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Bernard L. Kaplan Papers
MsC 920
Collection Dates: 1960s
2 linear ft.

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Scope and Contents

Manuscripts, galley proofs, research, and correspondence having to do with Kaplan's short story writing and the publication of his two collections of short stories. Two items were removed from the collection, as they are available elsewhere in the library. These are a copy of The Prisoners of this World and a copy of the Antioch Review for winter 1969-70, which contains "One of the Seas is Called Tranquility."

Biographical Note

Bernard Kaplan teaches fiction writing and courses in the novel, short story, and literature and opera. He has been at the University of Delaware since 1978. He previously taught at Goddard College, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Arizona State. He holds degrees from Antioch, Yale, and the University of Iowa and is the author or two collections of short stories, Prisoner of this World, and Obituaries.

Box Contents List

Box 1

Obituaries, a collection of short stories

---. Research, correspondence
---. Typescript draft
---. Typescript draft, photocopy
---. Stories that appeared in the collection
------. "Cynara Remembers"
------. "Highlight of My Life"
------. "Lingering in Egypt"
------. "Obituaries"
------. "One Small Death at Saratoga"
------. "Sperm in the Sea"
---. Bound galley proofs
---. Mock-up of dust jacket with artwork only; dust jacket and publicity
---. Reviews

Prisoners of this World, a collection of short stories

---. Holograph and typescript draft
---. Typescript draft
---. Typescript drafts, containing both original typescript and photocopies. 3 folders
---. Photocopy typescript draft
---.  Confluence. Spring 1969. Contains "Ben Early is Raving" (This is a large format journal, so is lying on top of the boxes.)
---. Works in Progress. Number 1. Contains "Prisoners of this World"
---. Stories that appeared in the collection
------. "Ben Early is Raving"
------. "Diaspora,"
------. "Eddie Angell"

Box 2

------. "Media Scare"
------. "One of the Seas is Called Tranquility"
------. "Prisoners of this World"
------. "Rare and Stinging Days" 2 folders
---. Author's proofs
---. Unrevised galley proofs
---. Drawing for dust jacket; dust jacket with title and drawing only
---. Grossman Publishers Spring 1970 catalog, with an entry for Prisoners of this World. Two different copies

Box 3

Short short stories written after the style of other writers. Some of these were apparently submitted for a writing class and their comments are included here. 3 folders

---. "The Ballad of Barney Cohen" (after Robert Creeley)
---. "Dear Arthur Darling" (after Randall Jarrell)
---. "High Tide, Low Tide" (after Donald Justice)
---. "How Revolutionaries" Are Made (after Alan Dugan)
---. "I Conduct Beethoven" (after William Stafford)
---. "Instead of Dreams" (after Galway Kinnell)
---. "Mercy" (after Nicanor Parra)
---. "To Gordon and Barbara, The King and Queen of Rock n' Roll" (after James Wright)
---. "Worry Stone" (for Jane)


---. "Barre, Vermont." Booklet probably used for research for one of his stories