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Richard Stang Papers


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Richard Stang Papers, 1911-2001 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Richard Stang Papers, 1911-2001Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1911-2001

ID: MS/MS/ms138

Primary Creator: Stang, Richard, 1925-

Extent: 15.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Richard Stang Papers consists of correspondence, manuscripts, research material toward Ford Madox Ford books by Richard Stang and Sondra Stang.

Collection Historical Note

Richard Stang (July 3, 1925 – December 14, 2011) was an American literary critic, author, scholar, and professor. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Stang served as a rifleman in the 104th Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II (1943–45). By 1948, he had earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Columbia College in New York, then completed a master’s degree in romantic literature at Columbia University in 1949. In 1958, he was awarded the Ph.D. in Victorian literature from Columbia University. Stang was an instructor at the University of Washington (1953–54), a lecturer at the City College of New York (1954–58) and an assistant professor at Carleton College (1958–1961) before joining the faculty of the Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He served there as associate professor, professor, and professor emeritus for more than 35 years.

Stang’s first book, Theory of the Novel in England 1850-1870 (1959) was a close look at British fiction in the critical mid-century decades when novelists themselves, along with some critics, were for the first time mounting a defense of the novel as a genre and of the role of the novelist as a sacred office. Other studies by Richard Stang include Discussions of George Eliot, (1960; republished in 2011) a collection of 16 essays by 13 critics which provides a complete history of the critical reception of Eliot’s novels, and Ford Madox Ford: Critical Essays co-edited by Stang and Max Saunders (2002), which assembles more than 70 previously uncollected Ford. Important articles by Stang include “The Literary Criticism of George Eliot” in PMLA (1957); “The False Dawn: A Study of the Opening of William Wordsworth’s The Prelude" in ELH (1966); and “Little Dorrit: A World in Reverse” in Dickens the Craftsman, edited by Robert B. Partlow, Jr. (1970).

In 1969-70, he was a special tutor in Victorian Studies at Cambridge University. He was a Fulbright Fellow (1978–79), served on the editorial board of Dickens Studies Annual, and was a reader for PMLA and Nineteenth Century Fiction.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS 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: Gift of Richard Stang

Acquisition Method: Accession number 23916

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

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Works By Others],
[Series 3: Miscellaneous Ford Madox Ford],
[Series 4: Ephemera],
[Series 5: Audiovisual],

Series 4: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Ephemera is divided into three subseries: Print Material, Clippings, and Invitations.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4.1: Print MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 223Add to your cart.
Sub-Series IV.1.a.: Print Material Transferred to Rare Books DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Conrad, Joseph, and Ford Madox FordAdd to your cart.
L'aventure. Paris: Librairie Arthème Fayard,1960 Inscribed to Sondra and Richard Stang by Janice Biala
Item 2: Ford, Ford MadoxAdd to your cart.
La Cinquième Reine: Catherine Howard et Henry VIII. Paris: Acropole, 1984. The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion. Garden City, New York: International Collectors Library, 1955. Inscribed to Sondra Stang by Janice Biala. Mister Bosphorus and the Muses, or, A Short History of Poetry in Britain: Variety Entertainment in Four Acts. London, Duckworth & Co.: 1923. Signed by Paul Nash.
Item 3: Gaudier-Brzeska, HenriAdd to your cart.
H. Gaudier-Brzeska 1981-1915. London: Ovid Press, no date.
Item 4: Harvey, David DowAdd to your cart.
Ford Madox Ford, 1873-1939: A Bibliography of Works and Criticism. New York: Gordian Pres, 1972. Heavily annotated
Item 5: Hemingway, Ernest... [et al.]Add to your cart.
The Cantos of Ezra Pound: Some Testimonies. New York: Farrar & Rinehard, 1933
Item 6: Secor, Robert, and Marie SecorAdd to your cart.
The Return of the Good Soldier: Ford Madox Ford and Violet Hint's 1917 Diary. Canada: University of Victoria, 1983. Inscribed to Sondra Stang by Rober Secor.
Sub-Series IV.1.b.: Journals/Magazines Transferred to Rare Books DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AgendaAdd to your cart.
Volume 27, Number 4/Volume 28, Number 1 (Winter 1989/Spring 1990)
Item 2: Contemporary LiteratureAdd to your cart.
Volume 30, Number 2 (Summer 1989)
Item 3: The SpectatorAdd to your cart.
Volume 264, Number 8449, 1990: June 16
Item 4: Studies in the Literary ImaginationAdd to your cart.
Volume XIII, Number 1 (Spring 1980)
Sub-Series IV.1.c.: Broadsides Transferred to Rare Books DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "There Will Be Rest" from Collected Poems of Sara TeasdaleAdd to your cart.
Nevertheless Press, 1984
Item 2: Which is My Little Boy? from In the Winder of Cities by Tennessee WilliamsAdd to your cart.
Nevertheless Press, 1984
Sub-Series 4.2: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 223-224: Includes clippings featuring Ford Madox Ford, Janice Biala, Jack Tworkov, Edward Crankshaw, and Richard Howard.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4.3: InvitationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 225: Includes invitations for events featuring Janice Biala, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Daniel Brustlein, Jack Tworkov, James Merrill, Hermine Ford, and Ned Rorem.Add to your cart.

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