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Stuart Wright Collection: John Updike Papers, 1946–2010, undated

(Manuscript Collection #1169-023)

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Title: Stuart Wright Collection: John Updike Papers
Creators: Updike, John
Wright, Stuart T.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1946-2010, undated) of John Updike, the noted American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic, including manuscript volumes, correspondence, manuscript and drafts of published materials, including interviews for Writers at Work: Seventh Paris Review original art, proofs, relating to his life and literary career.
Extent: 3.0 Cubic feet, 4 archival boxes, 176 items, 6,998 p.

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1 November 2013, 130 items, 3.0 cubic feet; Papers (1946-2010, undated) of John Updike, noted American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic; including notebooks, correspondence, manuscript and drafts of published materials, original art, proofs, annotated and inscribed printed works, etc. relating to his life and literary career. 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: John Updike Papers (#1169-023), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Stuart Wright.

Processing Information

  • Preliminary inventory and Container list by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Saundra Pinkham and Shelby Sapp, 11/19/2010; revised 10/27/2011, 6/18/2013, 10/9/2013, 12/10/2013; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, 11/8/2011, revised 7/6/2012, 12/10/2012; Updated Archivists Toolkit, Jonathan Dembo, 11/21/2013, 12/10/2013, 12/12/2013.


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John Updike

John Hoyer Updike (18 March 1932 – 27 January 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Linda Grace (née Hoyer), an aspiring writer, and Wesley Russell Updike, a high school math teacher, and grew up in nearby Shillington, PA. The family later moved to the unincorporated village of Plowville. His mother's efforts to publish her writing inspired him as a child. " Updike's Berks County, PA also childhood influenced the environment of the Rabbit Angstrom tetralogy and other writings.

In 1950, he graduated from Shillington High School as co-valedictorian and class president. He then attended Harvard on a full scholarship. At Harvard, he achieved early recognition as a contributor to the Harvard Lampoon, of which he served as president, before graduating summa cum laude in 1954 with a degree in English. After graduating from Harvard, Updike decided to become a graphic artist and attended The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford. At first, he wanted to be a cartoonist. After returning to the United States, however, Updike and his family moved to New York, where he became a regular contributor to The New Yorker. This was the beginning of his writing career. He occasionally contributed cartoons to various publications.

Updike's most famous work is his Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom series and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction twice (1982, 1991) -- one of only three authors to have won the award more than once. He published more than twenty novels and more than a dozen short story collections, as well as poetry, art criticism, literary criticism and children's books. Many of his stories, reviews, and poems appeared in The New Yorker, starting in 1954, and The New York Review of Books. He was also an accomplished cartoonist. Updike achieved great literary fame and success during his lifetime. In addition to winning the two Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction, he won two National Book Awards, three National Book Critics Circle awards, the 1989 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Humanities Medal. He also received the Rea Award for the Short Story. The National Endowment for the Humanities selected Updike to present the 2008 Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. government's highest humanities honor; Updike's lecture was entitled "The Clarity of Things: What Is American about American Art."

In 1953, Updike married Mary E. Pennington, an art student at Radcliffe College. Their first child, Elizabeth, was born in 1955 while Updike attended Oxford. They had three more children together. They divorced in 1974. In 1977 Updike married Martha Ruggles Bernhard with whom he lived for the remainder of his ife, in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. He died of lung cancer at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts, on 27 January 2009, at the age of 76.

Stuart Wright

The John Updike 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 John Updike Papers is arranged in two series in original order.

Series 1: Manuscript Materials consists of composition notebooks that represent his life at Harvard University, ca. 1950-1954; correspondence, speeches, drafts of poems, short stories & a script, broadsides, cartoons of public figures and issues in the news, ca. 1958 - 1960; drawings; photographic prints of John Updike and Kurt Vonnegut by Jill Krementz; and edited transcriptions of oral interviews for Writers at Work: Seventh Paris Review (1986), including interviews with Eugene Ionescu, Philip Larkin, May Sarton, John Ashbery, Malcolm Cowley, Guillermo Cabrera, Raymond Carver, Arthur Koestler, William Maxwell, Milan Kundera, Edna O'Brien, Philip Roth, John Barth, Elizabeth Hardwick, Elie Wiesel, and Thomas McGuane; and issues of the Harvard Lampoon containing Updike's work.

Series 2: Proofs consists of 38 proofs of published works that Updike received as a publisher's reader or reviewer of the work, including loose manuscripts such as clippings, letters, advertising, and reviews by Updike and others about the works.

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Series 1:
Manuscript Materials
  • Box 1#1169-023.1
    • Folder a#1169-023.1.a
      John Updike's Composition Book No. 1148, including notes for assignments, quotations, grades of students, doodles, sketches of students, etc. (ca. 1950 - 1954) Manuscript volume. 1 item. 30 p. used out of 116 sheets. Note: Notes on just a handful of pages; mostly fragments of verse; and three small drawings. Page one has “John Updike, Helen Matheson, Albert M. Brown” on consecutive lines and crossed out.
    • Folder b#1169-023.1.b
      John Updike's University Notebook No. 2566, including notes for assignments, quotations, doodles, sketches & cartoons with captions including of John F. Kennedy & Nikita Khrushchev, etc. (ca. 1961) Manuscript volume. 1 item. 7 p. used out of 66 sheets. Note: Includes loose manuscript materials inside front cover: John Updike holograph note card (ca. 1961) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder c#1169-023.1.c
      Writers at Work: Seventh Paris Review Interview Collection Manuscript: Cover letter from John Updike to Stuart [Wright] with his signature over his stamped address: “This may or may not be of interest to you, but I don’t want it. I wrote an introduction to the 7th Paris Review interview collection and read through and annotated (lightly) this photocopy of the Ms. Only 13 of the interviews were used, in the end. The book will be out in a month or two.” (7 June 1986) ALS. 1 item. 1 p. Ink on cardboard; "John Updike's Archive: A Great Writer at Work," by Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times (20 June 2010 ; printed 8 November 2010) Printed from NYTimes.com. 1 item. 6 p. 2 items, 7 p.
    • Folder d#1169-023.1.d
      Writers at Work: Seventh Paris Review Interview Collection Manuscript: Art of Theater & Art of Poetry (ca. 1986) Photocopy typescript. 3 items, 86 p. Note: Interviews: Eugene Ionesco, Philip Larkin, May Sarton
    • Folder e#1169-023.1.e
      Writers at Work: Seventh Paris Review Interview Collection Manuscript: Art of Poetry & Art of Fiction (ca. 1986) Photocopy typescript. 3 items, 93 p. Note: Interviews: John Ashbery, Malcolm Cowley, Guillermo Cabrera
    • Folder f#1169-023.1.f
      Writers at Work: Seventh Paris Review Interview Collection Manuscript: Art of Fiction (ca. 1986) Photocopy typescript. 3 items, 81 p. Note: Interviews: Raymond Carver, Arthur Koestler, William Maxwell.
    • Folder g#1169-023.1.g
      Writers at Work: Seventh Paris Review Interview Collection Manuscript: Art of Fiction (ca. 1986) Photocopy typescript. 3 items, 75 p. Note: Interviews: Milan Kundera, Edna O'Brien, Philip Roth
    • Folder h#1169-023.1.h
      Writers at Work: Seventh Paris Review Interview Collection Manuscript: Art of Fiction (ca. 1986) Photocopy typescript. 4 items, 129 p. Note: Interviews: John Barth, Elizabeth Hardwick, Elie Wiesel, Thomas McGuane
  • Box 2#1169-023.2
    • Folder a#1169-023.2.a
      Morgan Library Speech, by John Updike (4 October 1977) Edited photocopy typescript. 4 items. 18 p. Note: J. Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY; signed by Updike; an untitled speech; inscribed by Updike at the top of page one, “Given at the Morgan Library, 10/4/77, John Updike.” (15 pp., with three slips of corrections in the folder.
    • Folder b#1169-023.2.b
      "After" - "Anent of Handsome Columnists" - "So Varified With Spots . . . " - "Shaving Mirror" [Poetry Manuscripts & Drafts] (undated) Edited typescripts. 5 items. 6 p. Note: 1) Manuscript of a poem, “AFTER,” handwritten on a 5" x 7" index card; (2) a poem, “Anent Our Handsome Columnists,” one-page typescript which reads in part, “But you, Mr. Korbrin, stand proudly aloof –“; (3) a fragment of a poem (four lines of typescript); (4) manuscript of a holograph poem by Updike, “Shaving Mirror,” to which the following note by “XXM” has been written at the top: “Dear JHU. Here’s your poem found lying around in the piano music. Never could read your writing but can admire at a glance your craftsmanship. Maybe your writing would go better if you’d stop hob-knobbing with the likes of Jill Krementz. XXM;” [Updike had written the address and phone number of Krementz at the top of the page;] Also, (5), a two-page mimeograph of “Shaving Mirror,” undated.
    • Folder c#1169-023.2.c
      "The Moral Prospects of Man . . . ", by John Updike [Speech] (ca. 1950) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 4 p. Note: Updike's person copy of his Shillington High School valedictory address; the untitled speech contrasts “the moral progress of Man” with scientific progress “in the last fifty years.”
    • Folder d#1169-023.2.d
      "Shaving Mirror", by John Updike [Poem] (undated) Edited typescript. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Ribbon typescript with corrections of the poem, “Shaving Mirror.”
    • Folder e#1169-023.2.e
      Krementz, Jill. Photographs of John Updike & Kurt Vonnegut (11 July 1977; 26 December 1979) Photographic prints. Black & White. 8" x 10" 2 items. 2 p. Note: Two (2) signed photographic prints by photographer Jill Krementz: (1) a boardwalk beach scene, dated 11 July 1977, of a woman with Updike with Kurt Vonnegut; and (2) a kitchen table scene with Updike, Vonnegut, and a woman, dated 26 December 1979.
    • Folder f#1169-023.2.f
      "The Man Who Loved Extinct Mammals", by John Updike [Short story] (29 March 1975) Holograph & Carbon typescript. 2 items. 21 p.
    • Folder g#1169-023.2.g
      "The Kangaroo"; "Camille Saint Saens Was Wracked With Pain", by John Updike [Poem] (16 July 1973) Holograph & Edited Typescripts. 3 items. 12 p. Note: Three copies (apparently) of an Updike poem, seemingly “The Kangaroo”: (1) a photocopy of a corrected typescript, with Updike’s handwritten annotation, “July 16 73”; (2) two holograph pages of “The Kangaroo”; and (3) five corrected typescript pages of “The Kangaroo” in Updike’s hand.
    • Folder h#1169-023.2.h
      "Leaving Church Early", by John Updike; letters from editors regarding publication [Poem] (ca. 1975-1976) Holograph ; ALS ; TLS ; Edited typescripts ; Edited photocopy typescripts, etc. 12 items. 37 p. Note: Three (3) letters from editors re publication of “Leaving Church Early;” four (4) versions of the poem, including Updike’s holograph corrected ribbon typescript with a note to himself: “Rework – make for more regularly iambic tetrameter – no rhyme.”
    • Folder i#1169-023.2.i
      "Leaving Church Early" corrections, by John Updike [Poem] (20 November 1975) Edited typescripts. 2 items. 12 p. Note: Corrections in Updike’s hand, with his annotation, “Nov 20 75” at top of one draft, and a second typescript with somewhat fewer changes.
    • Folder j#1169-023.2.j
      "Three Texts From Early Ipswich: A Pageant Composed by John Updike . . ." [Script] (3 August 1968) Pamphlet. 1 item. 16 p. Note: First printing. A very good plus copy, with moderate foxing to the covers; John Updike's own copy with his holograph corrections on p. 8.
    • Folder k#1169-023.2.k
      "Raining at Magens Day", by John Updike ; copy 7 of 200 [Poem] (29 October 1975) Broadside ; Carbon typescript & Holograph. 3 items. 4 p. Note: Two copies of Updike’s poem, Raining at Magens Bay: (1) a limited edition broadside (1976), No. 7 of 200, “issued as a part of the John Updike Newsletter”; also: (2) a carbon typescript, dated “Oct 29 75” in Updike’s hand at top of page; and (3) a two-page holograph version of the poem.
    • Folder l#1169-023.2.l
      Cartoons, by John Updike [Pen & Ink Drawings] (ca. 1958 - 1960) Original Art. Pen & Ink Drawings. 5" x 7" (approx.) 11 items. 11 p. Note: Eleven (11) original drawings by Updike: (1) two Cubans commenting unfavorably while watching Fidel Castro on TV; (2) lampooning (1958) of a Southern politician bragging about the closing of a Southern school over integration; (3) a political cartoon showing Updike’s town of Ipswich being shackled to the larger town of Amesbury; (4) a cartoon (1958) lampooning Middle Eastern countries as dragging the world into World War III; (5) a simple black cartoon commenting on the Congo; (6) a cartoon (1958) showing Khrushchev before the skyline of the city of New York; (7) a golfing President Eisenhower depicting West Berlin as being outside of the “fairway” of the Free World, and thus “in the rough”; (8) a 1958 cartoon of the Middle East’s oil reserves, caught between the interests of the U. S. and the U. S. S. R.; (9) another 1958 cartoon depicting the Cold War submarine race to reach the North Pole; (10) a 1959 cartoon depicting the Congressional investigation over the Quiz Bowl scandal; and (11) a humorous depiction of the 1960 presidential race, showing Nixon and Kennedy as two young boys holding balloons with the word “Nomination.”
    • Folder m#1169-023.2.m
      Cartoons Published in Amesbury Daily News, by John Updike [Drawings] (ca. 1958 - 1960) Clippings. 8 items. 8 p. Note: The clippings bear pencil annotations of the date of publication in Updike’s hand.
    • Folder n#1169-023.2.n
      Harvard Lampoon Issues Including Poems, Etc. by John Updike, Vol. 143, nos. 1 - 3 (February - April 1954) Periodicals. 3 items. 78 p. Note: Three (3) good to very good copies of the Harvard Lampoon from 1954 (February, March, & April); Updike's own copies with his occasional markings, mostly in blue pencil, to identify his own contributions; (John Updike was a member of the Board of Editors.) The April issue has a one-page poem on page 9 by Updike. February issue has a one-page poem, “I Like to Sing Also,” by Updike on page 2, a poem on page 23 titled “Ballade for Subway Sitters,” as well as a humorous piece, “Supply Is Limited,” on pages 14 & 15, and a final piece, “Music for the Messes,” on page 24; Updike also wrote a humorous piece, “Coming Detractions,” on pages 18-19 of the March issue.Covers on two of the copies detached.
    • Folder o#1169-023.2.o
      Hate Sonnet & Pencil Sketches, by John Updike [Poem & Drawings] (9 September [1954]) Original Art ; Typescript. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Two items, likely done at Harvard: (1) “A Hate Sonnet,” one-page, dated “Sep 9” with a self-profile of Updike above the ribbon typescript; and (2) a single-page mimeograph of a mathematics assignment by John Updike's father, Wesley Updike (ca. 1947-1948); pencil sketches on the verso are by John Updike, including one of Wesley Updike gesturing and another is a self-portrait (see John Updike's novel, The Centaur) showing himself reclining.
    • Folder p#1169-023.2.p
      "Father" - "My God" - "Footnote to a News Item" - "Letter to Mr. Morrison" - Etc., by John Updike [Poem & Drafts] (undated) Typescripts & Edited typescripts. 4 items. 5 p. Note: Five items, almost certainly from 1954: (1) typescript one-page poem, “FATHER”; (2) program for Harvard commencement, 6/17/54; (3) half-page corrected typescript of a four-paragraph work, “ALVIN PAFF MEETS DEATH”; (4) typescript [untitled] single-page of a longer work of fiction, upon which a six-line untitled corrected typescript of a poem has been appended which begins, “What higher meaning can avail/A camel’s face?...; (5) single leaf, the front of which contains a corrected typescript of “Footnote to a News Item” [about “Calvin Paff”], and the verso of which contains a corrected typescript of a poem, “Myth to Be Engraved on a Peal of Thunder”; and (6), an unsigned typescript page addressed by Updike to “Mr. Morrison,” upon which someone [apparently Morrison] has written an extensive response in pencil, which begins, “There are a lot of items here, and I respond to them variably.” Updike’s typescript note had begun: “You said you would allow me one assignment of poetry. Here it is. The bulk of the poems – the first eight in order – are intended for a sequence of fifty-two lyrics entitled “Kindly Dewe,” taken from the November eclogue of “The Shepehardes Calender.” My mother, who maintains that I am wasting my time on the project, awaits your opinion as anxiously as I do.”
    • Folder q#1169-023.2.q
      Harvard University Commencement 1954 [Program] (17 June 1954) Brochure. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder r#1169-023.2.r
      "Earthworm", by John Updike [Poem] (© by John Updike) Postcards. 2 items. 2 p. Note: An “Ontario Review Poetry Postcard.” [Poem was first published in Telephone Poles and Other Poems.]
    • Folder s#1169-023.2.s
      Cartoons & Captions, by John Updike [Pen & Ink Drawings] (undated) Original art. 5 items. 5 p. Note: Five sheets of printed cartoon drawings by Updike, four of which are on oversized cardstock: (1) a scene outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; (2) a Photostat copy of a drawing lampooning the Heritage Fund, likely at Harvard; (3) a drawing of a hanging platform bearing a sign, “WATCH YOUR STEP,” upon the steps up to the platform; and (8) eight small circular cartoon drawings of male characters on two (s) sheets.
Series 2:
Proofs
  • Box 3#1169-023.3
    • Folder a#1169-023.3.a
      Barthelme, Donald. King, The. Illustrated by Barry Moser. An Edward Burlingame Book (New York: Harper & Row Publishers, [May 1990]) Printed. Paperback. ADVANCED UNCORRECTED PROOFS NOT FOR SALE ISBN 0-671-47268-2. 1 item. 117 p. Note: includes mimeographed typescript review & resume of Donald Barthelme, by J. U. [John Updike] 1 tiem. 1 p. ; John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout.
    • Folder b#1169-023.3.b
      Barthelme, Frederick. Moon Deluxe: Stories. (New York: Simon and Schuster (c) 1983) Printed. Paperback. ADVANCED UNCORRECTED PROOFS NOT FOR SALE ISBN 0-671-47268-2. 1 item. 117 p. Note: Inscribed, facetiously, on front cover, by John Updike, in the name of Fred Barthelme, to his second wife: "For Martha - My really favorite fan whose unflagging support has mean a hell of a lot to me [illegible], Fred [Barthelme]" on front cover.
    • Folder c#1169-023.3.c
      Begley, Louis. Wartime Lies: A Novel by Louis Begley (New York: Alfred A. Knopf © 1991 by Louis Begley] Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-679-40016-8. 1 item. 104 p. Note: Autographed boldly "John Updike . . . [Louis Begley] Harvard '54 -- my class! on front cover" ; includes loose manuscript items inside front cover: John Updike holograph note on Turnberry Hotel and Golf Courses, Ayrshire, Scotland notepaper (undated) 1 item. 1 p. ; Elizabeth holograph note to John Updike (ca. Dec. 1990) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder d#1169-023.3.d
      Brodsky, Joseph. Watermark. (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux © 1992 by Joseph Brodsky) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-374-14812-0. 1 item. 55 p. Note: Autographed boldly "John Updike" on front cover; John Updike's holograph notes throughout.
    • Folder e#1169-023.3.e
      Bruccoli, Matthew J., Ed. Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The. Volume I: A New Collection Edited and with a Preface by Matthew J. Bruccoli. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (c) 1989 by Charles Scribner's Sons) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED ADVANCED PROOF. ISBN 0-684-19160-1. 1 item. 328 p. Note: Autographed boldly on cover: "Can't be beat . . . - John Updike" ; includes loose manuscript items: Susan Richman letter to "Dear Reviewer" (31 July 1989) TLS. 1 item. 1 p. ; Draft foreword by Charles Scribner III (ca. 1989) Typescript. 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder f#1169-023.3.f
      Bruccoli, Matthew J., Ed. Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The. Volume II: A New Collection Edited and with a Preface by Matthew J. Bruccoli. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (c) 1989 by Charles Scribner's Sons) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED ADVANCED PROOF. ISBN 0-684-19160-1. 1 item. 328 p. Note: Autographed boldly on cover: "Makes Hawthorne pale . . . - John Updike".
    • Folder g#1169-023.3.g
      Calvino, Italo. Mr. Palomar ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book (San Diego, New York, London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers © 1983 by Giulio Einaudi, editore ; English translation © 1985 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) Printed. UNCORRECTED PROOF. 1 item. 53 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials: "Books: States of Mind", [Review of Mr. Palomar] by John Updike, The New Yorker (18 November 1985) Clipping. 1 item 3 p. pp. 167-168, 171-172, 174, inserted inside front cover.
    • Folder h#1169-023.3.h
      Camus, Albert. Stranger, The ; Translated from the French by Matthew Ward. Borzoi Books. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf © 1988 by Matthew Ward) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-394-53305-4. 1 item. 72 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials: biographical sketch of Camus (ca. 1988) Photocopied clipping. 1 item. 1 p. ; inside front cover ; Maron L. Waxman, Executive Director, Book Development, Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. Business Card (ca. 1988) Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. ; between pp. 54-55.
    • Folder i#1169-023.3.i
      Cheever, Benjamin, Ed. Journals of John Cheever, The ; edited by Benjamin Cheever. Borzoi Books (New York: Simon and Schuster © 1990, 1991 by Mary Cheever, Susan Cheever, Benjamin Cheever, and Federico Cheever) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED READER'S PROOF. ISBN 0-394-572474-2. 1 item. 192 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript material: "The Wapshot Chronicle, by John Cheever ; The Journals of John Cheever" The New Republic (2 December 1991) Clipping. 1 item. 2 p. ; between pp. 322-323.
    • Folder j#1169-023.3.j
      Cheever, Benjamin, Ed. Letters of John Cheever, The ; edited by Benjamin Cheever (New York: Simon and Schuster © 1988 by Benjamin Cheever) Printed. Paperback. ADVANCE UNCORRECTED READER'S PROOF. ISBN 0-671-62873-9. 1 item. 192 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; included loose manuscript material: [John Updike Interview transcript (partial) Wall Street Journal (17 October 2008) Photocopy. 1 item. 1 p. ; inside front cover.
    • Folder k#1169-023.3.k
      Colette, Sidonie-Gabrielle. Letters from Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette]; selected and translated by Robert Phelps (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux © 1980 by Farrar, Straus, Giroux) Printed. 1 item. 109 p. UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout.
    • Folder l#1169-023.3.l
      Donoso, José. Curfew: A Novel by José Donoso ; translated from the Spanish by Alfred MacAdam (New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, © 1986 by José Donoso) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOFS. ISBN 1-55584-166-X. 1 item. 159 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript items: John Updike, "Books: In Dispraise of the Powers That Be" [Review of Curfew] The New Yorker (13 June 1988) Clipping. pp. 112-116 slipped inside front cover. 1 item. 3 p.
    • Folder m#1169-023.3.m
      Drabble, Margaret. Radiant Way, The. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf © 1987 by Margaret Drabble) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-394-56143-0. 1 item. 216 p. Note: Autographed boldly "John Updike" on front cover ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; text block separated ; includes loose manuscript materials: photocopied review & biographical sketch of Drabble ca. 1987. 1 item. 1 p.; includes undated holograph note by John Updike inside front cover. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder n#1169-023.3.n
      Irving, John. Hotel New Hampshire: A Novel, The. A Henry Robbins Book (New York: E. P. Dutton, © 1981 by John Irving) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-525-12800-X. 1 item. 214 p. Note: Autographed boldly by John Updike on front cover ; John Updike's holograph notes on rear endpages.
    • Folder o#1169-023.3.o
      Kiely, Benedict. Nothing Happens in Carmincross (Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, © 1985 by Benedict Kiely) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOFS. 1 item. 133 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials: John Updike, "Books: Bad Neighbors" [Review of Nothing Happens in Carmincross] The New Yorker (21 October 1985) Clipping. pp. 145-150 slipped between pp. 34-35. 1 item. 3 p. ; paper slip between 46-47. 1 item. 1 p.; paper slip between 54-55. 1 item. 1 p. ; paper slip between 152-153. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder p#1169-023.3.p
      Lehman, David. Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul De Man (New York: Poseidon Press, © 1991 by David Lehman) Printed. Paperback. ADVANCED UNCORRECTED PROOFS. ISBN 0-671-68239-3. 1 item. 152 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; cover splitting from text block ; needs conservation.
    • Folder q#1169-023.3.q
      Llosa, Mario Vargas. Who Killed Palomino Molero? Translated by Alfred MacAdam (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux © 1987 by Mario Vargas Llosa) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. 1 item. 70 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials: John Updike, "Books: Resisting the Big Guys" [Review of Who Killed Palomino Molero?] The New Yorker (24 August 1987) Clipping. 1 item. 2 p. pp. 83-86 ; slipped inside front cover.
    • Folder r#1169-023.3.r
      Marling, Karal Ann. As Seen on TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life in the 1950s (Cambridge, MA & London, Eng.: Harvard University Press, © 1994 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOFS. 1 item. 163 p. Note: Autographed boldy on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout.
    • Folder s#1169-023.3.s
      Meyers, Jeffrey. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography (New York: HarperCollins © 1994 by Jeffrey Meyers) Printed. Paperback. ISBN 0-06-019036-1. UNCORRECTED PROOF. 1 item. 216 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials: "Books of the Times: Troubled Life and Times on this Side of Paradise," by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Review (ca. 1994) Clipping. 1 item. 1 p., inserted between pp. 32-33 ; Publisher's Weekly reprint (21 February 1994) Printed. Broadside. 1 item. 1 p. ; HarperCollins Publishers News (ca. 27 April 1994) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 2 p. inserted between pp. 324-325.
    • Folder t#1169-023.3.t
      Narayan, R. K.. Painter of Signs, The. (New York: The Viking Press, May 1976) Printed. Paperback. 1 item. 96 p. SBN 53567-2. UNREVISED PROOF. GALLEY. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials: The Painter of Signs advertising review & biographical note on Narayan, inserted inside front cover. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder u#1169-023.3.u
      Oates, Joyce Carol. I Lock My Door Upon Myself (New York: The Eco Press © 1990 by The Ontario Review, Inc.) Printed. Paperback. ISBN 0-88001-260-9. ADVANCE UNCORRECTED PROOFS. 1 item. 45 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout.
    • Folder v#1169-023.3.v
      Paglia, Camille. Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays. Vintage Books. (New York: Vintage Books A Division of Random House ©1992 Camille Paglia) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED BOUND GALLEYS. ISBN 0-679-74101-1. 1 item. 162 p. Note: John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript material (all inside front cover): Stuart Wright Post-it note: "See also John's note to me about the 'exploding proof copy' laid in Memories of the Ford Admin." 1 item. 1 p. ; John Updike Postcard to Stuart Wright, in part: “Thanks for the nice letter & cash. Have a great time in England. Best, John” (12 Nov. 1992) ALS. 1 item. 1 p. ; "Books: She's Got Personality" [Review] by John Updike, The New Yorker (19 October 1992) Clipping, 1 item. 4 p., pp. 115-122 ; text blocks separated from cover ; needs conservation.
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    • Folder a#1169-023.4.a
      Pawel, Ernst. Nightmare of Reason: A Life of Franz Kafka, The. (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux © 1984 by Ernst Pawel) Printed. UNREVISED, UNCORRECTED PROOFS. ISBN 0-374-22236-3. 1 item. 240 p. Note: Autographed on front cover: "John Updike" ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials (all laid inside front cover): advertising clipping (ca. May 1984) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 1 p. ; "Books: The Process and the Lock" [Review of The Nightmare of Reason] by John Updike, The New Yorker (18 June 1984) Clipping. 1 item. 3 p., pp. 108-109, 111-114.
    • Folder b#1169-023.4.b
      Pritchett, V. S. Chekhov: A Spirit Set Free (New York: Random House, Inc. © 1988 by V. S. Pritchett) Printed. Paperback. 1 item. 94 p. ADVANCED PROOFS [UNCORRECTED] Note: Note: Autographed boldly "John Updike" on front cover ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; text block separated ; needs conservation.
    • Folder c#1169-023.4.c
      Rush, Norman. Mating: A Novel by Norman Rush. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf © 1991 by Norman Rush) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-394-54472-2. 1 item. 248 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials: John Updike letter to Stuart Wright (26 November [1991]) accompanying copy of Mating. TLS. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder d#1169-023.4.d
      Samuels, Ernest. Bernard Berenson: The Making of a Legend. (Cambridge, MA & London, Eng.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press © 1987 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF. ISBN 0-674-06779-7. 1 item. 330 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout ; includes Updike's sketch of "Mother [sleeping] 2/13/1987" inside back cover.
    • Folder e#1169-023.4.e
      Schulz, Bruno. Letters and Drawings of Bruno Schulz with Selected Prose; edited by Jerzy Ficowski (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers © 1988 by Jacob Schulz) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-06-015896-4. 1 item. 128 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" & inscribed "Studies in Perspective" ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout.
    • Folder f#1169-023.4.f
      Simpson, Colin. Artful Partners: Bernard Berenson and Joseph Duveen. (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company © 1986 by C. & J. Simpson) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF. ISBN 0-02-611330-9. 1 item. 160 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials: Macmillan Publishing Company publicity information on Artful Partners inside front cover [taped] Typescript. 1 item. 1 p. ; John Updike holograph note (undated) inside front cover. 1 item. 1 p. ; "'Artful Partners' Toned Down: Controversial Book on Berenson Coming Out Next Month," by Norman Keyes, Jr., Boston Globe (19 January 1987), p. 14. Clipping. 1 item. 1 p. ; Mitchel Levitas, The New York Times Book Review, Letter to John Updike request 2,000 word book review of Artful Partners (12 December 1986) TLS. 1 item. 1 p. ; Susan Richman, Director of Publicity, Macmillan Publishing Company, Letter to Dear Reviewer [John Updike] enclosing galleys and requesting "major attention" (4 December 1986) TLS. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder g#1169-023.4.g
      Sissman, L. E. Hello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L. E. Sissman ; edited and with a Preface by Peter Davison. An Atlantic Monthly Press Book. First Printed May 1978 (Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown and Company © 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 by L. E. Sissman ; 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 by Anne B. Sissman) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED ADVANCE PROOF. ISBN 0-316-79311-6. 1 item. 147 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; John Updike pen sketch of a bespectacled man captioned "Holsten = Braurerei" on back cover ; includes loose manuscript materials inside front cover: "Witness to His Dying: Hello Darkness: the Collected Poems of L. E. Sissman" Review by John Updike, The New York Times Book Review (14 May 1978) Photocopy clipping. 1 item. 2 p. ; Little, Brown and Company advertising sheet (ca. May 1978) Typescript. 1 item. 1 p. [Stapled to flyleaf].
    • Folder h#1169-023.4.h
      Stevenson, Anne. Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath ; with additional material by Lucas Myers, Dido Merwin and Richard Murphy. A Peter Davison Book. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company © 1989 by Anne Stevenson, Lucas Myers, Dido Merwin and Richard Murphy) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-395-45374-7. 1 item. 195 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials inside front cover: John Updike, Holograph note & sketch of holly leaves & berries, to Stuart Wright to accompany "Ten (10) fantastic bound galleys for you at Christmastime All best, John [Updike]" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder i#1169-023.4.i
      Süskind, Patrick. Pigeon, The ; translated by John E. Woods (New York: Alfred A. Knopf © 1988 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-394-56315-8. 1 item. 64 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials on front cover [taped] & inside front cover [stapled] including Alfred A. Knopf publicity (ca. 1988) Photocopy clippings. 2 items. 2 p. ; "Books: Small Packages [including The Pigeon] Review by John Updike, The New Yorker (4 July 1988) Clipping. 1 item. 2 p. inserted between pp. 30-31.
    • Folder j#1169-023.4.j
      Tanizaki, Junichiro. Naomi ; translated by Anthony H. Chambers. A Borzoi Book (New York: Alfred A. Knopf © 1985 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-394-53663-0. 1 item. 128 p. Note: Autographed on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials inside front cover [stapled]: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. publicity information, describing Naomi, biography of Tanizaki & Chambers (1985) Photocopy clipping. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder k#1169-023.4.k
      Theroux, Paul. Millroy the Magician (New York: Random House, [Jan. 1994]) Printed. ADVANCE UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-679-40247-0. 1 item. 212 p. Note: Autographed "John Updike" on cover ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; Includes loose manuscript materials: Note from John Updike to Stuart Wright inside front cover [1994] Holograph. Post-it note. 1 item. 1 p.; G. P. Putnam's Son's Newsletter advertising Paul Theroux's My Secret History (9 July 1989) Mimeographed typescript. between pp. 114-115. 1 item. 3 p.
    • Folder l#1169-023.4.l
      Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall. Reindeer Moon: A Novel Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company [Feb. 1987] Printed. Paperback. 1 item. 171 p. ADVANCE UNCORRECTED PROOF. Note: Autographed boldly twice by "John Updike" on flyleaf ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; ANS from John Updike to Stuart Wright, which begins "Do let me know if sending these to you is just a nuisance . . . . " (28 May [1987]) Holograph. Loose manuscript item inside front cover. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder m#1169-023.4.m
      Tyler, Anne. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (New York: Alfred A. Knopf © 1982 by Anne Tyler Modaressi) Printed. Paperback. Boxed [Special clamshell box] UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-394-52381-4. 1 item. 145 p. Note: Autographed on front cover: "John Updike" ; Autographed on title page: "Anne Tyler" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials inside front cover: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. publicity information, describing Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, biography of Tyler (1985) Photocopy clipping. 1 item. 1 p. ; includes: George Core, Letter to Anne Tyler accompanying an audiocassette of Dinner (24 July 1986) TL. 1 item. 1 p. ; includes Anne Tyler, Letter & envelope to George Core commenting on audio books (27 July 1986) TLS. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder n#1169-023.4.n
      Wharton, Edith. Buccaneers, The, completed by Marion Mainwaring. (New York: Viking Press [1993]) Printed. Paperback. ADVANCED UNCORRECTED PROOFS NOT FOR SALE ISBN 0-670-85219-9. 1 item. 192 p. Note: Autographed boldly "John Updike 10/29/93" on title page ; John Updike's holograph notes throughout ; text block separated ; needs conservation.
    • Folder o#1169-023.4.o
      Wilson, Edward O. Naturalist. A Sheerwater Book (Washington, DC & Covelo, CA: Island Press © 1994 by Island Press ; Illustrations by Laura Simonds Southworth) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 1-55963-288-7. 1 item. 176 p. Note: Autographed boldy on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout.
    • Folder p#1169-023.4.p
      Yourcenar, Marguerite. That Mighty Sculptor, Time ; translated by Walter Kaiser ; in collaboration with the author. First U. S. edition (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux © 1992 by Walter Kaiser) Printed. Paperback. UNCORRECTED PROOF. ISBN 0-374-27358-8. 1 item. 109 p. Note: Autographed boldly on front cover: "John Updike" ; includes John Updike's holograph notes scattered throughout ; includes loose manuscript materials inside front cover: John Updike. Post-it note to "Dear Stuart [Wright]" accompanying bound galleys "the way you like them" (ca. 1992) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p.
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