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Guide to the Ovid Williams Pierce Papers, 1931-1968 and undated

Abstract

Writer from Weldon, North Carolina.

Correspondence, drafts and proofs, typescripts, notebooks, clippings, speeches, and photographs concerning the life and works of North Carolina novelist Ovid Williams Pierce. Papers chiefly relate to the development and publication of the following novels: "Judge Buell's Legacy," "On A Lonesome Porch," "The Devil's Half," "The Plantation," and "The Wedding Guest." The correspondence is restricted, and chiefly consists of letters between Pierce and his friends and literary colleagues. The clippings mainly refer to the publication of Pierce's works. Also included is a volume entitled "Cultural Change in Eastern North Carolina as Reflected in Some of the Novels of Inglis Fletcher and Ovid Pierce."

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Pierce, Ovid Williams
Title
Ovid Williams Pierce papers 1931-1968 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
10 Linear Feet, 553 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Correspondence, drafts and proofs, typescripts, notebooks, clippings, speeches, and photographs concerning the life and works of North Carolina novelist Ovid Williams Pierce. Papers chiefly relate to the development and publication of the following novels: "Judge Buell's Legacy," "On A Lonesome Porch," "The Devil's Half," "The Plantation," and "The Wedding Guest." The correspondence is restricted, and chiefly consists of letters between Pierce and his friends and literary colleagues. The clippings mainly refer to the publication of Pierce's works. Also included is a volume entitled "Cultural Change in Eastern North Carolina as Reflected in Some of the Novels of Inglis Fletcher and Ovid Pierce."

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Contents of the Collection

Writings Series

(14 boxes)
First draft, chapters 1-14
Box 1
First draft, chapters 15-27
Box 2
First typewritten copy, final galley proof
Box 3
Third draft, publisher's copy
Box 4
Miscellany, reprint
Box 5
Manuscripts
Box 5-9
Notebook
Box 8
Notes
Box 10
Rough draft, prologue and first 18 chapters
Box 10
Rough draft, chapters 19-46
Box 11
Fragment of drafts
Box 12
Finished draft
Box 12
Editor's copy
Box 13
Xerox copy, chapters 1-31
Box 13
Clippings (may also contain publicity for other works)
Box 14
Printed Material
Box 17
Foundry and galley proofs
Box 18
1931-1952
Box 15
1953-1968
Box 16

Unprocessed material. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this material.

Narrative outline for book three
Oversize Folder OF1

Historical Note

Ovid Williams Pierce was born in Weldon, N.C. in 1910. He received a B.A. from Duke University and a M.A. in English from Harvard. In World War II he served in Army Counterintelligence in the Caribbean. After the war he taught English at Southern Methodist University in Texas and at Tulane University in Louisiana. In 1956 he joined the faculty of East Carolina College. Pierce was the author of five novels: The Plantation (1953), On A Lonesome Porch (1960), The Devil's Half (1968), The Wedding Guest (1974), and Judge Buell's Legacy (1985). He was also the author of many short stories, articles, and reviews that appeared in a variety of publications. He received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for The Plantation and On A Lonesome Porch, the North Carolina Literature Award in 1969, the Oliver Max Gardner Award in 1973, and the Brown-Hudson Award in 1982. He passed away in 1987.

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Related Material

A substantial collection of Ovid Williams Pierce's papers is held by the Joyner Library at East Carolina University, where Pierce taught. See the online finding aid for more details.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ovid Williams Pierce Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Ovid Williams Pierce Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library from 1955-1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2008

All accessions are described in this finding aid.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.