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BOX I:95-169 Part I: Writings File, 1935-1995
Drafts of essays, novels, reviews, short stories, and other material written by Ellison. Correspondence and material relating to the production, publicity, and reception of his works are included. Dates in parentheses in the container list refer to the publication date; other dates refer to the period covered by the material in the folder.
Arranged alphabetically by type of work and by title therein.
BOX I:95 Essays and essay collections
“Adventures of an Unintentional New Yorker,” undated
“The American Artist and His Audience” (1977), 1994
American Civilization: a Portrait from the Twentieth Century (1972), unpublished chapter, 1968-1970
American Negro Congress, circa 1940
“The Art of Fiction: An Interview,” 1970
“As the Spirit Moves Mahalia,” 1958, 1969
Author's statement, Attacks of Taste, 1971
“Camp Lost Colony,” 1940
“Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke”
Correspondence, drafts, and partial drafts, 1957
Draft fragments, undated
Notes, undated
“The Charlie Christian Story,” 1958
“Charlie Houston,” undated
“A Congress Jim Crow Didn't Attend,” 1940
“The Constitution as Ground or Scene for the Enactment of the Drama of American Democracy,” undated
Down Home, with Bob Adelman, 1969-1972
Editorial comments
General, circa 1937, 1970
BOX I:96 Negro Quarterly, 1942-1944
(2 folders)
“February” (1955), circa 1937-1938, 1955
“Flamenco,” 1954
Going to the Territory (1986)
“An Extravagance of Laughter” See also Container 99, “Going to the Territory,” and Container 103, “New York, 1936"
First draft, circa 1985
Edited draft, 1985
Partial drafts, circa 1985
BOX I:97 Work folder, circa 1985
(2 folders)
Contract, 1984
Correspondence, 1984-1987
Printer's setting copy, 1986
(3 folders)
BOX I:98 Galleys
Author's edited version, 1986
(2 folders)
Master set
First pass, 1986
(3 folders)
BOX I:99 Second pass, 1986
(3 folders)
Inscriptions and mailing lists, 1986-1987
Miscellany, 1985-1987
Reviews, 1986-1987
“Going to the Territory,” Carleton Miscellany: A Review of Literature and the Liberal Arts, 1980 See also Containers 96-97, Going to the Territory, “An Extravagance of Laughter”
“The Golden Age, Time Past” (1956), 1958-1961, 1972, 1983
BOX I:100 “Harlem Is Nowhere” (1964), 1947-1948
(3 folders)
“Harlem Twenty-Four Hours After–Peace and Quiet Reign,” 1943
Hemingway, Ernest, unfinished essay, circa 1940
The hero in literature, undated
“Hidden Name and Complex Fate: A Writer's Experience in the U.S.,” 1964 See also Container 87, Library of Congress
“Homage to Duke Ellington on His Birthday” (1969), 1969-1970
“Imprisoned in Words,” 1946-1947
BOX I:101 “Indivisible Man” (1970), 1970-1973
“James Armistead Lafayette” (1974), 1974-1976
“Let Us Consider the Harlem Crime Wave,” circa 1943
“The Little Man at Chehaw Station” (1977)
Drafts and partial drafts, undated
(2 folders)
Miscellany, 1976-1978
“Living with Music,” 1955
“Minority Provincialism as a Problem in Creative Writing,” undated
BOX I:102 Miscellaneous notes, 1943, 1953-1991
(6 folders)
BOX I:103 “The Myth of the Flawed White Southerner” (1968), 1967-1969
New American left wing writers, circa 1935
“New York, 1936,” 1936 See also Containers 96-97, Going to the Territory, “An Extravagance of Laughter”
“Notes on the American Language and Literature”
Drafts and draft fragments, 1970
(4 folders)
BOX I:104 Notes and research material, 1970
“The Novel as a Function of American Democracy” (1967), 1967
“On Becoming a Writer” (1965), 1964-1965
On Being Black: Writings by Afro-Americans from Frederick Douglass to the Present, 1970
“On Being the Target of Discrimination,” 1989
“On Birdwatching and Jazz” (1962), 1962
“Perspective of Literature” (1976), 1976-1977
“Philippine Writers Report,” 1941
“Ralph Ellison: Notre Lutte Nous Proclamé à la Fois ’Nègres et Americains,'” Preuves (1958), 1957, 1969
“Recent Negro Fiction” (1941), 1941
(2 folders)
“Rejoiner” (1964) See also Container 108, “The World and the Jug”
Drafts and draft fragments, undated
Miscellany, 1964-1969
Notes, undated
“Remembering Jimmy,” 1958
BOX I:105 “Remembering Richard Wright” (1984), 1983-1984 See also Container 174, Lectures, 1971, 18 July
“Richard Wright and Negro Fiction,” 1941
“Richard Wright's Blues” (1945), 1945
Drafts and partial drafts
Draft fragments and notes
“Romare Bearden: Paintings and Projections” (1970), 1969-1970, 1985
“The Shadow and the Act” (1949), 1949-1950
Shadow and Act (1964)
Contracts, 1964-1968
Correspondence, 1964-1978
“Introduction,” undated
An American Dilemma: A Review,” 1944
BOX I:106 “Twentieth Century Fiction and the Black Mask of Humanity,” circa 1946, 1953
Miscellaneous text, 1964-1966
Miscellany, 1964-1967, 1995
Reviews, 1964-1967
Royalty statements, 1966-1974
“Society, Morality, and the Novel,” The Living Novel (1957), 1956-1963
(3 folders)
“Speaking for You: Ralph Ellison's Cultural Vision” (1987), 1981-1988 See also Container 171, Speeches, 1975, 21 June
“The Swing to Stereo,” 1958
BOX I:107 “Tape, Disks, and Coexistence,” ghostwritten by Ellison, 1955
“Tell It Like It Is, Baby” (1965)
Drafts, 1965-1969, 1990
(4 folders)
Galleys, notes, and general material, 1965-1969, 1990
“Three Southern Novels,” 1944
“Twentieth Century Writing and the Black Mask of Humanity” (1953), 1946, 1953 See also Container 172, Lectures, 1953, 3-5 Aug.
BOX I:108 Unidentified fragments, undated
(2 folders)
“The Uses of History in Fiction,” with William Styron, Robert Penn Warren, and C. Vann Woodward, 1969 See also Container 170, Speeches, 1968, 6 Nov.
“The Way It Is,” 1942
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