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James Perkins' Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren (Volume 3) Material

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Identifier: MS-3057
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This collection contains material for the 2006 publication Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren: Triumph and Transition, 1943-1952 (Volume 3), edited by Randy Hendricks, James A. Perkins, and William Bradford Clark. Most of the material is copies of Warren's letters with edits by Perkins. There are also drafts and a page proof of the manuscript, as well as correspondence with the publisher, Louisiana State University Press.

The collection consists of four series: Series I: Copies of Robert Penn Warren Correspondence; Series II: Edited Correspondence Transcriptions, with notes from the editors; Series III: Drafts of Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren: Triumph and Transition, 1943-1952; and Series IV: Other Papers, which includes correspondence with the publishers. Most of the material dates from between 2004 and 2006. The original Robert Penn Warren correspondence, which is photocopied and included in the collection, dates from 1941 to 1952, though the copies and edits by the publishers date from 2004 to 2006.

For similar collections, see MS.2834: James Perkins' The Cass Mastern Material Papers, 1996-2005, and MS.2637: the David Madden Papers, 1968-2001.

Dates

  • 2004-2006, undated

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 Special Collections.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains material for the 2006 publication Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren: Triumph and Transition, 1943-1952 (Volume 3), edited by Randy Hendricks, James A. Perkins, and William Bradford Clark. Most of the material is copies of Warren's letters with edits by Perkins. There are also drafts and a page proof of the manuscript, as well as correspondence with the publisher, Louisiana State University Press.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Ashbrook Perkins was born in Covington, Kentucky on February 7, 1941. After attending Holmes High School, he obtained degrees from Centre College (1963), Miami University (1965), and The University of Tennessee (1972), where he got his PhD in English. While working on his doctorate, Perkins spent two years teaching at All Saints Episcopal School in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His dissertation was completed under Bobby Leggett on the American socialist poet Kenneth Fearing. After a year as instructor at UTK, Perkins was hired to teach creative writing and American literature at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he eventually became Professor Emeritus of English and Public Relations.

Perkins participated in four summer seminars and institutes hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities. At a seminar under R. W. B. Lewis, Perkins was reintroduced to the work of Robert Penn Warren and subsequently spent almost two decades researching and writing about Warren. Perkins authored books on Robert Penn Warren, Robert Drake, David Madden and other Southern writers. He was also a poet and writer of short stories. In 1998 Perkins was named a senior Fulbright Scholar to Seoul National University in Korea. Perkins passed away in 2022.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two boxes in three series:

  1. Series I: Copies of Robert Penn Warren Correspondence, 2004, undated
  2. Series II: Edited Correspondence Transcriptions, 2004, undated
  3. Series III: Drafts of Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren: Triumph and Transition, 1943-1952, 2004-2006, undated
  4. Series IV: Other Papers, 2004-2006

Repository Details

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

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