Guide to the Julia Nunnally Duncan Collection of Fred Chappell Letters, 1988-1998


Collection consists of incoming correspondence (1988-1998) to Julia Nunnally Duncan from North Carolina poet and author Fred Chappell.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Julia Nunnally Duncan collection of Fred Chappell letters
Duncan, Julia Nunnally, 1956-
0.5 Linear Feet, 1 box; 5 folders
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection consists largely of incoming typescript correspondence from Fred Chappell to Julia Nunnally Duncan, beginning with their initial introduction and evolving to a mentor/mentee relationship and friendship between two North Carolina writers. The letters demonstrate that Chappell took a personal interest in encouraging Duncan's writing and career, promoting her work to various publishers, agents, and other literary contacts. Chappell offers his opinions, comments, and edits about Duncan's work, and also writes about his own projects and travels, personal life and activities, and his thoughts on various authors, movies, concerts, and other miscellaneous topics. Only a few return letters from Duncan to Chappell are included.

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Arranged chronologically.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Julia Nunnally Duncan Collection of Fred Chappell Letters, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Historical Note

Julia Nunnally Duncan is a poet and fiction writer living in Marion, North Carolina. Fred Chappell is the former Poet Laureate for North Carolina (1997-2002), and taught English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for 40 years.

Related Material

Please see the collection of Fred Chappell Papers, also held by the Rubenstein Library.

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The Julia Nunnally Duncan Collection of Fred Chappell Letters was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, February 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0205