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Guide to the John K. Martin Collection, ca. 1952-1966
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Series Description


Author Files

Scope and Content Note

With material relating to Robert Duncan, Henry Miller, and Tennessee Williams. There also is correspondence to John Martin from Ted Berrigan, Frank O'Connor, Miriam Patchen, Jon Webb, and Emil White (friend of Henry Miller's at Big Sur). Manuscript material relating to Charles Bukowski, including correspondence and poems, is located in the Charles Bukowski Collection (Mss 12).

Catalogue of Printed Materials

Scope and Content Note


In four binders, arranged alphabetically by surname of author.
These manuscript materials are part of a much larger collection consisting mainly of books which have been cataloged separately and which can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB University Libraries online catalog. The books are predominantly first editions, in two categories: British and American fictional and dramatic writers, and contemporary poetry (almost solely American). Included are several hundred presentation items from the authors to John Martin.

Container List


Series 1 Author Files

Box 1, Folder 1

Duncan, Robert Edward

Scope and Content Note

(correspondence, photo, and drawings), 6 items, 1966)
Box 1, Folder 2

Miller, Eve

Scope and Content Note

(wife of Henry Miller; correspondence), 17 items, 1952-1957

Miller, Henry


Correspondence and related items

Box 1, Folder 3

Apr.-Dec. 1952, 14 items

Box 1, Folder 4

Feb. 1953 - Dec. 1955, 23 items

Box 1, Folder 5

May 1956 - Mar. 1960, 37 items

Box 1, Folder 6

Henry Miller on Really the Blues

Scope and Content Note

(copy of typescript letter)

Series 2 Miscellany

Box 1, Folder 7

Incoming Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

(includes Ted Berrigan, the Henry Miller Literary Society, Frank O'Connor, Miriam Patchen, Jon Webb, and Emil White (friend of Henry Miller's at Big Sur), 39 items, 1953-1966
Box 1, Folder 8

Printed Material

Scope and Content Note

(includes clippings, publishers' lists and prospectuses, relating to William Everson, Henry Miller, Kenneth Patchen, and others), ca. 1960-1966

Williams, Tennessee - Mimeographed rehearsal scripts

Box 2, Folder 1

The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

Scope and Content Note

(An actor's mimeographed rehearsal script (Script #7). This version of the play is unpublished and differs drastically from the final version published by New Directions in 1964. When the original Broadway production failed early in 1963 after 69 performances, Williams entirely rewrote the play and opened this version in Abingdon, Virginia, on Sept. 17, 1963. This copy of the script belonged to Nancy Wilder, wife of producer Billy Wilder, who portrayed Blackie in this road company. The script itself is an actor's working copy with at least half of the 96 pages containing pencilled corrections, deletions, improvised stage directions; in two places hastily typed insertions replace scribbled-out pages. When pencilled, these holograph changes are in the hand of actress Nancy Wilder. In a few places the director, Adrian Hall, has deleted speeches with a fountain pen. Many of the pages are criss-crossed, revised and written over to the point of illegibility. This show closed shortly after Sept. 17.Afterwards, Williams completely rewrote it for a third time and took it to New York where it failed again. Laid in is a review from the New York Times, dated Sept. 18, 1963)
Box 2, Folder 2

The Night of the Iguana

Scope and Content Note

(Mimeographed rehearsal copy of the Broadway production script, preceding all published versions. New Directions published the play in 1962. This copy is inscribed by Tennessee Williams to John Martin)
Box 2, Folder 3

Orpheus Descending

Scope and Content Note

(An early unpublished working version, mimeographed, of the Broadway script. It bears little resemblance to the original version published in 1945 entitle Battle of Angels. It differs just as profoundly from the version published in 1958 by New Directions as Orpheus Descending, and the final revised version published in 1959 by Dramatists Play Service. This version apparently is the original uncut working version as drafted Williams, prior to rehearsals for the Broadway production. Much of the dialogue herein was drastically revised and entire scenes were destined to disappear, with new scenes written before either of the New York versions were published."
Box 3, Folder 1-4

Catalogue of Printed Materials in the Martin Collection

Scope and Content Note

(in four binders, arranged alphabetically by surname of author)