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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works

Series II. Correspondence, 1940s-1990s

Series III. Personal/Career-Related Material

Series IV. Works of Others

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Ronald Sukenick:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Descriptive Summary

Creator Sukenick, Ronald, 1932-
Title Ronald Sukenick Papers
Dates: 1941-1999
Abstract: The papers of this American writer contain drafts of novels, short stories, and literary non-fiction, as well as personal and professional correspondence and material associated with his college and teaching years.
Extent 105 boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 1 oversize flat file folder, 4 galleys (49.06 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

Spanning six decades from the 1940s to 1990s, this comprehensive collection of Ronald Sukenick, innovative writer, publisher, theorist, and educator, contains drafts of his novels, short stories, and literary non-fiction as well as personal and professional correspondence and material associated with his college and teaching years.

The collection is organized in four Series: Series I. Works (52 boxes), Series II. Correspondence, 1940s-1990s (26 boxes), Series III. Personal/Career-Related (21 boxes), and Series IV. Works of Others (6 boxes).

The first and largest series, Works, is divided into two subseries: A. Books, and B. Other Writings. The book material in Subseries A is arranged by title and includes Sukenick's novels Blown Away, Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues, Mosaic Man, 98.6, Out, and Up. Also present are his short story collections, Doggy Bag and The Death of the Novel and Other Stories, his short fiction work, Endless Short Story, non-fiction narrative, Down and In, and critical work on the theory of fiction, In Form, Digressions on the Act of Fiction. Both his Ph.D. dissertation and subsequent published work Wallace Stevens: Musing the Obscure are also included. Within most titles, the order follows the creative process from notes and drafts to proofs and galleys. Several novels, particularly Blown Away, contain drafts with title changes as the works developed and merged over time. Subseries B includes articles, book blurbs, book-length works, book reviews, letters to editors, a screenplay, and short stories.

The correspondence in Series II ranges from Sukenick's boyhood camp letters of the early 1940s to the more complex professional exchanges between publishers and colleagues through the decades to the 1990s. Arranged in chronological order, the predominately incoming correspondence records his college years at Cornell and Brandeis, frequent European travels including his Fulbright Fellowship in 1958-59, teaching at various universities (especially the University of Colorado, Boulder), and five decades of his professional and personal life. His seminal work with American Book Review, Fiction Collective, and Black Ice is reflected throughout, as is his correspondence with publishers, agents, and colleagues.

Series III contains a combination of personal and career-related material including address books, appointment calendars, personal documents and memorabilia, photographs from Sukenick's childhood through the 1970s, grade school autograph books, college writing assignments as well as his own teaching files, correspondence and material pertaining to the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, articles about him, and reviews of his works.

Sukenick's friends, colleagues, and former students often sent their writings to him, sometimes for critical response as well as keeping him informed of their literary progress. These works are found in Series IV. Works of Others, arranged alphabetically by author. Included are writings of his close friends Ray Federman, Jerome Klinkowitz, and Martin Washburn, as well as a few pieces by his former wife Lynn Luria-Sukenick.

Books, serials, personal effects and audio/video tapes received with the collection have been transferred to departments within the Ransom Center. The nearly 300 journal issues contain Sukenick's published works and represent his other literary involvements, most especially a long run of American Book Review. Also of interest are cassette tapes containing an oral version of Blown Away which Sukenick produced to assure an effective cadence. To that end, he changed the written composition as he went along according to his "hearing" rather than reading of the manuscript. Also included are tapes of his innovative electronic novel "Endless Short Story," interviews with literary notables for Down and In, and a near-final version of the film based on his novel Out.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition

Purchase, 1999 (Reg. no. 14200)

Processed by

Liz Murray, 2000

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Ronald Sukenick Papers--Folder List

 

Series I. Works

Subseries A. Books
box
1-7 Blown Away
Drafts and background material, including variant titles "Fortune Teller,""Santana," and "Shaky City"
box folder
8 1-2 Drafts, cont'd
Death of the Novel and Other Stories
3 Holograph notes and background material
4 "The Birds"
5 "The Death of the Novel"
6 "Momentum"
7 "The Permanent Crisis"
8 "Roast Beef"
9 "What's Your Story?"
10 Excess story material
box folder
9 1 Final version
2 Proofs
3 Production material
[galleys and author's galleys removed to galley files]
Doggy Bag
4 Holograph notebook, includes material for Mosaic Man
5-6 Draft, including early version "Flakes"
box folder
10 1-5 Drafts, cont'd
box folder
11 1-3 Drafts, cont'd
Down and In: Life in the Underground
4-5 Background
[notecards removed to Box 108]
box folder
12 1-5 Background, cont'd
box folder
13 1-3 Background, cont'd
4-5 Notebooks, calendars. 1984-86
box
14-20 Early typescript proposals and drafts, including "Max's by Max," through page proofs
box folder
21 1-2 Proofs, cont'd
The Endless Short Story
3 Holograph notebooks
4 "Bush Fever"
5 "Divide"
6 "Duck Tape"
box folder
22 1-6 Drafts and draft fragments
box folder
23 1-6 Drafts, cont'd
box folder
24 1 Setting copy
2-3 Proofs
4-5 Galleys
6 Section of ESS for Cold Mountain Press, Poetry Post Card Series Two
In Form, Digressions on the Act of Fiction
7-8 Digression articles
box folder
25 1-4 Drafts
5 Proofs
[oversize proofs removed to Box 106]
6 Galleys
Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues
box folder
26 1 "New Conditions," 1972
2-8 Drafts
box folder
27 1 Proofs
Mosaic Man
2-4 Background
5 Short stories that were absorbed into Mosaic Man
box
28-34 Drafts
box folder
35 1-4 Drafts
98.6
5 Holograph notebook, also includes material for Blown Away and Endless Short Story
6-7 Drafts
box folder
36 1-7 Drafts
box folder
37 1-4 Drafts
5 Final typescript, carbon
6 Page proofs
[oversize proofs removed to Box 107]
7 Bluelines
Out
box folder
38 1-2 Holograph notebooks
3-7 Drafts
box folder
39 1-2 Drafts
3-6 Screenplay drafts
box folder
40 1-2 Screenplay reviews and production material
Up
3-6 Holograph notebooks
box folder
41 1-2 Notebooks, cont'd
3-5 Early drafts titled "Sentence of Death"
box folder
42 1-7 Drafts
box folder
43 1 Draft
2 Proofs
2 Posters
[removed to oversize, Box 109]
3-6 "A Wallace Stevens Handbook," Ph.D. dissertation, 1962,
[drafts]
box folder
44 1-2 Draft
3-5 University Microfilm, bound copies
Wallace Stevens: Musing the Obscure
box folder
45 1-6 Drafts and setting copy
[galleys removed to galley files]
box
46 Index cards
Subseries B. Other Writings
Articles
box folder
47 1 "Art and the Underground"
2 "Author as Editor and Publisher"
3 "The Changing Idea of Literary Success"
4 "Culture for Sale"
5 "The Ecology of Literature"
6 "Eight Digressions on Narrative Authority"
7 "Eight Digressions on the Politics of Language"
8 "The Endless Short Story"
9 "The Fiction Collective"
10 "Fiction in the Seventies"
11 "Film Digression"
12 "Get Thee a Grant: Why Writers Must Play Politics"
13 "How I Joined the Underground"
14 "Lit Comix"
15 "Live & Let Alone on the Lower East Side"
box folder
48 1 "The N.E.A. & the Avant Garde"
2 "The New Tradition in Fiction"
3 "News from Utopia"
4 "One Thing Is Sure, Uncertainty"
5 "The S.S. Dictionary is Going Down"
6 "Thirteen Digressions"
7 "Tizenharom Kitero"
8 "Twelve Digressions Toward a Study of Composition"
9 "Twenty Digressions"
10 "Up from the Garret: Success Then and Now"
11 Typescripts on criticism, cyberpunkness, literature, the N.E.A., and postmodernism
12 Book blurbs
Book-length works, drafts
13-14 "Cows" previously titled "Ghosts"
box folder
49 1 "Cows" cont'd
2 "Endless Short Story," electronic book
3 "Non-conventional Novel" notes
4-5 Book reviews by RS
6 Letters to the editor
Screenplay
7-8 Great Peace Scare
box folder
50 1-3 Great Peace Scare, cont'd
Short stories
4 "An American Amour"
5 "Beautiful Day in Bali"
6 "Beautiful Girl with Pity"
7 "The Buck"
8 "Christmas at the North Pole"
9 "The End of the Midway"
10 "Hog Island" with play version
11 "Indian Love Call"
box folder
51 1 "Let Me Rise as Larks"
2 "A Long Way from Nowhere"
3 "Love: With Curiosity and Remorse"
4 "Memories of the Grand Tour"
5-6 "Mother Earth"
7 "The Next Generation"
8 "One Every Minute"
9 "The Red Motor Scooter of Spring"
10 "The Secret Difference"
11 "A Short History of a Working Girl"
12 "The Sleeping Gypsy"
13 "When I Woke up This Morning"
14 "The World as I See It"
Writings, miscellaneous early works and notes
box folder
52 1 Holograph notebook, stories and book ideas
2 Playlet, "Political Child's Play"
3 Poetry, holograph notebook, 1960s-70s
4 Stories, re-worked for publication, post-1955
5-6 Undergraduate creative writing, Telluride, California and Colgate, 1950-52, and Cornell, 1953
7 Workshop stories, graduate school, 1955-57
8 Writing notes and fragments, 1950s
9 Miscellaneous typescripts and fragments

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Series II. Correspondence, 1940s-1990s

box folder
53 1 1940s-50s,
general
2 1940s-50s,
RS to parents
3 1943-44
4 1945-50
5 1951
box folder
54 1 1952
2 1953
3 1954-55
4 1956
5 1957
6 1958-59
box folder
55 1 1960s-1970s
2 1960-62
3 1962-68,
publishers and agents re: writing
4 1963
5 1964
6 1965-66
7 1965-68,
re: Wallace Stevens
box folder
56 1 1967
2 1967,
Dial Press and Lynn Nesbit
3 1968
4 1969
5 1970s,
references
6-7 1970
1971
box folder
57 1 Jan.-Feb.
2 Mar.-Apr.
3 May-July
4 Aug.-Oct.
5 Nov.-Dec.
1972
6 ca. 1972
7 Jan.
8 Feb.
9 Mar.-May
box folder
58 1 June-July
2 Aug.-Sept.
3 Oct.
4 Nov.
5 Dec.
1973
6 ca. 1973
7 cards and letters to RS's parents
box folder
59 1 Jan.
2 Feb.
3 Mar.
4 Apr.
5 May
6 June
7 July
8 Aug.
box folder
60 1 Sept.
2 Oct.
3 Nov.
4 Dec.
1974
5 ca. 1974
6 Jan.
7 Feb.
8 Mar.
9 Apr.
10 May
box folder
61 1 June
2 July
3 Aug.
4 Sept.
5 Oct.
6 Nov.
7 Dec.
1975
8 ca. 1975
9 Jan.-Feb.
box folder
62 1 Mar.
2 Apr.
3 May-June
4 July
5 Aug.-Sept.
6 Oct.
7 Nov.
8 Dec.
1976
box folder
63 1 Jan.
2 Feb.-Mar.
3 Apr.-June
4 July-Sept.
5 Oct.-Dec.
1977
box folder
64 1 ca. 1977
2 Jan.-Feb.
3 Mar.
4 Apr.
5 May
6 June-July
7 Aug.-Dec.
1978
box folder
65 1 ca. 1978
2 Jan.-Feb.
3 Mar.-Apr.
4 May
5 June
6 July-Sept.
7 Oct.
8 Nov.-Dec.
1979
9 ca. 1979
10 Jan.
box folder
66 1 Feb.
2 Mar.-Apr.
3 May-June
4 July-Aug.
5 Sept.-Oct.
6 Nov.-Dec.
7-8 1979-90,
requests for writing
1980
box folder
67 1 ca. 1980
2 Jan.-Feb.
3 Mar.-Apr.
4 May-June
5 July-Aug.
6 Sept.-Dec.
1981
7 ca. 1981
8 Jan.-Feb.
9 Mar.
box folder
68 1 Apr.-June
2 July-Sept.
3 Oct.-Dec.
4 1981-83,
Re: DLB entry
1982
5 ca. 1982
6 Jan.-Feb.
7 Mar.-Apr.
8 May-June
box folder
69 1 July-Aug.
2 Sept.
3 Oct.-Nov.
4 Dec.
1983
5 ca. 1983
6 Jan.-April
7 May
box folder
70 1 June-July
2 Aug.-Sept.
3 Oct.-Dec.
1984
4 ca. 1984
5 Jan.-Feb.
6 Mar.
7 Apr.-May
8 June-July
box folder
71 1 Aug.-Oct.
2 Nov.
3 Dec.
1985
4 ca. 1985
5 Jan.-Feb.
6 Mar.-May
7 June-July
8 Aug.-Oct.
9 Nov.-Dec.
1986
box folder
72 1 ca. 1986
2 Jan.-Mar.
3 Apr.-June
4 July-Sept.
5 Oct.-Dec.
1987
6 ca. 1987
7 Beech Tree Books
8 Jan.-Mar.
9 Apr.-June
10 July-Sept.
11 Oct.-Dec.
1988
box folder
73 1 ca. 1988
2 Jan.-Feb.
3 Mar.-May
4 June-July
5 Aug.-Oct.
6 Nov.-Dec.
1989
7 ca. 1989
8 Jan.-Feb.
9 Mar.-Apr.
box folder
74 1 May-June
2 July-Aug.
3 Sept.-Oct.
4 Nov.-Dec.
1990
5 ca. 1990
6 Jan.-Feb.
7 Mar.
8 Apr.-June
box folder
75 1 July
2 Aug.-Sept.
3 Oct.
4 Nov.
5 Dec.
1991
6 ca. 1991
7 Jan.
box folder
76 1 Feb.
2 Mar.
3 Apr.-June
4 July
5 Aug.-Sept.
6 Oct.-Nov.
7 Dec.
1992
8 ca. 1992
9 Jan.-Mar.
box folder
77 1 Apr.-July
2 June-Aug.,
Curtis White and Don Laing
3 Aug.-Oct.
4 Nov.-Dec.
1993
5 ca. 1993
6 Jan.-Feb.
7 Mar.-Apr.
8 May-June
box folder
78 1 July-Sept.
2 Oct.-Dec.
1994
3 ca. 1994
4 Jan.-Mar.
5 Apr.-July 1995
6-7 1997,
Nilon Award

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Series III. Personal/Career-Related Material

Addresses
box folder
79 1 Address books
2 Addresses to sort
3 German and French addresses; Israel addresses from Mosaic Man
4 Holograph notebook with addresses and notes
Appointment calendars
5 1968-1969
box folder
80 1 1970-71, 1973-75, 1977
2 1981-82
3 1985-86
4 Correspondence, reviews, and misc. documents from scrapbook, college years through 1970
5 Commencement programs, elementary through college, diplomas and awards
6-7 Documents including birth and marriage certificates, report cards, draft card, transcripts, passports and vaccination records, astrological charts
Photographs
box folder
81 1 Grandparents and Aunt Ann, late 1800s
2 Extended family, late 1920s
3 "Dr. L. Sukenick Dentist," office signage, 1930s
4 RS's parents, various years
5-7 Childhood through high school, 1930s-1940s
[oversize photographs removed to Box 109]
8 College years, 1950s
9 1960s
10 Publicity for Wallace Stevens, 1966-67
11 1970s
box folder
82 1-2 1970s
[cont'd]
3 Autograph book, P.S. #121, 1944
4 Autograph book, P.S. #99, 1946
5 Holograph notebooks, class notes, high school?, ca. 1948
6 Midwood High School publications, 1949-51
box folder
83 1-4 Colgate Univ. class notes and written assignments, 1950-51
5 Colgate Univ., "The Colgate Maroon," 1951
6 Cornell Univ., "Cornell Daily Sun," 1952-53
box folder
84 1-4 College writing assignments and notes, 1950s
box folder
85 1 18th century novel
2-3 Notecards
4 Shakespeare portraits, holograph notes, research material
5 Colgate, Cornell, and Brandeis, clippings and memorabilia from scrapbook, 1950s-1960s
box folder
86 1 Biographical material, 1950s-1975
2 Teaching and publishing notes and correspondence, 1968-75
3-6 Interviews, 1970s-80s
CCLM files
7 1972-74
8 1975-76
box folder
87 1-3 1975-76
[cont'd]
4-6 1976-77
box folder
88 1 1977
2 1978-79
3 Fiction Collective, 1975
4 Orientation folder for Univ. of Colorado, Boulder and English Dept., 1975
5 English 368, exams and notes, 1975
6-7 Univ. of Colorado, Chancellor's Committee for the Humanities Seminars, 1975-76
8 Bibliographies, 1977-78
box folder
89 1 National Book Review, 1977
2 Master's Program, Poetics, Eng. 529 readings, ca. 1979
3 Poetics readings, nd
4-6 Grants, 1980s
box folder
90 1-4 Vitae, fellowships, exchanges, etc., 1980s
5 References written for colleagues, 1981-90
6-7 Eastern European trip, brochures and maps, 1982
box folder
91 1 1982
[trip cont'd]
2-4 Paperwork and correspondence
5-6 Works of others acquired during trip
box folder
92 1 Works, cont'd
2 "Lit & Pol Focus," 1982
3 Freedom to Write Committee, 1982-83
4 Faculty reports and appointment documents, 1983-90
5 ABR, reports on book reviewed, 1984
6 Prof. Lippard's FA463/563 course readings, 1986
box folder
93 1-2 Lippard course readings, cont'd, 1986
3 Research/travel, 1986-87
4 Contemporary Authors entry, 1988
5 20th Century American Lit, 1989
6 Duke Univ. conference, "Céline: His American Presence," conference materials 1992
7 Publications Center file re: FC2/Black Ice and ABR, 1997
box folder
94 1-5 Articles, etc. about RS
box folder
95 1 Articles about RS, cont'd
Posters, book and symposia announcements, dust jackets
[removed to oversize flat file]
Reviews
2 Blown Away
3-4 The Death of the Novel and Other Short Stories
5 Doggy Bag
6 Down and In
7 The Endless Short Story
8 In Form
box folder
96 1 Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues
2-3 98.6
4-6 Out
box folder
97 1-4 Up
5 Wallace Stevens
6 Reactions to and reviews of the Fiction Collective, 1974-75
Miscellaneous printed material
box folder
98 1-2 Articles about various persons and topics
3-4 Printed material, various subjects
box folder
99 1-2 Printed material, cont'd
3-4 Publisher's catalogs
5-6 Writer's info

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Series IV. Works of Others

box folder
100 1 Abish, Walter, Leslee Alexander, A. R. Ammons
2 Amerika, Mark
3 Banks, Russell
4 Berry, Ralph
5 Bianchini, Patricia
6-7 Bishop, Thom
8 Bickman, Martin, Brian Bradford
9 Chambers, George, Andrei Codrescu
10 Cruz, Ricardo Cortez
box folder
101 1 Dorn, Edward
2 Dorsey, Michael
3-5 Federman, Raymond
6 Filreis, Alan
7 Fogel, Daniel, Robert Fox
8-9 Franks, James A. and Robert L. Minnis (ed. by RS)
Frey, Julia, drawings of RS and cat, PK
[removed to oversize, Box 109]
box folder
102 1 Fuller, Matthew
2 Grossman, Richard
3 Gelfant, Blanche, Ihab Hassan, Ted Joans
4 Kaszubowski, Kevin
5 Katz, Steve
6-7 Klinkowitz, Jerome
8 Kupferberg, Tuli
box folder
103 1-2 Kutnik, Jerzy
3 Lewelling, James
4-5 Leyner, Mark
6 Luria-Sukenick, Lynn
Major, Clarence, sketch of RS
[removed to oversize, Box 109]
7 Manea, Norman
8 Martin, Richard
9 McCaffrey, Larry
10 Olsen, Lance, Danny O'Neill, Shane Oshetski
11 Peters, Robert, Andrew Riiska, Henry Roth, Norman Rush
box folder
104 1 Ramjerdi, Jan
2 Schaberg, Petger
3 Schneemann, Carolee, Gilbert Sorrentino
4-6 "Statements," short fiction anthology
box folder
105 1 Tabbi, Joseph, Tony Tanner
2-5 Washburn, Martin
6 Watson, Richard, Bryce Widom, Keith Wilson, Rob Wittig
7-8 Winn, David
box
106-109 Oversize

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