Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Red Dust mss., 1963-2010, consist of the papers and business records of Red Dust, Inc., including manuscript drafts and proofs, correspondence with authors and translators, and additional book production materials. Created in 1961, Red Dust is dedicated to publishing work thought to be "unpublishable" because of length, form or content, according to founder, publisher and author Joanna Gunderson. In 1963, Red Dust released its first books: Mathis at Colmar, by Linda Nochlin; and Sights, by Anna Holmes. Over the years Red Dust has published many notable works of international fiction and poetry, including those by French avant-garde writer Robert Pinget, French poet and essayist Francis Ponge, Peruvian poet Antonio Cisneros, and German poet Erich Fried. English translations for Red Dust have been rendered by Maureen Ahern, William Rowe, David Tipton, Bruce Benderson, Patrick Bowles, Lee Fahnestock, Stuart Hood, Ursule Molinaro, and Barbara Wright.

The collection is organized by the following series: I. Writings; II. Reviews; III. Correspondence; IV. Financial Records; V. Photographs; VI. Miscellaneous. Writings are divided into subseries of manuscripts and accompanying materials of, respectively, Joanna Gunderson, Robert Pinget, and Barbara Wright, as well as Other Works of additional authors and translators arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

Reviews and Correspondence are also arranged in alphabetical order by name of author or translator. Correspondents include John Calder, Marion Boyars, Isaac Gewirtz, Joanna Gunderson, Mark Insingel, Gunter Kunert, Claude Ollier, Robert Pinget, Harold Pinter, Sotiris Spatharis, John Updike, and Barbara Wright. Financial Records include orders, invoices, deposits and royalty statements. The Miscellaneous series includes advertisements, artwork, catalogs, and historical information pertaining to Red Dust.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2004, 2007, 2010

Collection size: 16,000 items

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