing distinguished small magazines in the second half of the century: Sheaf, Hearse, Hearse Chapbooks, Coffin, and Poetry Now, including manuscripts, correspondence, printed matter, photographs.
  • North Point Press
    Records of the press from 1980 through its closing in 1991, including correspondence and manuscripts of authors published as well as business papers and production materials. North Point published books by such major writers as Wendell Berry, Evan Connell, Michael Palmer, Gary Snyder, and Gilbert Sorrentino.
  • The Reaper
    Records of the journal from 1979 until its final issue in 1989. The Reaper, a poetry magazine founded in 1980 by Robert McDowell and Mark Jarman, was an important voice in the movement in American poetry that became known as the New Narrative or the New Formalism.
  • Review of Contemporary Fiction/Dalkey Archive Press
    Records of the journal and press from 1980-1988, including correspondence and manuscripts of contributors and authors published. Materials focus on such recent American as Gilbert Sorrentino, Paul Bowles, John Hawkes, and Coleman Dowell.

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