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Morris, Wright, 1910-1998



Long regarded as one of America's most gifted writers, Wright Morris authored over thirty-three award-winning books. He was born in Central City, Nebraska, on 6 January 1910. He taught at the University of Nebraska from 1970-1972. His novel, A Field of Vision, won the National Book Award in 1956, and the novel Plains Song won the 1981 American Book Award for Fiction. In addition to his novels, he is the author of a number of photo-text books, books of criticism, and several collections of short stories. He taught English at San Francisco State College, and he and his wife, Josephine Mary Kantor, made their home in Mill Valley, California. He died on 25 April 1998.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Jo Morris to Arlene Garfinkel, Letters

Identifier: MS-0526
Scope and Contents

The majority of letters are those from Jo Morris to Arlene Steinbach Garfinkel, with some written by Wright Morris. There are 23 letters and 8 postcards, with some photographs of the Morris family and their residences.

Dates: 1962-1966

Josephine "Jo" Morris, Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0358
Scope and Contents The majority of items in this collection include correspondence and photographs related to Jo Morris' early childhood, her life before her marriage to Wright Morris, and material associated with her family. The correspondence contains letters to and from Jo Kantor Morris followed by letters to Kylah Rossler from various people. The personal records contain items such as diplomas, address books, painting inventories, and various financial records. The photographs, while mostly of Jo Morris,...
Dates: 1895-1979

Virginia Faulkner, Editor Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-12-10-20
Scope and Contents The materials include correspondence to Faulkner, both personal and business, from 1930-1980. Those items of correspondence that are not written by Faulkner include letters sent to her by Wright Morris, Bernice Slote, and Helen Cather Southwick, Willa Cather's niece. Other materials include articles written by Faulkner and notes that she gathered on Willa Cather's writings and on Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant. The item entitled, Dream Bien Meublé is an un-revised Cather-related article by...
Dates: 1930-1980

Wright Morris, Collected Materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0117
Scope and Contents The Morris collected materials include a holograph manuscript page from the novel Plains Song. The single page contains 24 lines in black ink. There are photocopies of correspondence between Morris and David Madden, many of the letters contain nicknames that the two correspondents created. There are cassette-recorded lectures and interviews of Morris recorded by Nebraska Educational Television during his semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a visiting lecturer. Some of the...
Dates: 1973-1976

Wright Morris, Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0049
Scope and Contents

The Morris papers include correspondence to his friends, colleagues, editors and publishers, and many other people who admired his published work. The manuscript materials include typescripts, editing galleys, and other documents associated with the publication of his novels, short stories, or criticism. There are also photographs of Morris, though no photograph material created by Morris.

Dates: 1948-2002

Additional filters:

Photographs 4
Fiction - 20th century - History and criticism 2
Art galleries, Commercial 1
Essayist 1
Fiction--20th century 1