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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2650

John Updike papers for Howells as anti-novelist


Papers relating to the talk given by John Updike, and the subsequent printing of Howells as anti-novelist.


  • 1987

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Papers assembled for John Updike's text, Howells as anti-novelist. Includes typescripts, typescript photocopies with revisions in multiple hands (including printer's markings by Greer Allen), galley proofs, page proofs, and layouts for this address and the later publication by the Committee. Also includes 2 audiocassettes and 1 reel-to-reel tape of Updike's address and a letter from Updike to Roger E. (Roger Eliot) Stoddard of the Howells Committee.

Biographical / Historical

John Updike (1932-2009) was a novelist, critic, short story writer, poet, essayist, and dramatist. He graduated from Harvard College with an AB in 1954.

On May 1,1987, Updike gave the keynote address, Howells as anti-novelist, at Harvard University for the sesquicentennial celebration of William Dean Howells' birth. Author's notes state: "talk [was] given at the invitation of the William Dean Howells Memorial Committee ... in Emerson Lecture Hall ... as part of the two-day celebration of the 150th anniversary of Howells' birth. It was then published, somewhat amplified and altered, in The New Yorker of July 13, 1987 ..." The text was then printed in a limited edition of 150 copies by the Committee later in 1987 [see *AC95.Up174.987h for completed printed version].


Arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

87M-108. Gift of John Updike; received: 1987 July.

Original folder notes: "Videotape out to Polly Howells, 25 Jan 1989." This item was not found during cataloging in 2009 February.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Updike, John. John Updike papers for Howells as anti-novelist, 1987: Guide.
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