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Millicent Dillon:

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

Creator: Dillon, Millicent, 1925-
Title: Millicent Dillon, Addition to Her Papers
Dates: 1963-2002
Extent: 31 boxes, 1 galley folder (13.02 linear feet)
Abstract: This addition to the papers of Millicent Dillon includes fiction and non-fiction, correspondence, and research material on Jane and Paul Bowles.
Language: English
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Purchase, 2003 (Reg. no. 15075)

Processed by:

Hope Rider and Liz Murray, 2005

Repository:

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


This addition to the papers of Millicent Dillon includes fiction and non-fiction, correspondence, and research material on Jane and Paul Bowles. The accretion is arranged in three Series: I. Works, II. General Research Materials, and III. Correspondence.

The works in Series I. are organized in three Subseries: A. Non-Fiction Monographs, B. Short Non-Fiction, and C. Fiction. The biographical monographs in Subseries A. reflect Dillon's interest in the life and writings of Paul and Jane Bowles, Mary Cassatt, and Isadora Duncan. Notes, drafts, proofs, interviews, royalty statements, reviews, and correspondence are present. Titles include After Egypt: Isadora Duncan and Mary Cassatt (1990), A Little Original Sin: The Life and Work of Jane Bowles (1980, reprinted 1998), Out in the World: Selected Letters of Jane Bowles (editor, 1985), The Portable Paul and Jane Bowles (editor, 1994), and especially well-represented, You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles (1998). The latter includes correspondence between Dillon and Paul Bowles, as well as transcripts of Dillon's interviews with Bowles, and her photographs of Bowles.

Subseries B. Short Non-Fiction contains Dillon's articles, essays, and reviews for various publications. Also present are correspondence, interviews, and articles written during her employment with the Stanford News Service from 1973-1983. Student papers from 1963-1965 and Dillon's 1966 Masters thesis "Five Sardonyx," containing early versions of five stories later published in Baby Perpetua and Other Stories, conclude this subseries.

Dillon's fiction, in Subseries C., includes novels, short stories, and plays. Material for the novels The Dance of the Mothers (1991), Harry Gold (2000), and The One in the Back is Medea (1973) includes drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews, and royalty statements. A considerable amount of Harry Gold research material is also present. Also in this series are typescripts and correspondence for radio and stage plays, By the Water (1995), Inside (2000), Prisoners of Ordinary Need (1990), and She Is in Tangier (1989). Dillon's short stories include the collection Baby Perpetua and Other Stories (1971), as well as individual stories listed alphabetically under the "Short stories" heading. Of these, all five of Dillon's O. Henry Award winners are present: "All the Pelageyas," "Monitor," "Wrong Stories," "Oil and Water," and "Lost in L.A."

Series II. contains research material related to Dillon's writing on Jane and Paul Bowles, ranging from correspondence to annotated works. This material pertains to the life and work of the Bowleses in general, rather than to a specific work, and thus it is not included with individual titles in Series I.

The correspondence in Series III. includes both outgoing and incoming letters from Dillon's friends and literary associates.


Items received with the papers, transferred to appropriate departments within in the Ransom Center, include an oil painting of Jane Bowles by Maurice Grosser, books, and Paul Bowles interview tapes.