Date Published: 1968 to 1995
Joyce Carol Oates is a prolific, award-winning American novelist, poet, short story writer, playwright, editor, and teacher. Notable awards: 1967 O. Henry Award ; 1970 National Book Award ; 1973 O. Henry Award ; 2010 National Humanities Medal ; 2012 Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement ; 2019 Jerusalem Prize
The collection contains approximately 41 items dating from 1968 to 1995 specifically, 11 typescripts, twenty-five letters, three books, one journal issue, press work for a book, and a set of proofs.
• 4 ALS and 12 TLS to John Martin of Black Sparrow Press, and a TL from Martin to Oates,
1974-1987, epitomizing their sustained author-publisher relationship. The correspondence begins with a 1000-word threnody (30 August 1974) in which Oates rails at the savaging of her book Hungry Ghosts by a New York Times reviewer and briefly considers legal action: "Perhaps the reviewer and the editors themselves overstepped some subtle line between book reviewing and character defamation" The elapsing of time and Oates's continuing success as a critically acclaimed author shifts the correspondence into a sunnier mode as she reveals some of her
artistic intentions: "As you have probably surmised, 'Daisy' is a fantasy inspired by the relationship between James Joyce and his daughter. Of course everything has changed - everything except that odd, rather chilling relationship." Several thousand words that spell out the emotional and intellectual range of this major 201h-century writer. Founded in 1966 by John Martin in order to publish the works of Charles Bukowski and other avant-garde authors, Black Sparrow Press was a private press situated on the west coast of the United States. Martin
financed the start-up of the company by selling his large collection of rare first editions. Dates of letters: 30 August 1974; 16 May 1975; 17 December 1976; 6 January 1977 (ALS); 1 March
1977; 25 May 1977; 22 July 1977; 30 July 1977 (ALS); 28 January 1979; 13 November 1979;
21 March 1982; 29 August 1986; 14 September 1986; 6 October 1987; 20 October 1987; ALS, n.d.; 12 October 1987, TL from Martin. Some letters are post card letters with versos having printed poems. Letterheads include the University of Windsor, Ontario Review, and New York University.
• "Shame", ts. marked up editorially for The Atlantic Monthly , 26 pp. (p. 2 lacking), dated August .
• "List of Contributors" (published in Playboy, October 1970), ts. with holograph corrections,  31 pp., stamp of Blanche C. Gregory (Oates's literary agent) on p. [l], and  other pp. about its publishing history. With a TLS, 2 March 1970, and written postcard, 7 October 1970, to Robie Macauley, editor of Playboy. Oates tells Macauley that she has won the National Book Award: ''Now I must think of an acceptance speech! I dread giving speeches!"
• "Gay" (published in Playboy, December 1976), 30 pp., stamp of Blanche C. Gregory (Oates's literary agent) on first page, ts. with holograph corrections of a short story about a closeted professor at a small Canadian university. 3 TLS to Robie Macauley, editor of Playboy, 6 March 1976, 25 March 1976, and 1 December 1976, re publication of the story. With the Playboy magazine (December 1976) in which the story was published.
• TLS to Phil on University of Windsor letterhead, 22 April 1977, lists several of her books and criticizes a play (Antony and Cleopatra) at the Stratford Festival Theatre: "one of the most ill mounted and misguided productions of that play, or any play, Ray [her husband, Raymond J. Smith) and I have ever seen"; mentions that she will teaching creative writing in the summer at NYU.
• Son of the Morning (1978), signed ts., 1 p., excerpt, on rose-colored stationery. 2 copies.
• Celestial Timepiece. Dallas, Texas: Pressworks, 1980. Illustrated by Paula George. Oates's ts. marked up editorially, 13 pp.; press work for the book, marked up; her corrected galley proofs ("OK with one typo-JCO"); and preliminary copy of the book in paper wrappers, signed by Oates and George.
•" lch Bin Einer Berliner", 2 tss. [l], 20 pp. with holograph corrections, stamp of Blanche C. Gregory (Oates's literary agent) on p. ; 1, l A, 2-5, SA, 6, 6A, 7-20 pp., marked up editorially, with incomplete memo from Rust to the senior editors of Esquire, n.d. Photocopy of the story from Esquire (December 1982), marked "FINAL".
• "Annie Johnson: A Lost New England Artist", ts., name of Blanche C. Gregory (Oates's literary agent) on first page, , 6 pp., with 2 typed signed post cards, 2 May 1985 and 23 July 1985, and 2 TLS to Celia McGee, Art & Antiques, 23 August 1985 and 23 September 1985.
•"George Bellows'', ts., stamp of Blanche C. Gregory (Oates's literary agent) on first page, , 8, 5-8 pp., with signed typed postcard to Jeff Schaire, Art & Antiques, 10 April 1987, re galleys of the Bellows piece ("spectacular. Your editing at the end, and elsewhere, isjudiciously done."). With George Bellows: American Artist (New York: Ecco Press, 1995), fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket, signed by Oates on the title page.
• "Life, Vigor, Fire: The Watercolors of Winslow Homer". Signed ts., stamp of Blanche C. Gregory (Oates's literary agent) on first page, , 10 pp.
• Blue-Bearded Lover. Concord, New Hampshire: William B. Ewert, 1987. Hand-stitched wrappers. This edition of Blue-Bearded Lover was designed, written out, and illustrated by R.P. Hale, Master Calligrapher, in March 1987. It is limited to 100 copies, handbound by John Kristensen. Of these, 74 copies, numbered 1-74, were sewn into paper wrappers. This is copy 71 and signed by both Oates and Hale. Near Fine. The lightest of edgewear only. A wonderful prose fable based on the legendary Bluebeard
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.