Collection Number: CW9

Collection Title: Leslie A. Field Collection, 1976-2017

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Size 8.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)
Abstract Leslie A. Field (1926-2012) was the author of five books and numerous articles and reviews about Thomas Wolfe and his writings. The Leslie A. Field Collection consists of manuscript drafts, editorials, research files, correspondence, clippings, speeches, and other materials related to his study of Thomas Wolfe and to the Thomas Wolfe Society.
Creator Field, Leslie A.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Leslie A. Field Collection #CW9, North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Joyce Field in 2017 (Acc. 103291).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Leslie Arthur Field ("Les") was the author of five books and numerous articles and reviews about Thomas Wolfe and his writings. Field taught in the English department at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, from 1956 to 1991. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1926 and grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Field earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wayne State University and completed his doctorate in English at Indiana University. Field’s published works on Wolfe include Thomas Wolfe: Three Decades of Criticism, Thomas Wolfe and His Editors: Establishing a True Text for the Posthumous Publications, and The Autobiography of an American Novelist. He was also author of two unpublished manuscripts about Wolfe. Field was a long-time member of the Thomas Wolfe Society and a mentor to younger Wolfe scholars. In addition to his research on Wolfe, Field also produced works on such modern Jewish-American writers as Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Field and his wife, Joyce W. Field, collaborated on two works about Bernard Malamud. He died, at age 85, in Lafayette, Indiana, on 22 June 2012.

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The Leslie A. Field Collection consists of manuscript drafts, editorials, research files, and correspondence related to publications about Thomas Wolfe by Field and others. There are also files relating to Field's unpublished manuscripts on Wolfe; work conducted while a visiting scholar at Bar-Iain University in Tel Aviv, Israel and in France; speeches; Thomas Wolfe Society materials; and articles and clippings about Wolfe, written by Field and others. Correspondents include Joseph Bentz, Morton Teicher, Aldo Magi, and other Wolfe scholars.

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Contents list

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2000 items.
Box 1-6

Box 1

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Publications by Leslie A. Field #CW9, Series: "Leslie Field Collection, 1976-2017." Box 1-6

Manuscript drafts, research files, and correspondence relating to publications.

Box 7-8

Box 7

Box 8

Publications by others #CW9, Series: "Leslie Field Collection, 1976-2017." Box 7-8

Material used by Field for his research.

Box 9-11

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11

Projects #CW9, Series: "Leslie Field Collection, 1976-2017." Box 9-11

Unpublished manuscripts and material relating to work in France and as a visiting scholar at Bar-Iain University in Tel Aviv, Israel, and for the Thomas Wolfe Society.

Box 12-14

Box 12

Box 13

Box 14

Correspondence #CW9, Series: "Leslie Field Collection, 1976-2017." Box 12-14

Box 15

Articles and clippings #CW9, Series: "Leslie Field Collection, 1976-2017." Box 15

Writings about Wolfe by Field and others.

Box 16-17

Box 16

Box 17

Miscellaneous #CW9, Series: "Leslie Field Collection, 1976-2017." Box 16-17

Master's thesis, research notes, speeches.

Audiocassette C-CW9/1

Miscellaneous: Look Homeword, Angel, CBS Playhouse 90, 1972 #CW9, Series: "Leslie Field Collection, 1976-2017." C-CW9/1

Digital Folder DF-CW9/1

Miscellaneous: WFYI "No Limits" broadcast on Thomas Wolfe, 17 May 2017 #CW9, Series: "Leslie Field Collection, 1976-2017." DF-CW9/1

Radio program broadcast on WFYI in Indianapolis, Ind., discussing Thomas Wolfe. Guests include Mark Canada, professor at Indiana University at Kokomo and president of Thomas Wolfe Society, and A. Scott Berg, author of book on Maxwell Perkins. Recorded on 17 May 17 2017, in advance of meeting of Thomas Wolfe Society in Indianapolis, Ind., on 19-21 May 2017.

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Processing Information

Processed by: John Blythe, Nancy Kaiser, Lydia Neuroth, and Caitlin Rivas, January 2017

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, January 2017

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