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Amazing Grace Manuscripts

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0350

  • Staff Only

This collection includes manuscripts and galley proof material with handwritten edits and notes for Amazing Grace by Robert Drake. Amazing Grace is Drake's first published collection of short stories, published in 1965, and includes the short story "Amazing Grace" from which the collection's name is derived.

Dates

  • circa 1960

Language

The collection is in English.

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

0.1 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 folder)

Abstract

This collection includes manuscripts and galley proof material with handwritten edits and notes for Amazing Grace by Robert Drake.

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.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.0394: Robert Drake Essays on Flannery O'Connor
  2. MS.2524: Robert Drake Reel-to-reel Audiotapes

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