Papers of George Garrett (1930-2009 [Bulk: 1960-2009], undated) documenting the life and literary career of the noted Orlando, Florida-born American poet and novelist, consisting of audio recordings, correspondence, manuscripts of poems by, about, or relating to George Garrett, Madison Smartt Bell, Carolyn Chute, Larry McMurtry, Ned O'Gorman, Henry S. Taylor & others; also including notes, oversized materials, photographic prints, printed forms, proofs of published works, loose manuscript materials transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, & printed materials; in English & French language.
As a writer Garrett was proficient in a number of genres, including poetry, fiction, and plays. His novel Death of the Fox was part of a trilogy (1971-1990) and his only "best seller." He was Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2002-2004. Garrett died on 25 May 2008 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sources: "George Garrett (Poet)" [Biographical Sketch]. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Garrett_(poet)
"Guide to the George P. Garrett Papers, 1929-2008 (bulk 1960-2000)." (RL.00438) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, NC USA. http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/garrpap/
Author: Jonathan Dembo, 11/28/2009, 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: George Garrett Papers (#1169-021) document the life and literary career of George Garrett, 1930-2009, undated. The Garrett Papers are arranged in original order in 3 series, including an initial acquisition, Cary Addition #1, and Ludlow Addition #2. The collection consists of loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection; clippings, correspondence, typescripts, photographs, proofs, brochures, pamphlets, oversized materials, and other items.
Series 1: Loose Manuscripts Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection, 1977 - 1984 consists of two folders: Folder a consists of a photocopied typescript of Radical Conservatism: The Southern Review (1935-1942), by Albert J. Montesi, signed by the author on the cover; with a note to RPW from the author laid in; RPW's negative marginal notes throughout; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #15-25 (9/24/2009); Folder b consists of a photocopied typescript, by Annie Dillard (May 1977), autographed on cover: "For George [Garrett] Love from Annie. Lummi Island, May 1977." Series 1 is held in Box 1.a - b
Series 2: Loose Manuscripts Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection consists of loose manuscripts including correspondence, photographic prints, manuscripts of poems, pamphlets and ephemera found laid in works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection by, about, or relating to George Garrett. From Garrett's copy of Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry, was transferred a letter from McMurtry to Stuart Wright discussing his sale of Allen Tate's book Mr. Pope and a receipt from Robert Penn Warren's John Brown. From the manuscript of An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (1975) by Henry S. Taylor, were transferred a number of typescript poems by Mr. Taylor with holograph annotations by Mr. Taylor, 1957-1989. Series 1 is held in Box 1.a – 1.g
Series 4: Cary Addition #1 to the Stuart Wright Collection is arranged in 12 subseries, including clippings, correspondence, typescripts, photographs, loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, proofs; printed materials: books, brochures & leaflets; printed materials: pamphlets; printed materials: articles & reprints; printed materials: periodicals; and oversized materials, 1930-2009. Series 2 is held in Box 2.a - 19.x, os.1 - os.14 Series 4: Ludlow Addition #2 to the Stuart Wright Collection is arranged in 4 sub-series, including correspondence, typescripts & clippings; loose manuscript items transferred form the Stuart Wright Book Collection; proofs; and pamphlets, 1950-2004. Series 3 is held in Box 20.a - 20.u
Note to Researchers: Series 1: Loose Manuscripts Transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection consists of items found laid in works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection by, about, associated with, or owned by George Garrett. They include notes and bookmarks inserted by Garrett, 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, 10/27/2011, 7/20/2012
Preliminary inventory & Container list by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Nathaniel King, Saundra Pinkham, Shelby Sapp & Dale Wetterhahn 11/19/2010, 4/22/2016; revised 10/27/2011, 6/18/2013; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, 11/8/2011, revised 12/10/2012; Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 7/6/2012; inventory revised by Jonathan Dembo, 10/9/2013, 4/26/2016, 2/21/2018.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
George P. Garrett Papers (bulk 1960-2000) (RL.00438). 268 linear feet; 177,929 items. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Durham, NC USA
Meriwether Collection of George Garrett, 1957-1990. 4 cubic feet; 11 boxes (CO727). Princeton University Library, Manuscript Division. Princeton, NJ USA
A Guide to the Papers of George P. Garrett, 1949-1986. 108 items (Acc. 9651-c). Alderman Memorial Library. University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA USA
Stuart Wright Collection - Madison Smartt Bell Papers (#1169-001) Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.