MsC 753

FREDERICK AND MARGARET MCDOWELL PAPERS

Collection Dates: 1965 -- 1994
(Bulk Dates:1970s and 1980s)
74 items

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Biographical Note

Fred McDowell served for many years on the English faculty at the University of Iowa beginning in 1949. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D from Harvard. While at the Univertsity of Iowa, he maintained correspondence with some literary notables and published many book reviews and articles. From from 1964 until 1967 Mr. McDowell was the director of the Iowa Center for Modern Letters. His wife, Margaret, was an associate professor of Rhetoric and Women's Studies at the University of Iowa as well. The McDowell's had five children and Mr. McDowell was an avid gardener who cultivated a giant garden of daylillies each year at his Iowa City home, earning local and national fame for it. This collection is comprised of two series.

Scope and Contents

Series one contains seventy-four letters with figures in the literary world, such as Angus Wilson, E.M. Forster, T. Coraghesson (T.C.) Boyle, Caroline Gordon, and Gail Godwin. It is arranged alphabetically by author with the letters arranged chronologically. Series two consists of published articles authored by McDowell and reviews of McDowell's own book, Ellen Glasgow and the Ironic Art of Fiction (1960). This series is arranged alphabetically by journal with the articles arranged chronologically.

Box 1

Series I: Biographical material

Series II: Correspondence

Boyle , T. Coraghesson

From McDowell, March 10, 1986. ccTL

From Boyle, March 26, [1986]. ALS

Engle, Paul

From Engle (form letter), January 3, 1983. pcTLS

From Engle (form letter), December 5, 1983. pcTLS

Photocopy from the New York Times, November 8, 1984


From Engle, August 5, 1985. TLS

"Robert Frost." Poem by Paul Engle, printed in the University of Iowa's typography lab to honor the visit of Robert Frost to the University on April 13, 1959.

Forster, E.M.

From Forster, April 21, 1961. ALS

Godwin, Gail

From McDowell, March 29, 1990. pcTL

From Godwin, April 3, 1990. TLS

Gordon, Caroline

Copy of a letter from Jacques Maritain to Caroline Gordon, March 25, 1956. ccTL

From McDowell, January 1965. ccTL

From Gordon, January 22, 1965. TLS

From McDowell, February 9, 1966. TLS

From Gordon, February 20, 1996
. TLS

From McDowell, April 4, 1966. TL

From Gordon, April 7, 1966. TLS (initialed)

From Gordon, November 4, 1966. TLS

From McDowell, November 28, 1966. ccTL

From Laurie Sullivan (Charles Scribners and Sons, regarding reprinting
McDowell's biocritical essay on Gordon) to McDowell, March 7, 1972. TLS

McDowell to Sullivan, March 17, 1972. ccTL

McDowell to Gordon, March 17, 1972. ccTL

Sullivan to McDowell, March 22, 1972. TLS

McDowell to Sullivan, June 2, 1972. ccTL. Includes ccTMS of changes to Gordon essay

McDowell, Frederick P. W. "Caroline Gordon." University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers, No. 59.Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1966.

Laurence, Dan H.

FM to DL, January 22, 1978

DL to FM, July 25, 1978

FM to DL, August 27, 1978

DL to FM, December 21, 1978

DL to FM, January 21, 1979

DL to FM, February 10, 1979

FM to DL, February 19, 1979

DL to FM, February 17, 1979

FM to DL, March 24, 1980

FM to DL (?), March 24, 1980

DL to FM June 27, 1980

DL to FM, April 25,1981

FM to DL, May 14, 1981

DL to FM, May 22, 19981

DL to FM, June 11, 1981

DL to FM, July 8, 1981

DL to FM, March 14, 19894

FM to DL, April 2, 1984

Peters, Margot

MP to FM, March 22, 1978

FM to MP, May 8, 1978

FM to MP, April 11, 1984

Raphael, Frederic

Raphael to McDowell, December 4, 1969. TL

Raphael to McDowell, November 23, 1972. TLS

McDowell to Raphael, January 26, 1973. ccTL


Raphael to McDowell, March 13, 1975. TLS

Sahni, Professor

FM to Sahni

Turco, Alfred

AT to FM, September 1, 1977

FM to AT, October 28, 1977

University of Illinois at Urbana

Weintraub, Stan

FM to SW, August 31, 1978

SW to FM, May 23, 1979

FM to SW, June 10, 1979

SW to FM, February 19, 1982

FM to SW, March 5, 1982

Correspondence pertaining to Widower's Houses

Box 2

Wilson, Angus, Tony Garrett, Joseph Kissane

To Wilson, February 12, 1972. ccTL

To Wilson, July 10, 1972. ccTL

Correspondence with Viking Press regarding McDowell's review of As If By Magic, October 1973, December 10, 1973

McDowell, Frederick. "An Exchange of Letters and Some Reflections on As If By Magic." pcTM

Wilson and Garrett from McDowell, December 10, 1973. ccTL

McDowell from Wilson, July 24, [1973?]. ALS

[McDowell] from Garrett. [1973]. APCS

Wilson and Garrett from McDowell, June 25, 1974. ccTL

Wilson from McDowell, August 7, 1974. ccTL

Postcard to McDowell from Garrett and Wilson, November 23, 1974. APCS

Postcard to the McDowells from Garrett and Wilson, [1974?]. APCS

Postcard from Wilson to Mrs. McDowell, 1980
. APCS

Wilson to McDowell, September 13, 1980. Combined holograph and TLS

Postcard from Wilson and Garrett to the McDowells, December 7, 1981. APCS. Signed by both Wilson and Garrett

To Wilson from Frank Paluka. September 22, 1980. ccTLS

Postcard from Wilson to McDowell, 1980 . APCS

McDowell to Wilson and Garrett. November 28, 1982. pcTL

Garrett to McDowell. [1982?]. Combined holograph and ALS

Kissane to McDowell. December 4, 1982. TLS

McDowell to Garrett. December 10, 1982. ccTL

Wilson to McDowell, February 2, [1983?]. Combined holograph and TLS

Wilson to McDowell, February 23, [1983?]. Combined holograph and TLS

Kissane to McDowell, February 27, 1983. TLS

Kissane to McDowell, March 14, 1983. TLS

McDowell to Garrett, March 14, 1983. ccTL

Note from Garrett to Fred and Margaret. n.d. AN

Garrett to McDowell, March 20, 1983. Combined holograph and TLS

McDowell to Garrett, March 29, 1983. ccTL

McDowell to Kissane, March 31, 1983. ccTL

McDowell to Kissane, [early 1983]. ccTM

Kissane to McDowell, April 6, 1983. TLS

McDowell to Kissane, April 26, 1983. ccTL

McDowell to Wilson and Garrett, July 8, 1983. ccTL

Garrett to the McDowells, August 9, 1983. Combined holograph and TL. Signed by both Garrett and Wilson

[To the McDowells?] from Garrett [1986] ANS

Garrett to the McDowells [1987?] APCS

Garrett to the McDowells. October 2, 1988. ALS

Garrett to the McDowells. January 2, 1991. Combined holograph and TLS

Garrett to the McDowells. June 28, 1991. ALS

Garrett to the McDowells, 1992. ALS

No last names: Charles, Lou, Sidney

Series III: Miscellaneous

Series IV: Manuscripts

Series V: Publications

"After the New Criticism." Western Review 22.4 (1958): 309 - 318.

"All's Well with Forster." English Literature in Transition 21.3 (1978): 203 - ?. (pages missing)

"And the Greatest of These is Charity." Western Review 20.2 (1956): 167 – 171.

“The Angus Wilson Manuscripts in the University of Iowa Libraries”

“An Interview with Angus Wilson. The Iowa Review  3:4 (Fall 1973): 77-105

"Another Look at Bernard Shaw." Drama Survey 1 (1961): 34 - 53.

“Apocalypse and After: Recent Interpretations of Heartbreak House.” Independent Shavian 25:1-2 (1987), 3-15

"Autobiography of an Artist's Mind." Western Review 17.4 (1953): 334 - 337.

"Bernard Shaw - Aspects and Problems of Research." The Shaw Review 3.2 (1960): 18 - 26.

"Bernard Shaw the Artist." Journal of Modern Literature 4 (1974): 145 - 154.

“Bernard Shaw: Biographical and Textual Scholarship.” Journal of Modern Letters 3:1 (February 1973), 120-129.

“Bernard Shaw: Socialist and Dramatist.” n.p.

"Bernard Shaw: Writer of 'The Grand School'." Journal of Modern Literature 3 (1974): 1039 - 1044.

"Bibliography, News, and Notes." English Literature in Transition 10.4 (1967): 204 - 240.

"Bibliography, News, and Notes: E.M. Forster" English Literature in Transition 10.1 (1967): 47 - 64.

"Bibliography, News, and Notes: E.M. Forster" English Literature in Transition 11.4 (1968): 206 - 216.

"Book Reviews." Conradiana 1 (1968): 87 - 90.

"Book Reviews." Modern Drama ? (1968): 341 - 345.

"Book Reviews: 'The Golden Labyrinth: A Study of British Drama'." Modern Drama 7 (1964): 321-233.

"By and About Forster: A Review Essay." English Literature in Transition 15.4 (1972): 319 - 331. (two copies)

“Caroline Gordon.” University of Minnesota Pamphlets of American Writers. 59

“Conrad's Romanticism." Book review. Conradiana 8.1 (1976): 83 - 86.

“Crisis and Unreason:  Shaw’s On the Rocks. The Educational Theatre Journal, XIII:3 (October 1961): 192-200

"Devious Involutions of Human Character and Emotions: Reflections on Some Recent British Novels." Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature 4.3 (1963): 339 - 366.

"E.M. Forster Bibliography of Secondary Writings: Some Preliminary Observations." English Literature in Transition 13.2 (1970): 89 - 92.

"E.M. Forster: An Annotated Secondary Bibliography." English Literature in Transition 13.2 (1970): 93 - 173.

"E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970): In Memoriam." English Literature in Transition 13.2 (1970): 180.

“E.M. Forster and Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson.” Studies in the Novel 5:4 (Winter 1973): 441-456

“E.M. Forster: Recent Extended Studies.” English Literature in Transition 9:3 (1966): 156-168

“E. M. Forster: Romancer or Realist” English Literature in Transition 11:2 (1968): 103-122

“E.M. Forster’s Conception of the Critic.” Tennessee Studies in Literature X (1965): 93-100

 “E.M. Forster’s Theory of Literature.” Criticism, A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts VIII:1 (Winter 1966): 19-43.

[E.M. Forster] Book reviews. Modern Fiction Studies23.4 (Winter 1977-78): 620-628.

“Eight Modern Writers.” Book review. English Language Notes II:3 (March 1965): 237-242.

Box 3

"Elizabeth Bowen's 'The Little Girls'." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 7.1 (1964): 139 - 143.

“Ellen Glasgow: A Bibliography.” English Language Notes II:4 (June 1965):  313-315/

"Ellen Glasgow and the Art of the Novel." Philological Quarterly 30.3 (1951): 328 - 347.

“Ellen Glasgow’s American Dream.” The South Atlantic Quarterly 65.3: 412-413.

"English Literature: A Current Bibliography." Philological Quarterly 41.3 (1962): 547 - 548.

"'Eternal Against the Expedient': Structure and Theme in Shaw's 'The Apple Cart'." Modern Drama 2 (1959): 99 - 113.

“Everybody’s Political What’s What: A Twelfth Anniversary.” The Shavian 7 (July 1956): 39-42.

“Fiction of Doris Lessing? An Interim View.” Arizona Quarterly 21:4 (Winter 1965): 315345

"Forester's Many-Faceted Universe: Idea and Paradox in 'The Longest Journey'." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 4.1 (1960-61): 41-63.

“Forster’s Most Recent Critics.” English Literature in Transition 8:1 (1965): 49-60.

"Forster's 'Natural Supernaturalism': The Tales." Modern Fiction Studies 7. 3 (1961): 271 - 283.

"Forster's Posthumously Published Tales and Some Reflections on his Fiction." Virginia Woolf Quarterly 2.3-4 (1976): 270 - 280.

[George Bernard Shaw] Book reviews. The Independent Shavian III.1 (Fall 1964): 4-5

[George Bernard Shaw] Book reviews. The Independent Shavian VIII:3 (Spring 1970): 44-48.

[George Bernard Shaw] Book reviews. Modern Drama 11 (1968): 341-345.

“George Bernard Shaw.” Book reviews. Journal of Modern Literature III:? (1974); 772-776.

“George Bernard Shaw.” Book reviews. Journal of Modern Literature III:3 (February 1974): 449-450 (Incomplete)

“George Bernard Shaw.” Book reviews. Journal of Modern Literature III:3 (1974):772-775 (Incomplete)

“George Bernard Shaw.” Book reviews. Journal of Modern Literature IV:2 (November 1974): 442-455.

"George Bernard Shaw." Book reviews. Journal of Modern Literature 4:5 (1974): 1111 – 1115.

“George Bernard Shaw.” Book reviews. Journal of Modern Literature V.4 (1976); 799-802

"George Bernard Shaw."  Book reviews. Journal of Modern Literature VI.4 (1978): 712 - 715.

“George Spater and Ian Parsons. A Marriage of True Minds: An Intimate Portrait of Leonard and Virginia Woolf.” Book review. Biography 1.3: 89-93

"Guildenstern among the Biographers." The Shaw Bulletin 2.3 (1957): 16 - 20.

“Hardy’s ‘Seemings or Personal Impressions’: The Symbolical Use of Image and Contrast in ‘Jude the Obscure.’” Modern Fiction Studies VI (Autumn 1960): 233-250.

"Heaven, Hell, and the turn-of-the-century London: Reflections upon Shaw's 'Man and Superman'." Drama Survey 2.3 (1963).

"In Defense of Arabella: A Note on 'Jude the Obscure'." English Language Notes 1.4 (1964): 274 - 280.

 “Jefferson Davis: American Patriot, 1808-1861.” Book review. Civil War History II:III (September 1956): 156-157.

"Joseph Conrad: Current Criticism and the 'Achievement and Decline' Question." Journal of Modern Literature 1.2 (1970): 261 - 272.

"Joseph Conrad: The Way of Dispossession." Book review.  Conradiana 10.2 (1978): 179 - 182.

“Major Barbara: A Facsimile of the Holograph Manuscript.” Book review. n.p., n.d.

“’Mild Intellectual Light’” Idea and Theme in Howards End.” PMLA LXXIV:4, Part 1 (September 1959):453-463

"More G.B.S." Drama Survey 1 (1962): 354 - 363.

“Most Recent Books on Joseph Conrad.” Papers on Language and Literature IV (Spring 1968): 201-223.

 “’Old Pagan Scorn of Everlasting Mercy’”: Ellen Glasgow’s The Deliverance. Twentieth Century Literature 4:4 (January 1959); 135-142.

"'Pentecostal Flame' and the 'Lower Centers': 'Too True to Be Good'." The Shaw Review 2.9 (1959): 27 - 38.

“Poetry of W.H. Auden: The Disenchanted Island." Philological Quarterly 44.3 (1965): 417 - 423.

"Politics, Comedy, Character, and Dialectic: The Shavian World of 'John Bull's Other Island'." PMLA 82.7 (1967): 542 - 553.

"Protean Wit and Wisdom: Shaw's Uncollected Essays and Speeches." Modern Drama 5 (1962): 187 - 193.

"Psychology and Theme in 'Brother to Dragons'." PMLA 70.4.1 (1955): 565 - 586.

"The Rationalization of Russia." Book Review. The Independent Shavian 3.1 (1964): 4 - 5.

"Recent Books on Modern Fiction: British." Modern Fiction Studies 14.4 (1968-69): 469- 478.

"Recent British Fiction: New or Lesser-Known Writers." Contemporary Literature 11.4 (1970): 540 - 578.

"Recent British Fiction: Some Established Writers." Contemporary Literature 11.3 (1970): 401 - 431.

"Recent Novel in English." Contemporary Literature 9.4 (1968): 558 - 566.

“’The Region of Ever-day Hurt’: Gerda Charles’ A Slanting Light.” Book review.  Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction VII:2 (Winter 1965-65): 172-175.

“Religion, Socialism, and Heresy.” Book review. Shaw Review 12:1 (January 1969): 22-25.

"Religious Trends in English Poetry, Volume V: 1880-1920, Gods of a Changing Poetry."  Book review. Philological Quarterly 43.4 (1964): 567 - 573.

 “Review Article: A Bernard Shaw Bibliography.” Philological Quarterly 6 (Fall 1987): 509-520.

"Review Article: Recent Books on Joseph Conrad as Artist and Philosopher." Philological Quarterly 51.4 (1972): 922 - 939.

 “Robert Penn Warren’s Criticism.” Accent: A  Quarterly of New  Literature (Summer 1955): 173-196.

"Romantic Tragedy of Self in 'World Enough and Time'." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 1.2 (1957): 34-48.

"Second Thoughts on E.M. Forster's 'Maurice'." Virginia Woolf Quarterly 1.1 (1972): 46 - 59. (two copies)

"Self and Society: Alan Sillitoe's 'Key to the Door'." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 5.1 (1963): 116 - 123.

"Shaw: The Style and the Man." Philological Quarterly 43.1 (1964): 141 - 144.

“Shaw and the Modern Drama of Ideas.” Book Review. The Shaw Review VIII:1 (January 1965): 34-37.

"Shaw and the Novel, Victorian and Modern." Book review. The Shaw Bulletin 2.6 (1958): 21- 23.

"Shaw's Eminent Contemporaries." The Independent Shavian 4.2 (1965-66): 20 - 24.

“Shaw’s ‘Higher Comedy’ Par Excellence: You Never Can Tell.”  n.p.,n.d.

"Shaw's Increasing Stature." Drama Survey 3.3 (1964): 423 - 440.

“Shaw’s  Intrepidity as Letter Writer: The Correspondence With FrankHarris.” Book review. n.p., n.d.: 202-209.

"Shaw's 'Real, Creative, Material World': The Correspondence." Drama Survey 5.1 (1966): 78 - 86.

"Spiritual and Political Reality: Shaw's 'The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles'." Modern Drama 3 (1960): 196 – 210

“Some Reflections on Back to Methuselah in Performance.” Shaw 8 (1988): 161-153.

“Stuart P. Sherman: The Evolution of His Critical Philosophy and Method.” Studies in Philology L:3 (July 1953): 540-557.

"Subtle, Various, Ornamental, Clever: Auden in His Recent Poetry." Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature 3.3 (1962): 29 - 44.

“Symbolic Use of Image and Contrast in 'Jude the Obscure'." Modern Fiction Studies 6 (1960): 233 - 250.

"Technique, Symbol, and Theme in 'Heartbreak House'." PMLA 68.3 (1953): 335 - 356.

“Theme and Artistry in Ellen Glasgow’s The Sheltered Life.” The University of Texas Studies in Literature and Language 1:4 (Winter 1960): 502-516.

"Time of Plenty: Recent British Fiction." Contemporary Literature 13.3 (1972): 361 - 394.

“Two New Books on the Master.” Book review. Shaw Review 12:3 (September 1969).

"Varied Universe of Frederic Raphael's Fiction." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 8.1 (1965): 21 - 50.

"Victorian Frame of Mind 1830-1870." Philological Quarterly 39.2 (1960): 254 - 258.

“Victorian Shaw.” The Victorian Newsletter II (Spring 1957): 16-19.

 “World, God, and World Bettering: Shaw’s Buoyant Billions.” Boston University Studies in English 3 (Autumn 1957):  167-176.

"World Within World: Gerda Charles, Frederick Raphael, and the Anglo-Jewish Community." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 6.3 (1963-64): 143-150.

Series V: Margaret McDowell

"Black Woman as Artist and Critic: Four Versions." The Kentucky Review VII.1 (Spring 1987): 19-41.

Moral Purpose in Restoration Comedy. Several drafts of her Ph.D. dissertation

 

 

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