Stuart Wright Collection: Rosanna Warren Papers

1964-1989, [Bulk: 1981-1984], undated
Manuscript Collection #1169-079
Creator(s)
Warren, Rosanna (Rosanna Phelps)
Physical description
0.25 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box, 27 items, 91 p.
Preferred Citation
Stuart Wright Collection: Rosanna Warren Papers (#1169-079), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers of Rosanna Warren (1964-1989, [Bulk: 1981-1984], undated) documenting the life and literary career the Fairfield, Connecticut-born American poet and educator at Boston University, who was the daughter of writers and poets Robert Penn Warren (#1169-014) and Eleanor Clark (#1169-070); consisting of an uncorrected proof of Each Leaf Shines Separate: Poems (1984); also loose manuscript items transferred from her works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection, including from Each Leaf Shines Separate: Poems (1984), Joey Story: A Ten Year Old Girl's Story of Her Dog (1964), Snow Day (1981) and from New England Review, Vol. 4, no. 2 (1982).


Biographical/historical information

Rosanna Warren was born Rosanna Phelps Warren, in Fairfield, Connecticut, on 27 July 1953, to two well-known writers, Robert Penn Warren (#1169-014) and Eleanor Clark (#1169-070), whose papers are also included in the Stuart Wright Collection. After graduating from high school, Rosanna studied painting at Yale University, where she graduated in 1976 with a B.A. in Painting. She then earned her M.A. from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in 1980.

Warren quickly became known as a poet, translator, and educator. She was a member of the English Department faculty at Boston University, 1981-2012. She joined the University of Chicago English Department in 2012.

In 1984, Warren published her first collection of poetry titled Each Leaf Shines Separate (1984). Her next collection of poetry, Stained Glass, won the Lamont Poetry Prize (1993). For her work in poetry and literary scholarship, Warren as received a number of prestigious awards. She has been selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also served as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. She has also received several Pushcart Prizes, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit in Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Berlin Prize (2006).

Ms. Warren married Stephen Scully in December 1981.Together, they published a translation of Euripides' The Suppliants (1995).The couple had two daughters but have since divorced.

Sources: "Rosanna Warren". [Biographical Sketch] Poetry Foundation.org. Accessed 23 November 2016. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/rosanna-warren.

"Rosanna Warren". [Biographical Sketch] Poets.org. Accessed 23 November 2016. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/rosanna-warren.

"Rosanna Warren". [Biographical Sketch] New Members of the University Faculty, The University of Chicago. Accessed 23 November 2016. https://newfaculty.uchicago.edu/page/rosanna-warren.

Author: Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of John Leche, 11/28/2016, 3/16/2017.

Stuart Wright collected and compiled the Rosanna Phelps Warren Papers. He was born, Stuart Thurman Wright, 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 106 sub-collections of the papers of Southern American writers, illustrators, composers, and publishers. 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


Scope and arrangement

Stuart Wright Collection: Rosanna Warren Papers (#1169-079) are arranged in original order in 2 series.

Series 1: Cary Addition #1 to the Stuart Wright Collection, consists of papers (1981-1984) documenting the life and literary career of Rosanna Phelps Warren (b. 1953), an American poet and educator at Boston University; consisting of proofs and loose manuscript items transferred from her works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection, including from Snow Day. Warren's father was Robert Penn Warren (#1169-014) and her mother was Eleanor Clark (#1169-070). Source: Cary Addition Boxes #110.003, 069.001, 069.002. Series 1 is held in Box 1.a-1.c

Series 2: Ludlow Addition #2 to the Stuart Wright Collection, consists of papers (1964-1989) documenting the life and literary career of Rosanna Phelps Warren (b. 1953), an American poet and educator at Boston University; consisting of loose manuscript items transferred from her works in the Stuart Wright Book Collection, including from Each Leaf Shines Separate: Poems, Joey Story: A Ten Year Old Girl's Story of Her Dog, Snow Day, and New England Review, Vol. 4, no. 2. Warren's father was Robert Penn Warren (#1169-014) and her mother was Eleanor Clark (#1169-070). Source: Cary Addition Boxes #167.026, 167.024, 167.027, 167.025. Series 2 is held in Box 2.d-1.g.


Administrative information
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 & Jay Colin Menees, 2/18/2016, 4/19/2016; Final inventory by Jonathan Dembo, 8/30/2016; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, 9/27/2016, 11/28/2016; Biographical Sketch, by Jonathan Dembo with the assistance of John Leche, 11/28/2016, rev. 2/20/2017; Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 2/20/2017, 3/17/2017, 2/21/2018.

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

Related material

Stuart Wright Collection: Robert Penn Warren Papers (#1169-014) Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC USA.

Stuart Wright Collection: Eleanor Clark Papers (#1169-070) Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC USA.


Container list
Box 1 Folder a Each Leaf Shines Separate: Poems [Book] by Rosanna Warren (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, © 1984) Uncorrected Proofs. Bound. Paper back. 1 item. 52 p. Note: Rosanna was the daughter of Robert Penn Warren; Source: Cary Addition Box #110B.003
Box 1 Folder b Snow Day, by Rosanna Warren (ca. 1981) Note: 1) Palaemon Press, Ltd., advertising leaflet for Snow Day, with biographical sketch of Warren. 1 item. 1 p.; Source: Cary Addition Box #69.001
Box 1 Folder c Snow Day, by Rosanna Warren (ca. 1981) Note: 1) Palaemon Press, Ltd. Review Copy slip (ca. December 1981); 2) Palaemon Press, Ltd., advertising leaflet for Snow Day, with bio of Warren. 2 items. 2 p.; Source: Cary Addition Box #69.002
Box 1 Folder d Each Leaf Shines Separate, by Rosanna Warren (© 1984) Note: 1) Rosey the Scribbler [Rosanna Warren] Note to "Dear Stuart" about breakfast (undated) AN. 1 item. 1 p.; 2) Kathleen M. Anderson, Editor, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Business card (ca. 1984) Printed. 1 item. 1 p.; 3) Errata: Each Leaf Shines Separate (ca. 1984) Printed. 1 item. 1 p.; 4) "Poems by Rosanna Warren: Snow Days, Review by G. Z., The Vanderbilt Alumnus Magazine (ca. 1981-1982) Clipping. 1 item. 1 p.; 5) Notebook Page, illustrated by Rosanna Warren (14 November) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p.; 6) David Lehman, ed., Beyond Amazement: New Essays on John Ashbery (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1980) reviewed by Rosanna Warren, Vol. 96, No. 5, MLN (December 1981), pp. 1244-1254. Clipping. 1 item 6 p.; 7) Rosanna Warren, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Letter to Mr. Graziano declining to do a memoir of her father but offering the poem she gave him on his birthday (6 December 1980) TLS. 1 item. 1 p.; 8) Palaemon Press Ltd., Winston-Salem, NC. Wachovia Bank Check #202 to Rosanna Warren for $100 (8 August 1980) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p.; 9) Robert Penn Warren, Fairfield, CT. Invitation to attend the wedding of his daughter Rosanna, to Mr. Stephen Scully (20 December 1981) Printed card, Envelope, Photocopy travel instructions. 1 item. 2 p.; 10) Kendra Kopelke, Department of English, Washington College, Chestertown, MD. Letter to Stuart Wright, requesting information on submissions procedures (2 January 1984) TLS. 1 item. 1 p.; 11) Kathleen M. Anderson, Editor. W. W. Norton & Company, New York, NY. Letter to Stuart Wright as Rosanna Warren's editor, will send galleys of her work (18 September 1984) TLS & Envelope. 1 item. 2 p.; 12) R. Warren, Newton, MA. Address label to Stuart Wright (3 December 1984) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p.; 13) Rosanna Warren, Needham, MA. Postcard to Stuart Wright informing him of the birth of her daughter, Chaira Clark Scully, ten days ago (19 July 1985) ALS. 1 item. 1 p.; 14) Rosanna Warren, Needham, MA. Letter to Stuart Wright informing him that the "exceedingly vicious rumors circulating about your book-dealing activities. I wanted you to know -- and Ma [Eleanor Clark] joins me in this -- that those rumors had nothing to do with Pa's change of mind about you as his executor." (26 September [1989]) ALS & Envelope. 1 item. 2 p.; Source: Ludlow Addition Box #167.026
Box 1 Folder e Joey Story: A Ten Year Old Girl's Story of Her Dog, The, by Rosanna Warren (© 1964) Note: 1) Rosanna Warren with Her Dog, Joey (ca. 1964) Photographic print. Black & White. 3.5" x 4.5" 1 item. 1 p.; 2) Random House. Publicity Portrait of Rosanna Warren with Gabriel Warren with their dogs Aslan and Joey with Caption (ca. 23 October 1964) Photographic print. Black & White. 5" x 7" 1 item. 1 p.; 3) Boy Lying on a Log; Lakeside Scene, by Rosanna Warren [?] (undated) Original art. Watercolors. 1 item. 1p.; 4) Notebook Pages, by Rosanna Warren [?] including notes of daily activities & sketches (31 August - 1 September [1964]) Holograph. 1 item. 4 p.; 5-6) Drawings (For W. Bailey) [Poem] by Rosanna Warren (ca. 1964) Typescript & Photocopy typescripts. 2 items. 2 p.; Source: Ludlow Addition Box #167.024
Box 1 Folder f New England Review, Vol. 4, no. 2 (Winter 1981) Note: 1) Jim Schley, New England Review, Hanover, NH. Note to Stuart Wright thanking him for his request and his payment (1 September 1982) ALS. 1 item. 1 p.; Source: Ludlow Addition Box #167.027
Box 1 Folder g Snow Day, by Rosanna Warren (© 1981) Note: 1) Palaemon Press Limited, Winston-Salem, NC. Comments on Snow Day & Biographical Sketch of Author (ca. 1981) Flyer. 1 item. 1 p.; 2) William Ferris, Director, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, University, MS. Letter to Stuart Wright about his visit to the Warrens & would ordering a copy of Rosanna Warren's recent book in time for her forthcoming reading on 17 February (8 February 1982) TLS. 1 item. 1 p.; Source: Ludlow Addition Box #167.025