Amazing Grace Manuscripts
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.
- circa 1960
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0.1 Linear Feet (2 folders)
This collection includes manuscripts and galley proof material with handwritten edits and notes for Amazing Grace by Robert Drake.
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 in 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.