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Richard Marius Literary Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3779

This collection consists of partial and complete manuscript copies of author Richard Marius' first novels: The Coming of Rain, Luther, Once in Arcadia (published as After the War), and Bound for the Promised Land. Included are handwritten and typed drafts with revisions as well as page proofs.

Dates

  • 1967-1975, undated

Language

The material in this 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

3.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of partial and complete manuscript copies of author Richard Marius' first novels: The Coming of Rain, Luther, Once in Arcadia (published as After the War), and Bound for the Promised Land.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Marius was a Southern writer and scholar. Born in Loudon County, Tennessee, on July 29, 1933, Marius graduated with his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1954, earned both his masters and Ph.D. at Yale, and returned to teach at the University of Tennessee. He was noted as one of the most popular professors, and he served as a political leader on campus leading numerous protests. In 1978, Marius moved to his position as director of the Expository Writing Program where he stayed until his retirement in 1994. He married Lanier Smythe in 1970 and they had one son, John. Marius died on November 9, 1999.

Marius wrote four fiction novels, all taking place in East Tennessee throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His first novel, The Coming of Rain, was published in 1969 and is part of a loose trilogy that includes After the War (1992) and An Affair of Honor (2001). In addition to his works of fiction, Marius also authored several non-fiction works, primarily related to the Reformation era, the focus of much of his scholarship, including biographies of Thomas More and Martin Luther.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.0498, MS.0866, MS.0886, and MS.0917.

Repository Details

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

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