Literature

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Here are entered works dealing with literature in general, not limited to aesthetics, philosophy, history or any one aspect.

Found in 117 Collections and/or Records:

Eugene P. Nassar Correspondence Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0644
Scope and Content Note This small collection .21 linear feet is made up of photocopies of correspondence between Eugene Nassar and Cleanth Brooks, and between Nassar and John Crowe Ransom, for the years 1966-1993. The collection also contains an obituary of Cleanth Brooks and two articles by Eugene Nassar “Rhodes Institutes in America?” in the American Oxonian and “Symbols and Texts: A Personal Sketch of Literary Criticism Since the Fifties” in The Virginia...
Dates: 2007

George Marion O’Donnell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0316
Scope and Content Note The papers of George Marion O’Donnell date from approximately the 1870s to 1982. The bulk of the collection, however, dates from the 1940s and 1950s. It includes O’Donnell’s correspondence, journals, and daybooks, which reflect his interest in modern literature and the influence of several Vanderbilt and other Southern literary figures over his own work. His correspondence includes one letter each from Allen Tate, John Peale Bishop, and Harriet Owsley, and a brief scribbled note from John Crowe...
Dates: Inclusive: c.1870s - 1982; Bulk: 1940s-1950s

Literary Pamphlet Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0800

Jon Parrish Peede

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0329
Overview Contains correspondences written to and from Jon Parrish Peede, a former Vanderbilt student, and his former English professors.
Dates: multiple

Jon Parrish Peede Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0721

Elizabeth Hastings Peeler Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0330
Scope and Contents This collection contains a handwritten biographical sketch, a typed book review by Elizabeth Peeler, incoming/outgoing correspondence, magazine articles, and newspaper clippings. The vast majority of magazine articles and newspaper clippings relate to the career of Peter Taylor, a Southern writer. The .165 linear foot collection is housed in 25 acid-free file folders.
Dates: 1919 - 1994

The William Plumley/Robert Penn Warren Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0336
Scope and Content Note William Plumley presents this small archive of material on and from Robert Penn Warren as it reveals Warren’s working as a poet and writer. He corresponded with Warren in the years 1969 through 1984, and that correspondence is an important component of this collection.
Dates: multiple

William Plumley Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0335

The Noel Polk/Andrew Lytle Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0339
Scope and Contents Note In 1985, Special Collections at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library acquired a collection of working papers from Noel Polk on his bibliography of Andrew Nelson Lytle. The Noel Polk/Andrew Lytle Collection was a generous donation made by Mr. Polk himself. This collection contains the working papers of Noel Polk, a literary scholar whose areas of specializations include: American literature, Southern writers, and Bibliographies. The materials housed in this collection relate to...
Dates: Inclusive: 1925-1971; Bulk: 1968-1970

Katherine Anne Porter Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0786
Scope and Content Note This collection consists of nine typed letters (signed, several with hand-written insertions/corrections and postscripts), three autograph notes (signed), five dictated autograph letters (three signed with initials) from Katherine Anne Porter to a bookselling couple, Vearl and Linda Moody, between 1974 and 1978. In total, there are 17 letters and associated matter. The correspondence primarily focuses on business transactions and the exchange of autographed editions. Often, however,...
Dates: 1974-1978

The William Pratt Fugitive Poets Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0342
Scope and Content Note This small collection (2 ½ Hollinger Box --.33 cubic feet) includes letters to Pratt from seven of the original Fugitive poets and Andrew Lytle* dating from 1963 to as late as 1991. There are a total of 50 letters written by 11 different people. Also included are the photocopy of the entire collection, 40 original envelopes, the 1964 contract for publication, the cover of The Fugitive Poets with a painting by Paul Davis, and the manuscript introduction...
Dates: multiple

Rob Roy Purdy Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0348
Scope and Content Note: These papers are contained in 22 Hollinger boxes comprising 9.174 linear feet of manuscript material and are made up of these series:

Writings

Academic Career

1956 Fugitive Reunion

Administrative Career

Writings by Others

Publications
Dates: multiple

John B. Ransom, III Correspondence Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0358
Scope and Contents This small collection (.21 linear feet) is comprised of correspondence to John B. Ransom, III from the following: C.S. Lewis Mrs. Robert Lowell (Jean Stafford) Francis Robinson Wallace Stegner Allen Tate Nancy Tate Wood Robert Penn Warren There is other correspondence from...
Dates: multiple

John Crowe Ransom And Ann Mitchner Correspondence Collection

 Collection — Folder 1: [30081048299014]
Identifier: MSS.0388
Overview This collection contains four typed and signed letters from John Crowe Ransom to Ann Mitchner, a friend and novice writer. The collection was purchased in early 2006. The four letters are dated January 17, February 2, March 15, and March 26, 1950, and include handwritten corrections and some tape repairs. This small correspondence collection records Ransom’s editorial and critical advice over the period of three months to aspiring writer Ann Mitchner.
Dates: 1950 January-March

John Crowe Ransom and Joseph Edgar Simmons Correspondence Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0359
Overview The letters in this small collection were written between September 17, 1959 and June 30, 1966 from John Crowe Ransom to Joseph Edgar Simmons, an aspiring poet and teacher. The letters consist primarily of advice, information, and concern Ransom gives for Simmons’ personal and professional growth as a poet, writer, and teacher. Altogether there are 17 letters. These letters were purchased in the fall of 2001.
Dates: multiple

John Crowe Ransom Robert Graves Correspondence Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0604
Scope and Content Note This small collection (.21 linear feet) includes correspondence from John Crowe Ransom to Robert Graves during the years 1922 to 1926. Also included are poems, newspaper clippings, reviews of books about Ransom, and materials concerning Ransom’s 80th birthday celebration at Kenyon College.
Dates: 1922-1971

John Crowe Ransom: Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0773
Scope and Content Note This is a collection of 14 pieces of correspondence ranging from 1927 to 1957 that represents Ransom’s correspondence with various publishers and editors with whom he worked over the course of his career. Many of the letters are written while he was editor of The Kenyon Review, a journal which he co-founded, from 1939-1959. The 8 letters from 1950-1956 to World Publishing Company relate to the publication of a reader titled Kenyon...
Dates: 1927 - 1957

John Crowe Ransom Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0006
Overview The Papers of John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974), poet, educator, editor, critic, Vanderbilt alumnus (B.A. 1909) and former Vanderbilt faculty member (1914-1937).
Dates: 1908 - 1976

Laura Riding Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0365
Scope and Content Note The Laura Riding Collection, 1923-1933, includes correspondence, poetry, and lists ofpotential subscribers to The Fugitive magazine. The collection is very minimal, containing 7 letters, 6 poems, and several pages oflists and notecards. The focus of this collection is Laura Riding’s connection to The Fugitive Magazine.
Dates: 1923-1933

 

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