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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts:

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Beverly Lowry Papers, 1976 - 1982



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lowry, Beverly
Title: Beverly Lowry Papers,
Dates: 1976-1982
Abstract: Writer Beverly Lowry was a professor at University of Houston Creative Writing Program from 1976 until 1981. This collection includes typescript manuscript drafts of the novels Come Back, Lolly Ray, Emma Blue, and Daddy's Girl as well as correspondence received by Beverly Lowry from her agent and her editor. The Beverly Lowry Collection also includes galley proofs and page proofs for the three novels.
Identification: 1982-003
Quantity: (4 ft.); 8 Boxes and 4 Oversize Folders
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Beverly Fey Lowry was born in 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. In 1960 she received her B.A. for drama/speech and English literature from Memphis State University. She married Glenn Lowry in 1960 (they are no longer married) and they had two sons.

Lowry's writing career began after she and her husband moved to Houston in 1965. She became an associate professor of fiction writing at the University of Houston in 1976, and in 1977 published her first novel, Come Back, Lolly Ray . That novel and the one which followed it, Emma Blue (1978) were set in the small Southern town of Eunola. In 1981 she published Daddy's Girl, a novel about a Houston honky-tonk singer/songwriter, and her relationship with a flamboyant father.

In 1981, Lowry and her family moved to San Marcos, Texas. During the next six years, both of Lowry's parents died, and her 18-year-old son Peter was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Lowry did not publish any books during this time.

In 1987, Lowry published the novel The Perfect Storm, about a New York actress originally from Baytown, Texas, who supplements her income by swimming in a fish tank at a bar. The following year she published Breaking Gentle, which was set on a quarter-horse ranch in the Texas hill country. In 1992 she published the non-fiction book Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir, which fused the story of Death Row inmate Karla Faye Tucker, convicted for her part in a notorious Houston double murder, with Lowry's account of the death of her son. After moving to Los Angeles in 1992, she published her most recent work, The Track of Real Desires (1994), a novel which returns to the Eunola setting of her earlier books.

Lowry has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and has served as the President of the Texas Institute of Letters. Lowry is currently the director of the Creative Nonfiction Program at George Mason University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of material in this collection is typescript manuscript drafts of the novels Come Back, Lolly Ray, Emma Blue, and Daddy's Girl.Most of the drafts are photocopies of the original typescript manuscripts, with corrections in the author's hand, and the rest are original typescript manuscripts with corrections in the author's hand. Some of the drafts are copy-edited.

This collection includes preparatory materials for the three novels such as lists of possible titles, an outline and character notes, drawings, and photographs. A small amount of correspondence received by Beverly Lowry from her agent and her editor is included.

The Beverly Lowry Collection also includes galley proofs and page proofs for the three novels.

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Restrictions

Open for research.

Restrictions

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects (Persons)

Lowry, Beverly
Tucker, Karla Faye, 1959-

Subjects

Subjects (Organizations)
University of Houston. Creative Writing Program
Formats
Correspondence
Typescripts
Manuscripts
Galley proofs
Page proofs
Notes
Photographs
Drawings

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Beverly Lowry Papers, 1976 - 1982, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition

These items were purchased from Beverly Lowry in 1982 with funds from the Houston Assembly of Delphian Chapters and Delphian Scholarship Foundation Fund

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Manuscripts:

Box
1 Come Back, Lolly Ray
Outline. AMs.
Title Variations. A/TMs
Research Notes/Photographs. Ams.TMs (Photocopy), Corrected.
"Lolly"
"Cunninghams"
"Cunninghams"
"Cunninghams"
"The River"
"Granny"
"Granny"
"Carroll"
"Town Characters"
"Town Characters"
"Lolly"
"Lady"
"Undercurrents: Waiting"
"Lady"
"Sexton"
"Homecoming"
"Tides Change, Winds Shift…"
"Lolly"
TMs, Corrected and Copy Edited.
Style Sheet
Preliminary Pages
"Lolly"
"Lolly"
"Lolly"
"Cunninghams"
"Cunninghams"
"The River"
"Granny"
"Granny"
"Carroll"
"Town Characters"
"Town Characters"
"Lolly"
"Lady"
"Undercurrents: Waiting"
"Lady"
"Homecoming"
"The Dream Moves On"
"Lolly"
Box
2 TMs Drafts, Corrected.
TMs, Corrected.
TMs (Photocopy), Corrected.
(Photocopy), Edited From Book. Incomplete.
OVS
1 Original Galley Proofs.
Final Galley Proofs.
Box
3 Emma Blue.
Title Variations. AN and TMsN.
First Page Variations. TMs, Corrected.TMs, Draft One (Photocopy), Corrected.
Sally Arteseros (Doubleday). TLS. Dec. 8, 1977.
"Easter"
"Easter"
"Easter"
"Easter"
"Christmas"
"Christmas"
"Christmas"
"Christmas"
"Christmas"
"Christmas"
"Christmas"
"Easter"
"Graduation"
"Graduation"
TMs, Draft Two, (Photocopy), Corrected. Incomplete.
"Easter" (Incomplete).
"Christmas" (Incomplete).
"Christmas" (Incomplete).
"Christmas" (Incomplete).
"Easter"
Early Versions of "The Fight."
TMs. (Photocopy), Corrected.
TMs. (Photocopy), Corrected.
Early Version of "The Collector."
TMs. (Photocopy).
TMs, Draft Portion, Corrected and Copy Edited.
TMs. Draft, Portion.
TMs. Draft, Portion.
TMs. Draft, Portion.
TMs, Draft Pages (Miscellaneous), Corrected.
TMs. Draft Pages, Corrected.
Box
4 Emma Blue.
TMs, (Photocopy), Corrected.
ANS.
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"The Fight"
"The Fight"
"The Fight"
"The Fight"
"The Funeral"
"The Funeral"
"The Collector"
"The Collector"
"Graduation"
TMs, Corrected and Copy edited.
Style Sheet.
Preliminary Pages.
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"Dampness"
"The Fight"
"The Fight"
"The Fight"
"The Fight"
"The Funeral"
"The Funeral"
"The Collector"
"The Collector"
"Graduation"
Accordion file with AN.
OVS
3 Galley Proofs.
OVS
4 Page Proofs.
OVS
5 Page Proofs (Extra Sheets).
Box
5 Daddy's Girl.
AN. Manuscript Notes.
TMs Draft.
"At The Table With Big"
"At The Table With Big"
"At The Table With Big"
"At The Table With Big"
"At The Table With Big"
"At The Table With Big"
"Big In The Morning"
"Muff, SSS, Fuzzy..."
"Muff, SSS, Fuzzy..."
"Muff, SSS, Fuzzy..."
"Muff, SSS, Fuzzy..."
"Muff, SSS, Fuzzy..."
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Another Coat of Paint"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Four Oh Two"
"Four Oh Two"
Box
6 TMs (Photocopy), Before Copy Editing.
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Four Oh Two"
"Four Oh Two"
"Four Oh Two"
"Turn Up The Music and Dance"
Box
7 TMs, Copy-edited.
Preliminary Pages
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Four Oh Two"
"Four Oh Two"
"Four Oh Two"
"Turn Up the Music and Dance"
Page Proofs Photocopy Examples.
Amanda Vaill (Viking Press). TLS. Apr. 7, 1981.
Page Proof Photocopy Examples.
Page Proofs, Corrected.
Preliminary Pages.
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Llavots Willy Nilly"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Post Oak Blues"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Mother Stovall's Revenge"
"Four Oh Two"
"Four Oh Two"
"Turn Up the Music and Dance"Early TMs Drafts (Pre dating Book).
"The Ballad of Sylvia Brown"
Early TMs Drafts.
Early TMs Drafts.
"And Nice Girls Don't Finish at All"
Short Story.
"Stories Mama Told in the Night"
TMs Drafts. Incomplete.
TMs (Photocopy).
"Post Oak Blues" Story Excerpt.
"Post Oak Blues" Story Excerpt.

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