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|Size||2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)|
|Abstract||Virginia Love Long (Virginia L. Rudder (1941- ), journalist and poet, native of Hurdle Mills, N.C., studied at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., 1958-1961. She then married and began a career in journalism with the Roxboro, N.C., Courier-Times, and in the early 1970s received numerous awards for her work in poetry and journalism. Her first book was After the Ifaluk and Other Poems (1976). She later published The Gallows Lord (1978). She married first Don Ray Bagby of North Carolina and later California, and appears to have married second Harry Rudder of Florida. As of 1978, she had two sons. The collection contains primarily correspondence with other writers, especially Judy Hogan, Amon Liner (1940-1976), and Manuel Gamboa (Manazar); manuscripts poems and writings by Long, Gamboa, Liner, and others; and poetry notebooks of Long. The majority of Gamboa's letters and poetry were written while he was an inmate in Soledad Prison, Soledad, Calif., and are often sexually explicit.|
|Creator||Long, Virginia Love.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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Virginia Love Long (Virginia L. Rudder) was born in 1941 in Roxboro, N.C. She attended Catawba College, 1958-1961, and there met fellow student and poet Amon Liner. After college, she married Don Ray Bagby and pursued a journalism career, working primarily for the Roxboro, N.C., Courier-Times. She received numerous state and national awards for her work in poetry and journalism. She published her first book, After the Ifaluk and Other Poems in 1976, and another, The Gallows Lord, in 1978. As of 1978 she had two sons.Back to Top
The collection of poet Virginia Love Long (Virginia L. Rudder)is divided into correspondence, writings, and other papers. Correspondence with fellow poets, which comprises Subseries 1.1., is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Represented are Judy Hogan, Amon Liner, and Manuel Gamboa (Manazar Gamboa). Much of Gamboa's correspondence was written while he was an inmate in Soledad Prison and is sexually explicit in nature. Personal and business correspondence and fan letters, which comprise Subseries 1.2., are arranged chronologically. The writings series includes poetic works by Long as well as by Manuel Gamboa, including his translation into Spanish of Amon Liner's "Chrome Glass." Other papers include clippings, journal entries, and other materials.Back to Top
Arrangement: alphabetical by correspondent (Subseries 1.1) and chronological (Subseries 1.2).
Subseries 1.1 consists of letters received by Long from other poets, close friends who critiqued her work and whose work she apparently analyzed in turn. Included are letters from Paul Foreman and Foster Foreman, Judy Hogan, Amon Liner (1940-1976), Manuel Gamboa (Manazar), Barbara Street, and R. Z. (Roz) Wolbarsht. Subseries 1.2 consists of general correspondence with family, friends, and fans of Long's column in the Roxboro, N.C., Courier Times.
Letters received by Long from other poets and close friends who critiqued her work and whose work she apparently analyzed in turn. Included are letters from Amon Liner (1940-1976) of Charlotte and Chapel Hill, N.C., including his comments on his work, his mental and physical well-being, and his philosophy of writing. Also included are letters from Mexican American poet Manuel Gamboa (Manazar), chiefly November 1976-May 1977, the bulk of which were written while he was an inmate in Soledad Prison and many of which are sexually explicit in nature. Scattered drafts of letters from Long to Gamboa after the dissolution of their relationship are also present. Other correspondents include Paul Foreman and Foster Foreman of Thorpe Springs Press, Berkeley, Calif., and Judy Hogan of the Carolina Wren Press, Carrboro, N.C.
Business and personal correspondence, including letters from editors about works submitted, from other poets, from family and friends, and from fans of Long's articles in the Roxboro, N.C., Courier-Times. Topics include family affairs, mutual friends, congratulations on awards and publication of work, and sympathy over the illness of Long's mother, who suffered a stroke in 1975.
Arrangement: alphabetical by title, where possible. Long's poetry notebooks follow the loose materials.
Writings by Long and others. Subseries 2.1 contains loose poems and unpublished manuscripts by Long. Subseries 2.2 contains her poetry/memorandum notebooks. Subseries 2.3 contains works by Amon Liner and Manuel Gamboa (Manazar).
Arrangement: alphabetical by title, where possible.
Loose writings by Long, including a series of early poems: "Love the Silence that Endures", a tribute to Amon Liner; and "Moontalking", a collaborative effort with poet Jimmy Santiago Baca (restricted until published).
Memorandum and poetry notebooks, with some prose material included. All are disjointed, scattered, and mostly undated. Of particular note, however, are transcriptions from an apparent court case, in Volume #10, and drafts letters written by Long to Manuel Gamboa (Manazar) after the dissolution of their relationship, in Volume 15.
Arrangement: alphabetical by author.
Writings by others, primarily Manuel Gamboa (Manazar). Included are a Spanish translation of Amon Liner's "Chrome Grass" by Gamboa; translations by Gamboa of works of other poets, especially Emily Dickinson; and English translations of Gamboa's works by Long.
Miscellaneous items, including excerpts from Long's journal, 1977; clippings, mostly about University of North Carolina graduate Larry Wilfred Phelps, a member of the Progressive Labor Movement, who was murdered, and a college term paper by Long, 1960.
Processed by: Eileen Parris, November 1992
Encoded by: Jackie Dean, July 1998
This collection was previously known as the Virginia Long Rudder Papers (revised January 2007 because of name change).Back to Top