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American novelist and short story writer through personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, and printed materials.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.

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Collection Details

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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Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence Series, 1965-1998

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

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

2. Writings Series, 1975-1996 and undated

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

3. Printed Materials Series, 1971-1993 and undated

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

4. Writings By Others Series, 1972-1995 and undated

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

Balaban, Bob
Box 10
Last Good Time (screenplay), 1990
Box 10
Bausch, Robert
Dog-Star, 1975
Box 10
Stag Party, 1975-1976
Box 10
Suicide Note, 1977
Box 10
Berg, Elizabeth
The No More Baby Blues, undated
Box 10
Chibka, Robert
Inventory, 1975
Box 10
Everhard, Jim
Through the Eye of a Needle, 1972
Box 10
Ford, Richard
Jealous, undated
Box 10
The Womanizer, undated
Box 10
Garrett, George
The King of Babylon Shall Not Come Against You, undated
(2 folders)
Box 10
The Tyranny of Sloth, 1988
Box 10
Gurganus, Allan
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
O'Brien, Tim
Loon Point, undated
Box 10
Stafford, Jean, various short stories, undated
Box 10
Miscellaneous Poetry, undated
Box 10
Perspiration, undated
Box 10

Historical Note


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

Separated Material

Materials Cataloged Separately

The following twelve books by Bausch were removed from the collection (accession 1998-0555) and cataloged separately.

  1. The Fireman's Wife and Other Stories, New York: Simon and Schuster, c1990.
  2. Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea, New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, c1996.
  3. In the Night Season, New York: HarperFlamingo, c1998.
  4. The Last Good Time, New York: Vintage Books, 1994.
  5. Mr. Field's Daughter, New York: Linden Press, 1989.
  6. Rare & Endangered Species, Boston : Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1994.
  7. Real Presence, New York: Dial Press, c1980.
  8. Rebel Powers, Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1993.
  9. The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch, New York: Modern Library, 1996.
  10. Spirits and Other Stories, New York: Linden Press/Simon & Schuster, 1987. Signed and inscribed by the author.
  11. Take Me Back, New York: Dial Press, c1981.
  12. Violence, Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1992.

Related Material

Related Archival Materials note

  • Robert Bausch Papers, ca. 1968-1999

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