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Harold Brodkey Papers (MSS016)

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Correspondence, Folder 1

Manuscripts, Folder 2

Material Toward Books, Folder 3-4

Print Materials, Folder 5



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Harold Brodkey Papers (MSS016), 1973-1991 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Harold Brodkey Papers (MSS016), 1973-1991Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1973-1991

ID: MSS/MSS/016

Primary Creator: Brodkey, Harold

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 05/01/1987

Languages: English, German, Italian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of a typed letter from Brodkey to Stephen Berg, four typescript poems by Brodkey, galley sheets of the poem "Play," an uncorrected page proof of Women and Angels, and various books and periodicals containing Brodkey's work. The majority of the print material has been transferred to Rare Books

Collection Historical Note

Harold Brodkey (October 25, 1930 – January 26, 1996) was an American writer and novelist.  Born Aaron Roy Weintraub Staunton, Illinois, he was  raised in University City, Missouri outside St. Louis. After graduating from Harvard University in 1952, Brodkey began his writing career by contributing short stories to The New Yorker and other magazines. His stories have won him two first-place O. Henry Awards.

Brodkey's career began promisingly with the short story collection First Love and Other Sorrows, which received widespread critical praise at the time of its 1958 publication. Soon thereafter, in 1964, Brodkey signed a book contract with Random House for his first novel, titled A Party of Animals (it was also referred to as The Animal Corner). The unfinished novel was subsequently resold to Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1970, and later to Knopf in 1979. During this period, Brodkey published a number of stories, most of them in the New Yorker, that dealt with a set of recurring characters—the evidently autobiographical Wiley Silenowicz and his adoptive family—and which were announced as fragments of the novel.

In addition to publishing, Brodkey earned a living during this period by writing television pilot scripts for NBC, and teaching at Cornell University. Three long stories from A Party of Animals were collected in Women and Angels (1985), and a larger number (including those three) in 1988's Stories in an Almost Classical Mode. Evidently Brodkey had decided to omit them from the novel, for when in 1991 he published The Runaway Soul, a very long (835-page) novel dramatizing Wiley's early life, no material from Stories in an Almost Classical Mode was included. The novel seems to be either A Party of Animals under a new title or the first volume of an eventual multi-volume work. Brodkey made some comments that suggested the latter, but no further material was published in his lifetime, or has been since.

In 1993, Brodkey announced in The New Yorker that he had contracted AIDS. He later wrote This Wild Darkness about his battle with the disease. At the time of his death in 1996, he was living in New York City with his wife, novelist Ellen Brodkey (née Ellen Schwamm).

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase and gift

Acquisition Method:

Purchase from Harold Brodkey

Gift of Joseph Palecek

Accession number 2012.032, purchase from Clouds Hill Books, 2012: November 27

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


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[Series 1: Correspondence, Folder 1],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Folder 2],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Folder 3-4],
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Series 4: Print Materials, Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Adjacent Lives by Ellen Schwamm, 1979Add to your cart.
Tranferred to Rare Books
Item 2: The American Poetry Review, 1975-1977Add to your cart.

Volume 4, Number 3 (1975), contains Intro, the opening of his new novel-in-progress, A Special APR Summplement by Brodkey

Volume 6, Number 1 (1977), contains, Well, Let Us Try to Talk About Poetry by Brodkey

All copies transferred to Rare Books

Item 3: American Review, 1973-1977Add to your cart.

Number 16 (February 1973), contains Innocence by Brodkey. Contains revisions and signed by Brodkey

Number 17 (May 1973), contains Play by Brodkey

Number 26 (November 1977), contains Two Sililoquies and Several Obscenities by Brodkey

All copies transferred to Rare Books

Item 4: Avedon: Photographs 1947-1977 by Richard Avedon, 1978Add to your cart.
Contains introduction by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 5: Checkhov and Our Age: Responses to Chekhov by American Writers and Scholars, edited by James McConkeyAdd to your cart.
Contains Some Notes for a Speech at Cornell by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 6: Das TintenfabAdd to your cart.
Contains Sein Sohn in Seinen Armen: Beglanzt  Und Sehr Weit Oben by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 7: The Dial, 1983: MayAdd to your cart.
Volume 4, Number 5, contains D.H. Lawrence's Book of Pleasures by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 8: Erste Liebe und Andere Sorgen by Harold Brodkey, 1968Add to your cart.
German translation of First Love and Other Sorrows. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 9: Erste Liebe und Andere Sorgen by Harold Brodkey, 1968Add to your cart.
German translation of First Love and Other Sorrows. Transfered to Rare Books
Item 10: Esquire, 1972-1984Add to your cart.

Volume LXXVII, Number 6 (June 1972), contains Why Is This Woman Funny? by Brodkey

Volume 84, Number 2 (August 1975), contains His Son, In His Arms, In Light, Aloft by Brodkey

Volume 84, Number 6 (December 1975), contains Puberty by Brodkey

Volume 87, Number 7 (July 1977), contains My First Job by Brodkey

Volume 102, Number 4 (October 1984), contains Men at Dance by Brodkey

All copies transferred to Rare Books

Item 11: First Love and Other Sorrows by Harold Brodkey, 1957Add to your cart.
Signed by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 12: First Love and Other Sorrows by Harold Brodkey, 1958Add to your cart.
Signed by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 13: First Love and Other Sorrows by Harold Brodkey, 1962Add to your cart.
Signed by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 14: First Love and Other Sorrows by Harold Brodkey, 1986Add to your cart.
Transferred to Rare Books
Item 15: Forthcoming: Jewish Imaginative WritingAdd to your cart.
Number 5 (Spring 1984), contains Anne Marie and Wiley by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 16: How We Live: Contemporary Life in Contemporary Fiction, edited by Penney Chapin Hills and L. Rust Hills, 1968Add to your cart.
Contains The Dark Woman of the Sonnets by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 17: Mademoiselle, 1956: JulyAdd to your cart.
Contains Trio for 3 Gentle Voices by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 18: Mom, The Flag, and Apple Pie: Great American Writers on Great American Things, edited by the Editors of Esquire, 1976Add to your cart.
Contains Boy Scouts by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 19: Ms., 1975-1986Add to your cart.

Volume IV, Number 4 (October 1975), contains Manipulations by Brodkey

Volume XV, Number 3 (September 1986), contains Love Speechless: This Is Not an Easy Subject... by Brodkey

All copies transferred to Rare Books

Item 20: New York, 1988-1991Add to your cart.

Volume 21, Number 37 (1988: September 19). contains The Genius: Harold Brodkey and His Great (Unpublished) Novel by Dinitia Smith (2 copies, 1 transferred to Rare Books, 1 retained with manuscript collection)

Volume 24, Number 30 (1991: August 5), contains Life at Random by David Streitfeld. Brodkey is mentioned on page 40. Transferred to Rare Books

Item 21: The New York Times Book Review, 1981-1988Add to your cart.

1981: April 26

1985: November 24, contains Reading, the Most Dangerous Game by Brodkey

1988: September 18, contains I Am Only Equivocally Harld Brodkey by Frank Kermode

All copies transferred to Rare Books

Item 22: The New Yorker, 1981-1990Add to your cart.

1981: October 5, contains Sea Noise by Brodkey

1983: June 13, contains Dead Neck, Eastern Point, Bass Rocks by Brodkey (2 copies, 1 retained with manuscript collection)

1983: September 12, contains Ceil by Brodkey

1984: March 5, contains Nonie by Brodkey

1985: September 9, contains S.L. by Brodkey

1986: May 19, contains The Garden by Brodkey

1986: June 30, contains The Bullies by Brodkey (2 copies, 1 retained with manuscript collection)

1986: September 15

1986: November 3

1986: December 29

1987: January 5

1987: February 2, contains The Laugh by Brodkey

1987: March 2

1987: June 15, contains Between 6:37 P.M. and 9:04 P.M. by Brodkey

1987: November 23, contains Reflections (Family) by Brodkey

1988: August 22, contains Annemarie Singing by Brodkey

1988: November 21, contains Susan's Field by Brodkey

1988: December 19

1990: April 23, contains Spring Fugue by Brodkey

All copies transferred to Rare Books unless otherwise noted

Item 23: The Paris ReviewAdd to your cart.

Volume 24, Number 85 (Fall 1982), contains Jewlove by Brodkey

Volume 26, Number 93 (Fall 1984), contains To Frank O'Hara by Brodkey

Volume 28, Number 100 (Summer/Fall 1986), contains On First Being Published by Brodkey

All copies transferred to Rare Books

Item 24: Partisan Review, 1976-1985Add to your cart.

Volume XLIII, Number 1 (1976), contains The Pain Continuum by Brodkey

Volume LI, Number 4 (1984), contains Egypt and Fleshpots, Johnno and Wiley by Brodkey

Volume LII, Number 4 (1985), contains What Going Out Without Ora is Like: Johnno: 1956 by Brodkey

All copies transferred to Rare Books

Item 25: Pequod, 1984Add to your cart.
Number 16/17, contains Rocks by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 26: Perspectives on Sexuality: A Literary Collection, edited by James L. Malfetti and Elizabeth M. Eidlitz, 1972Add to your cart.
Contains First Love and Other Sorrows by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 27: Primo Amore E Altri Affanni by Harold Brodkey, 1962Add to your cart.
Italian traslation of First Love and Other Sorrows. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 28: Primo Amore E Altri Affanni by Harold Brodkey, 1962Add to your cart.
Italian translation of First Love and Other Sorrows. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 29: A Roman Collection: Stories, Poems, and Other Good Pieces by the Writing Residents of The American Academy in Rome, edited by Miller Williams, 1980Add to your cart.
Contains The Abundant Dreamer by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 30: Time, 1988: October 17Add to your cart.
Volume 132, Number 16. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 31: Vanity FairAdd to your cart.
Volume 48, Number 3 (March 1985), contains Harold Brodkey: A Proustian Progress? by Denis Donoghue. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 32: Transatlantic Review, 1977: FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Number 58/59, contains Anti-Hymn by Brodkey. Includes revisions and signed by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books
Item 33: Wonders: Writing and Drawings for the Child in Us All, edited by Jonathan Cott and Mary Gimbel, 1980Add to your cart.
Contains The Ancient Sadness of Robins by Brodkey. Transferred to Rare Books

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Folder 1],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Folder 2],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Folder 3-4],
[Series 4: Print Materials, Folder 5],
[All]


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