Stuart Wright Collection: Kelly Cherry Papers

1972-1999 (Bulk: 1995-1999)
Manuscript Collection #1169-076
Creator(s)
Cherry, Kelly
Physical description
0.25 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box, 14 items, 685 p.
Preferred Citation
Stuart Wright Collection: Kelly Cherry Papers (#1169-076), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers of Kelly Cherry (1972-1999 [Bulk: 1995-1999]) documenting the life and literary career of the prolific Baton Rouge, Louisiana-born American novelist, poet, essayist, educator at University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Virginia among other universities, and poet laureate of Virginia 2010-2012; consisting of typescripts of Paula: An Odyssey: A Novel, Parts 1 – 4) (1995-1999), an unpublished volume; a broadside of her poem Loneliness: Words for a Secular Canticle (1980); also including loose manuscript items transferred from Kelly Cherry's works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection Augusta Played: A Novel (1978-1979), Conversion (1980), and Sick and Full of Burning: A Novel (1972-1989).


Biographical/historical information

Kelly Cherry was born on 21 December 1940, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her family then moved to Ithaca, New York when she was five, and then, four years later, to Chesterfield County, Virginia. She attended University of Mary Washington (BA 1961) and did graduate work in philosophy at the University of Virginia as a Du Pont Fellow. She eventually earned a Masters of Fine Arts form the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

After working in the publishing business for several years, Cherry taught at Southwest Minnesota State College. Over the next two decades, Cherry was teacher and writer-in-residence at several institutions; most notably the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught from 1977-until her retirement in 1999. She is currently (2016) the Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In retirement, she continues to hold academic positions at several universities.

Over Cherry's career she has published over 25 works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, ten chapbooks and two translations of Greek classical plays. She also has published numerous reviews for a plethora of publications, including the New York Times, the London Independent, the Chicago Book Review, and the Los Angeles Times.

Over her career Cherry received many awards and fellowships for her work, most notably a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016 and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in 2009. She served as Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2010-2012.

Sources:

"Kelly Cherry" [Biographical Sketch] Wikipedia. Accessed 18 November 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Cherry.

"Kelly Cherry" [Biographical Sketch] Poetry Foundation. Accessed 18 November 2016. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/kelly-cherry.

Author: Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of John Leche, 11/18/2016, rev. 2/16/2017, 3/16/2017.


Scope and arrangement

Stuart Wright Collection: Kelly Cherry Papers (#1169-076) are arranged in original order in 2 series.

Series 1: Cary Addition #1 to the Stuart Wright Collection consist of papers (1980-1999 [Bulk: 1995-1999) documenting the life and literary career of Kelly Cherry (b. 1940), the prolific American novelist, poet, essayist, and educator at University of Wisconsin-Madison; consisting of typescripts of her publication Paula: An Odyssey: A Novel, Parts 1 – 4), and a broadside of her poem Loneliness: Words for a Secular Canticle. Cherry served as Poet Laureate of Virginia 2010-2012. Source: Cary Addition Boxes #099.000 & 145.000. Series 1 is held in Box 1.a-1.e

Series 2: Ludlow Addition #2 to the Stuart Wright Collection consists of papers (1972-1989) documenting the life and literary career of Kelly Cherry (b. 1940), the prolific American novelist, poet, essayist, and educator at University of Wisconsin-Madison; consisting of typescripts of loose manuscripts transferred Kelly Cherry's works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection Augusta Played: A Novel,Conversion,Sick and Full of Burning: A Novel. Cherry served as Poet Laureate of Virginia 2010-2012. Source: Cary Addition Boxes #162.012, 165.015, 165.013. Series 2 is held in Box 1.f-1.h.


Administrative information
Custodial History

27 October 2011, (Cary Addition #1), 0.24 cubic feet; 0.95 archival box; 6 items; 675 p. Papers (1980-1999 [Bulk: 1995-1999) documenting the life and literary career of Kelly Cherry (b. 1940), the prolific American novelist, poet, essayist, and educator at University of Wisconsin-Madison; consisting of typescripts of her publication Paula: An Odyssey: A Novel, Parts 1 – 4), and a broadside of her poem Loneliness: Words for a Secular Canticle. Cherry served as Poet Laureate of Virginia 2010-2012. Source: Cary Addition Boxes #099.000 & 145.000. Vendor: Stuart Wright

20 July 2012, (Ludlow Addition #2), 0.01 cubic feet; 0.05 archival box; 8 items; 10 p. Papers (1972-1989) documenting the life and literary career of Kelly Cherry (b. 1940), the prolific American novelist, poet, essayist, and educator at University of Wisconsin-Madison; consisting of typescripts of loose manuscripts transferred Kelly Cherry's works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection Augusta Played: A Novel,Conversion,Sick and Full of Burning: A Novel. Cherry served as Poet Laureate of Virginia 2010-2012. Source: Cary Addition Boxes #162.012, 165.015, 165.013. Vendor: Stuart Wright

Source of acquisition

Purchased from Stuart Wright, 10/27/2011, 7/20/2012

Processing information

Processing, Preliminary inventory & Container List, by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Nathaniel King, 2/15/2016, 2/18/2016; Final inventory by Jonathan Dembo, 8/29/2016; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, 9/27/2016, 11/18/2016; Biographical Sketch, by Jonathan Dembo with the assistance of Dale Wetterhahn & John Leche, 11/18/2016, rev. 2/16/2017; Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 2/16/2017, 3/16/2017.

Copyright notice

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


Language of material

English

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Paula : An Odyssey : A Novel, by Kelly Cherry [ PART I ] (ca. 1995 - 1999), pp. 1 - 113. Corrected Carbon typescript & Envelope. Unbound. 2 items. 119 p. ; Note : Stuart Wright holograph note on envelope : "Kelly Cherry Novel / Carbon typescript of first draft / Student of Fred Chappell UNC-G MFA degree / unpublished?" ; fragile, brittle ; needs conservation ; Source : Cary Addition Box #099A.000
Box 1 Folder b Paula : An Odyssey : A Novel, by Kelly Cherry [ PART II ] (ca. 1995 - 1999), pp. 114 - 295. Corrected Carbon typescript. Unbound. 1 item. 181 p. ; Note : fragile, brittle ; needs conservation ; Source : Cary Addition Box #099A.000
Box 1 Folder c Paula : An Odyssey : A Novel, by Kelly Cherry [ PART III ] (ca. 1995 - 1999), pp. 296 - 465. Corrected Carbon typescript. Unbound. 1 item. 169 p. ; Note : fragile, brittle ; needs conservation ; Source : Cary Addition Box #099A.000
Box 1 Folder d Paula : An Odyssey : A Novel, by Kelly Cherry [ PART IV ] (ca. 1995 - 1999), pp. 466 - 671. Corrected Carbon typescript. Unbound. 1 item. 205 p. ; Note : fragile, brittle ; needs conservation ; Source : Cary Addition Box #099A.000
Box 1 Folder e Loneliness : Words for a Secular Canticle [Poem] by Kelly Cherry. Palaemon Broadside No. 18 (Winston-Salem, NC : Palaemon Press Ltd., © 1980) Broadside. 1 item. 1 p. ; Note : Autographed "Kelly Cherry" on face ; one of 126 copies printed ; Source : Cary Addition Box #145.000
Box 1 Folder f Augusta Played : A Novel, by Kelly Cherry (© 1979) Note : 1) Kelly Cherry, Madison, WI. Letter to Fred Chappell with news that Houghton Mifflin has bought her new novel, Augusta Played ; will be at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts June - Sept. ; George Chieffet is "excited" by Linnaeus (16 April 1978) TLS & Envelope. 1 item. 2 p. ; 2) Kelly Cherry. Letter to Stuart Wright ordering a copy of George Garrett's Poison Pen ; is writing "brilliant short stories" (ca. 1986) ALS. 1 item. 1 p. ; 3) Kelly Cherry, Madison, WI. Letter to Stuart Wright agreeing to "contribute to the TR re : GG [George Garrett]" (26 Oct. 1988) TLS. 1 item. 1 p. ; 4) Kelly Cherry, Madison, WI care of Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA. Letter to Stuart Wright enclosing piece on George Garrett entitled "Meaning and Music in George Garrett's Fiction" (27 Jan. 1989) TLS. 1 item. 1 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #162.012
Box 1 Folder g Conversion, by Kelly Cherry ; Drawings by Jamie E. Murphy ; the Treacle Story ; Series 8 (© 1979) Note : 1) Kelly Cherry, Madison, WI. Letter to Fred Chappell with thanks for "nice letter on Conversion" ; knows it has flaws ; has cut it from book of short stories ; book now reasonably tight ; George Garrett suggested I should ask you for text of Earthsleep ; Don's mother just died ; sent George Garrett copy of Paula in hopes he would write a letter or suggest improvements (20 Feb. 1980) TLS. 1 item. 1 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #165.015
Box 1 Folder h Sick and Full of Burning : A Novel, by Kelly Cherry (© 1974) Note : 1) Kelly Cherry, Madison, WI. Letter to Fred Chappell with thanks for mentioning her to Ashbel Green ; progress on editing manuscript ; has three stories ready to place ; hopes the novel is going well ; likes Philip Roth's The Breast ; has fallen in love with Margaret Drabble (21 Nov. 1972) TLS & Envelope. 1 item. 2 p. ; 2) Kelly Cherry, Madison, WI. Letter to Fred Chappell saying her Guggenheim application is ready to mail ; will send you current c.v. ; bad summer : mother died and her dog had to be put down ; visited Paris with her sister ; house management (10 Sept. 1988) TLS. 1 item. 1 p. ; 3) Kelly Cherry, Sweet Briar, VA. Letter to Stuart Wright saying she's glad Stuart liked the piece ; "saddened to hear that Palaemon is gone" (6 Feb. 1989) ALS. 1 item. 1 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #165.013