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Robert Drake Reel-to-reel Audiotapes

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2524

This collection contains two reel-to-reel audiotapes of Dr. Robert Drake. The first is a 1963/1965 broadcasted reading of stories from his first book, Amazing Grace, and the second is a panel discussion recording (with Cleanth Brooks and others) from the 1969 Southern Literary Festival, for which he served as chairman.

Dates

  • 1963-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains two reel-to-reel audiotapes of Dr. Robert Drake, a 1963/1965 broadcasted reading of stories from his first book, Amazing Grace, and a panel discussion recording from the 1969 Southern Literary Festival.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Young Drake, Jr., was born on October 20, 1930, in Ripley, Tenn. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's (1952) and a master's (1953) in English. Then he obtained a master's (1954) and PhD (1955) in English from Yale University, where he met Cleanth Brooks. He then taught at various universities over the United States until he came to the University of Tennessee in 1965, when he published his first collection of stories, Amazing Grace (reprinted 1981). He befriended Flannery O'Conner and published a booklet "Flannery O'Connor, The True Country" in 1966. Drake served as editor and chairman of the 1969 Southern Literary Festival and published its proceedings, titled The Writer and His Traditions. Some other publications include The Single Heart (1971), The Burning Bush (1975), Survivors and Others (1987), and What Would You Do For an Encore? And Other Stories (1996). Drake passed away in 2001.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two folders.

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of the UT Special Collections Library.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.0350: Amazing Grace Manuscripts
  2. MS.0394: Robert Drake Essays on Flannery O'Connor
  3. MS.0576: The Writer and His Tradition Papers

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480