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Stanley Elkin Papers (MSS039)

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Correspondence, Box 1-26, Folders 1-909

Material towards Boswell: A Modern Comedy, Box 27-28, Folders 910-916

Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 29-30, Folder 917-939

Material towards A Bad Man, Box 31-35, Folders 940-958

Material towards The Dick Gibson Show, Box 36-42, Folders 959-983

Materials towards Searches and Seizures, Box 43-45, Folders 984-999

Materials towards The Franchiser, Box 46-49, Folders 1000-1013

Material towards The Living End, Box 50, Folders 1014-1022

Material towards George Mills, Box 51-54, Folders 1023-1041

Material towards Plays and Screenplays, Box 55-59, Folders 1042-1069

Fiction, Box 60-61, Folders 1070-1085

Non-Fiction Prose, Box 61-65, Folders 1086-1113

Miscellany, Box 66-67, Folders 1114-1123

Magazines and Printed Materials, Box 67, Folder 1124

Correspondence, Box 1-19, Folders 1-92

Material towards A Bad Man, Box 20, Folder 93-94

Material towards The Best American Essays 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1994, Box 20, Folder 95

Material towards The Best American Short Stories 1980, Box 20, Folder 96-97

Material towards Boswell, Box 20, Folder 98-99

Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 20, Folders 100-103

Material towards Dick Gibson Show, Box 21, Folders 104-106

Material towards Early Elkin, Box 21, Folder 107-110

Material towards The Franchiser, Box 22, Folder 111-114

Material towards George Mills, Box 23, Folder 115-117

Material towards The Living End, Box 24, Folder 118-121

Material towards The MacGuffin, Box 25-27, Folders 122-132

Material towards The Magic Kingdom, Box 27-30, Folders 133-143

Material towards Mrs. Ted Bliss, Box 31-34, Folders 144-150

Material towards Pieces of Soap, Box 35, Folders 151-155

Material towards Rabbi of Lud, Box 36-38, Folders 156-166

Material towards Searches & Seizures, Box 39, Folder 167-172

Material towards The Six-Year-Old Man, Box 39, Folder 173-175

Material towards Stanley Elkin's Greatest Hits, Box 40, Folder 176-179

Material towards Van Gogh's Room at Arles, Box 40-42, Folders 180-190

Plays, Box 43, Folder 191-195

Non-Fiction Prose, Box 44-48, Folders 196-232

Miscellany, Box 49-64, Folders 233-275

Correspondence, Box 1-6

Manuscripts, Box 7

Material Toward Books, Box 7

Manuscripts By Others, Box 7

Personal Papers, Box 7-8

Ephemera, Box 8-9

Print Material, Box 10-11

Audiovisual, Box 12



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Collection Overview

Title: Stanley Elkin Papers (MSS039), 1943-2013Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1943-2013

ID: MSS/MSS/039

Primary Creator: Elkin, Stanley (1930-1995)

Extent: 142.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 07/09/2013

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Elkin Papers consist primarily of Elkin's own manuscripts, including his plays, filmscripts, essays, and stories, with the bulk of the material being manuscripts and editorial matter toward his novels. Elkin's manuscripts include all stages of his drafts, from autograph notes written on university exam books to diskettes containing word proccessor files. Also included in the Papers are an extensive general and professional correspondence, manuscripts by other authors, teaching materials, and his own college literary papers.

Group 3 consists primarily of materials after Stanley Elkin's death including correspondence to Joan Elkin involving his literary estate and condolence cards; royalty statements; contracts concerning reprints of Eklin's books by the Dalkey Archive Press, Avon, Open Road Media, and others; print materials featuring Elkin's work; and clippings.  Also includes some personal memorabilia including Elkin's high school diploma and Bar Mitzvah invitation.

Collection Historical Note

Stanley Lawrence Elkin (May 11, 1930 – May 31, 1995) was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Elkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in Chicago. He did both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a bachelor's degree in English in 1952 and a Ph.D. in 1961 for his dissertation on William Faulkner. He was a member of the English faculty at Washington University in St. Louis from 1960 until his death, and battled multiple sclerosis for most of his adult life.

During his career, Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, and one (unproduced) screenplay. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships, which is portrayed in innumerable darkly comic variations. Characters and especially prose style take full precedence over plot. His language is extravagant and exuberant, baroque and flowery, taking fantastic flight from his characters' endless patter.

Always bordering on the outlandish, Elkin's work did not receive the popular reception that was given to many of his peers. It was, however, greeted enthusiastically by critics and reviewers and brought him numerous literary awards, including a National Book Critics Circle Award for George Mills (1983) and for Mrs. Ted Bliss (1995).

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 Method:

Accession number 790. Stanley Elkin, November 11, 1966

Accession number 809. Gift of Stanley Elkin, February 3, 1967

Accession number 811. Stanley Elkin, February 14, 1967

Accession number 858. Stanley Elkin, September 12, 1967

Accession number 923. Stanley Elkin, May 27, 1968

Accession number 1092. Stanley Elkin, October 2, 1969

Accession number 1111. Stanley Elkin, November 14, 1969

Accession number 1137. Gift of Stanley Elkin, January 27, 1970

Accession number 1256. Gift of Stanley Elkin, February 12, 1971

Accession number 1401. Gift of Stanley Elkin, September 20, 1973

Accession number 1614. Purchase, April 11, 1984

Accession number 1625. Purchase from Serendipity, September 7, 1984

Accession number 2152. Albert Lebowitz, December 27, 1999

Accession number 22928. Unknown

Accession number 22929. Unknown

Accession number 23066. Gift of Joan Elkin, unknown

Accession number 23926. Gift of Joan Elkin, April 28, 2008

Accession number 23948. Gift of Charles H. Gold, July 31, 2007

Accession number 2013.021, Gift of Joan Elkin, July 9, 2013

Accession number 2014.007, Gift of Joan Elkin, March 28, 2014

Accession number 2014.021. Gift of Joan Elkin, October 27, 2014

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

Processing Information: Processed July and August 2013


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: Correspondence, Box 1-26, Folders 1-909, 1954-1983],
[Series G1-2: Material towards Boswell: A Modern Comedy, Box 27-28, Folders 910-916],
[Series G1-3: Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 29-30, Folder 917-939, circa 1966],
[Series G1-4: Material towards A Bad Man, Box 31-35, Folders 940-958, circa 1967],
[Series G1-5: Material towards The Dick Gibson Show, Box 36-42, Folders 959-983],
[Series G1-6: Materials towards Searches and Seizures, Box 43-45, Folders 984-999],
[Series G1-7: Materials towards The Franchiser, Box 46-49, Folders 1000-1013],
[Series G1-8: Material towards The Living End, Box 50, Folders 1014-1022],
[Series G1-9: Material towards George Mills, Box 51-54, Folders 1023-1041],
[Series G1-10: Material towards Plays and Screenplays, Box 55-59, Folders 1042-1069],
[Series G1-11: Fiction, Box 60-61, Folders 1070-1085],
[Series G1-12: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 61-65, Folders 1086-1113],
[Series G1-13: Miscellany, Box 66-67, Folders 1114-1123],
[Series G1-14: Magazines and Printed Materials, Box 67, Folder 1124],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence, Box 1-19, Folders 1-92],
[Series G2-2: Material towards A Bad Man, Box 20, Folder 93-94],
[Series G2-3: Material towards The Best American Essays 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1994, Box 20, Folder 95],
[Series G2-4: Material towards The Best American Short Stories 1980, Box 20, Folder 96-97],
[Series G2-5: Material towards Boswell, Box 20, Folder 98-99],
[Series G2-6: Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 20, Folders 100-103],
[Series G2-7: Material towards Dick Gibson Show, Box 21, Folders 104-106],
[Series G2-8: Material towards Early Elkin, Box 21, Folder 107-110],
[Series G2-9: Material towards The Franchiser, Box 22, Folder 111-114],
[Series G2-10: Material towards George Mills, Box 23, Folder 115-117],
[Series G2-11: Material towards The Living End, Box 24, Folder 118-121],
[Series G2-12: Material towards The MacGuffin, Box 25-27, Folders 122-132],
[Series G2-13: Material towards The Magic Kingdom, Box 27-30, Folders 133-143],
[Series G2-14: Material towards Mrs. Ted Bliss, Box 31-34, Folders 144-150],
[Series G2-15: Material towards Pieces of Soap, Box 35, Folders 151-155],
[Series G2-16: Material towards Rabbi of Lud, Box 36-38, Folders 156-166],
[Series G2-17: Material towards Searches & Seizures, Box 39, Folder 167-172],
[Series G2-18: Material towards The Six-Year-Old Man, Box 39, Folder 173-175],
[Series G2-19: Material towards Stanley Elkin's Greatest Hits, Box 40, Folder 176-179],
[Series G2-20: Material towards Van Gogh's Room at Arles, Box 40-42, Folders 180-190],
[Series G2-21: Plays, Box 43, Folder 191-195],
[Series G2-22: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 44-48, Folders 196-232],
[Series G2-23: Miscellany, Box 49-64, Folders 233-275],
[Series G3-1: Correspondence, Box 1-6],
[Series G3-2: Manuscripts, Box 7],
[Series G3-3: Material Toward Books, Box 7],
[Series G3-4: Manuscripts By Others, Box 7],
[Series G3-5: Personal Papers, Box 7-8],
[Series G3-6: Ephemera, Box 8-9],
[Series G3-7: Print Material, Box 10-11],
[Series G3-8: Audiovisual, Box 12],
[All]

Series G3-7: Print Material, Box 10-11Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Arts & Sciences, Washington University, Volume 8, Number 2, 1995: SpringAdd to your cart.
Featuring an essay by Stanley Elkin on the retirement of Chancellor Danforth. 2 copies
Folder 2: AWP Newsletter, Volume 20, Number 3, 1988: February/MarchAdd to your cart.
Featuring "An Interview with Stanley Elkin"
Folder 3: Chicago, Volume 35, Number 10, 1986: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Featuring "The Rabbi of Lud" by Stanley Elkin
Folder 4: City Papers, Baltimore's Free Weekly, Volume 13, Number 19, 1989: May 12-May 18Add to your cart.

Featuring "Elkin Magic: The Maguffin and Other Mysteries of Stanley Elkin" by John Strausbaugh

Located in oversize

Folder 5: The Clayton Times, Number 44, 1980: December 24 - 1981: January 6Add to your cart.

Featuring "Elkin's Novel Approach Earns Him High Praise From the Nation's Literati" by Merrie Morris

Located in oversize

Folder 6: The Crumb, Bread Loaf Writers' ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: The Crumb, Bread Load Writers' Conference, Volume 52, Number 7, 1977: August 22Add to your cart.
Item 2: The Crumb, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 1996: AutumnAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Entertainment Weekly, Number 279, 1995: June 16Add to your cart.
Features Stanley Elkin's obituary
Folder 8-9: EsquireAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Esquire, Volume LVII, Number 3, Whole Number 346, 1962: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Featuring "I Look Out For Ed Wolfe" by Stanley Elkin. Missing cover
Item 2: Esquire, Volume LXXIII, Number 5, Whole Number 438, 1970: MayAdd to your cart.
Featuring "The Memory Expert" by Stanley Elkin
Item 3: Esquire, Volume 94, Number 5, 1980: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Featuring "Why I Live Where I Live" by Stanley Elkin
Folder 10: Family Tribal Letter, Elliott Lipschultz, Volume III, Issue 1, 1998: January 15Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Fiction, Volume 4, Number 1, 1975Add to your cart.
Featuring "The Franshiser" by Stanley Elkin. 2 copies
Folder 12: The Hollins Critic, Volume XIX, Number 3, 1982: JuneAdd to your cart.
Featuring "Death Grotesque As Life": The Fiction of Stanley Elkin by John Ditsky
Folder 13: Illini WritersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Illini Writers, Volume 4, Number 1, 1950: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Featuring "The Dying" by Stanley Elkin. 2 copies
Item 2: Illini Writers, Volume 4, Number 3, 1951: SpringAdd to your cart.
Featuring "Alone is Hurt Too" by Stanley Elkin
Folder 14: The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa, Volume 61, Number 3, 1996: SpringAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: The MLA Style Sheet complied by William Riley Parker, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 16: People, Volume 45, Number 10, 1996: March 11Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Record, Washington UniversityAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Record, Washington University, Volume 8, Number 32, 1983: May 19Add to your cart.
Featuring "Elkin Installed in Named Chair on 'Elkin Day'"
Item 2: Record, Washington University, Volume 19, Number 33, 1995: June 22Add to your cart.
Featuring "Widely Acclaimed Author, Professor Stanley Elkin Dies" by Deborah Parker. 2 copies
Item 3: Record, Washington University, Volume 20, Number 23, 1996: March 14Add to your cart.
Item 4: Record, Washington University, Volume 20, Number 25, 1996: March 28Add to your cart.
Item 5: Record, Washington University, Volume 25, Number 24, 2001: March 30Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Riverfront Times, Number 658, 1991: May 15-21Add to your cart.

Featuring "The Gruff One" by Randall Osborne

Located in oversize

Folder 19: St. Louis Magazine, 1985: MayAdd to your cart.
Includes two photocopies of the article from the magazine, "The Man Who Wouldn't Be Freud: Eli Robins is a Meverick Who Changed the Face of American Psychiatry" by Linda Tucci.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sunday Magazine, 1982: October 10Add to your cart.
Featuring "Stanley Elkin: The Dazzling Master of Language Gets Raves for His New Novel" by Becky Homan
Folder 2: The Saturday Evening Post, Number 9, 1967: May 6Add to your cart.
Featuring "The Merchant of New Desires" by Stanley Elkin
Folder 3: Scholastic, Notre Dame, Volume 114, Number 12, 1973: March 30Add to your cart.
Featuring "Figures for a Festival" by Jim Gresser. Conerns Elkin's involvement in the 1973 Notre Dame Sophomore Literary Festival
Folder 4: Tempo, Volume 1, Number 1, 1952: SpringAdd to your cart.
Featuring "The Soft Sleep Long Ago" by Stanley Elkin
Folder 5: TWA Ambassador, Volume 14, Number 6, 1981: JuneAdd to your cart.
Featuring "The Withdrawal of Expectations" by Stanley Elkin
Folder 6: Washington University, Volume 52, Number 3, Summer 1982Add to your cart.
Featuring "Creative Evolution" by Roger Hahn

Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: Correspondence, Box 1-26, Folders 1-909, 1954-1983],
[Series G1-2: Material towards Boswell: A Modern Comedy, Box 27-28, Folders 910-916],
[Series G1-3: Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 29-30, Folder 917-939, circa 1966],
[Series G1-4: Material towards A Bad Man, Box 31-35, Folders 940-958, circa 1967],
[Series G1-5: Material towards The Dick Gibson Show, Box 36-42, Folders 959-983],
[Series G1-6: Materials towards Searches and Seizures, Box 43-45, Folders 984-999],
[Series G1-7: Materials towards The Franchiser, Box 46-49, Folders 1000-1013],
[Series G1-8: Material towards The Living End, Box 50, Folders 1014-1022],
[Series G1-9: Material towards George Mills, Box 51-54, Folders 1023-1041],
[Series G1-10: Material towards Plays and Screenplays, Box 55-59, Folders 1042-1069],
[Series G1-11: Fiction, Box 60-61, Folders 1070-1085],
[Series G1-12: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 61-65, Folders 1086-1113],
[Series G1-13: Miscellany, Box 66-67, Folders 1114-1123],
[Series G1-14: Magazines and Printed Materials, Box 67, Folder 1124],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence, Box 1-19, Folders 1-92],
[Series G2-2: Material towards A Bad Man, Box 20, Folder 93-94],
[Series G2-3: Material towards The Best American Essays 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1994, Box 20, Folder 95],
[Series G2-4: Material towards The Best American Short Stories 1980, Box 20, Folder 96-97],
[Series G2-5: Material towards Boswell, Box 20, Folder 98-99],
[Series G2-6: Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 20, Folders 100-103],
[Series G2-7: Material towards Dick Gibson Show, Box 21, Folders 104-106],
[Series G2-8: Material towards Early Elkin, Box 21, Folder 107-110],
[Series G2-9: Material towards The Franchiser, Box 22, Folder 111-114],
[Series G2-10: Material towards George Mills, Box 23, Folder 115-117],
[Series G2-11: Material towards The Living End, Box 24, Folder 118-121],
[Series G2-12: Material towards The MacGuffin, Box 25-27, Folders 122-132],
[Series G2-13: Material towards The Magic Kingdom, Box 27-30, Folders 133-143],
[Series G2-14: Material towards Mrs. Ted Bliss, Box 31-34, Folders 144-150],
[Series G2-15: Material towards Pieces of Soap, Box 35, Folders 151-155],
[Series G2-16: Material towards Rabbi of Lud, Box 36-38, Folders 156-166],
[Series G2-17: Material towards Searches & Seizures, Box 39, Folder 167-172],
[Series G2-18: Material towards The Six-Year-Old Man, Box 39, Folder 173-175],
[Series G2-19: Material towards Stanley Elkin's Greatest Hits, Box 40, Folder 176-179],
[Series G2-20: Material towards Van Gogh's Room at Arles, Box 40-42, Folders 180-190],
[Series G2-21: Plays, Box 43, Folder 191-195],
[Series G2-22: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 44-48, Folders 196-232],
[Series G2-23: Miscellany, Box 49-64, Folders 233-275],
[Series G3-1: Correspondence, Box 1-6],
[Series G3-2: Manuscripts, Box 7],
[Series G3-3: Material Toward Books, Box 7],
[Series G3-4: Manuscripts By Others, Box 7],
[Series G3-5: Personal Papers, Box 7-8],
[Series G3-6: Ephemera, Box 8-9],
[Series G3-7: Print Material, Box 10-11],
[Series G3-8: Audiovisual, Box 12],
[All]


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