George Wickes modern literature research collection, 1855-2006  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Wickes, George
Title
George Wickes modern literature research collection
Dates
1855-2006 (inclusive)
1963-2006 (bulk)
Quantity
12.75 linear feet, (10 containers (7 record storage boxes, 1 half manuscript box, and 2 flat boxes))
64 gigabytes, (1 sd card)
Collection Number
Coll 485
Summary
George Wickes taught at the University of Oregon for almost fifty years, during which time he wrote several books about and with Henry Miller, Americans in Paris, and a biography of Natalie Barney. This collection holds all materials pertaining to his work on those individuals.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

"Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time."

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Born January 6, 1923, in Antwerp, Belgium, Professor George Wickes, due to his mother's heritage, spoke French as a first language. He served with the United States Army and later with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which later evolved to become the CIA, acting as a spy in Vietnam after World War II, at one time having a bounty on his head. His time in the army lasted from 1943 to 1946, after which he attended college on the GI Bill, graduating from the University of Toronto in Canada in 1944, followed by his Masters in Arts at Columbia University in 1949, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1954 from University of California, Berkeley. He began his illustrious teaching career at Duke University for three years, followed by a move to Claremont, California to become one of the founding faculty members of Harvey Mudd College, at where he remained for twelve years. Professor Wickes was awarded a one-year appointment at the University of Oregon beginning in 1970, and remained in that post for almost fifty years, despite his initial retirement in 1993, he remained teaching until 2015. He is 95 years of age at present and still living, with his wife a professor, Louise Westling, in Eugene, Oregon. George Wickes was a friend of Henry Miller's, writing a book about him (Henry Miller: Down and Out in Paris), and edited several volumes of correspondence between Henry Miller and other individuals. Another notable individual, about whom George knew, communicated with, and wrote, was Natalie Clifford Barney, the subject of George's book, "The Amazon of Letters". Henry Miller, born December 26, 1891, was a prolific writer, the author of such notable texts such as Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Quiet Days in Clichy, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch, and many more. Many knew Miller for his surrealist style, with an unapologetic crudeness at times, beauty in simplicity at others. Miller was also a painter of watercolors, enjoyed this escape from his writing, especially during his final years in Big Sur, California, and died June 7, 1980. Natalie Clifford Barney, born October 31, 1876, is best known for holding her literary salon for over 60 years, located at 20 rue de Jacob, in Paris. Natalie was born in Dayton, Ohio, but soon relocated permanently to Paris. Natalie Clifford Barney was a notable writer and lesbian, well known for her many love affairs, including that of with Dolly Wilde (niece of Oscar), Romaine Brooks, Renee Vincent and many others. She wrote several books in French, and only one in English language, though she spoke both languages fluently. George Wickes obtained her blessing for his manuscript prior to her passing February 2, 1972.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Henry Miller portion of the collection holds published texts written or inscribed by Henry Miller, other volumes by individuals who knew Henry Miller well, and had written books about him. Correspondence and draft manuscripts by/to Henry Miller, or correspondence about Henry Miller by Brassaï and Anaïs Nin to George Wickes/Henry Miller. Postcards, newspaper clippings, audiotape materials, microfilm, self-portraits, Walter Lowenfels interviews about Henry Miller. Large number of documents/drafts and research materials relating to the following manuscripts: Americans in Paris, Letters to Emil, Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller: A Private Correspondence, and Henry Miller and James Laughlin: Selected Letters. Natalie Barney section consists of correspondence to and from Natalie Barney, photographs of Natalie Barney and compatriots, and many publications annotated by George Wickes about Natalie Barney, written by herself, people of that era or fellow researchers. Notes and interviews with various individuals who knew or lived in period of Natalie Barney, who spoke with George Wickes prior to publication of "Amazon of Letters". Photocopies of relevant books, book reviews, clippings, notes, academic correspondence, permissions correspondence, dust jackets, petition for historic site, translations and transcriptions, and more. George Wickes' personal papers contains correspondence with publishers, friends from the era such as Aldous Huxley, Ursula K. Leguin, Kay Boyle, other letters relating to projects such as Paris Review, Frederic Mistral and others. In addition, George Wickes' personal CV, resume and profile, newsletters he featured in, manuscript illustrations, Aldous Huxley papers, Paul Bowles oral history.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

"Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder."

Preferred Citation

All preferred citations for SCUA collections are written in the following format: [Identification of item], George Wickes modern Literature research collection , Coll 485 , Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon. (DACS 7.1.5.)

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1.:  Henry Miller materials and manuscripts, 1905-2006Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1.1.: Collected publications
Published texts written or inscribed by Henry Miller, other volumes by individuals who knew Henry Miller well, and had written books about him.
1945-1998
Box Volume
1 1
Domenach, Jean-Marie, ed. Esprit Nouvelle Série, vol. 31, no. 320 (September 1963): 193-365.
1963
1 2
Fraenkel, Michael. The Genesis of Tropic of Cancer. London: Alyscamps Press
1998
1 3
Harris, Michael, ed. The Henry Miller-Michael Fraenkel Correspondence: Hamlet. London: Carrefour Alyscamps
1997
1 4
Jackson, Roger, and Wm. E. Ashley, eds. Henry Miller: A Personal Archive. Pismo Beach: Valentine Miller, Tony Miller, Wm. E. Ashley and Roger Jackson
1994
1 5
Miller, Henry. Aller Retour New York, annotated volume
1945
1 6
Miller, Henry. Frühling in Paris Briefe an einen Freund. Hamburg: Rowohlt
1991
1 7
Miller, Henry. Gang Wild Auf Harry. Berlin: Gerhardt Verlag, signed by the author
1963
1 9
Miller, Henry. Quiet Days in Clichy. Paris: The Olympia Press
1956
1 10
Miller, Henry, Houghton, Claude, and Abramson, Ben. Writers Three: A Literary Exchange on the Works of Claude Houghton with Henry Miller, Claude Houghton, Ben Abramson. Ann Arbor: Roger Jackson
1995
1 11
Orend, Karl, and Constance Morrill, eds. A Short History of Carrefour Press and Archives. London: Alyscamps Press
1994
1 12
Orend, Karl, ed. Werther's Younger Brother: The Story of an Attitude. London: Editions Carrefour Alyscamps, signed by the editor
1995
1 13
Porter, Bern. Questions about Henry Miller That No One Ever Asked Me—With Answers. Ann Arbor: Roger Jackson
1995
1 14
Wickes, George, ed. Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller: A Private Correspondence. New York: E. P. Dutton and Co., Inc., annotated volume
1963
1 15
Wickes, George, ed. Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller: A Private Correspondence. London: Faber and Faber Limited, annotated volume
1963
1 16
Wickes, George, ed. Letters to Emil. Manchester: Carcanet Press Limited
1990
1 17
Wickes, George, ed. Une Correspondence Privèe Lawrence Durrell Henry Miller. Paris: Buchet Chastel
1963
1 8
Wickes, George. "Henry Miller." Japanese Translation. Ann Arbor: University of Minnesota Press:
1966
Folder
1 1
Henry Miller pamphlets
1939-1996
1.2.: Correspondence
Correspondence and draft manuscripts by/to Henry Miller, or correspondence about Henry Miller by Brassaï and Anaïs Nin to George Wickes/Henry Miller.
1961-1967
Box Folder
1 3
Miller, Henry, and related manuscript
1961-1967
1 1
"Correspondence about Henry Miller"
1961-1967
1.3.: Interviews and research materials
Postcards, newspaper clippings, audiotape materials, microfilm, self-portraits, Walter Lowenfels interviews about Henry Miller.
1929-2001
Box Folder
1 4
Brassaï
1967-1969
1 5
Walter Lowenfels interview and correspondence
1929, 1963-1969
1 6
Nin, Anaïs
1948, 1963-1993
1 7
"Self-portraits and photographs"
1933-1961
2 1
Interviews and clippings
1961-1980
2 2
Postcards, clippings, and newsletters
1963-2001
2 9
Lectures and interviews, reels and cassettes
1965-1992
Reel
2 10
UCLA special collections, microfilm
undated
1.4.: Manuscripts and related materials
Large number of documents/drafts and research materials relating to the following manuscripts: Americans in Paris, Letters to Emil, Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller: A Private Correspondence, and Henry Miller and James Laughlin: Selected Letters.
1905-2006
Box
2-3
Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller: A private correspondence
1935-1994
3, 7
Letters to Emil
1922-1991
3-4, 7
Americans In Paris
1905-1997
4-6, 8
Henry Miller and James Laughlin: Selected Letters
Conservation may be needed prior to circulation, moldy gin bottle.
1935-2006

2.:  Natalie Barney materials, circa 1870-2003Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
2.1.: Collected materials
Consists of correspondence to and from Natalie Barney, photographs of Natalie Barney and compatriots, and many publications annotated by George Wickes about Natalie Barney, written by herself, people of that era or fellow researchers.
circa 1870-2003
Correspondence
1899-1930, undated
Box Folder
5 13
Emeric
undated
5 14
Louÿs, Pierre
undated
5 15
Temple à l' Amitie, petition for historic site
undated
5 16
Vivien, Renée
circa 1899-1909
5 17
Delarue-Mardrus, Lucie
circa 1900-1910
5 18
E
circa 1900s-1920s
5 19
Colette, Sidonie-Gabrielle
undated
5 20
De Pougy, Liane
circa 1923-1930
Photographs
circa 1870-2000
Box Folder
5 21
Natalie Barney portraits
circa 1870s-1940s
5 22
Dramatic tableaus
circa 1880s-1910s
5 23
Artwork
circa 1880s-1920s
5 24
Renée Vivien, autographed photograph
circa 1890s
5 25
Natalie Barney portraits with others
circa 1890s-1940s
5 26
Eva Palmer portrait
circa 1910s
5 27
Romaine Brooks portraits
circa 1910s-1930s
5 28
Dolly Wilde
circa 1920s-1930s
5 29
Alice Pike Barney portrait
circa 1926
5 30
Berthe Cleyrergue portraits
circa 1950s-2000s
Publications
1905-2003
Box Volume
9 1
Adams, M. Frederick B. Bulletin Du Bibliophile: Revue fondée en 1834 II. Paris: Giraud-Badin
1977
9 2
Barney, Natalie. Actes et Entr'actes. Paris: E. Sansot and Cie, annotated volume
1910
9 3
Barney, Natalie. Aventures De L'Esprit. Paris: Éditions Èmile-Paul Frères, annotated volume
1929
9 4
Barney, Natalie. Cinq Petits Dialogues Grecs: Antithèses et Parallèles. Paris: Éditions De La Plume, annotated volume
1902
9 5
Barney, Natalie. Éparpillements. Paris: E. Sansot et Cie, annotated volume
1910
9 6
Barney, Natalie. Je Me Souviens: Roman. Paris: E. Sansot et Cie, annotated insert
1910
9 7
Barney, Natalie, et al. In Memory of Dorothy Ierne Wilde. Dijon: Darantiere Printing, annotated volume
1951
9 8
Barney, Natalie. Nouvelles Pensèes de l'Amazone. Paris: Mercvre De France, signed by the author
1939
9 9
Barney, Natalie. The One Who Is Legion: Or, A.D.'s Afterlife. London: Eric Partridge LTD., annotated volume
1930
9 10
Barney, Natalie. Pensées D'une Amazone. Paris: Èmile-Paul Frères
1920
9 11
Barney, Natalie. Poems and Poèmes: autres alliances. New York: George H. Doran Co. Annotated volume
undated
9 12
Barney, Natalie. Selected Writings by Natalie Clifford Barney. London: Adam Books, edited by Miron Grindea. Signed by the author, annotated by George Wickes
1963
9 13
Barney, Natalie. Souvenirs Indiscrets. Paris: Flammarion, annotated volume
1960
9 14
Barney, Natalie. Traits et Portraits. Paris: Mercvre De France, annotated volume
1963
9 15
Brame, Hector. Études Et Portraits Au Pastels Par Alice Barney: Exposition Chez Hector Brame. Paris: Lahure
1934
9 16
Breeskin, Adelyn. Romaine Brooks: Thief of Souls. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press
1971
9 17
Chalon, Jean. Les Couples Involontaires: Roman. Paris: Flammarion, signed by the author
1966
9 18
Chalon, Jean. Portrait D'une Séductrice. Paris: Editions Stock, signed by the author and by Berthe Cleyrergue
1976
9 19
Chalon, Jean. Portrait of a Seductress: The World of Natalie Barney. New York City: Crown Publishers, uncorrected proof
1979
9 20
Chalon, Jean. Une Jeune Femme De Soixante Ans. Paris: Fayard, signed by the author and annotated
1973
9 21
Chapon, François, Nicole Prévot, and Richard Sieburth. Autour de Natalie Clifford Barney. Paris: Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, signed by the author
1976
9 22
Damon, Gene, and Lee Stuart. The Lesbian In Literature: A Bibliography. Reno: The Ladder
1967
9 23
De Gourmont, Remy. Les Maitres Du Livre: Lettres A L'Amazone. Paris: Georges Crès Et Cie, annotated volume
1914
9 24
De Gourmont, Remy. Lettres à l'Amazone. Paris: Mercvre de France
1924
10 1
De Gourmont, Remy. Letters to the Amazon. London: Chatto and Windus, Translated with an introduction by Richard Aldington, annotated volume
1931
10 2
Delarue-Mardrus, Lucie. Choix de Poèmes: Derniers Vers Inèdits Traductions. Paris: Librairie Alphonse Lemerre, annotated volume
undated
10 3
Delarue-Mardrus, Lucie. Nos Secrètes Amours. Paris: Les Isles
1951
10 4
Dreyfus, Carle. Romaine Brooks: Portraits, Tableaux, Dessins. Paris: Presses of Braun and Cie
1952
10 5
Franks, Claudia Stillman. Beyond The Well of Loneliness: The Fiction of Radclyffe Hall. Wellingborough: Avebury
1982
10 6
Hall, Delight. Catalogue of the Alice Pike Barney Memorial Lending Collection. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, annotated volume
1965
10 7
Haupt, Richard W., ed. Cincinnati Historical Society Bulletin. Cincinnati: Cincinnati Historical Society, volume 25, no. 3, (July 1967).
1967
10 8
Jones, Jennifer Vaughan. Anna Wickham: A Poet's Daring Life. Lanham: Madison Books, card insert signed by the author
2003
10 9
Mensuelle, Revue, ed. Intentions, vol. 2, no. 18. (June 1923): 1-30
1923
10 10
Smithsonian. Alice Pike Barney: Paintings in Oil and Pastel. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press
1957
10 11
Smithsonian. Where Shadows Live: Alice Pike Barney and Her Friends. Washington D.C.: National Collection of Fine Arts
1978
10 12
Vivien, Renee. The Muse of the Violets: Poems of Renee Vivien. Translated by Margaret Porter and Catharine Kroger Tallahassee: Naiad Press
1977
10 13
Vivien, Renee. A Woman Appeared To Me. Translated by Jeannette H. Foster, Tallahassee: Naiad Press
1976
10 14
Vivien, Renee. A Woman Appeared To Me. Translated by Jeannette H. Foster, introduction by Gayle Rubin Tallahassee: Naiad Press, signed by Gayle Rubin
1979
10 15
Wickes, George. The Amazon of Letters: The Life and Loves of Natalie Barney. London: W. H. Allen and Co. Ltd., signed by the author
1977
2.3.: Research materials
Photocopies of relevant books, book reviews, clippings, notes, academic correspondence, permissions correspondence, dust jackets, petition for historic site, translations and transcriptions, and more.
1895-2002
Box Folder
5 31
"Amazon of Letters" academic correspondence
1974-1991
5 32
"Amazon of Letters" academic correspondence
1978-1991
5 33
"Amazon of Letters" dust jackets and contract
circa 1975
5 34
"Amazon of Letters" reviews
1976-1977
5 35
Barney, Natalie, photocopies
circa 1917
5 36
Barney, Natalie
circa. 1971
5 37
Barney, Natalie, foreword to "As Fine as Melanctha" by Gertrude Stein, photocopies
1954
5 38
Barney, Natalie. "Quelques Portraits-Sonnets de Femmes," photocopied excerpt
1900
5 39
Barney studio house pamphlet and newsletter
1979-1982
5 40
Book reviews
1976-2002
5 41
Clippings
1965-1992
5 42
Delarue-Mardrus, Lucie. "Mes Memoires," photocopied excerpt
1938
5 43
De Pougy, Liane. "Nos Belles Mondaines," photocopied excerpt
1895
5 44
Interviews
Interviews with : Natalie Clifford Barney, Bettina Bergery, Princess Bibesco, Jenny Bradley, Jean Chalon, François Chapon, Berthe Cleyrergue, Laura Dreyfus Barney, Eyre de Lanux, Janet Flanner, Janine Lahovary, Renee Lang, Dr. Marthe Lamy, Donald McClelland, Virgil Thomson, Marguerite Yourcenar, Grace Frick, Germaine Beaumont, Celia Bertini, Jessie Fremont, Donald Gallup, Edouard Macavoy, Louis M. Moulton, Gayle Rubin
1971-1975
5 45
Notes
circa 1910s-1960s
5 46
Permissions
1985-2004
5 47
Rouveyre, André. "Souvenirs de mon commerce", photocopied excerpt
1921
5 48
Translations and transcriptions
circa 1999-2002
2.2.: Research correspondence
Notes and interviews with various individuals who knew or lived in period of Natalie Barney, who spoke with George Wickes prior to publication of "Amazon of Letters".
1971-2001
Box Folder
5 49
Aaron, Jonathan
1976
5 50
Barnes, Djuna
1972-1976
5 51
Bedford, Sybille
1972-1973
5 52
Bentley, G. E.
1972-1973
5 53
Bergery, Bettina
1972-1975
5 54
Bertin, Célia
1972-1977
5 55
Bradley, Jenny
1972-1975
5 56
Breeskin, Adelyn
1971
5 57
Brown, John L.
1972
5 58
Bruce, David
1976-1977
5 59
Bryher, W.
1972
5 60
Chalon, Jean
1974-1979
5 61
Chapon, François
1972-1976
5 62
Childs, J. Rives
1978
5 63
Cleyrergue, Berthe
1972-1976
5 64
Davison, Peter
1973
5 65
De Lanux, Eyre
1972-1980
5 66
Dzwonkoski, Peter
1977
5 67
Eliot, Valerie
1923, 1972-1974
5 68
Flanner, Janet, and obituary from the New Yorker
1972-1978
5 69
Hines, Thomas
1972-1973
5 70
Huntington, William E.
1972-1977
5 71
Hyde, H. Montgomery
1976-1977
5 72
Klaich, Dolores
1975
5 73
Lahovary, Janine
1971-1972
5 74
Lang, Renée B.
1972-1974
5 75
Le Gallienne, Eva
1972
5 76
Lichtenstein, Stanley
1977
5 77
Loos, Anita
1972
5 78
MacGregor, Bob
1973
5 79
McClelland, Donald
1971-1979
5 80
Orenstein, Gloria F.
1979-1980
5 81
Riese, Laure
1977
5 82
Rubin, Gayle
1973-1980
5 83
Russell, Sheridan
1976-1977
5 84
Schenkar, Joan
1995-2001
5 85
Secrest, Meryle
1972-1973
5 86
Sieburth, Richard
1976-1977
5 87
Stapleton, Laurence
1972
5 88
Targ, Roslyn
1975
5 89
Thomson, Virgil
1972-1976
5 90
Wilder, Thornton
1972-1976
5 91
Yourcenar, Marguerite
1972-1975

3.:  Personal papers, 1855-2001Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
3.1.: Correspondence
Correspondence with publishers, friends from the era such as Aldous Huxley, Ursula K. Leguin, Kay Boyle, other letters relating to projects such as Paris Review, Frederic Mistral and others.
1939-1996
Box Folder
10 1
Orend, Karl, and Alyscamps Press
1939-1999
10 2
Huxley, Aldous
1959-1969
10 3
Paris Review, correspondence with George Plimpton
1959-1995
10 4
UCLA correspondence relating to Henry Miller
1960-1996
10 5
Isherwood, Christopher
1965-1968
10 6
Welty, Eudora
1973-1975
10 7
LeGuin, Ursula
1977-1988
10 8
20th Century Literature special issue on Kay Boyle
1978-1991
10 9
Boyle, Kay
1980-1990
10 10
Memoirs of Frederic Mistral, letters
1985-1990
3.2.: Publications and professional ephemera
George Wickes' personal CV, resume and profile, newsletters he featured in, manuscript illustrations, Aldous Huxley papers, Paul Bowles oral history.
1855-2001
Box Folder
10 11
Memoirs of Frederic Mistral, illustrations
1855-1985
10 12
Aldous Huxley papers, Charles E. Young Library, UCLA Special Collections publications
1943-1964
10 13
Paul Bowles oral history
1968-1969
10 14
Newsletter, CV, and profile
1993-2001

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Literature, Modern—19th century—History and criticism
  • Literature, Modern—20th century—History and criticism
  • Personal Names :
  • Barney, Natalie Clifford, 1877-1972--Criticism and interpretation
  • Miller, Henry, 1891-1980--Criticism and interpretation