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Fiene mss., 1972-2001

Papers, 1972-2001, of Donald M. Fiene at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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
Fiene, Donald M.

Extent
170 items

Title
Fiene mss., 1972-2001 

Collection No.
LMC 2370

Extent
170 items

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
Consists mainly of correspondence between Professor Donald Mark Fiene, 1930- and author Kurt Vonnegut, 1922- regarding current activities in both of their lives and often discussing literary affairs.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Professor of Russian.

Donald Mark Fiene was born in Schenectady, N.Y. He studied at Cornell University, 1947-1951, the University of Louisville (M.A., 1961), and Indiana University (Ph.D., 1974). He taught at the University of Louisville as a lecturer and instructor, 1960-1972, and as a professor of Russian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 1974 until his retirement in 1995. Among his other works he published Alexander Solzhenitsyn: An International Bibliography of Writings By and About Him, 1962-1973 (Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1973).

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically, with the photocopy of Fiene's text, "First meeting" filed at the end.

Scope and Content Note

Consists mainly of correspondence between Professor Donald Mark Fiene, 1930- and author Kurt Vonnegut, 1922- regarding current activities in both of their lives and often discussing literary affairs. The letters from the 1970s concern Vonnegut's meeting with his Russian translator Rita Rait in Paris and his efforts on her behalf for honorary membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1979, together with photocopies of typed postcards signed by Arthur Miller and John Updike seconding her nomination. Other letters from Vonnegut offer advice to Fiene on his literary works, as well as comments on his own projects; discuss Fiene's family life; and relate their shared struggles with depression. The collection includes the originals of Vonnegut's letters to Fiene, and carbon or photocopies of Fiene's letters to Vonnegut.

Also present in the collection are a photograph of Vonnegut and Rait taken in Paris Oct. 28, 1972, a bumper sticker with an undated note from Vonnegut, and the photocopy of a text, "First meeting," by Fiene that was published in Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnnegut: a Festschrift for Kurt Vonnegut on his sixtieth birthday , 1982.

  • Indexing Terms

  • 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.

    • Names
    • Vonnegut, Kurt --Correspondence.
    • Fiene, Donald M.
    • Fiene, Donald M. --Correspondence.
    • Rait-Kovaleva, R. (Raisa)
    • Vonnegut, Kurt.
    • Topics
    • Authors, American --20th century --Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Purchase. 2002
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 the permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library

Preferred Citation
[Item], Fiene mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana