Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

FEDERMAN MSS.

The Federman mss., 1962-1992, consist of letters written to author Raymond Federman, b. 1928, by fellow writers and colleagues. The 30-year period covered in the letters coincides with the prime of Federman's writing career, when he wrote or edited 23 books, three of which were critical studies of the work of Samuel Beckett. Beckett himself is among Federman's correspondents, and his work is a frequent topic of the other writers, such as Ruby Cohn, who also wrote several books on Beckett. Other correspondents are Walter Abish, Avigdor Arikha, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, Roland Barthes, Helene Cixous, and Babette Deutsch. The letters from Abish, Barth, Beckett, and Cohn are filed in individual folders, while the other correspondents are interfiled in a chronologically arranged folder.

An alphabetical index to the correspondence follows this description. Calendar descriptions are available.

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Index of Correspondence

  • Abish, Walter, 1931- . To Raymond Federman
    • 1975, May 1 (enclosure), 6(postcard); Sept. 16; Nov. 8.
    • 1976, Mar. 20; July 10; Sept. 15.
    • 1977, Jan. 14 (postcard); Mar. 21; Oct. 15.
    • 1978, Apr. 21 (postcard).
    • 1979, May 7; June 29; Sept. 5; Nov. 8 (postcard); 1979.
    • 1980, June 10 (postcard); Sept; Oct. 1.
    • 1983, Aug. 16; Sept. 4.
    • 1984, May 15; Nov. 2.
    • 1985, Jan. 8; Oct. 15.
    • 1987, Sept. 22 (postcard).
    • 1992, Feb. 11.
    • n.d. (card).
  • Arikha, Avigdor, 1929- . To Raymond Federman
    • 1976, Aug. 31 (postcard).
    • 1979, July 11 (postcard).
  • Barthelme, Donald, 1931-1989. To Raymond Federman
    • n.d. Federman mss.
  • Barth, John, 1930- . To Raymond Federman
    • 1970, Oct. 27 (postcard).
    • 1971, Mar. 24; Apr. 7 (postcard).
    • 1975, Feb. 25.
    • 1990, Oct. 26 (postcard).
    • 1991, Jan. 17; Sept. 22; Oct. 21.
    • n.d. Christmas cards (2)
  • Barthes, Roland, 1915-1980. To Raymond Federman
    • 1967, Oct. 12 (French); Dec. 5 (French).
  • Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989. To Raymond Federman
    • 1965, Nov. 23.
    • 1966, Dec. 16.
    • 1967, Jan. 18; Apr. 10; Sept. 20.
    • 1969, Nov. 5.
    • 1970, Mar. 24; Oct. 4; Nov. 20; Dec. 11.
    • 1971, Mar. 22.
    • 1974, May 1.
    • 1975, Nov. 18, Dec. 12.
    • 1976, Mar. 18.
    • 1979, Apr. 16; Dec. 22.
    • 1980, Feb. 14.
    • 1981, Apr. 18.
    • 1982, July 5; Nov. 10.
    • 1986, Jan. 12.
  • Cixous, Helene, 1937- . To Raymond Federman
    • 1971, Dec. 9 (French).
  • Cohn, Ruby, 1922- . To Raymond Federman
    • 1962, Oct. 16, 24, 30.
    • 1964, Sept. 30; Oct. 27 (postcard); Nov. 4 (postcard).
    • 1965, Jan. 8; Mar. 1 (postcard), 15, 25 (postcard); May 15; June 26; July 12.
    • 1969, June 1. 1974, May 1.
  • Deutsch, Babette, 1895-1982. To Raymond Federman
    • 1962, Aug. 8, 15.
    • 1965, May 16.
    • 1967, July 7; Dec.
    • 1974, May 27; June 28.

Collection size: 88 items

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