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Claude Fredericks papers, circa 1850-1988 (bulk 1941-1988)

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Fredericks (Claude) papers
Series I. Writings, 1933-1988 4.59 Linear Feet
Series I contains juvenilia from 1933 to 1940, including prose, poetry, and some music and drawing (boxes 1-2). Early (1939-1961) poetry, prose, and drama, include drafts and final versions of two novels, The Wedding, 1945 (boxes 3-4) and An Interruption of the Laughter, 1958 (box 5). Later writing includes notes, drafts, texts, and reviews of Fredericks's plays "On Circe's Island" and "A Summer Ghost," other unfinished plays (1961-1988), and prose dating from 1973 to 1986 (box 6). Collections of his writing that he submitted to publishers and other published materials are located in box 7. Boxes 8 and 9 contain ca. 8,000 holograph pages in notebooks dating from 1945 to 1987. Fredericks also compiled a complete set of his poems, 1940-1988, ca. 2,000 poems (boxes 10-11). In 2005 his Selected Poems was published by Xlibris. A copy can be found in the Getty Research Library and in the archive. [See 900230C, Box 27 for his published Journals and Selected Poems.]
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1-11 Writings, 1933-1988
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1 1933-1937
Juvenilia, includes prose, poetry, and music and drawing.
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2 1937-1940
Juvenilia, includes prose, poetry.
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3 1939-1945
Includes drafts of "The Wedding" and final version.
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4 1945-1961
Includes stories written during this period.
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5 "An Interruption Of The Laughter"
Contains first draft, second draft and final version.
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6 "On Circe's Island" and "A Summer Ghost"
Contains notes, work journals, drafts, texts, memorabilia, and reviews.
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7 Collections submitted to publishers; published material
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8-9 Notebooks, 1945-1987
The notebooks, almost all handwritten, represent a genre distinctly different from the journals of Claude Fredericks (in collection 900230C) and rarely narrate actual events or responses to those events. The early notebooks (1945-1962) consist by and large of ideas for stories and plays, the later notebooks (1962-1987) increasingly consist of ideas that develop certain philosophical, psychological, and religious concerns central to Fredericks's thought but also continue to contain ideas for stories and plays. The seeds of many of the ideas that motivated Fredericks's teaching at Bennington are found here. A section from the notebook written in 1975 was published in 1979 in Parenthèse (Volume 2, Numbers 3 & 4).
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8 Early Notebooks 1-10, 5 September 1945 - 7 December 1962
8 (1) 5 October 1945 - 9 March 1946
8 (2) 16 January 1947 - October 1947
8 (3) 18 July 1950 - July 1952
8 (4) 18 June 1954 - 11 September 1954
8 (5) 12 September 1954 - 9 December 1954
8 (6) 20 November 1955 - 7 November 1956
8 (7) 10 January 1957 - 12 November 1958
8 (8) 16 December 1959 - 28 December 1960
8 (9) 17 April 1961 - 27 August 1962
8 (10) 23 August 1962 - 7 December 1962
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9 Notebooks 1-26, 8 December 1962 - 6 July 1987
9 (1) 8 December 1962 - 1 February 1963
9 (2) 3 February 1963 - 28 August 1963
9 (3) 19 December 1963 - 10 April 1964
9 (4) 23 April 1964 - 24 May 1965
9 (5) 7 June 1965 - 3 February 1966
9 (6) 19 February 1966 - 12 August 1966
9 (7) 23 December 1966 - 16 July 1967
9 (8) 2 August 1967 - 4 January 1968
9 (9) 24 April 1968 - 28 February 1970
9 (10) 2 April 1970 - 1 February 1972
9 (11) 5 February 1972 - 2 August 1972
9 (12) 2 August 1972 - 6 December 1972
9 (13) 8 December 1972 - 25 March 1973
9 (14) 31 March 1973 - 25 July 1973
9 (15) 6 August 1973 - 30 October 1973
9 (16) 4 November 1973 - 2 December 1973
9 (17) 7 December 1973 - 20 February 1974
9 (18) 21 February 1974 - 2 April 1974
9 (19) 7 April 1974 - 2 May 1974
9 (20) 6 July 1974 - 28 October 1974
9 (21) 5 December 1974 - 2 February 1975
9 (22) 23 December 1975 - 26 February 1976
9 (23) 28 March 1976 - 27 August 1976
9 (24) 19 September 1976 - 3 December 1976
9 (25) 4 January 1977 - 17 February 1980
9 (26) 18 February 1980 - 6 July 1987
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10 Poems, 1939-1971
10 1939-1942 3 vols
10 1970-1971 1 vol
10 Complete Poems 1940-1957 1 vol
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11 Complete Poems, 1958-1988
11 1958-1968 1 vol
11 1969-1988 1 vol


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