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Raised in Nebraska, Wright Morris was a successful novelist and photographer. Two of his novels won the National Book Award: The Field of Vision (1956) and Plains Song: For Female Voices (1980). He also published several books that juxtaposed photographs with fictional text, which he dubbed "photo-text." Morris died in 1998.Morris, Wright, 1910-1998
Raised in Nebraska, Wright Morris was a successful novelist and photographer. Two of his novels won the National Book Award: The Field of Vision (1956) and Plains Song: For Female Voices (1980). He also published several books that juxtaposed photographs with fictional text, which he dubbed "photo-text." Morris died in 1998.
The collection contains nineteen photographs and over 140 letters, cards, and telegrams by Morris, as well as the original typed manuscript of My Uncle Dudley, with holograph corrections and pencilled printer's marks. The letters, all addressed to Robert J. Horton, are friendly and personal, often revealing the author's sharp humor. Most of the photographs (of sites in Nebraska, Virginia, and elsewhere) have been inscribed and signed by Morris; four are large, mounted on board. Also included in the collection are two watercolors (one, titled "Alley Crossing," is signed), a folder of letters by Mary Ellen Morris, the author's wife, to the Hortons, and a folder of newspaper clippings pertaining to the literary career of Morris.
Publication: My Uncle Dudley (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, ) by Morris.
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Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '14 in 2013.
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