Papers of Andre Dubus (1967-1984, undated) documenting the literary career of the noted Lake Charles, Louisiana-born American novelist and essayist, consisting mainly of loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection including correspondence, photographic prints, notes, advertising postcards, dust jackets, broadsides, and clippings of reviews, by or about Andre Dubus, Richard Ghormley Eberhart, and others; also a corrected page proof of his short story Land Where My Fathers Died (1984).
Dubus was seriously injured in a car accident on the night of 23 July 23 1986. When he stopped to assist two motorists, a passing car struck him,crushing both his legs, and leaving him in critical condition. After a series of unsuccessful operations, he had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. Eventually he lost the use of his left leg too. He learned to walk again with the use of prosthetics, but infections limited his mobilitiy and he was largely wheelchair-bound for the remainder of his life. As a result, he suffered from clinical depression for several years. Dubus continued to write and to publish, despite his injuries but his medical bills rose rapdily. In 1987, when his expenses threatened to impoverish him, his friends, the novelists Kurt Vonnegut and John Updike (#1169-023) among them, organized a literary benefit to help him. After several years, Dubus recovered from his depression and accepted his disability, and believed that his sufferings had given his writing new empathy.
During his career, Dubus wrote one novel, The Lieutenant (1967) but he is known primarily as a short story writer. His collections of short stories include: Separate Flights (1975), Adultery and Other Choices (1977), Finding a Girl in America (1980), The Times Are Never So Bad (1983), Voices from the Moon (1984), The Last Worthless Evening (1986), Selected Stories (1988), Broken Vessels (1991), Dancing After Hours (1996), and Meditations from a Movable Chair (1998).
Dubus was married three times and had six children. His son, Andre Dubus, III, also became a writer and wrote a memoir dealing largely with his relationship with his father. The memoir, entitled, Townie, was published in 2011. Dubus, died of a heart attack on 24 February 1999 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, aged 62.
Sources: "Andre Dubus Papers, 1925-2001 (MS-5152)." 9.66 cubic ft. Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX USA http://norman.hrc.utexas.edu/fasearch/findingAid.cfm?eadid=00633
"Andre Dubus", [Obituary] New York Times (26 February 1999). http://www.nytimes.com/1999/02/26/arts/andre-dubus-62-celebrated-for-short-stories.html
"Andre Dubus" [Biographical Sketch]. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andre_Dubus
"Andre Dubus, III" [Biographical Sketch]. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andre_Dubus_III
Author: Jonathan Dembo, 11/18/2016, rev. 4/17/2017.
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.
Stuart Wright Collection: Andre Dubus Papers (#1169-020) document the life and literary career of Andre Dubus, 1967-1984, undated. They are arranged in original order in 2 series, consisting of an original acquisition and Cary Addition #1. Series #1, the original acquisition, consists of loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Collection, including correspondence, photographic prints notes, advertising postcards, dust jackets, broadsides, and clippings of reviews found between the leaves of books and other printed materials in the Stuart Wright Book Collection. Series #2, the Cary Addition #1, consists of a corrected page proof of Dubus' short story, Land Where My Fathers Died by Andre Dubus (1984).
Series 1: Loose Manuscripts Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection consists of loose manuscripts found between the leaves of volumes in the Stuart Wright Book Collection. The material consists of notes, letters, clippings, printed material and ephemera, 1967-1984, relating to Andre Dubus, Hart Crane, Rosanna Warren, William Meredith, Sandra M. Gilbert, Douglas Lawder, Roger Donald, Richard Harteis, Ralph Thompson, Waldo Frank, Yvor Winters, Franz Kafka, Salem Slobodkin, William Empson, Virginia Bagliore, Richard Eberhart, Marc Kaminsky, Nicholas Rinaldi, Nixeon Civille Handy, Robert A. Brooks, Wallace Stevens, Richard Meade, Theodore Weiss, and their publications. The loose manuscripts are linked to the book of origin by their Stuart Wright Book Collection Number (e.g. Stuart Wright Book Collection #38.04). Series one is held in Box 1.a – 1.f
Series 2: Cary Addition #1 to the Stuart Wright Collection contains a corrected page proof of Dubus' short story, Land Where My Fathers Died by Andre Dubus (1984). Series 2 is held in Box 1.g
Note to Researchers: Series 1: Loose Manuscripts Transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection consist of items found laid in works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection by, about, associated with, or owned by Andre Dubus. They include notes and bookmarks inserted by Dubus, Stuart Wright, and others; also notes, cards, correspondence, clippings, advertising, reviews, ephemera, etc. relating to his published works. The loose manuscripts are linked to the books from which they came by their Stuart Wright Book Collection Number (e.g. Stuart Wright Book Collection #40.15).
Purchased from Stuart Wright, 6/21/2010
Processing, Container List & Preliminary inventory by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Saundra Pinkham & Douglas Tuers, revised 11/19/2010; Final inventory revised by Douglas Tuers, 2/14/2011, 4/27/2011, 9/9/2016, 11/1/2016; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, Trisha Capansky revised, 11/28/2011, 1/23/2012, 11/10/2015, 11/1/2016; Stuart Wright biography revised by Jonathan Dembo, 9/17/2012, 11/1/2016; Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 7/5/2012; Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 7/18/2012, 11/18/2016
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Andre Dubus Papers, 1925-2001 (MS-5152). 9.66 cubic ft. Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX USA
Reid and Susan Overcash Literary Collection - A. R. Ammons Papers (#1096-001) Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC USA
Stuart Wright Collection – George Core Papers (#1169-002) Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC USA