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Title: Wright Morris manuscripts
Morris, Wright, 1910-1998
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 72/246 c
22 linear feet
(15 cartons, 12 volumes)
Date (bulk): approximately 1934-1980
Location of Materials: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Manuscript drafts of Wright Morris' novels, essays, and stories along with a small amount of correspondence.
Language of Material: English
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Wright Marion Morris (1910-1998) was a novelist, essayist, and photographer known for his portrayals of the Great Plains,
especially Nebraska. Morris was also recognized as a experimentalist in narrative forms. He studied at Pomona College in Southern
California and lived for many years in Mill Valley, California. He authored more than 40 books and many essays. Morris published
his first novel, My Uncle Dudley, in 1942. He was finalist for the National Book Award three times and won the award in 1956
for The Field of Vision and in 1980 for Plains Song: For Female Voices. From 1962 to 1975, Morris was a Professor of Creative
Writing at San Francisco State University.
Scope and Content
Draft manuscripts of Wright Morris' novels, non-fiction, short stories, and essays. Also includes notes and a small amount
Wright Morris' photographic archive is held by the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Wright Morris papers are also housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln special collections (MS 049).
Some of Morris' correspondence and taped interviews are held by the Lincoln City Libraries of Lincoln, Nebraska.
This collection of his papers and correspondence was begun in 1954, when the author presented drafts, typescripts, and manuscripts
of his novels to the University Library. These materials have been augmented from time to time with later manuscripts from
Mr. Morris and with items from his correspondence given by Professor James Hart of the Department of English, U.C. Berkeley.
Processed by Lara Michels in 2014.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Morris, Wright, 1910-1998--Archives
Authors, American--20th century
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