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Warren Fine, Literature Papers

Identifier: RG-12-10-51

Scope and Contents

Warren Fine’s professional life as a writer and teacher and his personal life are both represented in collection materials.  Manuscripts written by Fine comprise nearly half of the collection.  The remainder consists primarily of his notes and journals and his correspondence, both of which provide additional insights about his work as a writer.  Also included are collected clippings, manuscripts, and publications; teaching materials; and personal records relating to Fine’s health and finances.  Throughout the collection, folder titles in quotation marks indicate the labels under which the materials were originally filed.


  • Creation: 1960-1987


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to, from, or about Ethel LaGalle, Ethel Fine, and Charlotte LaGalle may not be published without Ethel LaGalle’s permission. 

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the University of Nebraska. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the papers/records or their designees. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections. 

Biographical / Historical

Warren Fine was born January 24, 1943 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Growing up in southwest Kansas, he began writing stories and selling them for a penny apiece when he was eight years old. From his teen years onward, Fine considered writing his vocation. In 1965 he left the University of Kansas to finish his first novel, The Artificial Traveler. He moved to St. Louis in 1966 and remained there until 1968. He received his master's degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University in 1970.

Fine's career included teaching as well as writing in various formats. He taught in the English department at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, from 1970-1974 and the following year at Colorado State before joining the University of Nebraska--Lincoln's faculty in 1976. At UNL he taught fiction writing and contemporary literature and administered the graduate writing program. His work as a writer included four published novels, more than 40 published poems, six published essays, and scripts for plays, film, and television. The plains and prairies of his childhood home in Kansas frequently served as the settings of his stories, and his writing recreated the language of oral storytelling. In a Lincoln Star article from April 22, 1979, Fine referred to himself as "the foremost unpopular American novelist." He died August 20, 1987 in Lincoln, Nebraska.


11.75 Linear Feet (23 boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States