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This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: December 2001
Note: Frank Conroy put these materials on deposit in
University of Iowa Libraries in December 2001.
Frank Conroy put these materials on deposit in University of Iowa Libraries in December 2001.
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Frank Conroy was born in 1936. He graduated from Haverford College in 1958. He taught at Geroge Mason University, M.I.T., and Brandeis University before becoming director of the Writers' Workshop. In addition to the two works inventoried here, he has also published a collection of stories, Midair (1985) and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Harper's, Partisan Review, and elsewhere.
Scope and Contents
Frank Conroy, director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, has placed on deposit the holograph manuscripts of two of his books, Stop-time (1967) and Body & Soul (1993). Some pages from the Stop-time manuscript have been digitized and can be viewed at http://www.uiowa.edu/~iww/conroy.htm. Conroy has also pointed out the remarkable similarity between the two versions (draft 1 and draft 2) of the second chapter of Body & Soul that are present here: the first six pages of his first draft went missing and he was forced to rewrite them from memory. The pages were recovered much later and exhibit both overall similarity and interesting differences.
Also available in the collection is a photocopy typescript of a short story, "My Harlem."
Clippings, 4 items including obituary
Stop-time (New York: Viking Press, 1967)
Holograph draft of portions of this memoir, on various papers and in various inks, foldered as follows:
Chapter 2 (incomplete)
Chapter 3 (probably)
Chapter 6 (single page)
Chapter 10 (probably; incomplete)
Chapter 11 (incomplete)
Chapter 17 (incomplete)
Body & Soul (Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1993)
Holograph draft of portions of this novel, on various papers and in various inks, foldered following FC's labels as follows:
Notes, plus three loose pages of mss.
Chapter 2, 1st draft of six pages, misplaced after writing and later recovered
Chapter 2, later draft, entire chapter, rewritten from memory
"My Harlem". Short story, TMs (photocopy), 12p.
Two letters to author Jay Neugeboren. In the first letter (ca. 1970s) Conroy thanks Neugeboren for sending his book Sam's Legacy and comments, "You were a damn good writer to begin with, and its exciting to watch you get better and better." He also invited him to Nantucket. In the second letter (ca. 1980s) Conroy first comments on his own health and a recent hospital stay, and then comments on D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel. "Yes its odd how many people were fooled by the clever surface of White Hotel. I guess it shows how eager we all are for good stuff, stuff that seems fresh and daring. We all wanted it to be good, so much so that we didn't really see what it was. A scam!" He then adds a sarcastic comment on Thomas's handling of the publicity.