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Raymond Federman Papers, 1941-2010 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Raymond Federman Papers, 1941-2010Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1941-2010

ID: MS/MS/ms044

Primary Creator: Federman, Raymond, 1928-2009

Extent: 266.0 Boxes

Languages: English, Croatian, German, Finnish, Slovenian, French, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Italian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Raymond Federman Collection includes extensive draft and proof materials toward Federman's books including Double or Nothing, Amer Eldorado, Aunt Rachel's Fur, and Shhh. Also, materials relating to his critical work on Samuel Beckett, short stories, poems, essays, extensive correspondence, unpublished works, reel-to-reel audio recordings, student dissertations and teaching materials, clippings and other ephemera, photographs, and born digital materials.

Collection Historical Note

Raymond Federman (May 15, 1928 – October 6, 2009) was a French–American novelist and academic, known also for poetry, essays, translations, and criticism. He was a writer in the experimental style, one that sought to deconstruct traditional prose. This type of writing is quite prevalent in his book Double or Nothing, in which the linear narrative of the story has been broken down and restructured so as to be nearly incoherent. Words are also often arranged on pages to resemble images or to suggest repetitious themes.

Federman was born in Montrouge, France, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan from 1951 to 1954, he studied at Columbia University under the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1957. He did his graduate studies at U.C.L.A., receiving his M.A. in 1958, and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1963, with his doctoral dissertation on Samuel Beckett.

He taught in the French Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1959 to 1964, and in the French Department at The State University of New York at Buffalo from 1964 to 1973, and as a fiction writer in the English Department at SUNY-Buffalo from 1973 to 1999. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 1990, and in 1992, appointed to the Melodia E. Jones Chair of Literature, where he served until retiring in July 1999. In 2000, he was appointed as Distinguished Emeritus Professor.

Federman died of cancer at the age of 81 and in May 2010, his final new English novel, SHHH: The Story of a Childhood, was released by Starcherone Press.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Some restrictions. Please contact Curator for more details.

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.)

Technical Access Note: The library cannot provide access to all born-digital materials due to lack of required hardware/software. Requests for born-digtial material may require advanced notice. Please contact Special Collections for more details.

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 2096. Purchased from Raymond Federman, 1997

Accession number 2013.033. Purchased from Lame Duck Books, November 13, 2013

Accession number MSS2017-028. Purchase from Erica Federman, September 11, 2017

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

Finding Aid Revision History: Edited on 8/15/2018 by Elizabeth Winter under the supervision of Robert Manley

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Professional Projects],
[Series 5: Teaching],
[Series 6: Samuel Beckett Research Material],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Works by Others],
[Series 9: Ephemera],
[Series 10: Audiovisual],
[Series 11: Printed Material],
[Series 12: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],

Series 11: Printed MaterialAdd to your cart.
Consists primarily of journals featuring Federman's work. Print material has been arranged into two boxes according to size.
Box 263Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Book Review, Volume 31, Number 1, 2009: November/DecemberAdd to your cart.
Features "Feature: Remembering Raymond Federman," pages 13-15 also "Postfederman" by Jeffrey R. Di Leo, page 2
Folder 2: Basta, Volume 1, Number 2, 1997: FallAdd to your cart.
Features "A Real Fictitious Interview With Ray Federman" by Craig Reynolds on pages 20-35. 1 extra copy.
Folder 3: The Beckett Circle, Volume 29, Number 1, 2006: SpringAdd to your cart.
Federman referenced in "The Samuel Beckett Society" (author not listed) on the back cover. 1 extra copy.
Folder 4: Colleague, Volume 4, Number 2, 1967: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Features a review of Among the Beasts (no author listed) on page 13. 4 copies.
Folder 5: Concrete Poetry: Church Fine Arts Gallery / UNR, 1977: 13 April- 27 AprilAdd to your cart.
Mentions a concrete poetry exhibition featuring Raymond Federman's offset poster, "Rumor Transmissible Ad Infitum in Either Direction" on page 14.
Folder 6: Die Andere Bibliothek, Volume 10, 1986Add to your cart.
Features several poems by Federman, excerpts from interviews with Federman, and articles about Federman and his work, edited by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, published by Franz Greno.
Folder 7: et maintenant, Number 2, 1971: AutumnAdd to your cart.
Features "Les Murs" and "Memoires En Miettes" by Federman on pages 23-25. 5 copies.
Folder 8: Ethos, Volume 8, Number 2, 1974: June 6Add to your cart.
Features "Me Too" by Federman on page 11. 7 copies.
Folder 9: Federman's Aphorisms, circa 1996-2003Add to your cart.
A journal of aphorisms kept by Federman.
Folder 10: Horspiel, 1990: January-JuneAdd to your cart.
Mentions one of Raymond Federman's speaking engagements, "Die stimme im Schrank," on March 9, 1990. Page 21. 3 copies.
Folder 11: Lyrik und Prosa, Notebook 11, 1975: MarchAdd to your cart.
Features the poems "Old Skin," "In the Beginning," and "The Hand" by Federman. Pages 43,47,55. 4 copies.
Folder 12: La Quinzaine, Volume 186, 1974: May 1-15Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Reporter (State University of New York at Buffalo), Volume 18, Number 12, 1986: November 20Add to your cart.
Features "Novelist Federman Likes to Loosen the Rules" by Shawn Carey, page 4
Folder 14: Sur L'Autoroute du Sud au Milieu D'un Poème [broadside]Add to your cart.
Number 1 of formikraft on the occassion of the September 15, 2004 lecture for formika. Dimension Gould by Laure Limongi on verso. 5 copies
Box 264Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Book Review, Volume 8, Number 3, 1986: March-AprilAdd to your cart.
Features "The Art of Genocide" by Federman on page 1.
Folder 2: American Book Review, Volume 11, Number 3, 1989: July-AugustAdd to your cart.
Features an essay by Federman titled, "The Ayatollah Khomeini and the Future of Literature" on page 3.
Folder 3: American Book Review, Volume 28, Number4, 2007: May/JuneAdd to your cart.
Features "Traitor to the Cause" by Federman, page 17.
Folder 4: et maintenant, Number 3, 1972: WinterAdd to your cart.
Features "D'Une Parentheses A L'Autre" and "Moinous" by Federman on pages 34-37 and 40. 6 copies.
Folder 5: Exquisite Corpse, Volume 6, Numbers 10-12, 1988: October-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Features "Cannibal Love," "L'Amour Cannibal," "Narcisses," and "Narcisscus," by Federman, page 2. 2 copies.
Folder 6: GMU Today, Volume 6, Number 1, 1980: SummerAdd to your cart.
Features a mention of Federman in "The Tales Writers Tell" by Robbie Gupta, page 5.
Folder 7: Intermedia, Volume 1, Number 4, 1976: Winter/SpringAdd to your cart.
Features "Response From Clitoral City" by Federman on page 20.
Folder 8: The New York Times Book Review, 1982: November 7Add to your cart.
Features review of The Twofold Vibration by Mark Rose, page 12. 2 copies.
Folder 9: Reporter (State University of New York at Buffalo), Volume 21, Number 3, 1989: September 14Add to your cart.
Features "Federman Enjoys Celebrity Status" by Ed Kiegle, page 5. 7 copies.
Folder 10: Reporter (State University of New York at Buffalo), Volume 21, Number 6, 1989: October 21Add to your cart.
Features "When TV and Bowling Aren't Enough: Eighteen poets write and talk about why they write" (author not listed). The Literary Insert between pages 6 and 7.
Folder 11: The Review, Volume 5, Number 1, 1989: WinterAdd to your cart.
Features "A Voice Within a Voice" by Federman, pages 4-5 and 9. 6 copies.
Folder 12: U|B Today, Volume 1, Number 3, 1979: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Features "Raymond Federman--Writer and Teacher" by Nina Sedita, page 4.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Professional Projects],
[Series 5: Teaching],
[Series 6: Samuel Beckett Research Material],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Works by Others],
[Series 9: Ephemera],
[Series 10: Audiovisual],
[Series 11: Printed Material],
[Series 12: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],

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