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David Madden Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2836

This collection consists of manuscripts of several English textbooks edited by David Madden. It also contains the thesis Feminist Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction as Political Protest in the Tradition of Women Proletarian Writers of the 1930s by his student, Laura Ng. In addition, several manuscripts of novels and short stories of Madden's literary clients are included. See also: MS 0276, MS 0515, MS 0632, and MS 2637.

Dates

  • 2004-2005

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

3 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of manuscripts of several English textbooks edited by David Madden. It also contains the thesis Feminist Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction as Political Protest in the Tradition of Women Proletarian Writers of the 1930s by his student, Laura Ng. In addition, several manuscripts of novels and short stories of Madden's literary clients are included.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Arrangement

Collection consists of three boxes.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections between 1997-2004 by David Madden.

Repository Details

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

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