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Peter Matthiessen:

A Preliminary Inventory of an Addition to His Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Matthiessen, Peter, 1927-
Title: Peter Matthiessen, Addition to His Papers
Dates: 1950s-2003
Extent: 27 boxes, 1 oversize box (13.10 linear feet)
Abstract: This collection of Peter Matthiessen Papers is an addition to accessions received in 1995 and 1998, for which preliminary inventories are also available. Included are recent works, articles and essays, correspondence, personal and career-related material, books, and audio cassettes.
Language: English
Access:

The material is in good physical condition and is open for research




Acquisition:

Purchase, 2004 (Reg. no. 15198)

Processed by:

Alex Jasinski and Liz Murray, 2004

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center


This collection of Peter Matthiessen Papers is an addition to accessions received in 1995 and 1998, for which preliminary inventories are also available. Included are 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 River (1997).

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, Salman 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 the 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 seminars.


Books and audio cassettes received with the Papers were transferred to appropriate departments within the Ransom Center.

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