Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

TEVIS MSS.

The Tevis mss., 1945-1985, consist primarily of the writings of author Walter S. Tevis, 1928-1984. Tevis wrote several novels, and contributed numerous short stories and articles to magazines. A number of his novels have been adapted for film, including: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hustler and The Color of Money . The collection contains early manuscripts, drafts, final manuscripts, galleys and screen adaptations for most of his other longer works, although only a photocopy of The Hustler. In addition, there are typescripts of a number of his articles, a play, some poetry, as well as many of his short stories, both published and unpublished. The correspondence is small in number and consists mostly of photocopies. However, there are three original letters from science and fantasy fiction writer Fritz Leiber, and one each from authors E.L. Doctorow and Herbert Gold.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings. The Writings are arranged as follows: Published novels, unpublished novels, articles, childhood writings, literary criticism, a play, poetry, published book of short stories, other published short stories, unpublished short stories, and fragments of works. Photocopies of articles about Tevis and his writings complete the collection.

An inventory of the collection is available. A finding aid is also available.

Purchase. Glenn Horowitz. New York, NY 1999

TEVIS MSS.

I. CORRESPONDENCE

  • Box 1
    • folder 1: Nine letters written by Tevis to his family while serving in the United States Navy during World War II, 1945-1946, two pages of sketches by Tevis drawn at this time (photocopies)
    • folder 2:
      • Clune, Henry W. Letters to Walter S. Tevis, Oct. 8, 1974 and Nov. 4, 1974 (both photocopies)
      • Doctorow, Edgar Lawrence. Letter to Anne Goodman Freedgood (editor), Jan. 12, 1983
      • Gold, Herbert. Letter to Eleanora (Walker) Tevis and Walter S. Tevis, n.d.
      • Guthrie, A. B. Letter to Walter S. Tevis, June 1, 1952(photocopy)
      • Leiber, Fritz. Letter to Eleanora (Walker) Tevis, Apr. 18, 1980 (incomplete)
      • Leiber, Fritz. Letters to Eleanora (Walker) Tevis and Walter S. Tevis, Oct. 24, 1980 and Jan. 17, 1982
      • Littauer, Kenneth P. Letter to Walter S. Tevis, Jan. 22, 1957 (photocopy)
      • Mills, Robert Park. Letter to Walter S. Tevis, May 27, 1975 (photocopy)
      • Riordan, Marianna. Letter to Walter S. Tevis, June 16, 1983
      • Schickel, Richard. Letter to Walter S. Tevis, May 21, 1976 (photocopy)
      • Tevis, Eleanora (Walker). Letter to Walter S. Tevis, May 21, 1976 (photocopy)
      • Tevis, Walter S. Letter to British Lion Films, Ltd., June 2, 1975 (photocopy)
      • Tevis, Walter S. Letter to W.B. Carnochan, Nov. 8, 1981 (photocopy)
      • Tevis, Walter S. Letter to Circus Magazine, Dec. 30, 1975 (photocopy)
      • Tevis, Walter S. Letter to Larry Jordan, ca. 1978 or 1979 (photocopy)
      • Tevis, Walter S. Letter to Robert P. Mills, Aug. 1, 1979 (photocopy); Oct. 30, 1978
      • Tevis, Walter S. Letter to Betty A. Prashker and Patrick LoBrutto, Oct. 15, 1981
      • Tevis, Walter S. Letter to Marianna Riordan, June 25, 1983 (copy)
      • Tevis, Walter S. Letter to Buz Wyeth (?), Oct. 27, 1960 (photocopy)

II. WRITINGS

The Writings are arranged as follows: Novels - published and unpublished; articles; childhood writings; literary criticism; plays; poetry; short stories - published and unpublished; and fragments of works. Three magazines containing articles and photocopies of several articles all concerning Tevis and his writings complete the collection.

NOVELS

Published novels are arranged by various forms of the book from original manuscript to drafts to galleys, followed by related notes, outlines, synopses, ending with alternate forms of the book, such as plays, screenplays or teleplays. Drafts and r elated materials of unpublished novels are filed at the end of this section.

  • The Color of Money
    • Box 1
      • folders 3-6: Original typescript
      • folders 7-8: Author's copy of final draft, Feb. 4, 1984
      • folders 9-10: Copy #3, Feb. 12, 1984
      • folders 11-12: Author's final copy, Feb. 13, 1984
      • folders 13-14: Draft pages
      • folder 15: Dialogue between The Color of Money and Walter S. Tevis
      • folder 16: Eddie's background
      • folders 17-18: Outlines of chapters
      • folder 19: Notes
      • folder 20: Notebooks
      • folder 21: Screenplay, draft, Dec. 19, 1983
      • folder 22: Screenplay, draft, Sept. 26, 1985
    • Box 2
      • folder 1: Screenplay, by Richard Price, Rev. Dec. 30, 1985
      • folder 2: Screenplay, incomplete
      • folders 3-4: Screenplay, final. 2 copies
  • The Hustler
    • Box 2
      • folders 5-6: Photocopy of typescript
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
    • Box 2
      • folders 7-8: Original typescript
      • folder 9: Original typescript for Oxford University Press Alpha edition
      • folder 10: Epigraphs
      • folder 11: Screenplay by Dick Wheelwright
      • folder 12: Screenplay - suggestions and notes
  • Mockingbird
    • Box 2
      • folder 13: Earliest version
      • folders 14-15: Two early versions, one date ca. Oct. 1977
      • folder 16: Opening and revision to Reader (earlier title)
      • folder 17: Part Two: Spofforth. Early version of Chapter 3 and early page of Spofforth
      • folders 18-19: Original typescript
      • folders 20-21: Drafts
      • folders 22-23: Final manuscript
    • Box 3
      • folders 1-4: Final manuscripts, 2 copies
      • folders 5-6: Copy edited version
      • folders 7-8: Galleys
      • folder 9: Notes: 1)"Harrison [Starr, film producer] says..."; 2) "A novel is a story and a story has direction...."
      • folder 10: Play, adapted for Readers Theatre, Bowling Green State University, by Lois A. Cheney
      • folders 11-12: Screenplay, 2 copies. Written for the Television Laboratory at WNET/THIRTEEN
  • The Queen's Gambit
    • Box 3
      • folders 13-15: Original manuscript
    • Box 4
      • folder 1: Synopsis
      • folders 2-4: Corrected rough draft, Apr. 1982
      • folders 5-7: Author's copy, final draft, June 30, 1982
      • folder 8: Early manuscript
      • folders 9-15: Misc. draft pages, marked "Disorderly pages" and "various segments"
      • folder 16: Printer's copy
    • Box 5
      • folders 1-3: Printer's copy
      • folders 4-6: Master proofs: Sept. 21, 1982; Oct. 25, 1982; Oct. 27, 1982
      • folders 7-9: Setting copy
      • folder 10: "Chessbook," typescript of early form of novel
      • folder 11: Dialogue between The Queen's Gambit and Tevis
      • folder 12: Eleanor Walker's notes on manuscript
      • folder 13: Notes and emendations
      • folder 14: Outline for Chess in America, nonfiction, precedes The Queen's Gambit; and single page of "Vegas"
      • folder 15: Pandolfini/Tevis consultation notes (Bruce Pandolfini, National Master, proof read manuscript for chess errors)
      • folder 16: Synopsis
      • folder 17: Motion picture treatment
      • folders 18-19: Screenplay, several corrected typescripts
  • The Steps of the Sun (working title: Belson)
    • Box 5
      • folders 20-22: Original manuscript
    • Box 6
      • folders 1-5: Second draft and partial second draft
      • folders 6-10: Final draft and copy
      • folders 11-14: Draft pages
      • folder 15:Printer's copy
    • Box 7

      • folders 1-2: Printer's copy (cont.)
      • folders 3-4: Galleys
      • folder 5: Chapter 6 altered and published in OMNI Magazine
      • folder 6: Chinese characters for Belson's name
      • folder 7: Notes
      • folder 8: Outline
      • folder 9: Synopsis
      • folders 10-11: Motion Picture treatment
  • And So I Die Next (unpublished)
    • Box 7
      • folder 12: Manuscript
      • folder 13: Notes
      • folder 14: Outline
  • Wit's End/Drunk (unpublished)
    • Box 7
      • folder 15: Photocopy of manuscript
      • folders 16-19: Draft pages
      • folder 20: Outline
ARTICLES
  • Box 7
    • folder 21: How to Play Straight Pool
    • folder 22: The New Young Ones
    • folder 23: Three untitled, partial articles, all concerning pool
    • folder 24: Photocopies of articles from magazines
CHILDHOOD WRITINGS
  • Box 7:
    • folder 25: Stories and a poem
LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Box 7
    • folders 26-27: Written for classes at the University of Kentucky and The Iowa Writers Workshop:
      • Analysis from a Paragraph: William Faulkner's "That Evening Sun Go Down" (Iowa)
      • Arthur Hobson Quinn on Poe (Kentucky)
      • The Darling Room: Tennyson and the Theme of Isolation (Iowa?)
      • Grammar and Language in "April Inventory" by W.D. Snodgrass (Iowa?)
      • Gustave Flaubert: "The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller"
      • Impinged Lives in William Faulkner's "The Evening Sun Go Down. Aug. 5, 1961 (Iowa)
      • "Pity This Busy Monster, Manunkind" by e.e. cummings: A Parody of Discourse (Iowa)
      • The Poetical Reputation of Andrew Marvell: A Reappraisal. Aug. 2, 1955 (Kentucky)
      • The Problem of Obscurity in Five Books by Joseph Conrad (Iowa)
      • Spiller and Lawrence on Cooper. July 8, 1957 (Kentucky)
      • An Undertow in one of V.L. Parrington's Main Currents and a Reading List for English 216C. June 20, 1957 (Kentucky)
PLAY
  • Box 7
    • folder 28: Spending a Day With Mother
POETRY
  • Box 7
    • folder 29: Includes the following poems:
      • Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Russian Roulette, Me
      • Drunk in the Garden
      • Drunk Poem Number One
      • February Twenty-One, Nineteen Seventy Nine
      • The Game and the Play of Chess
      • A Gratefully Recovering Alcoholic: First Things First, Easy Does It, One Day At a Time
      • The Hustler
      • Jamie After Sixteen Years
      • Mother's Visit
      • My Name is Bobby and I Came To Play
      • Nineteen Seventy Eight
      • On Metaphysics: With a Traitor
      • A Poem for Madeleyn Who Moves Fast
      • Poem: With Electrodes on My Head
      • Sci-Fi Poem Book
      • The Spirit Moves Deeply Toward Whiskey
      • The Spirit Moves Fearfully Toward Sobriety
      • Thirteen Thirty Eight Fortieth Avenue (appended to: The Hustler)
      • To Julie
      • Villanelle for H. Chovnik
      • A Way Out
      • Win a Few Lose a Few
SHORT STORIES
  • Box 8
    • folders 1-10: Far From Home (published collection of short stories). Includes typescripts of the following:
      • Introduction and Table of Contents
      • The Apotheosis of Myra
      • The Big Bounce
      • Daddy
      • Echo
      • Out of Luck
      • Rent Control
      • The Scholar's Disciple
      • Sitting in Limbo
      • A Visit from Mother
    • folder 11: Copy edited manuscript
    • folder 12-13: Galleys
    • Other published short stories:
    • folder 14: The Actors
    • folder 15: The King is Dead
    • folder 16: The Machine That Hustled Pool
    • folder 17: The Man from Budapest
    • folder 18: A Short Ride in the Dark
    • folder 19: Sucker's Game
    • folder 20: Photocopies of various stories published in magazines
    • Unpublished short stories:
    • folder 21: The Albatross
    • folder 22: Big Man from the West Coast
    • folder 23: Cowards Die Many Times
    • folder 24: The Double Crossed Wire
    • folder 25: Gangster Cat
    • folder 26: The Gorilla System
    • folder 27: The Kingdom of Heaven
    • folder 28: Konraq
    • folder 29: Moriae Encomium
    • folder 30: My Name is Brown, Sir
    • folder 31: Royal Flush
    • folder 32: The Second Coming
    • folder 33: A Small Town Affair
    • folder 34: Stop!
    • folder 35: A Thing of Beauty
    • folder 36: Turnip Island
    • folder 37: Upright Coach
    • folder 38: The Weather is Uncertain
    • folder 39: When Last I Saw You
    • folder 40: Untitled
FRAGMENTS OF WORKS
  • Box 8
    • folder 41: Blunt Instrument
    • folder 42: Burton
    • folder 43: Crippled for Life
    • folder 44: The Disillusionment of Peter Baradolph
    • folder 45: Fidelity
    • folder 46: Flight
    • folder 47: The Homeless
    • folder 48: Iago
    • folder 49: Mafia Bees
    • folder 50: The Man Himself
    • folder 51: Melba on Burton
    • folder 52: Salt 17
    • folder 53: School in Nowhere
    • folder 54: Transbox to Porbyx
    • folder 55: Untitled fragments
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Box 8
    • folders 56-57: Photocopies of articles about Tevis and book reviews
    • folder 58: Three magazines, with articles about Tevis:
      • "Chess: A Novel Idea," and an excerpt from The Queen's Gambit . Chess Life, May 1983
      • "Toasting the Best of Times," The Courier-Journal Magazine, Jan. 27, 1980
      • "Walter Tevis is Hustling Again," Sunday Plain Dealer Magazine, May 21,1978

Collection size: 1,200 items

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