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|Size||2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)|
|Abstract||Writings and addresses by James Osler Bailey (1903-1979) about Thomas Hardy, Victorian literature, science fiction, and the teaching of reading and writing. Subject files include teaching plans, course syllabi, course examinations, subject notes, and a few letters from graduate students. Also included are a play, "Strike Song: A play of the Southern mills," written by Bailey and his wife, Loretto Carroll Bailey, in 1929; material relating to William T. Couch; the Friends of the Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Turkey, where Bailey taught, 1954-1957.|
|Creator||Bailey, James Osler, 1903-|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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James Osler Bailey was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, 12 August 1903. He received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the PhD in 1934. He was a high school teacher for one year, was an assistant professor at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and advanced from instructor to Alumni Distinguished Professor in the English Department, UNC-CH, 1927-1971. Under the auspices of the U. S. State Department, Bailey taught in Istanbul, Turkey, 1956-1957.
Bailey's principal scholarly interest was the work of Thomas Hardy, about which he published numerous essays and two books. Other interests included other writers of the Victorian period, the teaching of writing skills, and early science fiction (the subject of his dissertation). His books included Pilgrims Through Space and Time: Trends and Patterns in Scientific and Utopian Fiction (1947, reprinted 1972), Creative Exercises in College English: A Year's Work in the Practice of Writing and Reading (1952), Thomas Hardy and the Cosmic Mind: A New Reading of the Dynasts (1956), and The Poetry of Thomas Hardy: A Handbook and Commentary (1970).
Bailey married twice, first to Loretto Carroll, and second to Mary M. He had one daughter, Nancy. Bailey died 30 October 1979, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.Back to Top
About one-half of these papers are typed and printed versions of writings and addresses by J. O. Bailey, from an article published as an undergraduate in The Carolina Magazine to speeches delivered after his retirement. Filed with a few of these works are letters relating to them. Other material consists of subject files, which include teaching plans, course syllabi, subject notes, course examinations, graduate student files, and reflections on JOB's year in Turkey, and a collection of miscellaneous items.Back to Top
Principally typed and printed versions of essays, book reviews, book-length manuscripts, and speeches by J. O. Bailey, totaling eighty-five different works. Some of these works are annotated with publication data or date and place of delivery; some are unpublished. Pertinent letters, chiefly relating to publication arrangements, are filed with the writings to which they refer.
Forty-one of these works relate primarily to Thomas Hardy. Other prominent subjects are the work of other literary figures of the Victorian period, science fiction, and teaching and learning reading and writing skills. Also included is the text of Strike Song: A Play of the Southern Mills, written by JOB and his wife Loretto Carroll Bailey in 1929. The titles of works included are noted in the Container List.
Files devoted to William T. Couch, The Friends of the Library, Archibald Henderson, teaching material, and Turkey, consisting of: copies of letters principally about The Human Potential, by W. T. Couch, and a letter to JOB from A. N. J. den Hollender, a mutual friend of JOB and WTC; letters from JOB as chairman of The Friends of the Library (UNC-CH) to members of that organization, and other material about The Friends, 1975-1976; two letters from Archibald Henderson to JOB about the value of George Bernard Shaw material given by AH to the UNC library and about a silhouette which AH had made of himself and GBS; teaching material, including plans, syllabi, synopses, and annotated copies of works by Thomas Hardy, for an undergraduate course and graduate seminars; and reminiscences and reflections about Turkish culture and education and Turkish-American cultural exchanges, reports, and other documents relating to JOB's year of teaching in Turkey, 1956-1957. The 1985 addition of subject files included subject notes on literature and various authors; teaching material, including syllibi, examinations, and synopses; and three graduate student files.
A list of "articles by J. O. Bailey, not available in typed copies;" material related to Modern Language Association sessions on science fiction; a copy of "Sacred and Profane Time in Thomas Hardy's Novels and Poems," by Dwayne Howell; and other material related to studies of Hardy and Victorian literature.