This collection of William Gaddis material comes from the
archive of Steven Moore, senior editor of the
Review of Contemporary Fiction
and Dalkey Archive Press, who has written and co-edited three books on Gaddis.
With interest in Gaddis emerging in his college years, Moore sought to assemble
a complete body of work by and about Gaddis, providing a wealth of
bio/bibliographic information and material for this collection. Included are
bound galleys of Gaddis's books, as well as articles, and writings for the
Lampoon. Also present are
numerous articles, critical essays, typescript drafts of books about Gaddis,
typescripts of Moore's works on Gaddis, as well as reviews, interviews, and
The collection is divided into four series: Works by Gaddis,
Works about Gaddis, Correspondence (Steven Moore), and Gaddis, Personal. The
first series contains bound proofs of Gaddis's books:
A Frolic of His Own,
The Recognitions, along with
source materials. Additional works by Gaddis exist, including speeches, and
writings for the Harvard
The second series, Works about Gaddis, contains printed and
typescript essays by numerous authors, including typescripts of Moore's
writings. These works compare and contrast the nature and importance of
Gaddis's writing in contemporary literature. Also included are reviews of
Gaddis's books, proofs of Gaddis's daughter Sarah's novel
Swallow Hard, typescript of Jack
Fire the Bastards, and other
book-length works on Gaddis.
Steven Moore's correspondence appears in the third series.
Included is correspondence between Moore and William Gaddis, Vincente Livelli,
Robert Minkoff, Tomasz Mirkowicz, Charles Monaghan, and Helen Parker,
publishers, and authors and reviewers of Gaddis's work.
Biographical and bibliographical material is contained in the
fourth series Gaddis, Personal, along with interviews, including a videotaped
segment with Malcolm Bradbury for the
"Writers in Conversation"
series, and informal photographs of Gaddis.
A large collection of books received with this collection was
transferred to the HRC book collection. Included are various versions of
Gaddis's works, books used as source material for his writings, dissertations,
other critical works, and a recording,
"Songs of the 1940's,"
featuring Stella Brooks and Greta Keller.