About this collection

The biography subseries include drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, and galleys for Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius; the autobiography of Margaret Walker (Alexander); and God Touched My Life: The Inspiring Autobiography of the Nun who Brought Song, Celebration, and Soul to the World by Margaret Walker and Sister Thea Bowman. Both the autobiography of Alexander and Bowman are unpublished.

 

The Richard Wright biography, by far, encompasses the bulk of this subseries. Prior to publication Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius was titled The Daemonic Genius of Richard Wright, and the majority of the items included here, carry that name. The materials are arranged in five categories: Drafts accompanied with Yellow Cover Sheets; Working drafts set; Dead Matter set; Edited Manuscripts, Galleys, and Proofs; and published edition.

 

There are twenty-one items accompanied with yellow cover sheets, including the first copy of the manuscript; unedited, revised, and final manuscripts; the master bound galley produced by Howard University Press in 1985; several sets of galley sheets; selected bibliography drafts; photo and text permissions; dead matter; and style sheets.

 

The second category of Richard Wright material, the working draft set, is a massive set of 1481 pages of various typed and handwritten working drafts, handwritten notes, typescript, onionskin and bond carbons, both legal and letter sized paper, single and double sided. This working draft set is housed in three boxes, foldered by sections, in the original order in which it was found. In addition to the dead matter accompanied by a yellow cover sheet, the third category of material is made up of 591 pieces, foldered by sections, in the order in which the material was found. Within the fourth category, there are fourteen edited manuscripts, galleys and proofs. Included are two edited typescripts with attached post-it notes with editorial comments and author rebuttals; one cut and paste draft; three galley sheets sets; four photocopies of the bound galley; one proof set which may be the transition manuscript from The Daemonic Genius of Richard Wright to Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius; the revised and typeset manuscript for the Amistad imprint of the 1988 edition; and two bound uncorrected proofs of Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius. The final category contains a copy of the published, trade paperback edition of Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius, published by Amistad Press (distributed by Penguin USA), New York (1993).

 
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