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.
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
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,"
"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
the life and work of the Bowleses in general, rather than to a specific work,
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.