||The Alice Adams papers span her career as a novelist and short story writer. Most
her novels and short story collections are represented, including Listening to Billie, Superior Women, and The Last Lovely City. The collection is arranged in
three series: Series I. Works, 1931-2000; Series II. Correspondence, 1950s-1999;
Series III. Personal and Career-Related.
||Series I. Works is subdivided into Subseries A. Novels and Short Story Collections,
Subseries B. Uncollected Short Stories, and Subseries C. Other Writings. Subseries
A. consists of typescripts, proofs, and correspondence relating to her novels
collected short stories. There is also a typescript for her travel book, Mexico: Some Travels and Some Travelers There. Of
interest is a typescript draft of an unpublished early novel, The Impersonators,
written when Adams and her husband were living in Paris in 1947. There are no
handwritten drafts of the works present because Adams destroyed early versions
her works once they had been transcribed.
||Subseries B. contains short stories that were not collected in other volumes. Some
stories are represented only by typescripts, while others include tear sheets
published volume of the periodical containing the story, as well as publication
correspondence. There is one file of early short stories written in 1946 while
was a student at Radcliffe College.
||Subseries C. includes non-fiction articles and book reviews written by Adams, as well
as many of her working notebooks.
|| The correspondence in Series II. is arranged alphabetically by last name or subject,
depending on the original folder titles in Adams's files. The correspondents reflect
both her personal and business relationships. There is extensive correspondence
her various literary agents, including Peter Matson and Lynn Nesbit, as well as
Vicky Wilson, her editor at Knopf. Many writers are represented, including Saul
Bellow, Alison Lurie, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, and the poet Donald Hall.
Many letters and business documents are addressed to Alice Linenthal. Adams married
Mark Linenthal in 1946, and although they divorced in 1958, she continued to use
married name on government records and for business purposes.
||Series III. Personal and Career-Related includes royalty statements, articles written
about Adams, and personal clippings files, as well as a collection of photographs
and postcards. The bulk of the photos are travel pictures from Mexico, where Adams
often went for vacation, and from various trips to Europe, including a trip taken
Portugal as research for a magazine article. Most of these date from the 1970s
early 1980s. There are several files of personal and publicity photos, including
some childhood photographs, as well as wedding photographs from 1946 that shows
parents and husband.
||Books, periodicals, audio cassettes, and personal effects received with this
collection were transferred to appropriate departments within the Ransom Center.