An addition to papers previously received and catalogued at
the Ransom Center, this accretion includes Hardwick's writings and
correspondence, as well as articles about her, awards, biographical
information, and reviews. While the bulk of the material is recent (1990-2000),
her writings date from 1959. The papers are organized in three series: Series
I. Works, 1959-2000, Series II. Correspondence, 1970-2001, and Series III.
Series I. Works, 1959-2000, contains material for several
books, as well as articles, book reviews, conference papers and lectures,
introductions, short stories, and tributes. Material for her books includes
typescripts and proofs for the introduction to
American Fictions (1999),
Sight-Readings (1998), and
Herman Melville (2000). Also
present is a privately printed collection of short stories,
New York Stories (1996).
Hardwick's articles appeared in a variety of publications such
The New Republic,
The New York Review,
The New Yorker,
Three Penny Review,
Vanity Fair, and
Vogue, on topics including Anton
Chekhov, Faye Dunaway, Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, Herman Melville's
"Billy Budd," Katherine Anne
Porter, O. J. Simpson, and Gertrude Stein, as well as places such as Selma,
Alabama; Lexington, Kentucky; Maine, and New York City.
Hardwick's book reviews for
The New Republic,
New York Review,
The New York Times Book Review ,
The New Yorker cover a wide
range of subjects including the Menendez brothers, Edmund Wilson, the racehorse
"Seabiscuit," poet Delmore
Schwartz, editor Willie Morris, Henry James, and Thomas Wolfe, as well as
authors Richard Ford, Nigel Hamilton, and Philip Roth.
Introductions to books include Machado de Assis's
Dom Casmurro, Henry James's
Daisy Miller, Mary McCarthy's
Intellectual Memoirs, Herman
Moby Dick and
Redburn, V. S. Naipaul's
A Bend in the River, Susan
Reader, and Italo Svevo's
Zeno's Conscience .
Hardwick's friendships and professional associations are
reflected in her tributes, requested for a variety of publications and
occasions, for individuals such as Harvard's Bill Alfred, author William
Gaddis, journalist Murray Kempton, writer/philosopher Jonathan Lieberson,
Powers, and Peter Taylor.
The correspondence in Series II includes an especially long
run of letters (1976-2001) from Hardwick's friend, writer Darryl Pinckney,
well as Boston friend Esther Brooks; Robert Lowell's aunt, Sarah Winslow
Cotting; and Robert Lowell's first cousin, Alice Meade, and her daughter Devie.
The general correspondence includes letters from Louis Begley, Richard Ford,
Nadine Gordimer, Aidan Higgins, John Gregory Dunne, Carolyn Kizer, David
Laskin, Alison Lurie, Janet Malcolm, W. S. Merwin, Larry McMurtry, Cynthia
Ozick, Robert Stone, Peter Taylor, and John Updike.
Series III. Career-related Material provides additional
information about Hardwick including articles and biographical information;
awards and honors; photographs of Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and others; and
Sleepless Nights .
Books received with the papers were transferred to the HRC