||An addition to papers previously received and catalogued at the Ransom Center, this
accretion includes Hardwick's writings and correspondence, as well as articles about
awards, biographical information, and reviews. While the bulk of the material is recent
(1990-2000), her writings date from 1959. The papers are organized in three series:
I. Works, 1959-2000, Series II. Correspondence, 1970-2001, and Series III. Career-related
||Series I. Works, 1959-2000, contains material for several books, as well as articles,
reviews, conference papers and lectures, introductions, short stories, and tributes.
Material for her books includes typescripts and proofs for the introduction to American Fictions (1999), Sight-Readings (1998), and Herman Melville (2000). Also present is a privately printed
collection of short stories, New York Stories (1996).
||Hardwick's articles appeared in a variety of publications such as Granta, Harper's, The New Republic, The New York Review, The New Yorker, Opera News, Three Penny Review, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, on topics including Anton
Chekhov, Faye Dunaway, Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, Herman Melville's "Billy Budd," Katherine Anne Porter, O. J. Simpson, and Gertrude
Stein, as well as places such as Selma, Alabama; Lexington, Kentucky; Maine, and New
||Hardwick's book reviews for The New Republic, New York Review, The New York Times Book Review,
and The New Yorker cover a wide range of subjects including the Menendez
brothers, Edmund Wilson, the racehorse "Seabiscuit," poet Delmore
Schwartz, editor Willie Morris, Henry James, and Thomas Wolfe, as well as authors
Ford, Nigel Hamilton, and Philip Roth.
||Introductions to books include Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro, Henry James's Daisy Miller, Mary McCarthy's Intellectual Memoirs, Herman Melville's Moby Dick and Redburn, V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River, Susan Sontag's Reader, and Italo Svevo's Zeno's Conscience.
||Hardwick's friendships and professional associations are reflected in her tributes,
requested for a variety of publications and occasions, for individuals such as Harvard's
Bill Alfred, author William Gaddis, journalist Murray Kempton, writer/philosopher
Lieberson, J. F. Powers, and Peter Taylor.
||The correspondence in Series II includes letters (1970-2001) from Hardwick's Boston
Esther Brooks; Robert Lowell's aunt, Sarah Winslow Cotting; and Robert Lowell's first
cousin, Alice Meade, and her daughter Devie. The general correspondence includes letters
from Louis Begley, Richard Ford, Nadine Gordimer, Aidan Higgins, John Gregory Dunne,
Kizer, David Laskin, Alison Lurie, Janet Malcolm, W. S. Merwin, Larry McMurtry, Cynthia
Ozick, Robert Stone, Peter Taylor, and John Updike.
||Series III. Career-related Material provides additional information about Hardwick
including articles and biographical information; awards and honors; photographs of
Robert Lowell, and others; and reviews of Sleepless Nights.