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Steven Moore:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Alexander Theroux at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Moore, Steven, 1951-
Title: Steven Moore Collection of Alexander Theroux
Dates: 1964-1995
Extent: 6 boxes, 1 oversize flat file (2.52 linear feet)
Abstract: The collection, which documents the life and works of AlexanderTheroux, includes bound galleys and typescripts of Theroux's books, as well as articles, essays, and book reviews by the author. Articles, critical essays, and reviews about Theroux are present in the collection. Also included are typescripts of Moore's works on Theroux, as well as correspondence from Theroux to Moore.
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Reg. no. 13558

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 1996

Repository:

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin


This collection of Alexander Theroux material comes from the archive of Steven Moore, senior editor of the Review of Contemporary Fiction and Dalkey Archive Press. Moore's interest in Theroux emerged in the early 1980s with the publication of Darconville's Cat. Subsequently, Moore began corresponding with Theroux and assembling Theroux's published and unpublished work, providing a wealth of bio/bibliographic material for this collection. Included are bound galleys and typescripts of Theroux's books, as well as articles, essays, and book reviews. Also present are numerous articles, critical essays, and reviews about Theroux, typescripts of Moore's works on Theroux, as well as correspondence from Theroux to Moore from the early 1980s to 1995. The collection is divided into four series: Works by Theroux, Steven Moore on Theroux, Correspondence (Steven Moore), and Theroux, Personal.

The first series contains bound proofs, galleys, and typescripts of Theroux's works: An Adultery, Darconville's Cat (with a stage play adaptation), The Lollipop Trollops and Other Poems, The Primary Colors: Three Essays, The Waif Trilogy, and other short fiction works, essays, poetry, plays, and book reviews. The second series, Steven Moore on Theroux, contains Moore's unpublished annotations to Three Wogs and Darconville's Cat, and his introduction to the special 1991 Theroux issue in the Review of Contemporary Fiction .

Steven Moore's correspondence appears in the third series. Several grouping of letters are included in the collection, in their original order by topic, although date sequences overlap. For example, Moore kept a separate file of letters pertaining to the Theroux issue in the Review. Overall, the majority of letters and postcards are from Theroux to Moore, 1981-1995. Since Theroux used Moore as "his archivist," Theroux enclosed typescripts of his book reviews, poems, and essays with his correspondence. These works remain with the correspondence. Biographical and bibliographical material is contained in the fourth series, Theroux, Personal, along with a folder dealing with recent charges of plagiarism.

A large collection of books, magazines, and newspapers received with this collection was transferred to the HRC book collection. Included are various published versions and limited editions of Theroux's works, his dissertation, and magazine articles and book reviews by and about Theroux, from 1966-1995.