||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
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,
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,
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
Dillon's interviews with Bowles, and her photographs of Bowles.
||Subseries B. Short Non-Fiction contains Dillon's articles, essays, and reviews for
publications. Also present are correspondence, interviews, and articles written during
employment with the Stanford News Service from 1973-1983. Student papers from 1963-1965
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
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,
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
ranging from correspondence to annotated works. This material pertains to the life
of the Bowleses in general, rather than to a specific work, and thus it is not included
individual titles in Series I.
||The correspondence in Series III. includes both outgoing and incoming letters from
friends and literary associates.