Guide to the William Demby Papers, 1986-2008
The William Demby Papers contain four versions of his unpublished work of fiction, "King Comus." It also contains a lengthy interview transcript, personal documents, biographical writings, a small amount of correspondence, and various other documents.
- Collection Number
- William Demby papers
- Demby, William
- 1 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English and Italian.
Most notable in the William Demby Papers are his unfinished novel, "King Comus," and a lengthy interview transcript from 2008. The collection also contains miscellaneous correspondence, personal documents, and research.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], William Demby Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Interview took place from July 12-14, 2008 in Sag Harbor, NY. Unedited transcript.
Includes "Celebration of the Life of William Demby."
By Gregory Lewis, nephew of William Demby. Details his fight for equality in the work force.
William Demby (1922-2013) was the author of "Beetlecreek," "The Catacombs," and "Love Story Black." Demby's education was interrupted by World War II, when he served in Italy. He resumed his studies and then returned to Italy to marry Lucia Drudi. He married civil rights attorney Barbara Ann Morris after the death of his first wife and split his time between Florence, Italy and Sag Harbor, NY.
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The William Demby Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2014.
Processed by: Janice Hansen, December 2014.
Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0190