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Howard R. Wolf (AC 1958) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MA.00188

Scope and Contents

Literary manuscripts, correspondence, news clippings, posters, ephemera and other materials documenting the professional and personal life of writer, critic and educator Howard R. Wolf. Correspondents include writers John Coetzee, Carl Dennis, Irving Feldman, Robert Hass, Leonard Michaels, and Roger Porter (AC 1958).

The collection is a personal survey of the American literary academy, chiefly 1950-2000, with respect to Prof. Wolf's academic career and writing, and the writings of his contemporaries in the U.S. and overseas. The collection encompasses the author's teaching and publication history at SUNY-Buffalo as well as his extensive teaching and lecturing overseas (100 lectures in 20 countries). In addition, it includes signed book deposits and what Prof. Wolf calls a "cultural miscelleny": artifacts of various kinds -- posters, playbills, lecture announcements, etc. -- that provide a visual representation of the period.

Dates

  • 1971-2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Howard R. Wolf Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Howard R. Wolf Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights

Biographical / Historical

Howard R. Wolf, professor of English and author of a wide range of non-fiction and fictional works, was born in New York City in 1936. He attended the Horace Mann School and graduated from Amherst College in 1959 (nevertheless identifed as a member of the Class of 1958). He received an M.A. from Columbia in 1960 and a Ph.D from the University of Michigan in 1967, where he wrote a psychoanalytic thesis on novelist Henry James. Since 1967 he has taught in the English Department at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Professor Wolf has been the recipient of numerous prizes and travel fellowships (Turkey, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, South Africa). Wolf retired from teaching in 2009.

Wolf's literary interests include social and generational history, autobiography, literary journalism, American literature, and various approaches to creative writing (including letters, travel writing, personal essays, and some fiction). His numerous publications include the following books: The Voice Within: Reading and Writing Autobiography (with Roger Porter, 1973); Forgive the Father: A Memoir of Changing Generations (1978); The Education of a Teacher (1987); A Version of Home: Letters from the World (1992); The Education of Ludwig Fried (stories, 2006); and The Autobiographical Impulse in America: Essays on the Crisis of the Humanities in America (1993).

Wolf's interest in collecting and compiling his own personal archive has been documented in an article he wrote entitled "Autobibliography, A Place in Time: On Shaping a Collection (1971-2006)" (Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies, vol. 2, Dec. 2008).

Extent

93 Linear feet (89 records storage boxes, 2 archives boxes, 3 flat storage boxes, 1 typewriter case)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Literary manuscripts, correspondence, news clippings, ephemera and other materials documenting the professional and personal life of writer, critic and educator Howard R. Wolf. Correspondents include writers John Coetzee, Carl Dennis, Irving Feldman, Robert Hass, Leonard Michaels, and Roger Porter (AC 1958).

Related Materials

Alumni Biographical Files -- 1958 -- Wolf, Howard.

Status
Completed
Date
2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
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