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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],
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Series G1-12: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 61-65, Folders 1086-1113Add to your cart.
Consists of drafts of non-fiction work by Elkin grouped in the following series: General non-fiction, Book Reviews, Speeches, Interviews, Undergraduate papers, and Doctoral dissertation. 118 items
Sub-Series G1-12.1: General Non-Fiction, Box 61-62, Folders 1086-1098Add to your cart.
Consists of drafts, most showing extensive revision, of various essays written by Elkin. 39 items
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 1086: Alfred Kinsey: Patron Saint of Sex, 1983Add to your cart.
Xerox galley, light revision, 3 pages.  Written for and published in Esquire, December 1983. Includes letter from Creighton Taylor of Esquire.
Folder 1087: An essay on items, on niche, on inheritance, on stuff that goes psss, zzzz, pffft andd kapow in the nightAdd to your cart.
Typescript, autograph, heavy revision, 17 pages. Includes notes towards the essay.
Folder 1088: [Introduction to Best American Short Stories, 1980], 1981Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript [photocopy], xerox galleys, light to heavy revision, 3 drafts, 33 pages. Includes letter from Houghton Mifflin Co and two royalty statements.
Folder 1089: A la recherche du Whoopee Cushion, 1970Add to your cart.
Galley. light revision, 5 pages. Published in Esquire, 1970: May.
Folder 1090: [Letter to John Flanagan], 1975Add to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, typescript [carbon], light to heavy revision, 4 drafts, 7 pages. Letter is tribute to John T. Flanagan, Elkin's doctoral dissertation advisor, on occasion of Flanagan's 70th birthday Includes letter from Flanagan's daughter.
Folder 1091: The Middle Age of Men, 1981Add to your cart.
Typescript, 5 pages. Published in TWA Ambassador. Includes letter from Elkin to David Martin, editor of TWA Ambassador.
Folder 1092: Our Mensch in ParisAdd to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, typescript [carbon], light to heavy revision, 3 drafts, circa 120 pages
Folder 1093: [Preface to Fiction of the Sixties]Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript [photocopy], autograph, none to heavy revision, 3 drafts, 25 pages. Includes typescript and typescript [photocopy] tables of contents for Fiction of the Sixties.
Folder 1094: [Richard Rudner Memorial]Add to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 2 pages. Memorial written for Richard Rudner, Washington University, Department of Philosophy, who died 1979: July 26.
Folder 1095: Three MeetingsAdd to your cart.
Typescript, autograph, heavy revision, 2 drafts, 6 pages
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 1096: Where I Read What I Read, 1981Add to your cart.
Typescript, 9 pages. Includes letter to Byron Dobell, Esquire.
Folder 1097: Why I Live Where I Live, 1980Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript [photocopy], xerox galley, none to heavy revision, 4 drafts, 25 pages. Published in Esquire. Autograph note by Dominique on recto of xerox galley.
Folder 1098: World on $5 a day, 1973Add to your cart.
Galley, 4 drafts, 122 pages. Published in Harper's, July 1972. Includes letter from Margaret Haugen. Located in oversize.
Sub-Series G1-12.2: Book Reviews, Box 62, Folder 1099Add to your cart.
Consists of drafts of 5 book reviews by Elkin. 19 items
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 1099Add to your cart.
Item 1: [Review of Anthony Burgess' MF], 1971Add to your cart.

Typescript, heavy revision, 3 drafts, 32 pages

Elkin wrote the reviews of Burgess' MF for the New York Times Book Review at John Leonard's request in January 1971. The piece is an essay on Burgess as well, as per Leonard's suggestion. However, Leonard was not pleased with the essay, paid Elkin and returned it to him. Elkin rewrote the review as a quasi-short story entitled "The Graduate Seminar in Modern Fiction," published by Fiction Volume 1 (1972). Included with drafts are letter and telegram from Leonard, card from Arline Youngman of New York Times Book Review, and notes towards the piece.

Item 2: [Review of Bernard Malamud's The Fixer]Add to your cart.
Typescript, heavy revision, 4 pages
Item 3: [Review of Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Seance and Other Stories], 1968Add to your cart.

Typescript, heavy revision, 2 drafts, 10 pages

Includes clipping from New York Times Book Review, 1968: October 20 and clippings of resultant letters to editor.

Item 4: [Review of Stanley Crawford's Travel Notes (From Here to There)], 1971Add to your cart.

Typescript and autograph, heavy revision, 2 drafts, 12 pages

Includes clippings of review, printed in New York Times, 1968: April 21

Item 5: [Review of William K. Everson's The Art of W.C. Fields], 1967Add to your cart.

Typescript and autograph, heavy revision, 2 drafts, 17 pages

Published in Chicago Tribune Book World, 1967: December 24. Includes copy of the magazine.

Item 6: [Review of William Trevor's Angels at the Rite]Add to your cart.
Typescript, heavy revision, 5 pages
Sub-Series G1-12.3: Speeches, Box 62-63, Folders 1100-1101Add to your cart.
Consists of drafts of speeches, most with extensive revisions. Includes one folder of introductions by Elkin of other speakers and readers. 23 items
Box 62-63Add to your cart.
Folder 1100-1101Add to your cart.
Item 1: Address to the Hawaiians, 1979Add to your cart.
Typescript, moderate revision, 3 pages
Item 2: AudienceAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript [photocopy], heavy revision, 11 pages. Includes parts of other drafts of speech.
Item 3: The Brazil SpeechAdd to your cart.
Typescript, heavy revision, 14 pages
Item 4: The Endings of Novels, 1964Add to your cart.
Typescript, moderate revision, 15 pages. Draft is marked Breadloaf lecture.
Item 5: Fiction and SocietyAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 14 pages. Speech delivered in Denver, Colorado
Item 6: Literature and the Heart Attack, 1968Add to your cart.

Typescript, light revision, 2 drafts, 18 pages

Speech delivered at Purdue, 1968. Includes letters from Allen Hayman of Purdue and K.K. Merleer of Windmore Press.

Item 7: Performance and Reality, 1982Add to your cart.
Typescript, 12 pages
Item 8: PlotAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 8 pages. Speech published in Substance.
Item 9: A Roof with a ViewAdd to your cart.
Typescript, autograph, heavy revision, 2 drafts, 21 pages
Item 10: [Speech about comic strips]Add to your cart.
Typescript
Item 11: [Introductions for speakers, readers]Add to your cart.
Includes drafts of Elkin's introductions for various speakers and readers: Hortense Calisher, Robert Coover, William Gass, John Irving, Frank Kermode, Joseph McElroy, Angus Wilson.
Sub-Series G1-12.4: Interviews, Box 63, Folder 1102Add to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1102: Drafts, 1971Add to your cart.
Consists of drafts of two interviews, (1971), one from Washington University's Student Life and the other unidentified. 2 items
Sub-Series G1-12.5: Undergraduate Papers, Box 63, Folders 1103-1105Add to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1103-1105: Consists of papers written by Elkin in his undergraduate literature classesAdd to your cart.
26 items
Sub-Series G1-12.6: Doctoral Dissertation, Box 64-65, Folders 1106-1113Add to your cart.
Box 64-65Add to your cart.
Folder 1106-1113: "Religious themes and symbolism in the novels of William Faulkner", 1961Add to your cart.
Consists of 3 drafts of Elkin's dissertation, written for his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois--Urbana. 3 items

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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