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Preliminary Guide to the Patricia Rowe Willrich Papers, 1949-1996

Collection Overview

The Patricia Rowe Willrich Papers, 1948-1996, are comprised of published and unpublished autobiographical writings; essays and lectures on contemporary American authors; correspondence with contemporary American authors; and miscellaneous other papers related to 20th century American literature. The writers featured in the correspondence include Maxine Hong Kingston, Larry McMurtry, John McPhee, Reynolds Price, Wallace Stegner, Peter Taylor, and Anne Tyler. The most extensive correspondence is with Anne Tyler and is arranged in the Anne Tyler Papers Series.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Patricia Rowe Willrich papers 1949-1996
Creator
Willrich, Patrica Rowe
Extent
2.25 Linear Feet, 750 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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Contents of the Collection

Typscripts of college essays, short stories, autobiographical sketches, and essays on contemporary American authors.

Early Writings, ca. 1948-1949

Includes correspondence with Seventeen magazine concerning stories submitted for publication.

(2 folders)
Box 1
College Writings,1960
Box 1
Creative Writing, 1979-1991, undated

Autobiographical writings and short stories, chiefly written for creative writing classes.

(9 folders)
Box 1
Poetry, 1984-1985
Box 1

Essays and lectures written by Willrich for presentations on contemporary American authors at bookstores, libraries, clubs, senior centers, etc. Arranged alphabetically by author or subject.

Anne Beattie, undated
Box 1
Saul Bellow - first draft, undated
Box 1
Truman Capote, 1983-1993, undated
(4 folders)
Box 1
Raymond Carver, 1990
Box 1
John Cheever, undated
Box 1
Anne Dillard, undated
Box 1
E.L. Doctorow, undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Louise Erdrich, 1991
Box 1
Richard Ford, undated
Box 1
Ellen Gilchrist, undated
Box 1
Gail Godwin, undated
Box 1
Kazuo Ishiguro, undated
Box 1
William Kennedy
Box 1
Maxine Hong Kingston, 1990
Box 1
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Box 1
Bobbi Anne Mason
Box 1
Cormac McCarthy, undated
Box 1
Larry McMurtry, 1987, 1990
(2 folders)
Box 1
Toni Morrison, 1993
Box 1
Joyce Carol Oates, undated
Box 1
Reynolds Price, undated
Box 1
Southern Literature, 1992
Box 1
San Francisco Literary History
Box 1
Stanford Writing Program, undated
Box 1
Wallace Stegner, 1991
Box 1
Gertrude Stein, undated
Box 1
William Styron, undated
Box 1
Peter Taylor, undated
Box 1
Anne Tyler, undated
Box 1
John Updike, undated
Box 1
Alice Walker, undated
Box 1
Eudora Welty, undated
Box 1
"Patricia Rowe Willrich: Literary Works, Vol. I-III"

Duplicates of some of Willrich's writings and correspondence. Volume I: Essays on American Fiction Writers; Vol. II: Correspondence with American Authors; Volume III: Autobiographical and Creative Writings, Professional Notes.

Box 1

Willrich's correspondence with American authors. Some correspondence files include transcripts of interviews, notes, clippings, and other related materials. Files are arranged alphabetically by author. For Anne Tyler's correspondence see the Anne Tyler Papers Series.

Roger Angell
Box 2
Anne Beattie
Box 2
Peter Benchley
Box 2
Carolyn Cassady
Box 2
Alan Cheuse
Box 2
Robert Croft
Box 2
Gail Goodwin
Box 2
Elizabeth Hardwick
Box 2
William Kennedy
Box 2
Maxine Hong Kingston
Box 2
John L'Heureux
Box 2
Ann McLaughlin
Box 2
Larry McMurtry
Box 2
John McPhee
Box 2
Joyce Carol Oates
Box 2
Reynolds Price

Includes cassette tape and transcript of a1990interview with Reynolds Price.

Box 2
Nesta Ramazani
Box 2
Wallace Stegner

Includes photographs of Stegner and correspondence with others concerning Stegner's death.

Box 2
Elizabeth Tallent
Box 2
Peter Taylor
Box 2
Alice Walker
Box 2
Eudora Welty
Box 2
Alan Williams

Williams is an editor at Viking Press. Includes correspondence with and concerning Arturo Islas.

Box 2

Chiefly correspondence between Willrich and Anne Tyler, 1983-1996.Includes some writings about Tyler's work and notes and recollections of meetings with Tyler. Topics of letters include family issues, travel, and writing. In several letters Tyler responds in depth to Willrich's questions about her life and work.

Correspondence, 1983-1996
(13 folders)
Box 3
Notes, 1986-1996

Notes written by Willrich after meeting Anne Tyler for lunch on several occasions between 1986-1993;notes from letters and articles about Tyler.

(10 folders)
Box 3
Clippings
Box 3
Kepler's Bookstore Bookgroup, Fall1994
Box 3
Suggested Summer Reading Lists
Box 3
Promotional Materials
Box 3
Course Fliers
Box 3
Pen/Faulkner Materials,1989
Box 3
Book Proposal
Box 3

Historical Note

Particia Rowe Willrich was a free-lance writer, speaker, and teacher who made presentations about selected contemporary American authors at bookstores, libraries, clubs, senior centers, etc.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Patricia Rowe Willrich Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library recieved the collection as a gift from Mason Willrich in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler

Completed October 28, 1998

Encoded by Don Sechler

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

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