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Ann Beattie papers

 Collection
Identifier: 0019

Collection Scope and Content

This collection consists of a 433-pp. typescript of Beattie's novel Falling in Place (1981), with the author's inscription on the title page, and a collection of personal correspondence from Beattie to Burt Britton from 1976-1996. Included among the 100 items are letters, postcards, greeting cards, telegrams, collages, drawings, clippings, photographs, place cards and ephemera, most of which were posted from Beattie's home in Charlottesville, VA, as well as from Maine and places to which she traveled. The nature of the content is personal, often humorous and off-beat, and includes descriptions of family life and travels, professional experiences and developments, commentary on the literary sphere and the world in general, and quirky gags and jokes. Beattie shares updates on the acquisition of her house in York, Maine, including legal issues that arose. Also included is one oversized matted photograph (undated and unsigned) inscribed by Beattie to Britton. Burt Britton is known for his 1976 book, Self-Portrait: Book People Picture Themselves, a compilation of over 700 self-portrait drawings by celebrated writers, artists, musicians, and others. Britton solicited the drawings during the mid-1960s and early 1970s from luminaries who visited the New York establishments where he worked, including the Village Vanguard, Sheridan Square Bookstore, the Strand Bookstore and his own Books & Company on Madison Avenue. A 1976 letter indicates that Beattie herself contributed a self-portrait to the project.

Dates

  • 1976-1996; undated

Creator

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

The author of over 20 volumes of fiction (both novels and short story collections) Ann Beattie was born in 1947 in Washington, D. C. and earned her undergraduate degree from American University. She received her master's degree from the University of Connecticut and began her writing career by publishing short stories in the Western Humanities Review, Ninth Letter, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. Beattie published her first novel, Chilly Scenes of Winter, in 1976. Other novels include Falling in Place (1981); Love Always (1986); Picturing Will (1989); Another You (1995); My Life, Starring Dara Falcon (1997); The Doctor's House (2002); and Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines A Life (2011). Her short story collections include Distortions (1976); Secrets and Surprises (1978); The Burning House (1982); What Was Mine (1991); Where You’ll Find Me and Other Stories (1986); Park City (1998); Perfect Recall (2000); Follies: New Stories (2005); and The New Yorker Stories (2011). Stories by Ann Beattie have been included in four O. Henry Award collections and in John Updike's Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, and in 2005 she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She has taught at Harvard College and the University of Connecticut and presently is the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Beattie summers in York, Maine.

Extent

.75 linear feet

Language of Materials

English

  • Beattie, Ann
  • Britton, Burt
  • Clippings Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Collages Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Correspondence Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Drawings Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Ephemera Subject Source: Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms
  • Greeting cards Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Postcards Subject Source: Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms
  • Telegrams Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Typescripts Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • York (Me.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Creator

Title
Guide to the Ann Beattie papers, 1976-1996; undated
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Maine Women Writers Collection Repository

Contact:
Abplanalp Library
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland Maine 04103 United States