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Preliminary Guide to the Dabney Stuart-Fred Chappell Correspondence, 1984-2009

Abstract

Fred Chappell is an author and a poet, and is a retired English professor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dabney Stuart is also an author and poet, and is a retired English professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Accession (2009-0211) (150 items; 0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1984-2009) consists of Fred Chappell's letters to Dabney Stuart, covering a wide range of topics from personal stories and updates on families to his musings on literature and poetry in general. Chappell frequently offers feedback on Stuart's latest writings, as well as seeks input from Stuart on his own work. Occassional drafts are included for Stuart to read.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Chappell, Fred, 1936-
Title
Dabney Stuart-Fred Chappell Correspondence 1984-2009
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.6 Linear Feet, 150 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Accession (2009-0211) consists of Fred Chappell's letters to Dabney Stuart between 1984 and 2009. Most are handwritten by Chappell, and discuss both men's latest writings and activities, including family trips and academic conferences. Chappell frequently offers opinions on books that he has reviewed, as well as musings on literature in general. He often mentions Shenandoah, Stuart's literary journal from Washington and Lee University, and discusses his latest contributions. Chappell also provides feedback on Stuart's poetry, including works such as Light Years, "Gospel Singer," Narcissus Dreaming, Don't Look Back, Long Gone, Sweet Lucy Wine, and Plain Talk.

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Contents of the Collection

May 1984-July 1985
Box 1
September 1985-April 1986
Box 1
April 1986-December 1986
Box 1
July 1987-June 1988
Box 1
June 1988-September 1989
Box 1
October 1989-May 1990
Box 1
June 1990-December 1990
Box 1
January 1991-August 1991
Box 1
September 1991-June 1993
Box 1
July 1993-October 1993
Box 1
November 1993-February 1994
Box 1
January 1994-July 1994
Box 1
July 1994-December 1995
Box 1
January 1996-October 1999
Box 1
July 2000-August 2009
Box 1

Historical Note

Fred Chappell is a poet and an author who has won numerous awards for his writings, including the Rockefeller Foundation Grant; the Nation Institute and American Academy award in literature; the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Cup; the North Carolina Award in Literature; the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA) Book Award for fiction; and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry. He spent most of his career as an English professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and also served as Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002.

Dabney Stuart is Chappell's close friend and is also an author and a poet. He is a retired English professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. In addition to writing his own books and poems, Stuart served as editor of Shenandoah literary journal from 1988-1995.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Fred Chappell Papers (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dabney Stuart-Fred Chappell Correspondence, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Dabney Stuart-Fred Chappell Correspondence were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, October 2009

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, October 2009

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

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.