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Warren Fine, Literature Papers

Title: Warren Fine, Literature Papers

Creator: Fine, Warren, 1943-1987

Dates: 1960-1987

Quantity: 23 boxes (11.0 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-10-51

Language: English

Restrictions: Materials to, from, or about Ethel LaGalle, Ethel Fine, and Charlotte LaGalle may not be published without Ethel LaGalle's permission. They may be viewed in the Archives & Special Collections reading room.

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Preferred Citation: Warren Fine, Literature Papers (RG 12-10-51). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Biography:

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.

Scope and Content:

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, all 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.

Subjects:

Fine, Warren, 1943-1987

American literature

Authors

Diabetes

Diabetics

Essays

Fiction--20th century

Fiction--20th century--Stories, plots, etc.

Fiction--Authorship

Poetry

Poets

Series Description: Series 1: Biographical materials, Box 1

The series includes curriculum vitae, grant applications, and interviews containing information about Fine's life and career. These materials serve as a helpful guide to Fine's work and have been placed foremost in the collection.

Series 2: Manuscripts and Typescripts, Box 2-Box 12

The series consists of poems, non-fiction, novels, short stories, and scripts written by Warren Fine. Most are edited typescripts. The poetry includes multiple drafts of poems. In the original order, the poetry manuscripts and typescripts were found in groups of a few poems mingled within the other manuscript materials. Each group of poems thus found has been contained in a distinct folder. Fine's essays, articles, and reviews comprise six folders.

In a 1968 interview with the Missouri Library Association Quarterly, Warren Fine explained, "All my work is interdependent." With this in mind, his fiction manuscripts and scripts were organized according to their interconnections. For example, The Education of Maxwell Cane, The Madonna of the Ferris Wheel, The Novelty Factory, The Donor, and To the Monastery are all shorter works which contributed to or grew from his published novel The Artificial Traveler. Likewise, Her Father's Death and Thirst were created as separate novels, then comprised in a larger work, American Confession, and finally broken into the two original novels. Names of characters, settings, and other elements of individual manuscripts as well as Fine's notes and CVs were used to identify particular works or determine connections between them.

Some manuscript pages contain different works on each side. When such sheets were found within a large run of pages from a particular manuscript, they were considered part of that manuscript. When the primary manuscript was not clear, the folder was labeled with the titles of both manuscripts.

Series 3: Notes and journals, Box 13-Box 15

Warren Fine's notes and notebooks often contain journal-like entries, and his journals often contain thoughts about and notes for his work. For this reason, notes and journals have been kept together and arranged chronologically rather than divided into distinct series or separated from one another within the series. Undated materials precede those with dates. Appointment reminders, personal thoughts, research, snippets of writing, outlines, to-do lists, budgets, and contact lists are typical of the information found in this series.

Series 4: Correspondence, Box 16-Box 18, Folder 14

The series' first five folders are labeled and compiled as they were originally found and include rejection letters. The remainder of the series is arranged chronologically, with undated materials preceding those with dates. The series consists of both personal and business letters. Because most of the letters are incoming rather than written by Fine, the correspondence has been arranged after manuscripts and notes, which Fine himself created and which, together, comprise most of the collection.

Series 5: Personal materials, Box 18, Folder 15-Box 19, Folder 8

Personal materials include legal, financial, and health documents as well as acquaintances' telephone numbers and papers related to Susan L. Jarzembski and Becky Fine.

Series 6: Collected materials, Box 19, Folder 9-Box 20

Collected materials comprise short manuscripts and publications by other authors, a few periodicals, reviews, and news clippings. Some of the clippings may have been research for his work, while others follow his career.

Series 7: Teaching, Box 21-Box 22

The series includes papers related to Fine's resignation from the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee. Among the other materials are course descriptions, bibliographies, reading handouts, course evaluations, and student self-evaluations.

Container List: Series 1: Biographical materialsBox 1. Folder 1. "Account of Career as a Writer" Box 1. Folder 2. Fine interview, 1968 Box 1. Folder 3. Curriculum vitae Box 1. Folder 4. Curriculum vitae, etc. Box 1. Folder 5. Grant applications, 1970 Box 1. Folder 6. Grant applications, 1971-1972 Box 1. Folder 7. Grant applications, 1978 Box 1. Folder 8. Grant applications, 1983 Box 1. Folder 9. Grant applications, 1984 Series 2: Manuscripts and typescriptsBox 2. Folder 1. Poems, Early Love and Diabetic, typescript and copy of published poem Box 2. Folder 2. Poems, The Gradual of John Sebastian, edited typescript Box 2. Folder 3. Poems, Letter to an American Poet, edited typescript Box 2. Folder 4. Poems, Letter to Peter Simpson on the Publication of his Poems in the Poetry Bag, edited typescript Box 2. Folder 5. Poems, Ophelia, edited typescript Box 2. Folder 6. Poems, Three Poems, typescript Box 2. Folder 7. Poems, "Poetry--current," edited typescript Box 2. Folder 8. Poems, "Warren's poetry," edited typescript Box 2. Folder 9. Poems,1961-1962, edited typescript Box 2. Folder 10. Poems, typescript and manuscript Box 2. Folder 11-20. Poems, edited typescripts Box 3. Folder 1-15. Poems, edited typescripts Box 3. Folder 16. "Articles," edited typescripts and copies of published articles Box 3. Folder 17. Essays, edited typescripts Box 3. Folder 18. The Creative Process, edited typescript Box 3. Folder 19. "Reply to Symposium Questionnaire," edited typescript Box 3. Folder 20. Review of Panama, edited typescript Box 3. Folder 21. Review of The Medium is the Massage, edited typescript Box 4. Folder 1-8. The Artificial Traveler, edited typescript Box 4. Folder 9. The Artificial Traveler, hand-drawn layout for publication Box 4. Folder 10. The Artificial Traveler, publication announcements, dust jacket (see Fine oversize box 23, folder 1) Box 4. Folder 11. The Education of Maxwell Cane, edited typescript Box 4. Folder 12-15. The Madonna of the Ferris Wheel, edited typescript Box 5. Folder 1-3. The Novelty Factory, edited typescript Box 5. Folder 4-9. The Donor, edited typescript Box 5. Folder 10. To the Monastery, edited typescript Box 5. Folder 11. "Mousechildren," edited typescript Box 5. Folder 12. The Mousechildren and the Famous Collector: Musical Prescript, copy of published story Box 6. Folder 1-14. In the Animal Kingdom, edited typescript Box 7. Folder 1-8. Their Family, edited typescript Box 7. Folder 9. Their Family, edited typescript and manuscript Box 8. Folder 1. The Book of the World, edited typescript Box 8. Folder 2-3. Our Transformations, edited typescript Box 8. Folder 4. The Network, edited typescript Box 8. Folder 5-7. Preliminary Dialogue, edited typescript Box 8. Folder 8-9. Dialogue, edited typescript Box 8. Folder 10. Margaret, manuscript Box 8. Folder 11. Margaret Said, copy of published story Box 8. Folder 12-14. Margaret Said, edited typescript Box 8. Folder 15-21. Her Father's Death, edited typescript Box 9. Folder 1-3. Her Father's Death, edited typescript Box 9. Folder 4-7. Her Father's Death(?), edited typescript Box 9. Folder 8. Her Father's Death and Thirst(?), edited typescript Box 9. Folder 9-12. Baker's Curse, edited typescript Box 9. Folder 13. Thirst, manuscript Box 9. Folder 14. Thirst(?), edited typescript Box 9. Folder 15-26. Thirst, edited typescript Box 10. Folder 1-11. Thirst, edited typescript Box 10. Folder 12. Unanswered Questions, edited typescript Box 10. Folder 13. A Private Investigation, edited typescript Box 10. Folder 14. A Private Investigation and The Girl Who Was an Owl, edited typescript Box 10. Folder 15-16. The Girl Who Was an Owl, edited typescript Box 10. Folder 17. Cristoforo Colombo, bound typescript Box 10. Folder 18-23. Cristoforo Colombo, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 1-2. Uncle Sam Grows a Garden, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 3. Virginia, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 4. Ancestral, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 5. The Dolorous Mansions, Part I, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 6. The Dolorous Mansions, Part II, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 7. The Elephant Child(?), edited typescript Box 11. Folder 8. Girard and Fine, edited transcript Box 11. Folder 9. The Plot, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 10. Prologue and Apology, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 11. Psalm 27 (26), edited typescript Box 11. Folder 12. The Ringer Papers, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 13. The Tale of Tajar, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 14. The Water Grandfather, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 15. Will Rogers, manuscript Box 11. Folder 16-17. Unidentified, from the Book of the World series (?), edited typescript Box 11. Folder 18. Unidentified, detective story, edited typescript Box 11. Folder 19-20. Unidentified, untitled "comic story," edited typescript Box 11. Folder 21-23. Unidentified, edited typescript Box 12. Folder 1-7. Unidentified, edited typescript Box 12. Folder 8. Unidentified, manuscript Series 3: Notes and journalsBox 13. Folder 1. Character notes and maps Box 13. Folder 2-3. In the Animal Kingdom (?) Box 13. Folder 4. "Clark's language" Box 13. Folder 5. Notes, Derek Person Box 13. Folder 6. "Literature and misc." Box 13. Folder 7. Outlines Box 13. Folder 8-10. Notes, undated Box 13. Folder 11-14. Notebooks, undated Box 13. Folder 15. Notebook, about 1960-1961 Box 13. Folder 16. Notebook, about 1962-1968 Box 14. Folder 1. Notebook, about 1964 Box 14. Folder 2. Notebook, 1964-1966 Box 14. Folder 3. Notebook, about 1965 Box 14. Folder 4. Notebook, about 1968 Box 14. Folder 5. Notebook, about 1969 Box 14. Folder 6. Notebook, 1969 Box 14. Folder 7. Notebook, about 1969-1971 Box 14. Folder 8. Notebook, 1970 Box 14. Folder 9. Notebook, 1970-1971 Box 14. Folder 10. Journal, 1970-1971 Box 14. Folder 11. Notes, about 1971 Box 14. Folder 12. Notes, about 1971-1974 Box 14. Folder 13. Journal, 1972 Box 14. Folder 14. Notebook, about 1974-1975 Box 15. Folder 1. Notebook, 1976 Box 15. Folder 2. Notes, 1976 Box 15. Folder 3. Notebook, 1976-1977 Box 15. Folder 4. Notebook, 1977 Box 15. Folder 5. Notebook, 1978-1979 Box 15. Folder 6. Notebook, about 1979 Box 15. Folder 7. Journal, 1980-1985 Box 15. Folder 8. Chess scores Box 15. Folder 9-11. Baseball statistics Series 4: CorrespondenceBox 16. Folder 1. "Contracts," 1970-1981 Box 16. Folder 2. "Letters from Neubecker, Kessler, and McKnight, 1973, and from Ethel," 1973 Box 16. Folder 3. "Publishers bills," about 1967-1973 Box 16. Folder 4. "Rejection letters from applications," 1968-1972 Box 16. Folder 5. "Rejections" Box 16. Folder 6. Correspondence, undated Box 16. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1959 Box 16. Folder 8. Correspondence, 1961 Box 16. Folder 9. Correspondence, 1962 Box 16. Folder 10. Correspondence, 1963 Box 16. Folder 11. Correspondence, 1964 Box 16. Folder 12. Correspondence, 1965 Box 16. Folder 13. Correspondence, 1966, Jan.-May Box 16. Folder 14. Correspondence, 1966, June-Aug. Box 16. Folder 15. Correspondence, 1966, Sept.-Dec. Box 16. Folder 16. Correspondence, 1967, Jan.-May Box 16. Folder 17. Correspondence, 1967, June-Dec. Box 16. Folder 18. Correspondence, 1968, Jan. Box 16. Folder 19. Correspondence, 1968, Feb.-May Box 16. Folder 20. Correspondence, 1968, June-July Box 17. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1968, Aug.-Oct. Box 17. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1968, Nov.-Dec. Box 17. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1969, Jan.-Mar. Box 17. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1969, Apr. Box 17. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1969, May-June Box 17. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1969, July-Oct. Box 17. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1969, Nov.-Dec. Box 17. Folder 8. Correspondence, 1970, Jan.-May Box 17. Folder 9. Correspondence, 1970, June-Dec. Box 17. Folder 10. Correspondence, 1971, Jan.-Apr. Box 17. Folder 11. Correspondence, 1971, May-Dec. Box 17. Folder 12. Correspondence, 1972 Box 17. Folder 13. Correspondence, 1973 Box 17. Folder 14. Correspondence, 1974, Jan.-May Box 17. Folder 15. Correspondence, 1974, June-Sept. Box 17. Folder 16. Correspondence, 1974, Oct.-Dec. Box 17. Folder 17. Correspondence, 1975 Box 18. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1976, Jan.-May Box 18. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1976, June-Aug. Box 18. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1976, Sept.-Dec. Box 18. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1977 Box 18. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1978 Box 18. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1979 Box 18. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1980 Box 18. Folder 8. Correspondence, 1981 Box 18. Folder 9. Correspondence, 1982 Box 18. Folder 10. Correspondence, 1983 Box 18. Folder 11. Correspondence, 1984 Box 18. Folder 12. Correspondence, 1985 Box 18. Folder 13. Correspondence, 1986 Box 18. Folder 14. Correspondence, Ethel LaGalle Series 5: Personal materialsBox 18. Folder 15. "Refused," about 1967-1968 Box 18. Folder 16. "Loans," about 1968-1970 Box 18. Folder 17. "Bills to be paid--Ethel," 1972-1973 Box 18. Folder 18. Financial papers, 1974 Box 18. Folder 19. Financial, insurance, and legal papers, 1975-1976 Box 19. Folder 1. "Legal documents" Box 19. Folder 2. "Diabetes" Box 19. Folder 3. Dental records Box 19. Folder 4. Death certificate Box 19. Folder 5. Becky Fine, about 1962 Box 19. Folder 6. Susan L. Jarzembski Box 19. Folder 7. Phone numbers Box 19. Folder 8. Misc. Series 6: Collected materialsBox 19. Folder 9. Cheap and Fast, 1973 Box 19. Folder 10. Modern Language Association, 1968 Box 19. Folder 11. Mill Creek Valley Intelligencer, 1965 Box 19. Folder 12. Mill Creek Valley Intelligencer, 1966 Box 19. Folder 13. Mill Creek Valley Intelligencer, 1967, Jan.-June Box 19. Folder 14. Mill Creek Valley Intelligencer, 1967, Aug.-Dec. Box 19. Folder 15. Mill Creek Valley Intelligencer, 1968, Feb.-Apr. Box 19. Folder 16. Mill Creek Valley Intelligencer, 1968, May-Aug. Box 20. Folder 1. The Rocky Mountain Collegian, 1976 Box 20. Folder 2-4. "Reviews" Box 20. Folder 5-10. Newspaper clippings Box 20. Folder 11-12. "Stories by other authors (originals)" Box 20. Folder 13. Hazard Journal, Ethel Fine Box 20. Folder 14. The Macbeth Murder Mystery Box 20. Folder 15. The Orthodox Poetic Box 20. Folder 16. "Writers on Writing" Box 20. Folder 17. "Posters, readings at Zoo Bar" (see Fine oversize box 23, folders 2-4) Series 7: TeachingBox 21. Folder 1. University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Box 21. Folder 2-4. "University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, resignation/living, etc." Box 21. Folder 5. Leave request Box 21. Folder 6. University of Nebraska--Lincoln committees Box 21. Folder 7-8. Course descriptions Box 21. Folder 9. Bibliographies Box 21. Folder 10-12. Course readings Box 21. Folder 13. Writing assignments Box 21. Folder 14-15. Course evaluations Box 22. Folder 1-13. Course evaluations Box 22. Folder 14-15. Student self-evaluations Box 22. Folder 16. Letters of recommendation for students



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