Preliminary Guide to the Richard Bausch Papers, 1965-1998 and undated
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American novelist and short story writer through personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, and printed materials.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.
- Collection Number
- Richard Bausch papers
- 1965-1998 and undated
- Bausch, Richard, 1945-
- 13.5 Linear Feet, 1600 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Professional and personal correspondence and printouts of e-mail, arranged in chronological incoming and outgoing sequences.
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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.
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.
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.
Typescripts and printed material by various authors, most of it inscribed to Bausch by the authors. Arranged alphabetically by author.
Born, Fort Benning, Georgia
B.A., George Mason University
M.F.A., University of Iowa
Professor of English and creative writing, George Mason University
Take Me Back
National Endowment for the Arts grant
The Last Good Time
Spirits and Other Stories
Mr. Field's Daughter
The Fireman's Wife and Other Stories
Rare and Endangered Species: A Novella and Stories
Aren't You Happy for Me? and Other Stories
The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch
Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea: A Novel
In the Night Season
Someone to Watch Over Me: Stories
Hello to the Cannibals
The following twelve books by Bausch were removed from the collection (accession 1998-0555) and cataloged separately.
- The Fireman's Wife and Other Stories, New York: Simon and Schuster, c1990.
- Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea, New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, c1996.
- In the Night Season, New York: HarperFlamingo, c1998.
- The Last Good Time, New York: Vintage Books, 1994.
- Mr. Field's Daughter, New York: Linden Press, 1989.
- Rare & Endangered Species, Boston : Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1994.
- Real Presence, New York: Dial Press, c1980.
- Rebel Powers, Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1993.
- The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch, New York: Modern Library, 1996.
- Spirits and Other Stories, New York: Linden Press/Simon & Schuster, 1987. Signed and inscribed by the author.
- Take Me Back, New York: Dial Press, c1981.
- Violence, Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1992.
- Robert Bausch Papers, ca. 1968-1999
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- Busch, Frederick, 1941-
- Baxter, Charles, 1947-
- Bausch, Richard, 1945-
- Bausch, Richard, 1945-
- Balaban, Bob
- Bausch, Robert
- Chappell, Fred, 1936-
- Ford, Richard, 1944-
- Garrett, George, 1929-2008
- Iowa Writers' Workshop
- Lish, Gordon
- Maxwell, William, 1908-
- Williams, C. K., (Charles Kenneth), 1936-
- Wasserman, Harriet
The Richard Bausch Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1998.
Processed by Michael Shumate
Completed October 1, 1999
Encoded by Lisa Stark and Michael Shumate
This collection is unprocessed: materials have not been ordered and described beyond their original condition.