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Guide to the Wallace Earle Stegner papers: concerning the Asian-American Literary Exchange, 1949-1954
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stegner, Wallace Earle Papers: concerning the Asian-American Literary Exchange,
    Date (inclusive): 1949-1954
    Collection number: M0807
    Extent: 2 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: Wallace Stegner, in an effort to promote good relations and literary exchanges between Asia and the United States, visited the Far East. With funding provided by the Rockefeller Foundation, Stegner and his wife visited India, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand between November 1950 and February 1951. After returning to Stanford, Stegner set up an informal literary agency devoted to placing Asian writings in U.S. publications. From 195 1-1954, he solicited manuscripts from Asian writers and translators and sent them to various magazines and publishers.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    Wallace Earle Stegner, Papers concerning the Asian-American Literary Exchange. M0807. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Estate of Wallace Stegner, 1992


    Gift of the Estate of Wallace Stegner, 1992

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection includes the correspondence of Stegner and the various authors, editors and publishers he met on his trip, as well as letters from others who later heard of his project. There is also a great deal of correspondence with American editors and publishers, with whom Stegner sought to place Asian manuscripts. A few of Stegner's own manuscripts, written on Asian topics, are also included in the collection.
    As far as possible, the collection follows the organization of the original files. Most of the papers, therefore, are filed under the relevant country name. Under the title of "Japan," for example, one can find correspondence with Japanese authors and publishers, clippings from the Japanese press, and so on.
    Outgoing letters from Stegner are filed amongst related correspondence. For example, the file labeled "India: Publishers" includes both letters from the publishers and Stegner's responses. Most of Stegner's outgoing letters were written by his secretaries.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Narayan, R.K.
    Vaidya, Suresh.
    Kiyooka, Elichi.
    Hiramatsu, Mikio.
    Gonzalez, N.V.M.
    Ray, Sri Annada Sankar.
    Asian-American literary exchange.
    Indic literature--20th century.
    Japanese literature--20th century.
    Philippine literature--English--20th century.
    Thai literature--20th century.