This collection of Peter Matthiessen Papers is an addition to accessions received
1995 and 1998, for which preliminary inventories are also available. Included
recent works, articles and essays, correspondence, personal and career-related
material, books, and audio cassettes.
The Papers are organized in three series: Series I. Works, ca. 1967-2003 (bulk
1997-2003); Series II. Correspondence, 1975-2002; and Series III. Personal and
Career-Related, ca. 1950s-2003.
The Works Series includes research material, notes, typescript drafts, and
publication material for recent books in Subseries A: Birds
of Heaven: Travels with Cranes (2002), Bone by
Bone (1999), End of the Earth, Voyages to
Antarctica (2003), and Tigers in the Snow
(2000). Also present are galley proofs for Killing Mr.
Watson (1990) and an excerpt from Lost Man's
Subseries B includes articles for Audubon, Outside, and The New
Yorker. Titles include "The Last Great
Strand" for Audubon (1967); "Burning Bright" (2002), "Footprints in the Last Wild Place" (2003), and "Mean Spirit" (1995) for Outside; and "Tiger in the Snow" for
The New Yorker (1997). Considerable material is
included for "In the Great Country," Matthiessen's
contribution to the book Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:
Seasons of Life and Land (2003).
The correspondence in Series II. includes personal and literary letters from notables
such as Edward Abbey, John Barth, Kay Boyle, Benjamin Bradlee, Bill Clinton, Peter
Coyote, Don DeLillo, Alex and Eugenie Dolberg, John Elder, Victor Emanuel, William
Gaddis, George Garrett, Martha Gellhorn, Allen Ginsberg, Nadine Gordimer, Peggy
Guggenheim, Joseph Heller, Edward Hoagland, John Irving, Peter Jennings, Timothy
Leary, Norman Mailer, Frank McCourt, W.S. Merwin, Peter Nabokov, Philip Roth,
Rushdie, James Salter, Charles Simic, Wiliam Styron, Studs Terkel, Paul Theroux,
Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Penn Warren, and Howard Zinn. There is a small number of
letters written by Matthiessen to others, as well as family correspondence.
Material in Series III., Personal and Career-Related, includes articles about
Matthiessen, awards, interviews, photographs and slides, public appearances, and
works of others. Awards include the Cooper Prize (2001), Heinz Award (1999), and
Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), among others. Visual images include
photographs from Matthiessen's Paris Review days in
the 1950s and his recent appearance at the 2000 Texas Book Festival. Public
appearances include benefits, conferences, lectures, memorials, readings, and