Stuart Wright Collection: Mark Morrow Papers, 1981-1998 (bulk 1981-1986)

Manuscript Collection #1169-100

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Stuart Wright Collection: Mark Morrow Papers
    Creator: Morrow, Mark, (Mark E.), b. 1952
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers of Mark Morrow (1981-1998, [Bulk: 1981-1986]) documenting the life and career of the Greer, South Carolina-raised American journalist, editor, photographer, and essayist; consisting of loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection volume entitled Images of the Southern Writer: Photographs (1981-1998), by Mark Morrow, including 17 letters, postcards and bills sent from Morrow to Stuart Wright regarding photographic orders, 1981-1986; also a letter from George Garrett to Stuart Wright enclosing a copy of Morrow’s book, 1998.
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 archival box,
  • Description
     

    Stuart Wright Collection: Mark Morrow Papers (#1169-100) are arranged in original order in a single series.

    Series 1: Cary Addition #1 to the Stuart Wright Collection,consist of papers (1981-1998, [Bulk: 1981-1986) documenting the life and career of the American journalist, editor, photographer, and essayist (b. 1955), consisting of loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection volume entitled Images of the Southern Writer: Photographs (1981-1998), by Mark Morrow including letters, postcards and bills sent from Morrow to Stuart Wright regarding photographic orders; also a letter from George Garrett enclosing a copy of Morrow's book. Source: Ludlow Addition Box #162.021. Series 1 is held in Box 1.a.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Mark Morrow was born Mark E. Morrow on 8 November 1952, in Greer, South Carolina. He received a B. A. in Journalism, from the University of South Carolina-Columbia (1975) and an M. A. in English (1979). After graduating from USC, Morrow worked on weekly newspapers as a reporter who also took photographs and thus developed his photographic skills. He arranged toothpaste displays in drugstores, picked up trash at a California county fair. He also served as a Washington, DC reporter, a used car salesman (unsuccessful), a freelance writer and a photographer.

    Morrow is especially noted for his first publication, Images of the Southern Writer (1985), which featured his own text and photographs of 30 noted southern novelists, short story writers, poets, and playwrights. He was inspired to do this by his graduate school teacher, William Price Fox. This was a five-year project that he pursued while working fulltime as a photographer for the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He began photographing local writers, including James Dickey. He photographed writers who were friends with William Fox, like Reynolds Price and Harry Crews. Among the Southern writers featured in the book were: Erskine Caldwell, Harry Crewe, James Dickey, Ernest Gaines, Ellen Gilchrist, Barry Hannah, Beth Hensley, Andrew Lytle, Cormac McCarthy, Walker Percy, Reynolds Price, William Styron, Anne Tyler, Eudora Welty, and Tennessee Williams.

    In the years since, Morrow has been executive editor for McGraw-Hill, publishers, 1985-1991; then he was editor of Quality Systems Update Newsletter, for the Center for Energy and Environmental Management (1991-1996); he was then Manager, Acquisitions and Development for the American Society for Training Development (1997-2009); and since 2009, he has been an Independent Book Developer, based in the Washington, DC area.

    Sources:

    "Mark Morrow". [Biographical Sketch] (2017) LinkedIn.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-morrow-8bbb731

    "Mark Morrow". [Biographical Sketch] (2016) Jeanne Murphy, Public Relations http://www.jeannemurphypr.com/About_Mark_Morrow.html

    "Faces In A Literary Crowd Book's Photos Focus On Southern Writers," by Nancy Pate, Sentinel Book Critic, Orlando Sentinel, (26 October 1985) http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1985-10-26/lifestyle/0340110001_1_morrow-walker-percy-southern-writers

    Author: Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of John Leche, 11/3/2016, 3/27/2017

    Stuart Wright collected and compiled the Mark Morrow E. 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

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    20 July 2012, (Ludlow Addition #2), 0.25 cubic feet; 1 archival box; 18 items; 35 p. Papers (1981-1998, [Bulk: 1981-1986) documenting the life and career of the American journalist, editor, photographer, and essayist (b. 1955), consisting of loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection volume entitled Images of the Southern Writer: Photographs (1981-1998), by Mark Morrow including letters, postcards and bills sent from Morrow to Stuart Wright regarding photographic orders; also a letter from George Garrett enclosing a copy of Morrow's book. Source: Ludlow Addition Box #162.021. Vendor: Stuart Wright

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Stuart Wright, 7/20/2012

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

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

    Preferred Citation

    Stuart Wright Collection: Mark E. Morrow Papers (#1169-100), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

    Processing Information

    Processing, Preliminary inventory & Container List, by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Nathaniel King, 2/26/2016, 10/3/3016; Final inventory by Jonathan Dembo, 10/3/2016; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, 10/3/2016; Biographical Sketch, by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of John Leche, 7/10/2016, 9/8/2016, 3/6/2017; Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 3/6/2017, 3/27/2017.

Container List

  • Ludlow Addition to the Stuart Wright Collection
     

    • Loose Manuscript Items Transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection
       

      • Box 1
         
        Images of the Southern Writer : Photographs, by Mark Morrow (© 1985) Note : 1-17) Mark Morrow, Columbia, SC & Alexandria, VA. Letters, Postcards & Bills sent to Stuart Wright regarding photographic print orders and his book ; contacting Eudora Welty, Barry Hannah, James Dickey, Gail Godwin ; regards it an imposition to get James Dickey to sign so many books (19 June 1981 - 31 Jan. 1986) TLS, ALS, Postcards. 17 items. 30 p. ; 18) George Garrett. Letter to "Dear Col. Stuart" [Stuart Wright] enclosing a copy of the Morrow book "on account of you gave your own to the, pardon the expression, Garrett Collection, at Duke" ; maybe you can tell "me/us what we/I did to cause you to dump/drop me/us out of your life" ; is giving books to Duke ; is giving poetry library to Sewanee - St. Andrews ; sees Eleanor Taylor occasionally ; she's writing poetry (Labor Day Weekend 1998) ALS. 1 item. 5 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #162.021

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Container List

  • Ludlow Addition to the Stuart Wright Collection
     

    • Loose Manuscript Items Transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection
       

      • Box 1
         
        Images of the Southern Writer : Photographs, by Mark Morrow (© 1985) Note : 1-17) Mark Morrow, Columbia, SC & Alexandria, VA. Letters, Postcards & Bills sent to Stuart Wright regarding photographic print orders and his book ; contacting Eudora Welty, Barry Hannah, James Dickey, Gail Godwin ; regards it an imposition to get James Dickey to sign so many books (19 June 1981 - 31 Jan. 1986) TLS, ALS, Postcards. 17 items. 30 p. ; 18) George Garrett. Letter to "Dear Col. Stuart" [Stuart Wright] enclosing a copy of the Morrow book "on account of you gave your own to the, pardon the expression, Garrett Collection, at Duke" ; maybe you can tell "me/us what we/I did to cause you to dump/drop me/us out of your life" ; is giving books to Duke ; is giving poetry library to Sewanee - St. Andrews ; sees Eleanor Taylor occasionally ; she's writing poetry (Labor Day Weekend 1998) ALS. 1 item. 5 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #162.021


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