Papers of Henry S. Taylor (1968-1990) documenting the life and literary career of the noted Lincoln, Virginia-born American poet, translator, and educator who taught literature and co-directed the creative writing at American University in Washington, DC, 1973-2003; including edited manuscripts, loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, printed materials, proofs of published works & oversized materials.
Among his more notable writings are: The Flying Change: New Poems (1985), Desperado (1979), An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (1975), Breaking (1969), The Gardner (1961), Dear Men and Women (1966), Understanding Fiction: Poems (1996), The Bright Room (1927), and The Black Panther (1922).
His honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (19786) and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1981). He also earned the Witter Bynner Foundation Poetry Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1984), Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1986), and the Golden Crane Award of the Washington Chapter of the American Literary Translators Association (1989).
The collection includes references to his publications in The Hollins Critic, The Roanoke Review, Snapshots: The Literary Anecdote as Interview, Contemporary, and Poetry Pilot. There are also letters to Stuart Wright, Ann Darr, Larry Johnson, Anne Warner, and Irv Broughton. There are biographies of James Tate and John Updike, as well as poetry by John Wheelock and Thomas Milligan.
Sources: "Henry S. Taylor." Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_S._Taylor
"Henry S. Taylor." Poets.org. https://www.poets.org/print/46213
"Henry S. Taylor." Poetry Out Loud. http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poet/henry-taylor
"Henry S. Taylor." Obituary. Washington Post. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=172882250\
Author: Jonathan Dembo with the assistance of Alyssa Coleman, 8/3/2016
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.
Author: Jonathan Dembo, 11/2/2016
Stuart Wright Collection: Henry S. Taylor Papers, 1968-1990 (#1169-026) document the life and literary career of Henry S. [Splawn] Taylor (1942- ). The Taylor Papers are arranged in original order in 2 series consisting of Cary Addition #1 & Ludlow Addition #2. Included in the collection are edited manuscripts, loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, printed materials & proofs of published materials. The collection focuses on Crews' literary career.
Series 1: Cary Addition #1 to the Stuart Wright Collection is arranged in four sub-series: manuscript typescripts, loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, printed periodicals, and oversized proofs of published materials, 1970-1990. Most notably it includes drafts and manuscripts materials Henry S. Taylor edited for Hollins Critic (1970), it includes correspondence requesting permission to reprint Henry S. Taylor's works, and oversized proof of Letting the Darkness In: The Poetic Achievement of John Hall Wheelock (1970).
Series 2: Ludlow Addition #2 to the Stuart Wright Collection is consists of a single sub-series: loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, 1968-1989. Most notably it includes an autographed copy of a biographical sketch of Henry S. Taylor by George Garrett and correspondence between Taylor and Stuart Wright on submitting poetry for publication.
Note to Researchers: Series 1, 2: Loose Manuscript Items 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 Henry S. Taylor. They include notes and bookmarks inserted by Taylor, 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 #123B.026).
Purchased from Stuart Wright, 10/27/2011, 7/20/2012
Processing, Preliminary inventory & Container list by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Nathaniel King & Ryan Schmidtke, 3/4/2014, 11/25/2015, 3/17/2016, 8/3/2016, 11/1/2016; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Nathaniel King, 11/25/2015, 3/17/2016, 9/8/2016; Inventory revised by Jonathan Dembo, 11/24/2015, 3/17/2016, 10/6/2016; Biographical sketch by Alyssa Coleman, 8/3/2016; Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 01/10/2017.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Henry Taylor Papers, 1960-2000. Special Collections, Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA USA