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Preliminary Guide to the Richard Bausch Papers, 1965-1998 and undated

Collection Overview

The Richard Bausch Papers, 1965-1998, document the career of the American novelist and short story writer through personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, and printed materials. The Correspondence Series begins in the 1960s with mainly personal letters, but by the 1970s begins to document Bausch's emergent writing career, including mention of his work on early short stories and his acceptance to the Iowa Writers' Workshop. From that point on several prominent American writers and literary figures appear, including frequent correspondence at various times with Charles Baxter, Frederick Busch, Richard Ford, George Garrett, Gordon Lish, William Maxwell, and C.K. Williams; Bausch's agent, Harriet Wasserman; and his twin brother, novelist Robert Bausch. Prominent though less frequent correspondents include Fred Chappell, Alan Gurganus, Barry Hannah, and Jean Thompson. The Writings Series documents the development of Bausch's novels and story collections and consists mainly of typescripts and various stages of proofs. Although most are fair copies or only moderately hand-corrected, the sheer number of versions documents the process of creation. Of special note in this regard are the novels Rebel Powers and Violence. Two smaller series, Printed Materials and Writings by Others, make up the remainder of the collection. Highlights of the latter series include a copy of Bob Balaban's screenplay for the Bausch novel, The Last Good Time, and typescripts of several early stories by Gurganus dating from the 1970s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Richard Bausch papers 1965-1998 and undated
Creator
Bausch, Richard, 1945-
Extent
13.5 Linear Feet, 1600 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

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Collection is restricted.

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Contents of the Collection

Professional and personal correspondence and printouts of e-mail, arranged in chronological incoming and outgoing sequences.

This series is restricted. Richard Bausch's written consent is required prior to access. Contact Research Services.

Incoming Correspondence, 1965-1998
(13 folders)
Box 1
Outgoing Correspondence, 1989-1998
(5 folders)
Box 2

Arranged alphabetically by book title. Folders for single stories are filed after the book titles in a separate alphabetical sequence. Writings in other genres, including poetry, and miscellaneous fragments of fiction manuscripts appear at the end of the series. A number of the typescripts were printed out from diskettes included in the collection; these are marked with a "Disk" number in the upper left hand corner of the first page.

A Domestic Education, (unpublished novel), 1977
Box 2
A Former Catholic, (Master's Thesis, University of Iowa) 1975
(2 folders)
Box 2
Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea, 1996 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 2
In the Night Season, 1997 and undated
(Folder 1 of 6)
Box 2
In the Night Season, 1997 and undated
(Folders 2-6 of 6)
Box 3
The Last Good Time, 1984 and undated
(7 folders)
Box 3
The Last Good Time,(play), undated
Box 3
Mattie, (unpublished novel), undated
Box 3
Mr. Field's Daughter, 1986-1989 and undated
(6 folders)
Box 4
Plains, 1991-1992. See also Rebel Powers.
(Folders 1-12 of 15)
Box 4
Plains, 1991-1992
(Folders 13-15 of 15)
Box 5
Rare & Endangered Species, 1992-1994
(11 folders)
Box 5
Real Presence, 1978-1979
(3 folders)
Box 5
Rebel Powers, 1989-1992 and undated See also Plains.
(Folder 1 of 12)
Box 5
Rebel Powers, 1989-1992 and undated
(Folders 2-12 of 12)
Box 6
The Singers, (unpublished, unfinished novel), undated
(2 folders)
Box 6
Spirits and Other Stories 1986 and undated
(Folders 1-3 of 4)
Box 6
Spirits and Other Stories, 1986 and undated
(Folder 4 of 4)
Box 7
Spirits, (unpublished novel), 1981-1983 and undated
(5 folders)
Box 7
The Summer Before the Wars, undated
(2 folders)
Box 7
Take Me Back, undated
(2 folders)
Box 7
Violence, 1986-1992
(8 folders)
Box 7
Winter Houses, (unpublished novel), undated
Box 7
Short stories, 1970-1993 and undated
(62 folders)
Box 8
Poetry, 1967-1997 and undated, bulk 1969-1979
(2 folders)
Box 8
Fiction, Fragments, and Notes, 1975-1993, bulk undated
(13 folders)
Box 9
Miscellaneous Writings, 1973-1987, bulk undated

Seventeen computer diskettes containing a variety of writings, mainly fiction, were removed and their contents migrated to the Special Collections server. Prior to removal, their files were printed out and foldered by title; see the series note for the Writings Series for further details. A disk directories log also exists for the digital files; contact Research Services staff.

Box 9
Miscellaneous Files, 1975-1995 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 9

Printed materials by and about Bausch. Includes some early stories in journals, clippings, reviews, publicity material, and miscellaneous other printed items. Arrangement parallels the general structure of the Writings Series: fiction first, followed by writings in other genres and ending with miscellaneous materials about Bausch and other topics.

Writings, 1971-1991
(2 folders)
Box 9
Clippings and Reviews by Bausch, 1988-1989, 1992, 1995
Box 10
Clippings and Reviews about Bausch, 1984-1993
(3 folders)
Box 10
Miscellaneous Printed Materials, 1979-1993 and undated
Box 10

Typescripts and printed material by various authors, most of it inscribed to Bausch by the authors. Arranged alphabetically by author.

Last Good Time (screenplay), 1990
Box 10
Dog-Star, 1975
Box 10
Stag Party, 1975-1976
Box 10
Suicide Note, 1977
Box 10
The No More Baby Blues, undated
Box 10
Inventory, 1975
Box 10
Through the Eye of a Needle, 1972
Box 10
Jealous, undated
Box 10
The Womanizer, undated
Box 10
The King of Babylon Shall Not Come Against You, undated
(2 folders)
Box 10
The Tyranny of Sloth, 1988
Box 10
The Expense of Spirit, 1974
Box 10
First Stories (master’s thesis), 1975
Box 10
Minor Complications, 1975
Box 10
McCann, Richard, poetry, undated
Box 10
Loon Point, undated
Box 10
Stafford, Jean, various short stories, undated
Box 10
Miscellaneous Poetry, undated
Box 10
Perspiration, undated
Box 10

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1945Born, Fort Benning, Georgia
1974B.A., George Mason University
1975M.F.A., University of Iowa
1980Real Presence
1980-Professor of English and creative writing, George Mason University
1981Take Me Back
1982National Endowment for the Arts grant
1984The Last Good Time
Guggenheim Fellowship
1987Spirits and Other Stories
1989Mr. Field's Daughter
1990The Fireman's Wife and Other Stories
1992Violence
1993Rebel Powers
1994Rare and Endangered Species: A Novella and Stories
1995Aren't You Happy for Me? and Other Stories
1996Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea: A Novel
The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch
1998In the Night Season
1999Someone to Watch Over Me: Stories
2002Hello to the Cannibals

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Robert Bausch Papers, ca. 1968-1999

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard Bausch Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Richard Bausch Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Michael Shumate

Completed October 1, 1999

Encoded by Lisa Stark and Michael Shumate

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

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