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Virginia Spencer Carr papers


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

Virginia Spencer Carr is the John B. and Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters, Department of English, Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of The lonely hunter : a biography of Carson McCullers (Doubleday, 1975; Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1985) and

Dos Passos, a life (Doubleday, 1984), and Paul Bowles : a life (Scribner, 2004).

The Virginia Spencer Carr Papers comprises three groups of materials:

I. Papers related to Tennessee Williams, ca. 1911-1996

II. Papers related to Paul Bowles, ca. 1911-2004

III. Personal papers, ca. 1945-2002

The bulk of the material is research, correspondence, manuscripts, and publisher's proofs toward her biography of Paul Bowles.

Boxes 1-40: Shelved in Library Annex

Gift and Purchase, Virgina Spencer Carr, 2005, 2007, 2008.

Finding aid encoded by Lauren Connolly, September 2015, and Tiffany Saulter, November 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2015 December 3
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Research files including correspondence, notes, photographs, clippings, reviews, bibliography, life chronology, and other research material

Research files, with photographs of Williams.
Box 1
Research files.
Box 2
Research files.
Box 3
Research files, with folder with items signed by Tennessee Williams.
Box 4
Research files, includes correspondence with James Laughlin.
Box 5
Research files, includes interview material and material related to Carson McCullers.
Box 6
Research files, including chronology for 1979-1990.
Box 7
Research files, including chronology for 1911-1977.
Box 8

Scope and Contents

Research files including correspondence, chronologies, plus numerous typescript drafts and publishers’ proofs of Carr’s biography,

Paul Bowles: a Life
Correspondence and research material from libraries and institutions.
Box 9
Correspondence and research material from libraries and institutions (cont’d).
Box 10
Paul Bowles chronology, 1911-1947.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

plus draft of completed chronology

Paul Bowles chronology, 1948-1970.
Box 11
Paul Bowles chronology, 1996.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Some correspondence with Bowles and interview notes

Small trunk of Paul Bowles’s letters to Carr.
Box 13
Correspondence with editors at Scribners and early typescript drafts.
Box 14
Manuscript notes and typescript drafts.
Box 15
Typescript drafts – “miscellaneous versions, out of order”.
Box 16
Typescript drafts, including draft read by Allen Hibbard.
Box 17
Typescript drafts, including drafts read by Robert McBath.
Box 18
Typescript drafts, including draft read by Polly Marks Smith.
Box 19
Typescript drafts, including draft read by Phillip Ramey.
Box 20
Typescript drafts, including draft edited by Robert Burns.
Box 21
Typescript drafts – “Misc, no order”.
Box 22
Typescript drafts, miscellaneous.
Box 23
Typescript drafts, miscellaneous.
Box 24
Typescript drafts, including early draft titled “Mektoub: a Biography of Paul Bowles”.
Box 25
Typescript drafts, including drafts edited by “Alexis or Ilene”.
Box 26
Typescript drafts, including editing by others.
Box 27
Typescript drafts, including “4th version Dec. 19, 2003 read by Alexis Gargagliano” and miscellaneous notes.
Box 28
Typescript drafts, including “Complete 7 longest Mss”.
Box 29
Typescript drafts, including “draft read to Bowles Dec/Jan 1998-99 Tangier” and draft edited by Bowles.
Box 30
Typescript drafts, including drafts edited by Scribner editors and read by legals.
Box 31
Scope and Contents

Publishers’ proofs and copy of advance uncorrected proofs

Poems by Paul Bowles (final draft and misc.) (Air to the Sea).
Box 32
Subject files A-F.
Box 33
Subject files F-P.
Box 34
Subject files R-Z.
Box 35
VSC Correspondence and subject material re PB.
Box 36
Research, research assistants and works by Bowles.
Box 37
Research, some related to Bowles’s music.
Box 38
Research (Bowles’s early life), Bowles’s correspondence, health, will, estate, obituaries.
Box 39
Series III.. Personal papers.
Box 40
Scope and Contents

Includes family correspondence, magazine and clippings, teaching files, and material related to Yaddo. Also includes an oversize 1969 issue of

Palm Beach Daily News.

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