Special Collections Department
1958 - 2002
Collection Number: 02-34,
Extent: total: 6 linear ft. (02-34: 1 linear ft.; 02-15: 5 linear ft.)
Content: books, magazines, articles, stories, unpublished material
Access: Limited pending completion of processing.
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Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Harris was born November 19, l922, in
Harris completed his first novel, Trumpet to the World, while he
was employed in
Even while he attended school, Harris continued to write fiction. He
produced three additional novels, all of which were published by the time he
received his Ph.D. Following the receipt of his doctorate, Harris began a long,
productive career as a college educator teaching at San Francisco State College
Harris' best known work of fiction is probably Bang the Drum Slowly (1956), the second volume in his trilogy devoted to the fictional baseball player Henry Wiggen. Harris adapted Bang the Drum Slowly into a screenplay for the 1973 movie of the same name. Although this book represents Harris' only true popular success, most of his novels have received a fair share critical acclaim, notably Something about a Soldier (1957), Wake Up Stupid (1959), The Goy (1970), and Killing Everybody (1973).
In addition to his work as a novelist, Mark Harris has had a productive career in a variety of other literary genres. He is the author of numerous critical essays and articles and has edited the poems of Vachel Lindsay (Selected Poems of Vachel Lindsay, 1963) and the journals of James Boswell (Heart of Boswell, 1981). Harris has also written biographies of Vachel Lindsay (City of Discontent, 1952) and Saul Bellow (Saul Bellow: Drumlin Woodchuck, 1980). In addition, Harris has written three autobiographical books: Mark the Glove Boy, or The Last Days of Richard Nixon (1964), an account of Harris' coverage of Nixon's unsuccessful California gubernatorial campaign; Twentyone Twice: A Journal (1966), an account of Harris' experiences in Sierra Leone as a member of the Peace Corps; and, finally, Best Father Ever Invented (1976), subtitled "An Autobiography of Mark Harris," in which Harris chronicles his life from late adolescence up to 1973.
Bannow, Steve. "Mark Harris," in Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit: Gale Research, 1978). Volume 2.
Enck, John. "Mark Harris: An Interview," Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature, 6, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 1965), pp.15-26.
Eppard, Philip B. "Mark Harris," in First Printings of American Authors (Detroit: Gale Research, 1977). Volume I.
The Mark Harris Papers Supplement consists of 6 linear feet of material spanning dates of 1958-2002. The collection supplements the extensive collection of Mark Harris Papers already held by the library. The supplement includes books, magazines, articles, stories, and unpublished materials.
Please contact Manuscripts Librarian for further assistance.