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RESEARCH HELP > HUMANITIES AND AREA STUDIES > AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

American Literary Studies


Fanny Howe Papers

The Papers

Stanford has a number of special collections that contain original manuscripts, correspondence, family papers, and other archival materials related to Fanny Howe.

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Numbers of Collections: M0648, M0768, M0848

Size: 12.5 linear ft

Finding Guides: Details are listed below with the specific collections.

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 speccollref@stanford.edu or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.


Career of Fanny Howe (1940- )

American novelist, short story writer, and poet, Howe was born in Buffalo, New York in 1940, the daughter of playwright and actress Mary Manning and law professor Mark DeWolfe Howe, and sister of the poet Susan Howe. Graduating from Stanford in 1962, she was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 1965 and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1970 after the publication of her first book of short stories, Forty Whacks (1969). She has taught creative writing on the faculty of a number of institutions, including Tufts University, Emerson College, Columbia University, and MIT. Howe is convert to the Roman Catholic Church and is known for her politically and religiously infused writing about the difficult course of women, families, and the spirit in contemporary America. Author of nearly twenty volumes of poetry and fiction as well as numerous books for young adults, her published work includes the fictions Holy Smoke (1984), The Deep North (1988), and Saving History (1993), and the poetry of Eggs (1970), Introduction to the World (1986), The End (1992), and O'Clock (1995). Fanny Howe currently teaches literature at the University of California, San Diego.

Highlights and Research Potential of the Papers:

The Fanny Howe Papers are cataloged in three different but closely complementary collections and include literary manuscripts, personal notebooks, correspondence, and extensive family papers, including letters and manuscripts from her parents' generation. Notebooks and working papers for the fictions Bronte Wilde (1976), White Slave (1980), Famous Questions (1989), and Saving History (1993) are present along with manuscripts for much of the poetry. Personal correspondence includes large files of letters from such fellow avant-garde writers as Clark Coolidge, Kathleen Fraser, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, Michael Palmer, and Leslie Scalapino.

The Papers

Fanny Howe Papers, 1924-1993
Size:
8.5 linear ft.
Call Number: M0648
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.
Content: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, diaries, journals, and notebooks. Includes family correspondence as well as early school records.

Fanny Howe Papers, 1980-1990
Size:
2 linear ft.
Call Number: M0768
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.
Content: Correspondence, family history, literary manuscripts.

Fanny Howe Papers, 1981-1995
Size:
2.5 linear ft.
Call Number: M0848
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.
Content: Manuscripts, typescripts, and correspondence, the last including letters from Samuel Beckett, William Corbett, Mark Mirsky, and Alice Walker (one of Walker's containing reference to Tillie Olsen).

Related Manuscript Collections at Stanford

Rae Armantrout Papers, M1211

Robert Creeley Papers, M0662

Stephen Rodefer Papers, M0693

 

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