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Restrictions

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. William Goyen

Series II. Gibbons Correspondence re Goyen, 1981-2004

Series III. Thomas McGrath

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Reginald Gibbons:

A Preliminary Inventory of his Collection of William Goyen (1915-1983) and Thomas McGrath (1916-1990) in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Gibbons, Reginald, 1947-
Title: Reginald Gibbons Collection of William Goyen and Thomas McGrath
Dates: 1945-2004
Abstract: This collection reflects Gibbons' advocacy for the publication of the works of William Goyen and Thomas McGrath, especially during his years as editor of Northwestern University's TriQuarterly literary magazine and TriQuarterly Books. The collection primarily consists of typescripts of works, interviews, reviews, and correspondence.
Extent: 12 boxes (5.04 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

Poet, writer, literary critic, and academic, Reginald Gibbons enjoyed a long-standing personal and professional relationship with William Goyen and Thomas McGrath. This collection reflects Gibbons' advocacy for the publication of both writers' works, especially during his years as editor of Northwestern University's TriQuarterly literary magazine and TriQuarterly Books. The material, primarily typescripts of works, interviews, reviews, and correspondence, is organized in three Series: I. William Goyen; II. Gibbons Correspondence re Goyen, 1981-2004; and III. Thomas McGrath.

The William Goyen Series is subdivided into three Subseries: A. Works; B. Goyen Correspondence, 1945-1983; and C. About Goyen.

The Works in Subseries A. contain short stories and novels already present in the Ransom Center's Goyen Papers. Titles include Arcadio (1983), Had I a Hundred Mouths: New and Selected Stories, 1947-1983 (1985), Half a Look of Cain: A Fantastical Narrative (1994), House of Breath (1999), New Work and Work in Progress (1983) preface by Joyce Carol Oates, Precious Door (1982), and Wonderful Plant (1980). Also present are individual short stories and Study Master notes by Goyen for works by Willa Cather and Ralph Ellison.

Subseries B. Goyen Correspondence, 1945-1983, includes original and photocopied letters to and from writers Eve Caram and Katherine Anne Porter, theater director-producer Margo Jones, editor and publisher Carol Southern, and Reginald Gibbons.

Material about Goyen in Subseries C. includes articles, obits, reviews, biographical entries, a 1982 interview for Masques, inventories of Goyen's literary papers, and a 1992 issue of Mid-American Review on Goyen.

The Gibbons correspondence regarding Goyen in Series II. has much to do with his active role as Goyen's literary executor and the publication of Goyen's works. Correspondents include Eve Caram; Clark Davis; Gary Haber; Robert Phillips; Patrice Repusseau, Goyen's wife, actress Doris Roberts; Stephen Spender; Eudora Welty; and others.

The Thomas McGrath papers in Series III. are arranged in two Subseries: A. "Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem," in TriQuarterly 70, 1987, and B. Correspondence re TriQuarterly issue and McGrath-Related Material.

Subseries A. contains drafts, corrections, and proofs of an interview conducted between January 30 and February 1, 1987 by Gibbons and Terrence Des Pres. The interview titled "Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem" was subsequently published as a special issue of TriQuarterly and in an expanded version by the University of Illinois Press in 1992.

Much of Subseries B. regarding the TriQuarterly interview includes Gibbons' correspondence with Philip Levine, Frederick Stern, British historian E. P. Thompson, and Josh Weiner. Of special interest are numerous letters from McGrath to Gibbons from 1987-1988. Also present is a typescript of an oral interview of Alice McGrath conducted by Michael Balter in 1987.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research, except for restricted correspondence and versions of "Leander"

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Separated Material

An audio cassette commemorating a celebration of Tom McGrath on March 15, 1991, in Chicago was transferred to the Ransom Center's Sound Recordings Collection.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift, 2005 (G12425)

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 2006

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Container List

 

Series I. William Goyen

Subseries A. Works
Box Folder
1 1 "Another Man's Son," short story, corrected typescripts
Arcadio (1983), novel
Corrected typescripts
2 October 9, 1979
3 September 8, 1981
4 Uncorrected proof with marginal notes by Gibbons
5 Drafts of Gibbons's review for The New York Times, November 6, 1983
6 Reviews and publicity
7 The Faces of Blood Kindred: A Novella and Ten Stories (French translation, 1996), reviews
8 "The Fallen Aerialist: Marvello's Story," published version in The Southern Review, Spring 1991
Had I a Hundred Mouths: New and Selected Stories, 1947-1983 (1985)
9 Edited typescript and print versions of title story
10 Edited draft of collected stories
Box Folder
2 1 Edited draft, cont'd
2 Preface by Joyce Carol Oates, typescripts and correspondence
3 Proof, corrected pages
4 Reviews and correspondence
Half a Look of Cain: A Fantastical Narrative (1994), novel
5 Typescript, incomplete photocopy
6 "Related papers," typescripts, 1993
7 Edited typescript, selected galley pages, and afterword, Spring 1994
Box Folder
3 1 Excerpt in Gulf Coast, Summer 1994
House of Breath (1999), novel
2 Afterword drafts by Gibbons
3 Book proposal by Gibbons and Hahn; reviews
4 "Jesus in My Body, Jesus in My Flesh," uncorrected carbon typescript
New Work and Work in Progress (1983), short works and interview
5-7 Interview, typescripts and fragments
8 TriQuarterly 56, Winter 1983 issue
9-10 TriQuarterly and Palaemon Press, camera-ready copy and photocopy of published version, with correspondence
Box Folder
4 Precious Door (1982), short stories
1 Partial uncorrected typescript
2-3 Final versions, November 1980 and 1982
4 Typescript copy from Goyen, inscribed to Gibbons, April 29, 1981
5 "Recovering," typescript, and print version in TriQuarterly 58, Fall 1983
6 Short stories, various typescripts and print versions, photocopies
7-8 Study Master notes (text by Goyen) for Willa Cather's My Antonia and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
9 Wonderful Plant (1980), novel, photocopy of Palaemon Press edition
Subseries B. Goyen Correspondence, 1945-1983
Box Folder
5 1 Caram, Eve, copies of Goyen's letters, with Robert Phillips' correspondence, 1980-1982
2 Gibbons, Reginald, 1979-1983
3 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 1974-1983, and related material
4-5 Jones, Margo, photocopies, 1945-1955
6 Porter, Katherine Anne, photocopies, 1947-1951
7 Rice University, 1969-1979
8 Southern, Carol, photocopies, 1982-1983
Subseries C. About Goyen
Box Folder
5 9 Articles, obits, reviews, etc.
10 Dictionary of Literary Biography, re Goyen entry
11 The Handbook of Texas, 1984-1985, with typescripts of Goyen article
12 Interview for Masques, Summer 1982, full and edited typescripts
Inventories
13 1983, Gibbons
14 1984, Nancy Escher
Box Folder
6 1 Mid-American Review, vol. 13, no. 1, 1992, issue on Goyen

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Series II. Gibbons Correspondence re Goyen, 1981-2004

Box Folder
6 2 re Goyen's script "Aimee," 1990
3 Caram, Eve, 1984-1987
4 Davis, Clark, and others re Goyen book projects, 1993-2004
5 Haber, Gary, 1984-1985
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
6 1983-1988, Decherd Turner
7-8 1990-1999
9 Hoffman, Mary-Pat, 1987-1995
10 Horvath, Brooke, and others re A Goyen Companion (1997)
11 ICM (Jed Mattes, Roberta Pryor), 1981-1988
Box Folder
7 1 Mid-American Review, 1990-1993
2 Miller, Steve (Red Ozier Press), 1983-1985
3-4 Permissions, 1989-1994
5 Phillips, Robert, 1983-2004
6-7 Repusseau, Patrice, 1982-2004
8 Rice University, Fondren Library, 1984-1985
Box Folder
8 1 Roberts, Doris, 1984-1996
2 Serpent's Tail Press, 1987
3 Spender, Stephen, 1993, with typescript introduction to Selected Letters from a Writer's Life
4-5 The Texas Humanist, 1983-1986
6 University of Chicago Press, 1985
7-8 University of Texas Press, 1984-1994
9 Vaughn, Sam (Doubleday), 1984-1985
10 Welty, Eudora, 1984
11-12 Various correspondents, 1982-1999

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Series III. Thomas McGrath

Subseries A. "Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem," in TriQuarterly 70, 1987
Box Folder
9 Typescripts, corrections, and proofs
1-2 Unedited top copy
3-4 Full interview with corrections and marks for first cuts
5 First revision
6-7 Second revision
8 Edited version sent to McGrath, January 1987
Box Folder
10 1 Des Pres corrections
2 McGrath corrections
3-4 Page proofs
Subseries B. Correspondence re TriQuarterly issue and McGrath-Related Material
Box Folder
10 5 ACM interview, "Thomas McGrath: A Conversation"
6-8 Gibbons, Reginald, especially letters from McGrath, 1987-1988
Box Folder
11 1 Gibbons, Reginald, cont'd
2 Levine, Philip
3 McGrath, Alice. "The Education of Alice McGrath," oral history interview by Michael Balter, 1987
4 Stern, Frederick C.
5 Thompson, E. P.
Box Folder
12 University of Illinois, re "Life and the Poem"
1-2 General
3 Permissions
4 Royalties
5 TriQuarterly issue annotated for publication (1992)
6 Weiner, Josh

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