William Gass Papers ca. 1948-1981.
full text File Size: 365 K bytes | Add this to my bookbag

      Title
box-folder   45-54/319-390  
IX. Non-fiction. [series]: (186 items.)   
Scope: Consists of reviews, college essays and miscelleneous manuscript materials.


box-folder   45-53/319-379  
IX. 1. Essays and Reviews. [subseries]: (148 items.)   
Scope: Consists of auto, ts and ts(x) drafts of essays and reviews, dating between1955-1977, published in various periodicals.


 
The Anatomy of Mind [essay]. [1975]. (Ts, Ts(x). 51p.)   
Scope: includes 159pp of partial drafts and notes. Published in 3 parts in The New York Review of Books(1975:Apr 17, May 1 and May 15) and collected in The World Within the Word.


 
The Artist and Society [essay]. [1968]. (Ts, Ts(x). light revision. 3 drafts, 31p.)   
Scope: includes 41pp of partial drafts and notes. Published in The New Republic, (1968: July 27) and collected inFiction and the Figures of Life.


 
The Bingo Game at the Foot of the Cross [review]. [1962]. (Ts. heavy revision. 2 drafts, 14p.)   
Scope: Review of Morte D'Urbainby J.F. Powers. Includes 35pp of partial drafts and auto notes. Published in The Nation(1962: Sep 29) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
Carrots, Noses, Snow, Rose, Roses [essay]. [1976]. (Ts. moderate revision. 2 drafts, 65p.)   
Scope: The Levy Lecture at Princeton University, Spring 1976. Approximately half of the essay published in The Journal of Philosophy, (1976: Nov 4). Entire essay collected in The World within the Word. Includes partial drafts, auto notes and 1 set of galley proofs.


 
Carrots, Noses, Snow, Rose, Roses [essay]. [1976]. (Ts. light revision. 2 drafts, 42p.)   
Scope: draft fragments and version of essay published in Journal of Philosophy(1976:Nov 4).


 
The Case of the Obliging Stranger [essay]. [1957]. (Ts, Ts (cb). light revision. 2 drafts, 28p.)   
Scope: includes offprint from The Philosophical Review, Vol 66, no. 2 (1957), where the essay appeared originally.


 
[Child guidance clinic] [essay]. [n.d.]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 13pp of draft fragments.


 
The Concept of Character in Fiction [essay]. [n.d.]. (Ts (x). 24p.)   
Scope: includes 94pp of partial drafts and notes. Published in New American Review #7 and collected inFiction and the Figures of Life.


 
Descartes and the Dream Demon [review]. [1968]. (Ts, Auto.)   
Scope: Consists of 30pp of fragments and notes. Review of Vladimir Nabokov's King, Oueen, Knave, published as "Mirror, Mirror" in New York Review of Books, Vol 10, no. 11 (1968) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
The Doomed in their Sinking [review]. [1972]. (Ts. 6p.)   
Scope: review of The Savage Godby A. Alvarez and Suicideby Jacques Choron, published in New York Review of Books, 1972:May 18. Includes 37pp of partial drafts and 1 set of galley proofs. Collected in The World Within the Word.


 
Emerson and the Essay [review]. [n.d.]. (Ts. 20p.)   
Scope: Review of Representative Man, Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Time by Joel Porte and by David Porter, andEmerson and Literary Change published in The Yale Review (Spring, 1982). Includes partial drafts.


 
Even if By All the Oxen in the World (a polemic) [essay]. [1968]. (Ts. light revision. 2 drafts, 18p.)   
Scope: includes 51pp of partial drafts and auto notes. Published in Frontiers of American Culture, Purdue University Studies and collected in Fiction and The Figures of Life.


 
The Fifth Queen [essay]. [n.d.]. (Ts. 35p.)   
Scope: includes large number of partial drafts. Published as "The Neglect of the Fifth Queen" published in The Presence of Ford Madox Ford, edited by Sondra Stang (1968).


 
From Some Ashes, No Bird Rises [review]. [1968]. (Ts, Auto.)   
Scope: Review of Phoenix, the Posthumous Papers of D.H. Lawrence, published in New York Review of Books Vol 11, no. 2 (1968) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life. Consists of partial drafts and notes.


 
Groping for Trout [essay]. [1973]. (Ts. 18p.)   
Scope: Includes 69pp of partial drafts and auto notes. Published as "Metaphor and Measurement" in Salmagundi, No. 24 (Fall, 1973) and collected in The World Within the Word.


 
The High Brutality of Good Intentions [essay]. [1958]. (Ts, Ts (x). heavy revision. 2 drafts, 19p.)   
Scope: Includes 29pp of partial drafts and notes. Published in Accent 18, no. 1 (1958) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
Howl House [review]. [1968]. (Ts, Auto.)   
Scope: Review of Temptation to Existby E.M. Cioran, published as "The Evil Demiurge" in New York Review of Books, Vol 11, no. 3 (1968) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life. Consists of partial drafts and notes.


 
[ Imagining Borges and His Books ] [review]. [n.d.]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Review of The Book of Imaginary Books by Jorge Luis Borges with Margarita Guerrero, Conversation with Jorge Luis Borges by Richard Burgin and The Narrow Act: Borges' Art of Allusion by Ronald Christ. Consists of partial drafts and fragments, news release and clipping.


 
In Terms of the Toenail: Fiction and the Figures of Life [essay]. [1970]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Includes 1 partial draft and 27pp of partial drafts and fragments. Published in New American Review #10 (1970) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
[ In the Cage ] [essay]. [n.d.]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 37pp of draft fragments and partial drafts. Collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
Introduction to the Geographical History of America by Gertrude Stein [essay]. [1973]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of partial drafts and fragments and 1 set of galley proofs. Published as "Introduction" to The Geographical History of America by Gertrude Stein (Viking Edition, 1973).


 
Letter to a Lout [essay]. [n.d.]. (Ts. moderate revision. 2 drafts, 9p.)   
Scope: Includes 21pp of partial drafts and fragments.


 
[ A letter to the editor ] [essay]. 1965. (Ts, Ts (x). 13p.)   
Scope: letter from Gass to David Segal, Harper & Row, 1965: June 26, concerning Omensetter's Luck; enc.: Ts(x) letter to David Segal from Cynthia Ozick.


 
Listening can explain. [n.d.]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 74pp of partial drafts, fragments and notes. Published as "Gertrude Stein: Her Escape from Protective Language" in Accent18, no. 4 (1958) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
Monumentality [essay]. [n.d.]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Includes partial drafts, fragments and a Ts(x) draft of lecture by Gass, 1979:Dec. Published as "Monumentality/Mentality" in Oppositions: A Journal for Ideas and Criticism in Architecture, No. 25 (Fall, 1982).


 
[ Mr. Blotner, Mr. Feaster and Mister Faulkner ] [review]. [1974]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Review of Faulkner: A Biography by Joseph Blotner, published as "Facts on Faulkner" in New York Review of Books, (1974:June 27) and collected in The World Within the Word Consists of 225pp of partial drafts, fragments and auto notes and 1 set of galley proofs from NYRB.


 
Novel and Narration [essay]. [1966]. (Ts. 10p.)   
Scope: Includes 50pp of partial drafts and auto notes and 1 set of galley proofs. Published as "A True Lie-Minded Man" in The Nation (1966:Oct 31) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life as "The Medium of Fiction."


 
The Ontology of the Sentence [essay]. [1977]. (Ts, Ts(x). 41p.)   
Scope: Lecture given at Cornell University in honor of Professor Max Black. Includes partial drafts, fragments and auto notes. Published in The Cornell Review, No. 2 (Fall, 1977) and collected in The World Within the Word.


 
Paul Valery [review]. [1972]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Review of The Collected Works of Paul Valery published as "Paul Valery: Crisis and Resolution" and "Paul Valery: The Later Poems and Prose" in New York Review of Books (1972:Aug 20) and (1972:Aug 27) and collected in The World Within the Word. Consists of 115pp of partial drafts, fragments and auto notes.


 
Philosophy and the Form of Fiction [essay]. [1969]. (Ts, Ts(x). heavy revision. 6 drafts, 149p.)   
Scope: Includes 127pp of partial drafts, fragments and auto notes. Published in The Philosopher Critic(1969) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
[ Pricksongs and Descants ] [review]. [n.d.]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Review of Descants by Robert Coover published in New York Times Book Review , Vol 119, no. 40811 (1969) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life. Consists of 9pp of fragments.


 
[ Proust at 100 ] [essay]. [1971]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 38pp of partial drafts and fragments. Published in New York Review of Books (1971:July 11).


 
Representation and the War for Reality [essay]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Partial drafts, fragments and auto notes.


 
[Review of A Philosophy of the Real and the Possible by Harry Todd] [review]. [1955]. (Ts, Ts(cb). moderate revision. 2 drafts, 4p.)   
Scope: Includes 1 partial draft. Published in The Philosophical Review , Vol. 64, no. 3 (1955).


 
[Review of Couples by John Updike] [review]. [1968]. (Ts. moderate revision. 2 drafts, 7p.)   
Scope: Published as "Cock-a-doodle-doo" in New York Review of Books, Vol 10, no. 7 (1968) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
[Review of Dialogue with Eric Erickson by Richard Evans [review]. [1967]. (Ts, Ts(cb), Auto. 6p.)   
Scope: Includes partial drafts and auto notes. Published as "Putting the Pieces Together" in Book Week (1967:May 21).


 
[Review of Ford Madox Ford: from Apprentice to Craftsman by Carol Ohmann and Critical writings of Ford Madox Ford edited by Frank MacShane] [review]. [1965]. (Ts, Ts(cb). heavy revision. 2 drafts, 5p.)   
Scope: Includes partial drafts and auto notes. Published in South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol 64, no. 3 (1965).


 
[Review of Genius and Lust: a Journey Through the Major Writings of Henry Miller by Norman Mailer]. [1973]. (Ts. 13p.)   
Scope: Includes 30pp of partial drafts. Published in New York Times Book Review (1976:Oct 24) and collected as "Food and Beast Language" in The World Within the Word.


 
[Review of Genoa by Paul Metcalf] [review]. [1966]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 10pp of partial drafts and 3pp of auto notes. Published in New York Times Book Review(1966:June 19).


 
[Review of Harold Monroe and the Poetry Bookshop by Joy Grant [review]. [1967]. (Ts. 3p.)   
Scope: Published in The South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol 67, no. 1 (1968).


 
[Review of Juliette by the Marquis de Sade] [review]. [1968]. (Ts, Auto.)   
Scope: Consists of 10pp of partial drafts and auto notes. Published as "Written with a Hose" in New York Times Book Review (1968:Sep 22).


 
[Review of Killing Time by Thomas Berger] [review]. [1967]. (Ts. 4p.)   
Scope: Includes 10pp of draft fragments. Published as "Fumbling Sleight of Hand" in New York Times Book Review (1967:Sep 17).


 
[Review of Letters from Ludwid Wittgenstein with a memoir by Paul Engelmann] [review]. [1968]. (Ts. 5p.)   
Scope: Published as "Wittgenstein--A Man and a Half" in The New Republic (1968:June 22) and collected as "The Memory of a Master" in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
[Review of Malcom Lowry , a biography by Douglas Day] [review]. [1973]. (Ts. 27p.)   
Scope: Includes 108pp of partial drafts and 1 set of galley proofs. Published as "Malcolm Lowry's Inferno: I" and "Malcolm Lowry's Inferno: II" in New York Review of Books (1973:Nov 29 and Dec 13) and collected as "Malcolm Lowry" in The World Within the Word.


 
[ Review of Our Knowledge of Fact and Value by Everett Hall [review]. [1963]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 7pp of partial drafts and auto notes. Published in The Philosophical Review , Vol 72, no. 4 (1963).


 
[Review of Poetic discourse by Isabell Hungerland] [review]. [1958]. (Ts (cb).)   
Scope: Includes 25pp of partial drafts. Published in The Journal of English and Germanic Philology , Vol. 65, no. 2 (1956).


 
[Review of Sartre on Theatre by Jean-Paul Sartre, compiled and edited by Michel Contat and Michel Rybalka] [review]. [1976]. (TL(x). 36p.)   
Scope: Includes 77pp of partial drafts and 1 set of galley proofs. Published as "Theatrical Sartre" in New York Review of Books (1976:Oct 14) and collected in The World Within the Word.


 
[Review of So Much Nearer by J.A. Richards] [review]. [1965]. (Ts, Auto.)   
Scope: Consists of 10pp of partial drafts and auto notes. Published as "The Snares of Meaning" in The New Republic (1968:May 11).


 
[Review of The Absurd Hero in American Fiction by David Galloway] [review]. [1967]. (Ts(cb), Ts. 3p.)   
Scope: Includes partial drafts and auto notes. Published in The South Atlantic Quarterly , Vol 66, no. 4 (1967).


 
[Review of The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1914-1944 [review]. [n.d.]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 6pp of partial drafts. Published in Book Week and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
[Review of The Burning Fountain by Philip Wheelwright [review]. [1955]. (Ts(cb). 6p.)   
Scope: Published in The Philosophical Review , Vol 65, no. 2 (1956).


 
[Review of The Ethical Idealism Of Matthew Arnold by Wm. Robbins] [review]. [1959]. (Ts(cb). 6p.)   
Scope: Published in The Philosophical Review , Vol. 70, no. 3 (1961).


 
[Review of The Great American Novels by Philip Roth] [review]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 27pp of partial drafts, auto notes and 1 set of galley proofs. Published as "The Sporting News" in New York Times Book Review (1973:May 31).


 
[Review of Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts by Donald Barthelme] [review]. [1968]. (Ts. 4p.)   
Scope: Includes 10pp of draft fragments. Published as "The Leading Edge of the Trash Phenomenon" in New York Review of Books , Vol. 10, no. 8 (1968) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
[Review of What is remembered by Alice B. Toklas] [review]. [1963]. (Ts. 2p.)   
Scope: Includes 6pp of partial drafts. Published in The South Atlantic Quarterly , Vol. 62, no. 4 (1963).


 
[Review of William James: a Biography by Gay Wilson Allen [review]. [1967]. (Ts. 8p.)   
Scope: Includes 21pp of partial drafts and 7pp of auto notes. Published as "A Spirit in Search of Itself" in Book Week (1967) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
[Review of Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy] [review]. [1973]. (Ts, Auto.)   
Scope: Consists of 23pp of draft fragments and auto notes. Published in New York Times Book Review (1973:June 24) and collected in The World Within the World.


 
The shut-in [essay]. [1968]. (Ts, Auto.)   
Scope: Consists of 22pp of partial drafts and 8pp of auto notes. Collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
The Stylization of Desire [essay]. [n.d.]. (Ts, Ts(cb). heavy revision. 4 drafts, 35p.)   
Scope: Includes partial drafts and fragments. Published in New York Review of Books (1969) and collected in Fiction and the Figures of Life.


 
Temple of Texts [Exhibit text] [1991] (Ts(x), Ts.)   
Scope: Consists of 16pp. of heavily revised text--w/revisions in three hands: Gass, Lorin Cuoco, and Holly Hall; 35pp. of lightly corrected drafts. Produced for exhibit: "A Temple of Texts"--WU Special Collections, Jan-May 1991. Published catalog, 1991.


 
Three Photos of Colette [review]. [1977]. (Ts.)   
Scope: Review of The Complete Claudineby Colette, published in New York Review of Books (1977:Apr 14). Consists of 122pp of fragments and partial drafts and 1 set of galley proofs.


 
Upright Among Staring Fish [memoir]. [1972]. (Ts.)   
Scope: A memoir of Nabokov occasioned by the publication of Transparent Things , published in Saturday Review of the Arts (1973:Jan 6) and collected in The World Within the Word. Consists of 16pp of partial drafts and fragments.


box-folder   53/380-388  
IX. 2a. Interviews (first listed chron.). [subseries]: (19 items.)   
Scope: Consists of interviews with William Gass, 1969-1980


 
Date (Format. Pages.)   
Scope: Title. William Gass [interview]. Enc.: XX.


 
1969 (Ts, Ts (cb). 16 pp.)   
Scope: Interview with William Heath of Kenyon College. William Gass [interview]. Enc.: letter to Gass from William Heath..


 
1974 (Ts. 30 p.)   
Scope: Breadloaf Interview. William Gass [interview]. Enc.: letter to Gass from Bob Buckeye of Middlebury College.


 
1975 (Ts (x). 34 p.)   
Scope: Pole Vaulting in Top Hats: a Public Conversation with John Barth, William Gass, and Ishmael Reed [public discussion at the University of North Dakota Writer's Conference]. Enc.: letter to Gass from James McKenzie, University of North Dakota and clippings.


 
1975 (Ts. (x). 30p.)   
Scope: Public Discussion: Gass, Barthelme, Percy, and Paley [public discussion]. Enc.: letter to Gass from James Boatwritght, Shenandoah.


 
1976 (Ts, Ts (x). moderate revision. 3 drafts, 74 p.)   
Scope: [Interview with Tom LeClair] [interview]


 
1977 (Ts. 12 p.)   
Scope: [Interview with Jared Lubarsky]. [interview]. Enc.: letter to Gass from Jared Lubarsky, Japan Foundation.


 
1977 (Ts. (x). 9p.)   
Scope: [Interview with Jay White]. [interview]. Enc.: letter to Gass from Jay White.


 
1979 (Ts. (x). 40 p.)   
Scope: [Interview].


 
1980 (Ts (x). 14 p.)   
Scope: [Interview with Jan Garden Castro]. [interview]. Enc.: letter to Gass from Jan Garden Castro.


box-folder   54/389  
IX. 3. College Essays. [subseries]: (9 items.)   
Scope: Consists of essays written by Gass while in college.


box-folder   54/390  
IX. 4. Miscellaneous Manuscripts. 10 items. Consists of partial drafts and fragments of reviews and prose, notes, outlines, and 2 poems. [subseries]: