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Claire, William F.

William Claire collection related to James T. Farrell

1969


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F935


Creator: Claire, William F.


Title: William Claire collection related to James T. Farrell


Inclusive Dates: 1969


Extent: 2 items


Abstract: American writer and educator Edgar M. Branch wrote to the editor of the literary magazine Voyages William Claire to request a recent issue, in which the first chapter of James T. Farrell's unpublished novel The Vast Present appeared.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 099, F935, William Claire collection related to James T. Farrell, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 64, F935: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of William Claire, October 2012.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, April 2013.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, http://www.lib.udel.edu/cgi-bin/askspec.cgi


Biographical Notes

James T. Farrell

American novelist James T. Farrell, born February 27, 1904, in Chicago, Illinois, was best known for his Studs Lonigan trilogy.

Much of Farrell's fiction is set in his hometown of Chicago and addresses issues of the city's working class. Farrell published more than twenty-five novels during his lifetime, as well as numerous collections of stories and works of criticism. In addition to the Studs Lonigan trilogy, he wrote a series of five novels centered around the character Danny O'Neill.

Farrell was also active in contemporary politics and is generally associated with writers of the American left who emerged during the 1930s and 1940s. In his later years, Farrell devoted much of his writing to a cycle of novels titled A Universe of Time, which he began writing in the early 1960s and which he projected to include approximately thirty titles.

James T. Farrell died on August 22, 1979, in New York City.

William F. Claire

American writer and editor William F. Claire was born October 4, 1935, in Northampton, Massachusetts.

William Claire was founding editor and publisher of Voyages, a national literary magazine published in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s and 1970s. Additionally he has edited and published books relating to Alan Swallow, Mark Van Doren, the poetry of Michelangelo, and physicians as writers. He is also the author of several books of poetry, From a Southern France Notebook (1974), The Strange Coherence of Our Dreams: Poems (1973) and Poems: a Selection (2004).

Sources:

"William Francis Claire." Contemporary Authors Online. Gale Biography In Context. http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed April 29, 2013).

Edgar M. Branch

American writer and educator Edgar M. Branch wrote A Bibliography of James T. Farrell's Writings, 1921-1957.

Born on March 21, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, Edgar Marquess Branch also wrote several biographical works on Farrell, as well as works on Mark Twain. Branch, who was the literary executor of the James T. Farrell estate, died on August 14, 2006.

Sources:

"Edgar Marquess Branch." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed April 29, 2013).

"James T(homas) Farrell." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed April 29, 2013).


Scope and Content Note

American writer and educator Edgar M. Branch wrote to the editor of the literary magazine Voyages William Claire to request a recent issue, in which the first chapter of James T. Farrell's unpublished novel The Vast Present appeared.

Branch mentioned in the letter that James T. Farrell had written to him about the excerpt. William Claire, who donated Branch's letter, has included a copy of the Spring 1969 issue of Voyages.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979--Correspondence.
Branch, Edgar Marquess, 1913- --Correspondence.
Topical Terms
Novelists, American--History--20th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Correspondence.
Periodicals.
Occupation
Novelists.
Personal Contributors
Branch, Edgar Marquess, 1913-, correspondent.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

MSS 214, James T. Farrell papers

MSS 368, Gene Phillips collection of James T. Farrell papers

MSS 548, Barry Wallenstein - James T. Farrell collection

MSS 099, F925, James T. Farrell letters to William F. Claire


Detailed Contents List

Edgar M. Branch typed and signed letter to William Claire, 1969 June 15   [Box 64 F935]

1 item (1 p.)

Issue of Voyages, 1969 Spring   [Box 64 F935]

1 item (112 p.)

This issue of Voyages includes chapter one of James T. Farrell's unpublished novel The Vast Present.