David Madden Papers
These papers consist of notes, manuscripts, galley and page proofs, and publications relating to author David Madden. The majority of the collection consists of manuscripts, galley proofs, and page proofs of various of Madden's works. The works most prominently represented are Madden's collection of short stories entitled The Shadow Knows (originally published by LSU Press in 1970) and two series that he edited: Classics of Civil War Fiction and Beyond the Battlefield. The collection also houses numerous cards containing notes that Madden made on other authors' works, manuscripts that other authors sent to Madden for critique, and one book entitled Pictures from an Institution.
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This collection consists of notes, manuscripts, page proofs, and galley proofs relating to author David Madden. The works most prominently represented are Madden's collection of short stories entitled The Shadow Knows (originally published by LSU Press in 1970) and two series that he edited: Classics of Civil War Fiction and Beyond the Battlefield.
Jerry David Madden was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on July 25, 1933, to James and Emile Merritt Madden. After he graduated high school in 1951, Madden entered the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before graduating, he left college for New York City and later joined the United States Merchant Marine. Upon leaving the Marine in 1953, he joined the army and was discharged in 1955. Madden then returned to the University of Tennessee and graduated with a BA in education in 1957. He later enrolled at San Francisco State University and earned an MA in creative writing in 1958. Shortly after graduation, Madden obtained a John Golden fellowship to attend the Yale Drama School, where he studied from 1959 to 1960. Madden’s first novel, The Beautiful Greed, was published in 1961 and based on his experience as a Merchant seaman.
Madden has written in several genres and his works include: Cassandra Singing, The Shadow Knows, and The New Orleans of Possibilities. Arguably his most well-known novel, The Suicide's Wife was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and made into a TV movie. In addition, Madden has published poems and short stories in Redbook, Playboy, and The Southern Review. His plays have won many state and national contests and several have been published. He also has an extensive collection of literary criticism, including Wright Morris: A Primer of the Novel and Harlequin’s Stick, Charlie's Cane. Madden has also written essays on several famous literary personalities – James Joyce, Flannery O'Connor, Emily Bronte, and Thomas Wolfe – and has edited several textbooks.
Although Madden has worked for a number of different institutions, he has spent the majority of his professional life at Louisiana State University (LSU). He began as the writer-in-residence in 1968, a position he held until 1992. He has also served LSU as the Director of the Creative Writing Program (1992-1994), Founding Director of the United States Civil War Center (1992-1999), and Donald and Velvia Crumbley Professor of Creative Writing (1999-).
Madden met his wife, Roberta Young Madden, while working for Iowa State Teacher's College's radio station. They were married in 1956, and have one son, Blake.
Collection consists of four boxes divided into five series: Notes; Manuscripts; Galley and Page Proofs; Manuscripts Sent to Madden for Critique; and Publications.
This collection was donated to Special Collections by David Madden.