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Gail Donohue Storey Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Storey, Gail Donohue
Title: Gail Donohue Storey Papers
Dates: 1974-2000
Abstract: Gail Donohue Storey is a Houston writer known for the novels The Lord's Motel and God's Country Club. She also writes poetry, essays and short fiction. Her papers consist of correspondence, typescripts, proofs, published material, articles, reviews, and interviews.
Identification: 2001-002
Quantity: 8.00 Boxes
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Gail Donohue Storey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 15, 1947. She earned a B.A. from Rosary College in 1969, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois in 1973, a M.A. in liberal education from John's College in 1982, and a M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston also in 1982. Storey is the author of The Lord's Motel, God's Country Club, First Poems of Gail Donohue, articles, essays, and works of short fiction. She has won numerous honors and awards including the Houston Festival Prose Award in 1983; the PEN Southwest Discovery Prize, first runner up for fiction in1983, finalist in 1984, finalist in 1988, and second honorable mention in 1989; first prize for fiction in the Houston Orange Show in 1985; a Yaddo fellowship in 1987; an honorable mention from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston in 1987; and Best Fiction Award from the South Central Women's Studies Association in 1990.


Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into five series: Short Writings, Short Fiction, Novels, Promotional Materials, and Personal Materials. The first three series are arranged in alphabetical order by title and the last two series are arranged in chronological order.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston. Creative Writing Program
Genre/Form of Material:
Essays
Personal papers
Poems
Short stories
Personal Name:
Storey, Gail Donohue
Topical Term:
Authors, American -- 20th century
Short stories, American

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gail Donohue Storey Papers, 1974-2000, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Houston Libraries by Gail Donohue Storey in 2002.


Detailed Description

 

Short Writings 1974-2000

This series includes articles, an artists' book, essays, a libretto, poetry, notes, notebooks and her UH thesis Psychic Kissing, which evolved into the novel The Lord's Motel. Items, both published and unpublished, are in alphabetical order by format and then by title.
Box
1 Articles
1 A Maine Escape November 2000
2 Homeless in Houston November 1989
3 Homeless in Houston, Transcribed Tapes
4 homeless in Houston, Transcribed Tapes
5 homeless in Houston, Transcribed Tapes
6 homeless in Houston, Transcribed Tapes
7 Houston-A "Wild West" Metropolis February 1993
8 The Houston Man December 1984
9 The Things we do for Love February 1982
10 Writing Our Own Story as Doctors and Nurses Spring 1998
Artists' Book
11 Amber Goes to Yoga
Essays
12 Cockroach Consciousness April 1984
13 Freeway Fantasia, The Talk of the Freeways June 1982
14 Lyric Voice in "640" by Emily Dickinson 1983
Libretto
15 The Psychiatrist & From One Room to Another [unpublished] 1983-84
Includes correspondence and interview of Gail Donohue Storey in Opera American Style, Strides, Vol. 1, 1983.
Poetry
16 Beachmont May 1981
17 First Poems of Gail Donohue, Pine Street Press 1974
18 Copyedited typescript of First Poems
19 Page Proof of First Poems
20 Paper samples, style pages, and order form for First Poems
21 Haiku-Sine 217 Tiny Food Poems by Texans... 2000
22 Ocean & Dreams Rising April 1978
23 Timepiece, Matrix II 1977
24 Poetic Drama: The Longing & Claire 1980s
Thesis, University of Houston
25 Psychic Kissing [computer discs] December 1982
26 Psychic Kissing [bound copy] December 1982
Box
2 Workshop pieces
1 Articles, "Bag Lady"
2 "Dreams"
3 "I"
4 "Diagnosis"
5 Plot; theme; titles; chapter headings
6 Fiction in progress, fragments, leftovers
7 "Party fragments"
8 "Tribute to Cosmic Absurdity"
9 "Texas"
10 "Ideas"
11 "The Father"
12 "Other episodes"
13 "The Poison Ivy League and other humorous writings"
14 "Ireland"
1985 trip: brochures, maps, tourist information



 

Short Fiction 1982-2000

This series contains short stories as well as rejection letters from various publishers. The arrangement is alphabetical by title.
Box Folder
7 1 Anesthesia 1984-85
2 Baby Hood and Freedom October 1983
3 Cookies in Bed November 1984
4 Francis [unpublished] 1984-85
5 Freeways and Freedom October 1983
6 Geometry Hotline 1984-85
7 The Honeymoon Cottage 1982-83
8 I Exist By Myself in My Love for It 1983-85
9 I Know How to Make You Happy If I Feel Like It 1982
10 The Little City [unpublished] 1982-92
11 Psychic Kissing 1982-86
12 Reading Other People's Mail 1983
13 The Room Where I Lay Dreaming 1980
14 Shortie Stories for Busy People 1984-86
15 Sperm No. 186, from The Bad Girls Dinner Party 2000
16 Today's A Sure Thing 1986
17 Totally Nude Live Girls 1984
18 Violence: A Meditation 1984
19 Your Mother and I [unpublished] 1984-86



 

Novels 1989-1996

This series contains typescripts, computer discs, and proofs of The Lord's Motel and God's Country Club.
The Lord's Motel
Box Folder
7 20 You, first typescript of The Lord's Motel May 1989
21 You, first typescript of The Lord's Motel May 1989
22 You, first typescript of The Lord's Motel May 1989
23 Psychic Kissing, third typescript draft of The Lord's Motel August 1990
24 Psychic Kissing, third typescript draft of The Lord's Motel August 1990
25 Psychic Kissing, third typescript draft of The Lord's Motel August 1990
26 Later typescript draft May 1991
27 Later typescript draft May 1991
28 Later typescript draft May 1991
Box Folder
8 1 Typescript draft with corrections, letter from Karen Braziller, and notes from Tracy Daugherty
2 Typescript draft with corrections, letter from Karen Braziller, and notes from Tracy Daugherty
3 Typescript draft with corrections, letter from Karen Braziller, and notes from Tracy Daugherty
4 Various typescripts with corrections June 1991
5 Various typescripts with corrections June 1991
6 Various typescripts with corrections June 1991
7 Various typescripts with corrections June 1991
8 Various typescripts with corrections June 1991
9 Copyedited typescript September 1991
10 Copyedited typescript September 1991
11 Copyedited typescript September 1991
12 Page proofs with corrections 1992
13 Uncorrected bound galley proof 1992
God's Country Club
Box Folder
8 14 Computer discs
15 Uncorrected bound galley proof May 1996



 

Promotional Materials 1992-1997

This series contains reviews, excerpts, articles, quotes, photographs, and biographical information arranged in chronological order.
The Lord's Motel
Box Folder
8 16 Review, New York Times Book Review August 30, 1992
17 Excerpt, Villages Magazine September 1992
18 Article and Cover Photo, Library Journal October 1, 1992
19 Reviews, various publications 1992-3
20 Articles, various newspapers 1992-5
21 Excerpt, The World and I January 1993
22 Quote, Entertainment Weekly February 11, 1994
23 Quote, Signature Works April-July 1994
God's Country Club
Box Folder
8 24 Photographs and post cards 1996
25 Review, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Fall 1996
26 Review, Houston Chronicle September 22, 29, 1996
includes pamphlet of 17th Annual Book & Author Dinner
27 Excerpt, My Table October/November 1996
28 Reviews, various publications 1996-7
29 Excerpt, WIVLA-Women in the Visual and Literary Arts 1997
30 Article, San Antonio Express-News, S.A. Life section March 9, 1997
31 Biographical information 1997



 

Personal Materials 1970-2001

This series consists primarily of correspondence, financial records, and photographs.
Box Folder
8 32 Correspondence with Donald Barthelme 1970-89
33 Cancelled checks 1980-87
34 Program, Cause for Inspiration, An Evening of Celebration benefiting the Jung Center May 4, 2001
35 University of Houston/Creative Writing Program academic transcript for Gail Donohue 1980-82
36 Holiday letters 1978-2003
Holiday letters and poems by Gail Donohue, 1978-81; and by Gail Donohue and C. Porter Storey, M.D., with attached photos, 1992-2003
37 Self-portrait (collage) by Gail Donohue Storey ca. 1994
38 Photographs
This series contains photographs of Gail Donohue and Donald Barthelme (circa 1985). Others of Gail Donohue Storey, Porter Storey, Creative Writing Program graduate students, family, friends, childhood home and other residences. Also photos of Gail Donohue Storey by Marion Barthelme for book jacket photo.



 

OVS

Folder
1
1 Poster for St. John's School Book Fair with news article, "A Life Storey" by Fritz Lanham
2 Photograph by El Matha Wilder ca. 1995
Study for book jacket cover for God's Country Club