Records of Lillabulero Press, Limited (1932-1983 [Bulk: 1966-1974], undated) documenting the history of Lillabulero Press, Limited, a small literary press, in Chapel Hill, NC and later in Northwood Narrows, NH, founded, edited and published by Russell Banks (1940-) and William Matthews (1942-1997); consisting of typescripts and correspondence, and proofs of submitted manuscripts and research materials, relating to Lillabulero Press, Limited, and its various publications, including Lillabulero Magazine, Issues Nos. 1 – 14 (1966-1984); Lillabulero Poetry Pamphlet Series, Nos. 6-17 (1969-1973); Lillabulero Prose Pamphlet Series No. 1 (1973); Lillabulero Portfolio / 1967; and oversized archival folders containing proofs of published materials (1967-1973).
The name Lillabulero comes from an English tune that dates at least from the 1640s and was popular as a marching song in the British Army during American colonial times.
Banks published his first novel, Family Life in 1975, and subsequently published 11 novels since then. He also published 6 collections of short stories beginning in 1975 with Searching for Survivors. He has also published two volumes of poetry and three nonfiction works. His works have been translated into 20 languages and he has received numerous awards and literary honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1976) and the John Dos Passos Prize (1985). On two occasions, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Continental Drift (1986) and Cloudsplitter (1999).
In 1976, Banks divorced his second wife after 14 years of marriage and was subsequently married to Harper & Row editor, Kathy Walton, for five years. He is currently married to Chase Twichell. He has four daughters from his previous marriages.
Matthews' first major collection of poetry was Ruining the New Road: Poems (1970), Matthews wrote 11 volumes of poetry and received much acclaim, including a National Book Critics Circle Award for Time & Money (1996). In his writings themes of life cycles, the passage of time, and human consciousness. His poetry also examines his own interests, including jazz, basketball, and his children.
In 1963 Matthews married Marie Murray Harris; but this marriage, and two later marriages all ended in divorce. Matthews died 12 November 1997 in New York, NY, at age 55, of an apparent heart attack according to his companion, Celia Bellinger. Matthews is survived by his mother, a sister, two sons, and two grandchildren.
"Russell Banks [Biographical Sketch]". Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Banks
"Road Signs", by Leigh Ann Couch, Indy Week Arts Feature (29 March 2000) http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/road-signs/Content?oid=1181206
"Russell Banks, The Art of Fiction No. 152 [Interview]" by Robert Faggen. The Paris Review, Issue 147 (Summer 1998) https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1104/russell-banks-the-art-of-fiction-no-152-russell-banks
"Russell Banks Papers (MS-4899)" 53.76 lin. ft. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. http://norman.hrc.utexas.edu/fasearch/findingAid.cfm?eadid=00306
"William Matthews, 1942-1997 [Biographical Sketch]". Poetry Foundation. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/william-matthews
"William Matthews (Poet) [Biographical Sketch]" Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Matthews_(poet)
"William Matthews (Obituary)", by Eric Page, New York Times (14 November 1997), p. D19. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/14/books/william-matthews-55-poet-who-won-prestigious-awards.html
Author: Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Dale Wetterhahn, 4/14/2016, rev. 2/23/2017, 3/20/2017.
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 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
Stuart Wright Collection: Lillabulero Press, Limited, Records (#1169-088) is arranged in original order in a single series.
Series 1: Cary Addition #1 to the Stuart Wright Collection, consists of typescripts and correspondence, submitted manuscripts and research materials, relating to Lillabulero Press, Limited, and its various publications, including Lillabulero Magazine, Issues Nos. 1 – 14 (1966-1984); Lillabulero Poetry Pamphlet Series, Nos. 6-17 (1969-1973); Lillabulero Prose Pamphlet Series No. 1 (1973); Lillabulero Portfolio / 1967; and oversized archival folders containing proofs of published materials (1967-1973).
Purchased from Stuart Wright, 10/27/2011
Processing, Preliminary inventory & Container List, by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Nathaniel King, 2/22/2016, 5/13/2016; Final inventory by Jonathan Dembo, 5/31/2016; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, 9/30/2016, 12/9/2016; Biographical Sketch, by Jonathan Dembo with the assistance of Dale Wetterhahn, 4/19/2016, 12/9/2016, rev. 2/23/2017; Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 2/23/2017, 3/20/2017.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Lillabulero Records, 1964-1975 (#05042), Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC USA
Russell Banks Papers (MS-4899) 53.76 lin. ft. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX USA