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Preliminary Guide to the James Applewhite Papers, 1963-2010

Abstract

James Applewhite is a poet and professor emeritus of English at Duke University.

The collection is comprised of manuscripts, drafts, and proofs of poems, as well as notes, correspondence, clippings, and printed materials (including serials and anthologies). The collection documents Applewhite's work as a poet and professor of English at Duke University, including his research about Wordsworth. Manuscripts in the collection include Lessons in Soaring: Poems, A History of the River: Poems, and River Writing: An Eno Journal.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Applewhite, James.
Title
James Applewhite papers 1963-2010
Language of Material
English
Extent
13 Linear Feet, 9825 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

The collection is comprised of manuscripts, drafts, and proofs of poems, as well as notes, correspondence, clippings, and printed materials (including serials and anthologies). The collection documents Applewhite's work as a poet and professor of English at Duke University, including his research about Wordsworth. Manuscripts in the collection include Lessons in Soaring: Poems, A History of the River: Poems, and River Writing: An Eno Journal.

There is no boxlist for this accession. Access is RESTRICTED: Written permission is required to view correspondence and business records.

Accession (1993-0285)
Box 1-5

Includes correspondence files, writings (both published materials and drafts), photographs, biographical/bibliographical lists and files, and other miscellaneous materials.

Contains correspondence with literary figures and publishers. Frequent correspondents include Dave Smith, Donald Hall, Dabney Stuart, Fred Chappell, Robert Bly, James Dickey, Michael McFee, Gibbons Ruark, and others. Also includes 1 folder of Pulitzer Prize jury correspondence. This material has been loosely arranged into folders by year, but has not been sorted by date within each folder.

This material may be RESTRICTED. Contact Research Services with questions.

Correspondence, dates unknown
Box 6
Loose poetry sent and received, dates unknown
Box 6
Correspondence, 1960s
Box 6
Correspondence, 1970-1976 (7 folders)
Box 6
Correspondence, 1977-1984 (10 folders)
Box 7
Correspondence, 1985-2005 (9 folders)
Box 8
Pulitzer Prize jury correspondence, 1977-1979
Box 8

Applewhite's publications in poetry journals and other anthologies.

"The Door, The Wind," and "Station and Flame," The Above Ground Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, November 1968
Box 9
"An Episode of War" and "Versions of Sunlight," Granite, No. 1, Spring 1971
Box 9
"A Long Poem" and "Selections from Notebooks," Crazy Horse 12, 1972
Box 9
"At Raleigh Memorial Gardens (Post Christian Era)," The Back Door, No. 7/8, 1975
Box 9
"Visit with Artina," Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 1975
Box 9
"Desire," The Agni Review 4, 1975
Box 9
"The Rescue," Sandlapper, Vol. 9, No. 2, February 1976
Box 9
"Elegy for a General Store" and "Woman in the Wind Knows," Vanderbilt Poetry Review, No. 3/4, 1977
Box 9
"Following Gravity," The Cold Mountain Review, Vol. 5, Fall 1977
Box 9
"Seven Poems," The South Carolina Review, Vol. 10, April 1978
Box 9
"A Broken Lake" broadside, 1983
Box 9
"The Body Garden," Mudfish, 1984
Box 9
"Accident of Inheritance," The Ohio Review, No. 45, 1990
Box 9
"Botanical Garden: The Coastal Plains" and "The Mortal Father," The Southern Review, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1997
Box 9
"On Winslow Homer's 'Weaning the Calf,'" Southern Cultures, Vol. 3, No. 2, Summer 1997
Box 9
"Poet to Poet: The Perspective of Poetic Voice," The Writer, December 1997
Box 9
"Hank Williams Dream," "Birdfoot," and "Rain from a Hurricane," The Southern Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, Spring 2002
Box 9
"River-Ruin," "The Vanished Farmhouse," "Christmas by the River," "Fall Will," "Looking Up from the Woodland Clearing," and "Ceremony at Heroes' Square," North Carolina Literary Review, No. 13, 2003
Box 9
"Blossoming Poplars," North Carolina Literary Review, No. 19, 2010
Box 9
"My Grandfather's Funeral," in Leland H. Roloff's The Perception and Evolution of Literature, 1973
Box 10
"Poems," North Carolina Literary Review, No. 6, 1997
Box 10
"Birthday Poem," Cold Mountain Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, Fall 2007
Box 10

Mostly consists of loose poetry and other manuscripts. Includes manuscript drafts for "Following Gravity," "Iron Age Flying," "A Journal of Sunlight," "Steps to the Stream," "Driving through the Country America that is Vanishing," "Landmind," "Gift of Inheritance and Other Poems," as well as some drafts of essays and articles. Other materials include Applewhite's notebooks and notepads, many with poetry or drafts, as well as some with notes, schedules, to-do lists, and other miscellaneous writings.

Reviews (photocopied compilations) of Applewhite's works, 1975-1987
Box 10
Articles and essays, 1985-1986 and undated
Box 10
Photocopies, undated
Box 10
Loose poems, undated (3 folders)
Box 10
Statues of the Grass manuscript
Box 10
Following Gravity, undated (3 folders)
Box 11
Iron Age Flying, undated (5 folders)
Box 11
Untitled book draft, undated
Box 11
A Journal of Sunlight, undated
Box 11
Steps to the Stream, undated
Box 11
Steps to the Stream (2 folders)
Box 12
Driving through the Country America that is Vanishing, 1973 and undated (3 folders)
Box 12
Landmind, undated (2 folders)
Box 12
Gift of Inheritance and Other Poems, undated
Box 12
The Magic Life essay
Box 12
Loose poems, undated (6 folders)
Box 12
Unpublished novel: Alive in Time, undated (3 folders)
Box 13
Driving through the Country America that is Vanishing, undated (2 folders)
Box 13
Legal notepads with drafts and ideas (10 folders)
Box 13
A History of the River, 1988
Box 14
Notepads with drafts and ideas, 1988-1991 and undated (3 folders)
Box 14

Includes Applewhite's research files and some research papers, his applications for various fellowships, and recommendations he wrote for his students. Also includes biographical and bibliographical details, photographs, newspaper clippings, and magazine addresses.

This material may be RESTRICTED. Contact Research Services with questions.

Research papers, 1963-1964
Box 14
Notes for thesis/dissertation (15 folders)
Box 14
Applications for fellowships
Box 15
Recommendations by Applewhite (2 folders)
Box 15
Bibliographical/biographical materials, 1970s-1980s (3 folders)
Box 15
Magazine addresses, 1960s-1970s
Box 15
Photographs, 1960s-1970s
Box 15
Newspaper clippings, 1969-1971
Box 15

Includes writings (both published materials and drafts), professional materials (including photographs, information about events, & awards and honors), correspondence -primarily with publishers and journal editors, extensive notes, and other miscellaneous materials.

This series contains drafts and notes related to Applewhite's writings. There are a number of legal and notepads containing drafts of both poems and prose works, as well as letters. The materials include voluminous notes and drafts for Applewhite's Cosmos and Creation. The series has been organized into two subseries: one for prose and one for poetry.

Loose Poems, undated (12 folders)
Box 16
Creation: The Inhabited Cosmos (5 folders)
Box 16
Cosmos, or States of transition (2 folders)
Box 16
Cosmos, or States of transition (2 folders)
Box 17
The War with My Father
Box 17
A Diary of Time
Box 17
Quartet for Three Voices
Box 17
Session in the Sand Hills
Box 17
Poems on England
Box 17
Compass for the Flood
Box 17
The Life of Mary
Box 17
The Earth Outside My Office Window
Box 17
A Diary of Slanted Light
Box 17
A Diary of Altered Light
Box 17
A Shadowed Coutenance
Box 17
Garden Poems, The Country Song, & The Space of Earth
Box 17
New Poems, Fall 2004 & 2005
Box 17
Legalpads with Drafts, Notes, & Ideas (7 folders)
Box 17
Recent Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1955
Box 17
Earliest Complete Version of "Gift of Inheritance"
Box 17
Older Manuscripts in Progress
Box 17
On Southern Writing and the Problem of the Father
Box 17
Recalling a Trip with V.S. Naipoul, The Places and Words of a Poem & Poetry and Memory
Box 17
A Consciousness of Time
Box 17
Lifew of Emily Dickinson, The Last Modernist Poet, & On Books and Houses
Box 17
Loose Notes & Drafts
Box 17
Music of the Falling, a Novel (3 folders)
Box 17
"American-Type" Painting and Poetry in the 1950's
Box 18
The Style of Art
Box 18
Legalpads with Notes, Ideas, and Drafts (10 folders)
Box 3
Emotion and the Language of Poetry
Box 18
Echo, Memory, and Poetic Authority
Box 18
Consruction a Surface: Stylistic Authority in Eliot
Box 18
Wallace Stevens and His Recent Critics & Editors
Box 18
Art's Way of Beholding
Box 18
Signifier/Signified & the Writer's Relation to Place
Box 18
The Poet at Home in the South
Box 18
Postmodernist Allegory & the Denial of Nature
Box 18
Epilogue: What is the Good of Writers?
Box 18
A Southern Modernism & Its Underground Vision
Box 18
A Problem of Consciousness
Box 18
The Gothic Horror/Apocalypse
Box 18
The Phases of Composition
Box 18
The Near Landscape & the Far: Nature and Human Signification
Box 18
Poetry, Values, & Value
Box 18
Duke and the Idea of Greatness
Box 18
Reviews of Others by Applewhite
Box 18
Criticism, Poetry, & Biology/Seeing Like a Poet
Box 18
Poetry & Physicality
Box 18
A Boundary-Crossing Lyric, Cultural Identity/Spiritual Identity, and The Rope-Like Stream of Time
Box 18
Poems in Place and Time
Box 18
The Southern Sense of Time
Box 18

This series includes various handwritten and typed notes by Applewhite. The notes pertain to Applewhite's academic career, teaching, writing and planning, and drafts of correspondence. There are also several lists of addresses and contacts. Many of the notes are in legalpads, spiral notebooks, and small bound notebooks.

Loose Notes (2 folders)
Box 19
Legalpads (9 folders)
Box 19
Small Notepads(2 folders)
Box 19

This series contains Applewhite's own published works, including manuscripts, reviews, and advice from other authors.

Reviews of Applewhite's Work
Box 19
Draft & Response for "American-Type" Painting & Poetry in the 1950's
Box 19
Steps from the Stream
Box 19
A Long Poem: Published in Crazy Horse (1992), Three Poems: Published in Carolina Quarterly (1966)
Box 19
A Consciousness of Time: Preface
Box 19
Miscellaneous
Box 19
Notes
Box 19

The correspondence series includes Applewhite's letters to publishers, acceptance and rejection letters, submission lists, and miscellaneous correspondence with colleagues and friends from approximately 1980-2008. Publication related to specific works is labeled as such, with the rest of the series organized by year.

Correspondence and business records are restricted for the life of the donor. Contact Research Services for details.

Publication Correspondence Re: The Human Style
Box 19
Publication Correspondence Re: River Writing
Box 19
Publication Correspondence Re: Coordinate/Cosmologies & Poetry
Box 19
Publication Correspondence Re: A History of the River
Box 19
Publicaiton Correspondence Re: Daytime & Starlight
Box 19
Publication Correspondence Re: Lessons in Soaring
Box 19
Publication Correspondence Re: Quartet for Three Voices
Box 19
Komunyakaa Visit, March 2001
Box 19
Rejection Letters
Box 19
Acceptance Letters & Submission Lists
Box 19
Royalty Statements
Box 20
Publicity Statements
Box 20
Undated
Box 20
1970s
Box 20
1980s
Box 20
1990s
Box 20
2006
Box 20
2007
Box 20
2008
Box 20
2009
Box 20
2010
Box 20
2011
Box 20

The professional series contains materials related to Applewhite's academic and literary career. These materials include interviews, photos, biographies of Applewhite (by himself and by others), grant applications and notes, information on events attended, and awards and honors.

Interview with Betty Adcock
Box 20
Duke Blackburn Literary Festival
Box 20
NEH Application, 1974
Box 20
Courses
Box 20
Essays and Biographies on Applewhite
Box 20
Awards and Honors
Box 20
Events
Box 20
Photos
Box 20

Historical Note

James W. Applewhite is a poet and professor emeritus of English at Duke University. He has published several books, including Statues of the Grass (1975), Following Gravity (1980), Foreseeing the Journey (1983), Seas and Inland Journeys: Landscape and Consciousness from Wordsworth to Roethke (1985), River Writing: An Eno Journal (1988), Lessons in Soaring (1989), Daytime and Starlight (1997), Selected Poems (2005), and A Diary of Altered Light (2006).

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1958B.A., Duke University
1960M.A., Duke University
1960-1963Instructor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1967-1971Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1969Ph.D., Duke University
1970National Endowment for the Arts Award
1972Assistant Professor, Duke University
1974-1975National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1975Associate Professor, Duke University
1976-1977Guggenheim Fellowship
1979Associated Writing Programs Contemporary Poetry Prize
1982-1985Director of the Institute of the Arts, Duke University
1986North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship
1988Professor, Duke University
1992American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters' Jean Stein Award in Poetry
1995North Carolina Award in Literature
1995Election to the Fellowship of Southern Writers
2008Induction into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame
2009Emeritus Professor, Duke University

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Applewhite Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Provenance

The James Applewhite Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1993 and 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, September 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, September 2010

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Accessions included in this collection: 1993-0285 and 2010-0155

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.