Maggie Paley papers
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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Overview and metadata sections
Maggie Paley is the author of Bad Manners, (1986) a novel; In One Door (1985), a play; Elephant, (1990), a chapbook of sestinas; and The Book of the Penis (2000), a book of popular nonfiction. Born in New York, NY in 1938, Paley graduated from Brandeis University in 1960. After working as an editor at The Paris Review, Paley became a staff writer for LIFE and The Saturday Evening Post before striking out on her own as a freelance journalist. Since the 1960s, she has been a social fixture in New York artistic circles, and a close acquaintance of such figures as Jill Krementz, Harry Matthews, and Rachael Hadas.
Maggie Paley was a well-connected participant in a wide variety of NYC cultural life during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and this collection provides a fascinating cross-section of that era. It includes correspondence between Paley and noted New York artists and intellectuals, some of which included manuscripts and personal ephemera; personal records related to Paley's education and private life; notebooks related to Paley's major works, magazine writing, and psychoanalytic investigations; manuscript drafts and research material for Paley's major publications and magazine work, including her novel Bad Manners (1986) and her book of popular non-fiction The Book of the Penis (2000); as well as book reviews, plays, screenplays and poems; correspondence, financial, and editorial material related to her work as an editor and staff writer at The Paris Review, LIFE, The Saturday Evening Post, and as a freelance journalist; cultural material from New York City which Paley collected; audio recordings of interviews she conducted for her magazine articles and The Book of the Penis; and work by others which Paley collected. Additional information is available at the series level.
Sold by Granary Books, 2013.
- Women editors
- American literature -- Periodicals
- American literature -- 20th century
- Women authors
- Authors, American -- 20th century
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Sam Allingham
- Finding Aid Date
- 2018 November 14
- Access Restrictions
The bulk of this collection is open for research use. However, correspondence and photographs related to Harry Matthews located in box 17 are restricted from use until July 1, 2033. In addition, the original audio recordings in box 14 do not have digital copies; if access is requested, they will be sent to an outside vendor for copying. Patrons are financially responsible for the cost. The turnaround time from request to delivery of digital items is about two weeks for up to five items and three to seven weeks for more than five items. Please contact Reprographic Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) for cost estimates and ordering. Once digital items are received, researchers will have access to the files on a dedicated computer in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Researchers should be aware of specifics of copyright law and act accordingly.
- Use Restrictions
Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.