Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Wakefield mss., 1950-2004, consist of the papers of Hoosier novelist, journalist and screenwriter Dan Wakefield (b. 1932). Wakefield was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated with honors from New York City's Columbia College in 1955. Pursuing a career as a journalist, Wakefield wrote about political and social issues for The Nation, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and other publications. Eventually he turned to fiction and wrote the bestselling novels Going All the Way (1970) and Starting Over (1973), both of which were later adapted into feature films. More recently Wakefield has addressed spiritual concerns, namely in his nonfiction books Creating from the Spirit (1996) and How Do We Know When It's God?: A Spiritual Memoir (1999). Over the years, he has taught writing at various academic institutions and currently holds the position of Writer in Residence at Florida International University in Miami.

The collection includes correspondence, writings, articles, journals, newspaper clippings, tear sheets, business records, scrapbooks, photographs, and audio-visual materials.

Correspondents include: Barry Alexander, Jay Allen, Sam Astrachan, Barb Auerback, Dan Balz, Roger Bernhardt, Brock Browers, William F. Buckley, Knox Burger, Elise B. Cassel, John Ciardi, Nancy Day, Joan Didion, Digby Diehl, John Dos Passos, John Gregory Dunne, Sy Epstein, Robert Falk, Barney Frank, Daniel Freeman, John Gibson, Herbert Gold, Sam Goldstein, Will Higgins, Fanny Howe, Irving Howe, Carol Hull, IFIF (Timothy Leary), Pauline Kael, Wayne Kelley, Larry L. King, William Kotzwinkle, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Seymour Lawrence, Madeline L'Engle, Richard Levine, Dick Lugar, Don McKinney, Albert McKisio, Diane McWhorter, Richard Moore, Toni Morrison, Bill Moyers, Ray Mungo, Shirley Nelson, Agnes Nixon, Alan T. Nolan, Joan Norris, Shaun O'Connell, Robert B. Parker, Peggy Paynell, Joe Pilati, Norman Podhoretz, Arabel Porter, John Powers, Reynolds Price, Neal Raismon, Richard Robbins, Jan Rosenberg, Chris Scholes, Carl Scovel, Anne Sexton, Susan Sullivan, George B. Thomas, Lionel Trilling, Mark Van Doren, Kurt Vonnegut, Helen Weaver, John Williams, Miller Williams, Ted Williams, Stephen Wright, Richard Yates.

Acquired: 1998, 2001, 2005

Collection size: 21,500 items

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