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Thomas S. Stribling Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1438

Author Thomas Stribling wrote this letter to Mr. M. H. Kowan of Columbus, Ohio in response to Kowan's request for answers to five questions, seemingly related to writing (the original questions are not included). The first answer provides Stribling's humorous definitions of the words fiction and novel. The second seems to explain why Stribling writes. The third answer ranks the elements of a novel in order of their importance, and the fourth simply reads "Rewriting." The last answer says that Stribling has no other suggestions but reiterates his wish for more definition requests.

Dates

  • 1938 January 21

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 folder)

Abstract

Author Thomas Stribling wrote this letter to Mr. M. H. Kowan of Columbus, Ohio in response to Kowan's request for answers to five questions, seemingly related to writing.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Sigismund "T. S." Stribling was born on March 3, 1881 in Clifton, Tennessee, to Christopher and Amelia (Waits) Stribling. He graduated from Florence Normal School in 1903 and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1905. In 1908, he began writing short stories to support himself, and in 1917, he began writing novels as well. In 1930, he married Luella Kloss (1899-1993). In 1933, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Store, which is the second volume in his acclaimed Vaiden trilogy. Stribling died on July 8, 1965, in Florence, Alabama. Luella, his wife, published his autobiography, Laughing Stock, in 1982 with the help of two editors. Stribling's collection of papers are housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and there is a museum in his home in Clifton, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this letter in January of 1987.

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