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Delany, Samuel R.

Samuel R. Delany collection

1967–1999


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 618


Creator: Delany, Samuel R.


Title: Samuel R. Delany collection


Inclusive Dates: 1967–1999


Extent: 2 linear ft. (2 boxes)


Abstract: The Samuel R. Delany collection includes Delany's letters to publisher Bill Bamberger (Bamberger Books), manuscript drafts of novels in progress, comic books, science fiction anthologies, and journals of fantasy and science fiction to which Delany contributed or served as editor.


Language: Materials in English and French.



Citation

MSS 618, Samuel R. Delany collection, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons.

Location

Special Collections Department, 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

Purchase, September 2006.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Christopher La Casse, April 2010.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Biographical Note

Samuel R. Delany, born April 1, 1942, in New York City, is an author, editor, professor, and literary critic, noted for his work in the science fiction genre. Delaney's writing is often characterized by his interest in gender, sexual orientation, race, and social issues.

Delany identified as a gay black male, but for twelve years, he remained married to the poet Marilyn Hacker, whom he met in high school. During their marriage, the couple raised a daughter and co-edited a short-lived magazine Quark, which had a print-run of four issues in the early 1970s. Delany has also edited Nebula Winners Thirteen, and many of his shorter pieces have circulated through numerous science fiction periodicals, anthologies, and collections.

Delany’s literary career began at the age of 20 with the publication of his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor. Shortly thereafter, he published several more successful novels of science fiction that gained both literary acclaim as well as praise from writers of the sci-fi genre. Delany's science fiction, widely regarded as literary, carried many themes that raised questions of identity for individuals within the conventions of society. Specific lines of inquiry dealt with social and sexual politics as many of Delany’s characters were seen as representing women’s rights, gay rights, and racial equality. Established as an innovator in science fiction of the 1960s, Delany’s work has appeared in various forms of print media, and his talent and interests moved him beyond the boundaries of genre where he published non-fiction, literary criticism, film and book reviews, comic books, and transgressive literature.

Delany’s works of non-fiction explored a variety of subjects related to social causes and conditions. In his 1979 memoir, Heavenly Breakfast, he related his own particular "summer of love" in 1967 while living at the time in a New York City commune. His award-winning 1988 memoir, The Motion of Light in Water, was based on the author’s reflections as a gay science fiction writer. Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999) described New York City's pornographic movie theaters and the eventual displacement of this sexual landscape in Time’s Square. Delany’s autobiographical work also took the form of a comic book in Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York.

Delany’s writing not only addressed social themes but raised questions about language, which is to say, how language "connects and constrains" the thought patterns of individuals within society, how myth and archetype influence reality, and how reality shifts depending on perceived experience through language. The depth and complexity of Delany's novels have attracted numerous scholars who have written book-length studies about Delany and his work. Delany's critical studies have peered into the language of science fiction through the lens of post-structuralism and semiotics, which has resulted in his work being well-received by the literary world. Since the late 1990s, Delany has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, SUNY Buffalo, and Temple University.

Sources:

"Samuel R. Delany." Contemporary Authors Online reproduced in Literature Resource Center. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/LitRC (accessed April 2010).


Scope and Content Note

The Samuel R. Delany collection includes correspondence to publisher Bill Bamberger (Bamberger Books in Flint, Michigan), manuscript drafts of novels in progress, comic books, science fiction anthologies, and journals of fantasy and science fiction in which Delany provided contributions or served as editor.

Delany’s fourteen letters to Bamberger covered subjects that were both professional and personal. After permitting the reprinting of his book, Heavenly Breakfast, Delany mentioned possible changes. The letters continued to discuss other writing projects while also delving into other topics, such as social politics, sexuality, and writing. Delany offered personal information about his past, described a fire that occurred in his apartment building, and discussed a conference he attended in Boston on gay writers.

The working titles of Delany’s manuscripts are American Shore 1, International Short Story, Heavenly Breakfast , The Politics of Paraliterary Criticism, Shadow and Ash, Notes on theStar-Pit, Tale of Gorgik, Tale of Norema, and Three, Two, One, Contact: Times Square Red, 1997. The manuscripts cover all stages of the writing process and include many original typescripts that contain extensive holographic corrections, penned by both Delany and fellow science fiction writer Joanna Russ.

The printed materials of this collection include many first editions, comic books, anthologies, five periodicals edited by Delany, sixteen periodicals that include his contributions, and articles written about Delany.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Delany, Samuel R.--Correspondence.
Bamberger, Bill--Correspondence.
Topical Terms
Authors, American--20th century.
Fiction--United States--History--20th century--Sources.
Gay men--United States--History--20th century--Sources.
Science fiction--History and criticism.
Science fiction--Authorship.
Form/Genre Terms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence.
First editions.
Little magazines.
Manuscripts.
Novels.
Comic books.
Occupation
Novelists.
Editors.
Personal Contributors
Bamberger, Bill, correspondent.

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  • I. Correspondence, 1993-1996
  • II. Writing projects, 1976-1999
  • III. Printed materials, 1967-1990
  • IV. Book jackets, circa 1984, 1987, 1988

Detailed Contents List

Series I. Correspondence , 1993-1996

Letters to Bill Bamberger , 1993-1999   [Box 1 F1]

16 items

14 letters from Samuel Delany to publisher Bill Bamberger, of Bamberger Books in Flint, Michigan. Letters primarily concerned the publication of Heavenly Breakfast, but also discuss other writing projects as well as detailed personal information about the Delany’s personal life and perspective of politics and culture. Also includes "file copy" of letter from Bamberger to Delany and Bamberger's response to Scott McLemee's review of Delany's Longer Views in The Nation.

Clippings and articles , 1996   [Box 1 F2]

3 items

Includes Scott McLemee's review of Delany's Longer Views.

Series II. Writing Projects , 1976-1999
Subseries II.A. Manuscript materials , 1976-1998

The manuscripts cover all stages of the writing process and include many original typescripts that contain extensive holographic corrections, penned by both Delany’s and fellow science fiction writer, Joanna Russ.

American Shore 1, circa 1977   [Box 1 F3]

Original corrected typescript, early draft 4 to 253 pages. Extensive holographic corrections with type revision slips inserted.

American Shore 2, circa 1977   [Box 1 F4]

Original corrected typescript, early draft 4 to 319 pages to be used as a setting copy for Dragon Press.

American Shore 3, circa 1977   [Box 1 F5]

Photocopy of page proofs. Eighteen copies were made for his students at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Tale of Gorgik, 1976-1977   [Box 1 F6]

One of two stories housed in custom-made, half-cloth slipcase box. Includes original corrected typescripts ofTale of Gorgik, pages 4 to 64. Typescript contains extensive holograph corrections with additional corrections written by Joanna Russ.

Tale of Norema, circa 1977   [Box 1 F6]

One of two stories housed in custom-made, half-cloth slipcase box. Includes original corrected typescripts ofTale of Norema, pages 4 to 80. Typescript contains extensive holograph corrections with additional corrections written by Joanna Russ.

Times Square Blue, 1979   [Box 1 F7]

Heavenly Breakfast , 1979   [Box 1 F8]

Author's corrected copy with minor ink and white-out markings. Used as the corrected text for the revised edition of the book. Includes original mailing envelop.

Shadow and Ash, 1992   [Box 1 F9]

Photocopy of publisher's page proofs including author's holograph corrections reproduced in facsimile. Also includes pages 4 to 30.

The Politics of Paraliterary Criticism, 1996   [Box 1 F10]

Original laser-printed typescript including pages 1 to 56.

… Three, Two, One, Contact: Times Square Red, 1997, 1997   [Box 1 F11]

Original laser-printed typescript includes pages 1 to 72.

Notes on theStar-Pit, 1998   [Box 1 F12]

Original laser-printed typescript including pages 1 to 11. "The Star-Pit was first broadcast by The Mind's Eye Theater over WBAI-FM in New York City, November 1967."

Subseries II.B. Teaching materials , 1999

Language and the City: Art and Revolution: 1848, circa 1999   [Box 1 F13]

Photocopy of syllabus taught at the University of Massachusetts.

International Short Story, 1999   [Box 1 F14]

Original syllabus for a course taught by Samuel R. Delany at the University of Massachusetts.

Series III. Printed materials , 1967-1990
Subseries III.A. Magazines and periodicals , 1967-1990

The printed materials of this collection include many first editions, comic books, anthologies, 6 books edited by Delany, 16 periodicals that include Delany’s contributions, and two journals that include articles written about Delany.

"Corona," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 33, No. 4 , October 1967   [Box 1 F15]

Story.

"Gregory Corso in Athens," Riverside Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 1 , 1967   [Box 1 F16]

Poem.

"Driftglass," Worlds of IF: Science Fiction, Vol. 17, No. 6 , 1967   [Box 1 F17]

Story.

"The Star-Pit," Worlds of Tomorrow, Vol. 4, No. 3 , 1967   [Box 1 F18]

Short novel.

"Power of the Nail," Amazing Stories, Vol. 42, No. 4 , 1968   [Box 1 F19]

Story co-authored with Harlan Ellison. Issue also includes Delany's review of Black Easter by James Blish.

Review, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 34, No. 1 , January 1968   [Box 1 F20]

Review of "I have no mouth & I must scream," by Harlan Ellison.

"Lines of Power," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 34, No. 5 , May 1968   [Box 1 F21]

Story.

"2001: A Space Odyssey," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 35, No. 2 , August 1968   [Box 1 F22]

Film review.

"Cage of Brass," Worlds of IF: Science Fiction, Vol. 18, No. 6 , June 1968   [Box 1 F23]

Story.

"High Weir," Worlds of IF: Science Fiction, Vol. 18, No. 10 , October 1968   [Box 1 F24]

Novelette.

"The Illustrated Man," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 37, No. 2 , August 1969   [Box 1 F25]

Film review.

"Barbarella," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 36, No. 2 , February 1969   [Box 2 F26]

Film review.

"They Fly at Ciron," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 40, No. 6 , June 1971   [Box 2 F27]

Novelette, with James Sallis.

"Fangs of Fire," Wonder Woman, Vol. 31, No 202 , 1972   [Box 2 F28]

Comic book, story by Samuel R. Delany.

"The Grandee Caper," Wonder Woman, Vol. 31, No 203 , 1972   [Box 2 F29]

Comic book, script by Samuel R. Delany.

"Prismatica," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 53, No. 4 , October 1977   [Box 2 F30]

Novelette.

"Teaching Science Fiction: Unique Challenges," Science-Fiction Studies, Vol. 6, No. 19 , 1979   [Box 2 F31]

Proceedings of the MLA Special Session, New York, December 1978. Participants: Gregory Benford, Samuel R. Delany, Robert Scholes, Alan J. Friedman, and John Woodcock.

Starlog's Science Fiction Yearbook, Vol. 1 , 1979   [Box 2 F32]

"The Tale of Gorgik," Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3 , 1979   [Box 2 F33]

Story.

"Seven Moon's Light Casts Complex Shadows," Epic Illustrated, Vol. 1, No. 2 , 1980   [Box 2 F34]

Story.

"Reflections on Historical Models of Modern English Language Science Fiction," Science-Fiction Studies, Vol. 7, No. 21 , 1980   [Box 2 F35]

Article.

"In the Once Upon a Time City," Locus, Vol. 18, No. 2 , 1985   [Box 2 F36]

Article.

"Film/ Pigs (or, at any rate, grunts) in space" Night Cry, Vol. 2, No. 3 , 1987   [Box 2 F37]

Film review of Aliens.

"The Semiology of Silence," Science-Fiction Studies, Vol. 14, No. 42 , 1987   [Box 2 F38]

Article.

"Flow, My Tears…Theater and Science Fiction," New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 1 , September 1988   [Box 2 F39]

Article.

"Neither the Beginning Nor the End of Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Semiotics, or Deconstruction for SF Readers: An Introduction," New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 6 , February 1989   [Box 2 F40]

Article; part 1 of 3.

"Neither the Beginning Nor the End of Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Semiotics, or Deconstruction for SF Readers: An Introduction," New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 7 , March 1989   [Box 2 F41]

Article; part 2 of 3.

"Neither the Beginning Nor the End of Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Semiotics, or Deconstruction for SF Readers: An Introduction,"New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 8 , April 1989   [Box 2 F42]

Article; part 3 of 3.

"How Not to Teach Science Fiction," New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 13 , September 1989   [Box 2 F43]

Article.

"Science and Literature," New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 23 , July 1990   [Box 2 F44]

Article.

"Modernism, Postmodernism, Science Fiction," New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 24 , August 1990   [Box 2 F45]

Article.

"Life of/and Writing," New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 26 , October 1990   [Box 2 F46]

Article.

Subseries III.B. Anthologies and collections , 1968-1974

"Corona," The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, 17th Series. Ace Books , 1968   [Box 2 F47]

Story.

"Driftglass," World's Best Science Fiction, 4th Series. An Ace Book , 1968   [Box 2 F48]

Story.

"Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones," World's Best Science Fiction: an anthology of the year's best science fiction stories, 1969   [Box 2 F49]

Story.

"The Unicorn Tapestry," New American Review 9. A Signet Book , 1970   [Box 2 F50]

Story.

"Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones,"Best SF Stories from New Worlds 7. Panther Science Fiction , 1971   [Box 2 F51]

Story.

"Driftglass," World's Best S.F. 1: the Finest Stories of the Year. Sphere Books Limited , 1971   [Box 2 F52]

Story.

"The Star-Pit," Alpha 5. Ballantine Books , 1974   [Box 2 F53]

Story.

"High Weir," Wondermakers 2. A Fawcett Premier Book , 1974   [Box 2 F54]

Story.

Subseries III.C. Periodicals and articles about Samuel R. Delany , 1977-1987

Gardiner, H. Jane, "Images of The Waste Land in Delany's The Einstein Intersection," Extrapolution, Vol. 18, No. 2 , 1977   [Box 2 F55]

Morales, Robert, "Chip Shot (interview)," Heavy Metal, Vol. 6, No. 10 , 1983   [Box 2 F56]

Vereshagin, David, "Words in Collision: Sex, Science Fiction and Samuel R Delany" Epicene: Canada's Gay News Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1 , 1987   [Box 2 F57]

Cover photograph of Delany.

Subseries III.D. Books edited by Delany , 1970-1981

Quark / 1: a quarterly of speculative fiction. Paperback Library , 1970   [Box 2 F58]

Edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker.

Quark / 2, 1971   [Box 2 F58]

Edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker.

Quark / 3, 1971   [Box 2 F59]

Edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker.

Quark / 4, 1971   [Box 2 F59]

Edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker.

Nebula Winners Thirteen. New York: Harper and Row , 1980   [Box 2 F60]

Review copy; published February 6, 1980. Edited by Samuel R. Delany.

Nebula Winners Thirteen. Bantam Books , 1981   [Box 2 F61]

Paperback edition. Edited by Samuel R. Delany.

Series IV. Book jackets , circa 1984, 1987, 1988 3 items

Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (Bantam) , circa 1984   [Box 2 F62]

The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1957-1965, circa 1987   [Box 2 F62]

The Bridge of Lost Desire (Arbor House) , circa 1988   [Box 2 F62]