Special Collections Department
Donald Justice Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 191
Accessioned: Purchases, 1982-1998.
Extent: 10 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, poems, essays, reviews, stories, lectures, interviews, clippings, photographs, plays, librettos, contracts, books, programs, journals, calendars, thesis, dissertation, translations, proofs, posters, identification cards, transcripts, scrapbooks, certificates, royalty statements, broadsides, slides, and sheet music.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1998 by Anita A. Wellner.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
- Series I.2. Opera and music, 1965-1991
- Series I.3. Novels, [1951-1961]
- Series I.4. Plays, [1950s]-1978
- Series 1.5. Stories, 1949-1998
- Series 1.6. Prose, 1947-1996
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6 Series I. Writing by Donald Justice (cont'd) Series I.2. Opera and music, 1965-1991 Donald Justice has written several librettos, as well as the text for a choral performance. Arranged chronologically. F231 The Young God - a Vaudeville, 1965-1969 A libretto by Justice, with music by Edward Miller, which was performed by the Opera Department of Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford (1969 Apr 30-May 3). Includes programs and several scripts. F232 "The Seven Last Days," 1971 Text written by Justice and music composed by Edward Miller. Includes typescript of text and copy of sheet music. F233 The Iron Hand, 1975 Dec 9 Includes a program for the University of Illinois School of Music choral performance of Justice's libretto. The libretto is based on Herman Melville's poem, "The Martyr," which was inspired by Lincoln's assassination in 1865. The Death of Lincoln: an opera by Edwin London on an original libretto by Donald Justice, 1973-1988 Published: [Austin, Tex.]: [W. Thomas Taylor],  Librettist's autograph copy cataloged for Special Collections (Spec PS 3519 .U825 D42 1988). F234 Drafts and notes, [n.d.] Includes research regarding John Wilkes Booth, notes for the libretto, and draft pages with revisions. F235 Drafts and notes, [n.d.] Includes research notes, general notes, as well as autograph and typescript drafts of scenes. Also includes drafts of prologue and epilogue. F236 Libretto drafts, [n.d.] Autograph, typescript, and photocopied drafts with extensive autograph revisions. F237 Complete typescript, [n.d.] Photocopy with autograph revisions. F238 Correspondence, 1973-1987 Correspondence with the National Endowment for the Arts regarding his Composer/Librettist Fellowship-Grant for 1973-1974, the Contemporary American Opera Studio regarding the 1980 production, and with composer Edwin London. F239 Programs, 1980-1991 Programs and flyers for performances by the Contemporary American Opera Studio (1980) and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (1991). F240 "Production notes,"  Autograph notes for the publication of The Death of Lincoln. F241 Galley proof,  Galley bears a few autograph corrections. Galley removed to oversize. 6 Series I.3. Novels, [1951-1961] F242 Notes for the developing "The Lady" into a novel, ca. 1951 Two pages of autograph notes. F243 Notes for a novel regarding the Florida Keys, ca. 1961 Four pages of autograph notes, plus drafts of the poems, "The Grandfathers" (see also F32) and "But That Is Another Story" (see also F109). Series I.4. Plays, [1950s]-1978 Arranged in chronological order. F244 "Henry and Rosemary," [1950s] Autograph and typescript drafts for an unfinished play. F245 "In the Attic," 1958 Autograph and typescript drafts for an intended verse play, portions of which appeared in the Donald Justice Reader. F246 "A Dream of Don Juan," 1965 Mimeographed typescript with Justice's autograph revisions and productions notes. See also "Narcissus at Home," (F247) for a copy of the program for both plays. F247 "Narcissus at Home," 1966 Mimeographed and carbon typescript scripts which bear extensive autograph revisions. Also includes two programs for the 1966 production of both "Narcissus at Home" and "A Dream of Don Juan." See also F43 for drafts of this poem. F248 "Chance for Rain," 1967 Includes mimeographed typescript with autograph revisions and a flyer for the studio production at the American Place Theater in 1967. F249 "Telephone Booth in the Wood,"  Four typescript pages of notes and ideas for a play based on this poem. F250 "Fragment from an intended song for an intended play," [early 1970s] One autograph page. F251 "The Whole World Knows," 1977-1978 Includes the original autograph script, typescripts and photocopied typescripts, notes, stage directions, and correspondence. The play is Justice's adaptation of Eudora Welty's short story, "The Golden Apples." Correspondence with theater directors and one letter from Eudora Welty regarding the play are present. F252 "The Hitch-Hikers," [1970s] Material related to Justice's adaptation of Eudor Welty's story includes original autograph scripts, typescript drafts, all with extensive autograph revisions, plus a copy of the Reader's Theater version. F253 "Out of a Suitcase #2 - The Whistler," [n.d.] Five pages of autograph and typescript draft. F254 "The Surrealist Police," [n.d.] Program for a production by the Drama Department of the University of Miami. 6 Series I.5. Stories, 1949-1998 Arranged in chronological order. F255 "The Doctor's Wife,"  Clipping regarding a second prize awarded by the Stanford Creative Writing Contest in 1949 for Justice's short story. F256 "The Lady," 1949-1984 First published in Western Review, this story was selected for the O. Henry Prize Collection of Stories for 1950, and reprinted in an anthology of O. Henry Award winners in 1984. Includes clippings, letters from Wallace Stegner and Ray B. West, and other correspondence. Issues of Western Review and Stanford Short Stories, in which "The Lady" was published, were cataloged for Special Collections (Spec PS3519 .U825 L34 1950 and Spec PS3519 .U825 L34 1950b). F257 "In the Green Room," 1983 Research, notes, and typescript, with extensive autograph revisions, for an unpublished short story based on a passage in a Wallace Stevens letter. F258 "Death, Night, Etc.," 1994-1998 Computer typescript drafts, autograph notes, galley proof, and an e-mail letter from Robert Mezey related to this short story published by Yale Review (1998 Spr). It was originally titled "Ma Non Troppo." Series I.6. Prose, 1947-1996 Arranged chronologically, this section includes Justice's M.A. thesis, book reviews, essays, and autobiographical sketches written by Justice, as well as works he edited. F259 "The Fugitive-Agrarian "Myth"," 1947 Carbon typescript of Justice's 1947 Master of Arts thesis for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, plus autograph pages of bibliography and table of contents. F260 Book reviews, 1956-1960 Photocopies of Justice's reviews of books written by Thomas Merton, Kathleen Raine, Howard Moss, Paul Goodman, J. V. Cunningham, A. E. Housman, and Tennessee Williams. The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees, 1960-1995 First limited edition: Iowa City: The Stone Wall Press, 1960 First trade edition: Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press,  Revised edition: Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 1975 First English edition: London: Farber & Farber, 1993 Justice edited and wrote the introduction for this collection. Autograph copies have been cataloged for Special Collections (Spec PS3521 .E285 A6 1960 and Spec PS3521 .E285 A6 1962). F261 Introduction, Kees material, and reviews, 1960-1979 Photocopies of stories by Kees, reviews, and Justice's introduction. F262 Correspondence and financial material, 1963-1995 Correspondence regarding publication of various editions, a contract for the revised edition, royalty statements, and check stubs. F263 "Reminiscences I," 1982-1983 Two small notebooks and loose pages of autograph notes with Justice's autobiographical sketches. F264 "The Invention of Free Verse," 1985 Photocopy of article published in The Iowa Review. F265 "The Prose Sublime or, The Deep Sense of Things Belonging Together, Inexplicably," 1988 Fall Photocopy of article published in The Michigan Quarterly Review. F266 "The Enormous Lonlies: Selections from the Notebooks of Henri Coulette, [1989?] Photocopy of typescript with an introduction by Justice and Robert Mezey. F267 "A Certain Unreasonableness of Feeling," 1994 Typescript bearing extensive autograph revisions of an essay on Philip Larkin. F268 Afterword to Edwin Arlington Robinson's The Torrent and the Night Before, 1996 Includes typescript draft bearing extensive autograph revisions, galley proofs, and a letter from the publisher.
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