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Robert Raynolds:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Raynolds, Robert, 1902-1965
Title: Robert Raynolds Papers 1925-1972
Dates: 1925-1972
Extent: 27 cartons, 1 oversize box (osb), 1 oversize folder (osf), 8 galley folders (gf) (30 linear feet)
Abstract: The collection includes Raynolds' published and unpublished novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction writings, including handwritten and typescript drafts of Raynolds's ten published novels, as well as correspondence and publication material. In addition there are drafts of his produced and unproduced plays, two published volumes of essays, articles, books reviews, letters to the editor, additional essays, and lectures.
Access: Open for research (stored offsite- see barcode index)



Acquisition: Purchase and gifts, 1968-1972 (R3947)
Processed by: Sean Castilla and Liz Murray, 2003; Kevin O’Sullivan, 2010
Repository:

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin


American author Robert Raynolds is best known for his novels, although his last book, published posthumously in 1965 by the University of Texas Press, is a memoir of his friendship with novelist Thomas Wolfe. Other literary forms in his papers include plays, short stories, poetry, book reviews, essays, and lectures.
The collection is organized in five series: I. Works; II. Correspondence, 1925-1972; III. Career-Related and Personal, IV. Materials from Card Catalog, and V. Oversized Materials.
The largest series, Works, contains published and unpublished novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction writings. Subseries A. includes handwritten and typescript drafts of Raynolds's ten published novels, along with correspondence and publication material. His novel, Brothers in the West, received the 1931 Harper's Prize, and The Sinner of Saint Ambrose was selected for the Book of the Month Club in 1952. Settings for Raynolds's novels range from the American west and Mexico to the Roman Empire. Numerous unpublished novels, novel "starts," and his Thomas Wolfe memoir are also present.
Drafts of Raynolds's produced and unproduced plays are found in Subseries B, along with associated production material and correspondence. Numerous short stories are arranged by title in Subseries C and poetry in Subseries D. Two published volumes of essays, The Choice to Love and In Praise of Gratitude, are included in Subseries E, along with articles, books reviews, letters to the editor, additional essays, and lectures. The Works series concludes with general notes and research materials in Subseries F.
The correspondence series consists primarily of letters from Raynolds's wife, Marguerite. Editors, agents, and publishers such as Harold Ober Associates, Harper & Row, Adrienne Morrison, Russell and Volkening, and William Morrow are also included. Additional correspondence has been cataloged individually and is described in the Ransom Center's card catalog.
Series III contains both personal and career-related material such as information about Raynolds, his community activities and memberships, political involvement, personal and financial papers, and lectureships at Columbia University.
Series IV is made up of materials acquired between 1968-1972, previously only listed in the card catalog. Primarily correspondence with various people including Thomas Wolfe, these materials also contain manuscripts by unidentified authors.
Series V consists of oversize scrapbooks.