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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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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 G3-8: Audiovisual, Box 12Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: VHS TapesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Skyline – Ross Winter and Stanley Elkin; Stanley and the Dance Co. eulogy for Joan CohenAdd to your cart.
Item 2: The 1990 St. Louis Walk of Fame: Continuing TraditionAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Diane, Stanley Elkin, Tootsie and Phil – a long time agoAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Washington University memorialAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Nemerov, TooAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Stanley Elkin, “First Person Singular”Add to your cart.
Item 7: Stanley Elkin Memorial Service, Steinberg Auditorium at Washington University, 1995: September 29Add to your cart.
Item 8: T.S. Eliot program – includes Stanley ElkinAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Legacy Productions, Slatkin documentaryAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Stanley Elkin, Passing It On, George MillsAdd to your cart.
Item 11: “A Writer in the Family”Add to your cart.
Item 12: Tribute to Stanley Elkin and Peter Taylor by John Casey and Francine Prose, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 4:15 p.m., 1995: July 28Add to your cart.
Item 13: The Elkin Family and Friends: Part OneAdd to your cart.
Reels 1a, 1b, 2 and 3
Item 14: The Elkin Family and Friends: Part Two (reels 4a, 4b, 5, 6, and 7)Add to your cart.
Reels 4a, 4b, 5, 6, and 7
Sub-Series 2: Cassette TapesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: The American Audio Prose Library presents Stanley Elkin Reading The Living End, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 2: The American Audio Prose Library presents an Interview with Stanley Elkin, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 3: Chain Novel, National Public Radio, 1987Add to your cart.
2 tapes
Item 4: Stanley Elkin: The Guest, Contemporary Fiction Series, 1974Add to your cart.
Item 5: A Moveable Feast, The MacGuffinAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Stanley Elkin Memorial, 1995: October 15Add to your cart.
2 tapes
Item 7: Journée de la Littérature Américaine Contemporaine, 1985: May 4Add to your cart.
Item 8: Lorin Cuoco of KWMU St. Louis reports on “Notes Toward a Eulogy for Joan Cohen” for Morning Edition (October 16, 1987) and Rabbi of Lud for Performance Today (November 9, 1987)Add to your cart.
Item 9: Paul Gehl, Newberry Library Interview and Elaine Kruse, Newberry Library Interview (for Acts of Scholarship)Add to your cart.
Item 10: Heinz Bluhm, Newberry LibraryAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Harry Gargas review of Stanley Elkin “The Guest” on KWMU at 7:00 p.m., 1979: May 23Add to your cart.
Item 12: Stanley Elkin, Tapes for ReadersAdd to your cart.
Item 13: WNYC’s “Sound Stages” “Idea Cassette” (Play judged by Stanley Elkin for the Academy of Arts and Letters)Add to your cart.
Item 14: Stanley Elkin Bookmark Society Reading, 1992: February 7Add to your cart.
Item 15: Stanley Elkin on Morning Edition talking with Bob Edwards about Magic Kingdom, 1985: November 4Add to your cart.
Item 16: Fresh Air, 1993: MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 17: William H. Gass talks about Stanley Elkin on KWMY, 2003: August 15Add to your cart.
Item 18: Brown Radio Theatre: Dick Gibson’s Night LettersAdd to your cart.
Item 19: The Coffee RoomAdd to your cart.
Item 20: The Bad Comedian interviewAdd to your cart.
Item 21: Whoopee Cushion Factory interviewAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: FilmAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Reel 1aAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Reel 1b – Philip: 1958 and 1959Add to your cart.
Item 3: Reel 2 – Philip: 1959 and 1960Add to your cart.
Item 4: Reel 3 – St. Louis: 1960 and 1961 and Florida: 1961 and 1962Add to your cart.
Item 5: Reel 4a – Sketches, Soldier, Creature in the Closet and HawaiiAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Reel 4b - HawaiiAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Reel 5 – Florida: 1964, St. Louis: 1964, NorthamptonAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Reel 7 – 50 ft Super 8Add to your cart.
Item 9: St. Louis: 1965 (Barry, Diane, Dick, Phil, Zoe); Florida: April 1966; Fire (Phil , April 1966)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Stanley Elkin's Personal ComputerAdd to your cart.
Consists of Elkin's personal computer that was given to him by Washington University.

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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