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MS Am 2650

Updike, John. John Updike papers for Howells as anti-novelist, 1987: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf, b
Call No.: MS Am 2650
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Updike, John.
Title: John Updike papers for Howells as anti-novelist,
Date(s): 1987.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (2 boxes [including 2 audiocassettes and 1 reel-to-reel tape])
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers relating to the talk given by John Updike, and the subsequent printing of Howells as anti-novelist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

87M-108. Gift of John Updike; received: 1987 July.
Original folder notes: "Videotape out to Polly Howells, 25 Jan 1989." This item was not found during cataloging in 2009 February.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Updike Papers for Howells as Anti-novelist, 1987 (MS Am 2650). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Updike (1932-2009) was a novelist, critic, short story writer, poet, essayist, and dramatist. He graduated from Harvard College with an AB in 1954.
On May 1,1987, Updike gave the keynote address, Howells as anti-novelist, at Harvard University for the sesquicentennial celebration of William Dean Howells' birth. Author's notes state: "talk [was] given at the invitation of the William Dean Howells Memorial Committee ... in Emerson Lecture Hall ... as part of the two-day celebration of the 150th anniversary of Howells' birth. It was then published, somewhat amplified and altered, in The New Yorker of July 13, 1987 ..." The text was then printed in a limited edition of 150 copies by the Committee later in 1987 [see *AC95.Up174.987h for completed printed version].


Arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

Papers assembled for John Updike's text, Howells as anti-novelist. Includes typescripts, typescript photocopies with revisions in multiple hands (including printer's markings by Greer Allen), galley proofs, page proofs, and layouts for this address and the later publication by the Committee. Also includes 2 audiocassettes and 1 reel-to-reel tape of Updike's address and a letter from Updike to Roger E. (Roger Eliot) Stoddard of the Howells Committee.

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