||Poet, writer, literary critic, and academic, Reginald Gibbons enjoyed a long-standing
personal and professional relationship with William Goyen and Thomas McGrath. This
collection reflects Gibbons' advocacy for the publication of both writers' works,
during his years as editor of Northwestern University's TriQuarterly literary magazine and TriQuarterly Books. The
material, primarily typescripts of works, interviews, reviews, and correspondence,
organized in three Series: I. William Goyen; II. Gibbons Correspondence re Goyen,
and III. Thomas McGrath.
|| The William Goyen Series is subdivided into three Subseries: A. Works; B. Goyen
Correspondence, 1945-1983; and C. About Goyen.
|| The Works in Subseries A. contain short stories and novels already present in the
Center's Goyen Papers. Titles include Arcadio (1983), Had I a Hundred Mouths: New and Selected Stories, 1947-1983 (1985),
Half a Look of Cain: A Fantastical Narrative (1994), House of Breath (1999), New Work and Work in Progress (1983) preface by Joyce Carol Oates,
Precious Door (1982), and Wonderful Plant (1980). Also present are individual short stories
and Study Master notes by Goyen for works by Willa Cather and Ralph Ellison.
|| Subseries B. Goyen Correspondence, 1945-1983, includes original and photocopied letters
and from writers Eve Caram and Katherine Anne Porter, theater director-producer Margo
editor and publisher Carol Southern, and Reginald Gibbons.
|| Material about Goyen in Subseries C. includes articles, obits, reviews, biographical
entries, a 1982 interview for Masques, inventories of Goyen's
literary papers, and a 1992 issue of Mid-American Review on
|| The Gibbons correspondence regarding Goyen in Series II. has much to do with his
role as Goyen's literary executor and the publication of Goyen's works. Correspondents
include Eve Caram; Clark Davis; Gary Haber; Robert Phillips; Patrice Repusseau, Goyen's
wife, actress Doris Roberts; Stephen Spender; Eudora Welty; and others.
|| The Thomas McGrath papers in Series III. are arranged in two Subseries: A. "Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem," in TriQuarterly 70, 1987, and B. Correspondence re TriQuarterly issue and McGrath-Related Material.
|| Subseries A. contains drafts, corrections, and proofs of an interview conducted between
January 30 and February 1, 1987 by Gibbons and Terrence Des Pres. The interview titled
"Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem" was subsequently published as a
special issue of TriQuarterly and in an expanded version by the
University of Illinois Press in 1992.
|| Much of Subseries B. regarding the TriQuarterly interview includes
Gibbons' correspondence with Philip Levine, Frederick Stern, British historian E.
Thompson, and Josh Weiner. Of special interest are numerous letters from McGrath to
from 1987-1988. Also present is a typescript of an oral interview of Alice McGrath
by Michael Balter in 1987.