Collection Number: 04705

Collection Title: Stuart T. Wright Papers, 1977-1986

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 170 items)
Abstract Chiefly correspondence of publisher, editor, and translator Stuart Wright of Winston-Salem, N.C. Included is correspondence of Stuart Wright with A. R. Ammons, Shelby Foote, O. B. Hardison, Robert Morgan, James Seay, Lee Smith, and Sylvia Wilkinson. Enclosed in some letters are poems or fiction by Ammons, Hardison, Morgan, Seay, and Augustus Carleton.
Creator Wright, Stuart T.
Language English
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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 Stuart T. Wright papers #4705, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Henry Turlington, Chapel Hill, N.C., in August 1994 (Acc. 94104).
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Stuart Wright was born 30 March 1948. He attended Roxboro (N.C.) High School and Wake Forest University, graduating from the latter in 1970 with B.A. degrees in German and music. After attending the London School of Chiropody/Smae Institute in England, he returned to Wake Forest in 1972, and the following year he received his Master's degree in southern studies. His formal academic training concluded with post-graduate work at Wake Forest in American studies in 1975.

Since 1977 Wright has published, in the form of broadsides and limited editions, poetry and essays by A. R. Ammons, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, William Goyen, George Garrett, and Eudora Welty, among others. He also compiled bibliographies of several writers, including Andrew Lytle, Donald Davies, Reynolds Price, Robert Morgan, Dickey, and Ammons. He also edited The Conference Letters of Benjamin H. Freeman and The Recollections of A. D. Reynolds. With F. D. Bridgewater, he translated The Great Cavalry Battle of Brandy Station by Heres von Borcke and Justus Scheibert.

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About 170 items. circa 1977-1986

Correspondence of Stuart Wright and various authors whose work Wright either published or whose bibliographies Wright compiled. Included in this correspondence are letters, copies of poems, and bibliographical information. All correspondents are well known authors with ties to North Carolina.

The most voluminous is correspondence, 1977-1986, with A. R. Ammons. Ammons wrote concerning various broadsides and volumes of his poems that Wright published, as well as a bibliography of Ammons's work that Wright compiled. The letters often discuss financial matters, including the sale of signed broadsides, limited editions of poetic works, and Ammons's artwork. Ammons also discussed the prospect of selling his papers to a repository, as well as the possible market value of the original copy of his poem Tape. Ammons occasionally mentioned the substance of his own writing and often referred to his teaching load at Cornell University. Enclosed with one of the letters is a typed, signed copy of Ammons's poem "Delineation." Also enclosed in one of Ammons's letters is a manuscript of poems by Augustus Carleton entitled "Diverted Sonnets." Carleton, of Ithaca, N.Y., appears to have been a student or colleague of Ammons.

Wright published a revised version Shelby Foote's essay "The Novelist's View of History" in 1981 and some of the corrections to the proof are included with Foote's correspondence, 1977-1983. However, much of the Foote correspondence also concerns writer George Garrett, a friend of both Foote and Wright. Wright had apparently compiled a tribute to Garrett, and a holograph copy of Foote's contribution is included.

The correspondence with O. B. Hardison, 1979-1980; Robert Morgan, 1981-1985; and James Seay, 1982, contains, along with some personal material, letters about broadsides of their work. The original poems are occasionally included. There are three poems from Hardison, five from Morgan, and a prose piece from Seay.

There is but one letter each from Lee Smith (undated) and Sylvia Wilkinson (March 1983). Smith wrote to thank Wright for an invitation to a party attended by Eudora Welty. Wilkinson's letter referred to the difficulties she experienced in writing a book.

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