Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hills mss., 1954-1996, consist of the papers of editor and author L. Rust Hills, 1924- . Hills was fiction editor for Esquire magazine from 1956-1963. While there he arranged a series of symposiums on "The Role of the Writer in America." He continued as a fiction editor with Saturday Evening Post (1963-1965) and then Audience magazine (1969-1972). He returned to Esquire as the book review columnist in 1973 and in 1977 became fiction editor there once again. He has also taught writing or literature at Carlton College, Columbia University, New School for Social Research, New York University, and University of Maryland Overseas Program. He has written several books and edited anthologies of writings from Esquire and Saturday Evening Post.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Authors; III. Books; IV. Magazines; V. Symposia, etc.; VI. Miscellaneous; VII. Audio Tapes. The correspondence, mostly concerning articles and short stories submitted to Hills for inclusion in the various magazines, is arranged in chronological order and is indexed. Correspondents include: John Barth, Saul Bellow, Thomas Louis Berger, Vance Nye Bourjaily, Kay Boyle, R.V. Cassill, John Cheever, Stanley Lawrence Elkin, George Paul Elliott, Paul Hamilton Engle, Frederick Exley, Leslie Aaron Fiedler, Herbert Gold, Mark Harris, William Humphrey, Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, Arthur Miller, Jay Neugeboren, Philip Roth, James Salter, Irwin Shaw, William Styron, Harvey Swados, John Hoyer Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Williams, and Richard Yates. Authors' files include submitted short stories and articles. Some are accompanied by comments from Hills and other readers as to their suitability for publication. Materials covering his time at Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, and Audience include inter-office memos, production materials, and some of Hills own articles and columns. Files concerning symposiums or writing programs include brochures, press releases, correspondence with local arrangements persons, programs, bills and related clippings. 44 audio tapes, mostly recordings of the symposiums, complete the collection.

An inventory, an index of corrrespondents, and a finding aid are available.

Purchase. Key West Island Books. Key West, FL 33040. 1995

Collection size: 3,000 items

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