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Corle mss., 1942-1965

Papers, 1942-1965, of Edwin Corle at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Beth Benda

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Corle, Edwin, 1906-1956.

Title
Corle mss.,1942-1965

Collection no:
LMC 1246

Extent
ca. 200 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
Consists of letters between Corle and his publishers, series editors, and magazine editors and writings including Corle's stories, essays, novels, non-fiction books, and extensive holograph and typescript drafts of a multi-volume novel, The Californians, left uncompleted upon his death.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Gift, 1997.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Corle mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Biographical Note
Author, Edwin Corle, 1906-1956, is known for his realistic portrayals of Native American life in the early 20th century. After a brief career writing for radio Corle began writing numerous short stories and non-fiction pieces for magazines. In 1934 his Mojave: A Book of Stories was published. This was followed a year later by his first and most successful novel Fig Tree John based on a Cahuilla Indian from southern California. In addition to other novels, Corle also wrote non-fiction, including books on the Grand Canyon and the Gila River. In the 1950s, Corle began what was to be his most important work, a multi-volume novel called The Californians. The work was left uncompleted upon his death.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of letters between Corle and his publishers, series editors, and magazine editors and writings including Corle's stories, essays, novels, non-fiction books, and extensive holograph and typescript drafts of a multi-volume novel, The Californians, left uncompleted upon his death.

The majority of correspondence concerns Corle's writings in the 1950s: the technical aspects of the publishing of The Gila: River of the Southwest the ideas for the proposed multi-volume series of novels The Californians,as well as Corle's attempts to sell his ultimately unpublished work of popular science Space, Time, and Man. An early group of letters from the 1940s were written while Corle was in the military, and deal mostly with his assignments.

Arrangement/Organization

Arranged into two series: Correspondence and Writings.


Series: Correspondence, 1942-1965 

Box 1
Folder 1

1942-1950 

Box 1
Folder 2

1951-1965 

Series: Writings 1942-1965 

Arranged in alphabetical order by title. Publishing information given where known.


Box 1
Folder 3-4

Billy the Kid. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1953.  (Novel)

Box 1
Folder 5

A Book of Clowns. (Book proposal)

Box 1
Folder 6-7

Burro Alley. New York: Random House, 1938.  (Novel)

Box 1
Folder 8

California Today. (Non-fiction)

Box 1
Folder 9

Central Park West. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 10

Club Absolute. (Drama)

Box 1
Folder 11-14

Coarse Gold. New York: Dutton, 1942.  (Novel)

Box 1
Folder 15

Death of a Dinosaur. (Non-fiction)

Box 1
Folder 16

The Devil's Highway. (Book proposal)

Box 1
Folder 17

Duck. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 18

Evening at Home. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 19

Exhibition for Gentlemen. (Outline for story or novel)

Box 1
Folder 20

Fig Tree John. New York: Liveright, 1935.  (Novel)

Box 1
Folder 21

The Fixer. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 22

Front Page Headlines. (Drama)

Box 1
Folder 23

The Gift. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 24-27

The Gila, River of the Southwest. New York: Rinehart, 1951.  (Non-fiction)

Box 1
Folder 28

How I Became a Christmas Tree. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 29

Inside Information. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 30-32

In Winter Light. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1949.  (Novel)

Box 1
Folder 33

Kilometer 500. (Drama)

Box 1
Folder 34

The King of Cambodia. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 35

A Law of Probability. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 36

Marble Palace. (Story?)

Box 1
Folder 37

Mr. Uxmier and Theophilus. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 38

The Nasty Ice Cream Man. (Story)

Box 1
Folder 39

No Man On Earth. (Story?)

Box 2
Folder 1

Old Dogs. (Story?)

Box 2
Folder 2

The Palm of Your Hand. (Ideas for a novel)

Box 2
Folder 3

People on the Earth. New York: Random House, 1937.  (Novel)

Box 2
Folder 4

Perpetual Motion. (Ideas for a story or novel)

Box 2
Folder 5

The Picnic. (Story)

Box 2
Folder 6

A Plot and a Cigarette. (Story)

Box 2
Folder 7

Pro and Con. (Story)

Box 2
Folder 8

Project for a book of short stories.

Box 2
Folder 9

Project for a novel.

Box 2
Folder 10

Red Velvet. (Story?)

Box 2
Folder 11

Seeing California. (Essay?)

Box 2
Folder 12

Sexual Behavior in Shakespeare's "Othello". (Essay)

Box 2
Folder 13

Solitaire. New York: Dutton, 1940.  (Drama)

Box 2
Folder 14-17

Space, Time and Man. (Non-fiction)

Box 2
Folder 18

Speak of the Devil. (Story)

Box 2
Folder 19

The Terrible White Man. (Story)

Box 2
Folder 20

They're Having a Fiesta. (Story)

Box 2
Folder 21-24

Three Ways To Mecca. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1947.  (Novel)

Includes the script for The Man in the Dog Suit, a play in three acts, by Albert Beich and William H. Wright which was based on Three Ways To Mecca.


Box 2
Folder 25

"Tungsten Over Darwin. " Atlantic Monthly, 169 (May 1942)  :642-644. (Essay)

Box 2
Folder 26

"The Widow. " Yale Review, 39 (December 1949)  : 337-343. (Story)

Box 2
Folder 27

Yesterday. (Ideas for a play)

Box 2
Folder 28

Yuma. (Essay)

Box 2
Folder 29

Miscellaneous notes

Box 2
Folder 30-37

The Californians. (Novel)

Begun as the first of a multi-volume series of historical fiction, the project was left unfinished upon Corle's death.


Box 3-4 The Californians. (cont.)