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James Purdy letters and enclosure to Peter Owen

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0975

Content Description

Letter to his then British publisher, Peter Owen, concerned largely with the publication of Mourners Below, other works in progress, republication of earlier works in Britain, self-promotion, etc. The letters are chatty and characteristic representative of Purdy's early dealings with a publisher while relations were still atypically placid. Accompanied by a Viking publicity flyer for Mourners Below, with a.n.s. in margin, and one envelope.


  • Creation: 1984 April 7-1985 January 14


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,


7 item (6 pages)


Consists of six letters written by James Purdy to publisher Peter Owen, mostly regarding the publication of Purdy's "Mourners Below." Dated between 1984 and 1985, the letters included one enclosure, a Viking Press flyer for "Mourners Below."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2014.

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 68, F0975: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by George Apodaca, January 2016.

Finding aid for James Purdy letters and enclosure to Peter Owen
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2016 January 21
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