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Stuart Wright Collection: George Core Papers 1960-1996 (bulk 1960-1983)

(Manuscript Collection #1169-002)

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Title: Stuart Wright Collection: George Core Papers
Creators: Core, George, 1939-
Wright, Stuart T., 1948-
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1960-1996 [Bulk: 1960-1983]) of American historian, literary critic, and editor, George Core relating primarily to his position as editor of The Sewanee Review, 1973-, including holographs, typescripts and other manuscript materials; also photographic prints; and loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, including correspondence with Donald Davidson, Stuart Wright and Durrett Wagner of Swallowtail Press; a photograph of George Core at The Sewanee Review; and a note about Andrew Lytle’s work The Hero With The Private Parts.
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 archival box, 37 items.

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21 June 2010, 0.25 cubic feet, 1 archival box; 37 items, 51 p.; Papers (1960-1996 [Bulk: 1960-1983]) of American historian, literary critic, and editor, George Core relating primarily to his position as editor of The Sewanee Review, 1973-, including holographs, typescripts and other manuscript materials; also photographic prints; and loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, including correspondence with Donald Davidson, Stuart Wright and Durrett Wagner of Swallowtail Press; a photograph of George Core at The Sewanee Review; and a note about Andrew Lytle’s work The Hero With The Private Parts. Vendor: Stuart Wright.

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Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

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Stuart Wright Collection - George Core Papers (#1169-002) East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Stuart Wright, 6/21/2010.

Processing Information

  • Processing, Container List & Preliminary inventory by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Krystal Cook & Saundra Pinkham, revised 11/19/2010; Final inventory by Krystal Cook, 1/18/2011; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, 11/2/2011, revised by Richard Wolfe & Jonathan Dembo, 5/17/2012; Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 6/26/2012; Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 7/16/2012.


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George Core

George Core, born in 1939, is an American historian, literary critic, and editor, best known as the editor of The Sewanee Review, 1973 to date. He succeeded Andrew Lytle who had succeeded Allen Tate as editor of The Sewanee Review. Previously he taught history at Sewanee University and served as an editor of the University of Georgia Press. Core has written or edited a number of books, primarily relating to the literature of the American South, including Southern Fiction Today, The Southern Tradition at Bay, and Place in American Fiction. He is a founding member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. The collection includes materials from 1960 to 1996.

Stuart T. Wright

The George Core Papers were collected and compiled by Stuart T. Wright. Wright was born on 30 March 1948 in Roxboro, North Carolina. He was the son of Frances Critcher Wright (1919-2010) and Wallace Lyndon Wright (1921-1965). An avid reader as a boy, Wright developed a strong interest in the American Civil War and with his father toured many of the war’s battlefields searching for artifacts and studying the history of the era. At the age of 12, he won a statewide “Johnny Reb” essay contest and by the age of 15 had visited every major battlefield of the Civil War. Wright attended Roxboro High School, from which he graduated in 1966. It was during these years that he developed an interest in collecting historical books and manuscripts and began relationships with a number of local collectors and dealers.

In the fall of 1966, Wright enrolled at Wake Forest University as a pre-med, history, German and music student. Wright earned a B.A. in German and music in 1970. As a graduate student at Wake Forest University, Wright focused his studies on Southern history and literature, his ambition being to build an authoritative Southern Studies collection for the university. He received a master's degree in Southern Studies in 1973 and a second master's degree in U.S. History in 1980. Additionally Wright holds a professional degree from England in a medically related field. It was while studying there that he became interested in Thomas Wolfe, the noted North Carolina native and novelist.

Following his graduation from Wake Forest, Wright began to develop his collections more systematically, acquiring many first editions of Southern writers. In 1976 he began teaching at Reynolda House, a Wake Forest University affiliate dedicated to the arts and arts education. Wright taught classes in American music as well as human anatomy for art students. In 1978 Wright became Lecturer in Education at Wake Forest University. During his 10 years teaching at Wake Forest University, Wright authored numerous works of Civil War and North Carolina history, and dozens of articles, bibliographies, essays and reviews on Southern literature and the writers whose papers he collected. In addition, he developed a strong interest in the writings of the English poet Donald Davie and the Minnesota-born poet Richard Eberhart, whose works he also collected.

At the same time, Wright also began a career as a publisher by starting Palaemon Press in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. By 1984, Palaemon Press had produced 316 titles, consisting mainly of broadsides and limited editions, of the poetry and essays of such Southern writers as A. R. Ammons, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, William Goyen, George Garrett, and Eudora Welty. He also built comprehensive collections and compiled book-length descriptive bibliographies of A.R. Ammons, Andrew Lytle, Reynolds Price, James Dickey, William Goyen, Walker Percy, Randall Jarrell, Peter Taylor, George Garrett, Richard Eberhart, and Donald Davie. As well as serving as editor of the contemporary literature section of the Bulletin of Bibliography throughout the 1980s, Wright also contributed pioneering checklists of the writings of Southern poets Henry Taylor, Charles Wright, and Robert Morgan. For Meckler Publishing he served as series editor for a number of book-length bibliographies and checklists. In recognition of these accomplishments, when he was just 32, Wright was elected to membership in New York's prestigious Grolier Club.

All of these works are represented in the Stuart Wright Collection. In his dealings with these various authors Wright made consistent efforts to acquire personal papers, letters and documents, photographs, manuscripts, drafts, proofs, and published materials to supplement his continuing activities as a purchaser of their works. In this way, Wright acquired perhaps a majority of his overall collection. Over the years a number of biographers used Wright’s collection to aid their research. For example, James A. Grimshaw, Jr. used the collection extensively for his Robert Penn Warren: A Descriptive Bibliography, 1922-1979 published by the University Press of Virginia, in 1981 and Craig S. Abbott did so as well for John Crowe Ransom: A Descriptive Bibliography, published by Whitston Publishing Company, Inc. in 1999. Joseph Blotner also used the Wright collection in researching Robert Penn Warren: A Biography, published by Random House in 1997.

Nevertheless, from the mid- to late 1980s, Wright began to look for a permanent home for his collection, which he felt had grown too large and yet had been too little used. Unable to find a repository willing to accept the entire collection under suitable conditions, he sold a number of individual author collections to Vanderbilt University, Duke University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Emory University. It was not until 2010 that he reached agreement to house the remaining, and largest part of his collection at East Carolina University. The Stuart Wright Collection in the East Carolina Manuscript Collection of J.Y. Joyner Library includes 22 sub-collections of the papers of Southern American writers. The related Stuart Wright Book Collection holds several thousand volumes by or about many of the same writers. Many of these volumes contain annotations, inscriptions, and insertions that reveal much about the authors in the collection and their relationships with one another. In 1998 Wright moved to England, and since 2001 he has resided in the medieval market town of Ludlow, in Shropshire.

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The George Core Papers are arranged in original order in two series.

Series 1: Holographs and Typescripts consists of George Core’s correspondence (1960-1996) with Donald Davidson, Stuart Wright, E. Barrett Prettyman and Miss [Katherine Anne] Porter, Elizabeth N. Chitty, Andre Lytle, Peter Fayle, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty and his correspondence with Durrett Wagner concerning Allen Tate. Series one is contained in four folders (Box 1.a-1.d).

Series 2: Photographic Prints and Loose Manuscripts from the Stuart Wright Book Collection consists of four folders. All the folders are housed in the same container. The first folder in Series two (Box 1.e) contains a photograph of George Core and friends at Sewanee Press.

Folders second through fourth folders in Series two (Box 1.f – 1.h) contain Loose Manuscripts Transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection. Perhaps the most interesting item in this series consists of a personal note, possibly by Stuart Wright, which was found in a copy of Andrew Lytle’s The Hero with the Private Parts.

Note to Researchers: Series 2: Photographic Prints and Loose Manuscripts from the Stuart Wright Book Collection consists of items found in and transferred from works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection by, about, associated with, or owned by George Core; they include notes inserted in the books by George Core, Stuart Wright, and others; correspondence, clippings, advertising, reviews, etc. relating to the published works. The loose manuscript is linked to the book of origin by its Stuart Wright Book Collection Number (e.g. Stuart Wright Book Collection #50.19).

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Series 1:
Holographs & Typescripts
  • Box 1#1169-002.1
    • Folder a#1169-002.1.a
      Letters to George Core at Davidson College from Donald Davidson at Vanderbilt University [correspondence] (1960-1962, 1965-1968) TLS and ALS. 15 items. 24 p.
    • Folder b#1169-002.1.b
      Letter to Stuart Wright from The Sewanee Review [correspondence] (1996) TLS. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder c#1169-002.1.c
      Core, George. Letters sent to Mr. Prettyman and Miss Porter; letters to Core from E. Barrett Prettyman, Elizabeth N. Chitty, Andre Lytle, Peter Fayle; Postcard from Robert Penn Warren to Core; Postcard of Carnal Garage; small paper that says bye-bye Brevoort/Eudora Welty [correspondence] (1964-67,1973,1975,1983, undated) TLS and ALS. 12 items. 13 p.
    • Folder d#1169-002.1.d
      Wagner, Durrett, Swallowtail Press [Correspondence] Letter to George Core concerning Allen Tate and enclosing copies of Wagner's correspondence with Tate (9 Sept. - 10 Oct. 1976). TLS & Photocopied TLS. 5 items. 9 p.
Series 2:
Photographic Prints & Loose Manuscript Materials
  • Box 1#1169-002.1
    • Folder e#1169-002.1.e
      George Core, Sewanee Review [Photographic print] Allen Tate's 75th birthday party organized by George Core (ca. November 1975) Photographic print. Black & white. 8" x 10". 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder f#1169-002.1.f
      Small Moments, by Nancy Huddleston Paker [Book] (1982) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Nancy Packer, Department of English, Stanford University, Stanford, California, Letter to George Core, saying she is flattered by his request for her book and enclosing copy (21 September 1982) TLS; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #49.11
    • Folder g#1169-002.1.g
      Three Stories, by Gloria Norris [Book] (1986) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Note: George Core, Editor, The Sewanee Review, Sewanee, Tennessee, Letter to Stuart Wright, re: sending him manuscript materisl, John Updike tapes, requesting opinion of recent publications (5 August 1986) TLS; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #49.20
    • Folder h#1169-002.1.h
      The Hero With the Private Parts, by Andrew Lytle [Book] (1973) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Stuart Wright note: "The Hero With the Private Parts was published in October 1966, in an edition of 2,500 copies of which 1,500 were bound. George Core succeeded Lytle in 1973 as editor of the Sewanee Review." (undated) Typescript; Transfered from Stuart Wright Book Collection #50.19
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