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Papers, 1975-2005, of Bill Henderson at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Electronic finding aid encoded by Donald C. Force.
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Henderson, Bill, 1941-
Materials are in English.
Consists primarily of the papers and manuscripts of author and editor Bill Henderson.
This collection is open for research.
Born April 5, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, William Charles Henderson attended Hamilton College and pursued graduate studies briefly at both Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. He and his uncle Howard Galloway started the small publishing house Nautilus Books in 1970, which then published Henderson's first novel The Galapagos Kid under the pseudonym Luke Walton. Neither the novel nor the publishing house proved successful.
In 1973 Henderson launched the Pushcart Press with The Publish it Yourself Handbook-Literary Tradition and How-To Without Commercial or Vanity Publishers, compiled and edited by him. The handbook was not only successful but has seen several reprintings over the years. He started the Pushcart Prize series in 1976. This annual anthology that celebrates small presses and little magazines and their writers has continued without interruption. In 1982 Henderson started the Editors' Book Award for overlooked manuscripts. In this program he asks editors at commercial houses to nominate manuscripts they were not able to publish because of financial pressure. He then chooses one from these nominations and publishes it by Pushcart Press.
Over the years several selections published in this series have been reprinted in mass market and trade paperback editions, occasionally by the very commercial house that had rejected them the first time around. In addition to his editing and publishing work, Henderson has also written several volumes of memoirs, essays and book reviews for the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and elsewhere, and has been a visiting lecturer at several colleges and summer writing programs.
The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Pushcart; III. Writings; and IV. Additions.
Consist primarily of the papers and manuscripts of author and editor Bill Henderson. The correspondence from authors, editors and poets is primarily concerned with letters of nomination for the Pushcart Prize anthologies. Series II consists primarily of form letters, clippings of reviews and ads, and printed brochures and announcements relating to the Pushcart Prize, as well as materials regarding the trademark registration of the pushcart, a history of the Pushcart Press, The Editors' Book Award, and reviews and articles about the Press. Series III consists of manuscripts, correspondence and reviews, etc. of writings and works written, edited, or published by Bill Henderson.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Miscellaneous files concerning the Pushcart Prize and Pushcart Press
Includes materials concerning trademark registration of Pushcart
Writings and works written, edited, or published by Bill Henderson. Arranged alphabetically by title after the biographical materials.
Photocopy of T.D. with corrections and changes in black ink. October 27, 1979.
Copy edited manuscript
T.D., final draft, 1980
Photocopy of proofs
Correspondence is with editors and readers at FSG; also individual letters from Doris Grumbach, Jan. 2, 1999, George Plimpton, Jan. 4, 2000, and others.
Draft manuscript, heavily revised throughout. 30 p.
First draft manuscript, 2001; reviews.