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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


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[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 G2-22: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 44-48, Folders 196-232Add to your cart.
Consists of material toward Elkin's non-fiction prose, including correspondence and drafts, arranged alphabetically by title. circa 286 items
Sub-Series G2-22.1: General Non-Fiction, Box 44-47, Folders 196-220Add to your cart.
Consists of Elkin's general non-fiction works, largely essays. circa 183 items
Box 44Add to your cart.
Folder 196-197: Acts of ScholarshipAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, notes, and one complete draft with revision of the essay. circa 14 items
Folder 198-199: An American in CaliforniaAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, notes, materials gathered while visiting California, and galleys with revisions. circa 34 items
Folder 200-201: At the Academy Awards also titled In Darkest Hollywood: At the Academy AwardsAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, drafts, and galleys with minor revisions. circa 10 items
Box 45Add to your cart.
Folder 202: Corporate LifeAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, galleys, and a copy of the magazine in which the piece appears. circa 14 items
Folder 203: The First Amendment as an Art FormAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence from Stanley Elkin and printout ot typescript. 2 items
Folder 204: Golf-ball-size HailAdd to your cart.

Consists of correspondence and two uncorrected proofs, one with minor revisions. circa 6 items

As noted by Elkin researcher, Golf-ball-size Hail, is actually fiction.

Folder 205: More From the Grave, on the Death of FictionAdd to your cart.
Consists of computer printout and photocopy of piece. 2 items
Folder 206: The Muses are HeardAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, computer printout, and proof copy. circa 8 items
Box 46Add to your cart.
Folder 207: My Father's LifeAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, proofs, and a copy of the magazine in which the piece appears. circa 9 items
Folder 208: My Motorcycle, A MeditationAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, computer printout, and proof with minor revisions. 4 items
Folder 209: My Tuxedo, A MeditationAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, including correspondence from Elkin, computer printout, and galleys with minor revisions. circa 13 items
Folder 210: [National Public Radio chain novel]Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, Chapters 1 through 10 of the novel (Elkin wrote chapter 10), and one newspaper clipping. 5 items
Folder 211: Out of One's Tree: My Bout with Temporary InsanityAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, computer printout, and proofs. circa 8 items
Folder 212: Performance and RealityAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and a typescript. 3 items
Folder 213: The Rest of the NovelAdd to your cart.
Consists of three typescript copies with minor revisions. 3 items
Box 47Add to your cart.
Folder 214: Some Overrated MasterpiecesAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, proof with revision, and photocopy of essay as published in Arts and Antiques. circa 27 items
Folder 215: The Taste of TimeAdd to your cart.
Consists of computer printout. 1 item
Folder 216: T.S. Eliot: A Tale of a ShirtAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and photocopy of typescript copy. circa 6 items
Folder 217: A True Confession also titled A Cripple Recollects SummerAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, computer printout, and page proofs with minor revisions. circa 6 items
Folder 218: Why I Live Where I LiveAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and photocopy of essay as published in Esquire. 5 items
Folder 219: Words and MusicAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and photocopy of typescript with minor revisions. 2 items
Folder 220: The Writer and the AcademyAdd to your cart.
Consists of typescript copy. 1 item
Sub-Series G2-22.2: Introduction and Speeches, Box 48, Folders 221-225Add to your cart.
Consists of copies of Elkin's introductions and speeches, some with minor revisions. circa 24 items
Box 48Add to your cart.
Folder 221: The Contemporary Literature Speech in FranceAdd to your cart.
Consists of one typescript copy and one bound copy of the speech. 2 items
Folder 222: The Ending of NovelsAdd to your cart.
Consists of one typescript photocopy with revision of the speech delivered at Breadloaf. 1 item
Folder 223: The Imagination of the Writer, the Imagination of the State: Some Later LicksAdd to your cart.
Consists of typescript copy of the speech with minor revision. 1 item
Folder 224: What's in a Name? [lecture]Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, galleys with minor revision, three typescript copies, and one copy as published. circa 7 items
Folder 225: [Miscellaneous introductions and speeches]Add to your cart.
Consists of various drafts, in no particular order. circa 13 items
Sub-Series G2-22.3: Interviews, Box 48, Folders 226-230Add to your cart.
Consists of various interviews with Elkin in typescript, galley, and published form, some with minor revisions. 5 items
Box 48Add to your cart.
Folder 226: Interview, 1983Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 227: Interview, 1984: February 22Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 228: Interview by Roger Hahn for St. Louis Weekly, 1985: March 8-14Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 229: InterviewAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 230: Proof of An Interview with Stanley ElkinAdd to your cart.
1 item
Sub-Series G2-22.4: Miscellaneous Notes and Works, Box 48, Folders 231-232Add to your cart.
Box 48Add to your cart.
Folder 231-232: Consists of pieces of unidentified works and typescript and manuscript notes.Add to your cart.
circa 74 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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