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Eisenberg mss., 1964-2006

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143

Eisenberg, Deborah

Eisenberg mss., 1964-2006

Collection No.
LMC 2689

1,000 items

Materials are in English

Consists of manuscript drafts, notes, galley proofs, correspondence and other materials pertaining to author and playwright Deborah Eisenberg (born 1945).

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Deborah Eisenberg (born 1945) is the author of four highly-regarded collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency (1986), Under the 82nd Airborne (1992), All Around Atlantis (1997), and Twilight of the Superheroes (2006). Her first two story collections were republished in one volume as The Work (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg (1997). She has also written a play, Pastorale, which was produced at Second Stage in New York City in 1982. Eisenberg was awarded the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2000, a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2011 (for The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg (2010), a compendium of her four previous collections). Her other honors include a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three O. Henry Awards. She has written for such magazines as The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The Yale Review . Eisenberg taught creative writing at the University of Virginia from 1994-2011, and announced in July 2011 that she will be joining the MFA Writing Program faculty at Columbia University.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Writings; II. Correspondence; III. Biographical Materials; IV. Business Records; V. Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of manuscript drafts, notes, galley proofs, correspondence and other materials pertaining to author and playwright Deborah Eisenberg. Writings include notes, drafts, page proofs, and clippings related to Eisenberg's short stories and story collections. Correspondents include James Atlas, Richard Avedon, Ann Beattie, L. Rust Hills, Angela Himsel, Verity Lambert, Craig Lucas, Judith Martin, Gregory Mosher, Michael Naumann, Ellen Neuwald, Nina Rosenwald, and Jason Shinder.

Biographical Materials include a Woodstock Country School 1964 graduation booklet, alumni correspondence and directory. Business Records pertain to publishing contracts, readings, writing offers, and the Three Smiling Fools literary newsletter. Miscellaneous contains notes, clippings and print-outs of artwork by Jennifer Bartlett.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2009
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], Eisenberg mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Danielle Emerling.

Completed in 2011.

Series: Box 1 Writings

Arranged alphabetically by title.

"Across the Lake," drafts, clipping, 1991-1993

(2 folders)

Air: 24 Hours, research materials,  undated

(4 folders)

Air: 24 Hours, draft, 1992, March 15

Air: 24 Hours, drafts, 1993,  undated

(3 folders)

Air: 24 Hours, art work, photographs and slides, 1991-1992

All Around Atlantis, drafts, 1996

(4 folders)

All Around Atlantis, page proofs, 1997, April 8 

(2 folders)

Box 2 Aperture Magazine essay, drafts, 1987

"Ashes and Diamonds," drafts, clippings, 1995-2000

Book Reviews, drafts, clippings, 1999 , undated 

"Broken Glass," draft, 1985

"A Cautionary Tale," drafts, proofs, 1985, December-1986, January

"A Cautionary Tale," clippings, 1987, March 23

"The Custodian," drafts, 1990 , undated

"The Custodian," proofs, clippings, 1989 , 1990

"Days," drafts, undated

"Days" screenplay, draft, undated

"Diana Michener," draft, clipping, 1996, March

"The Essays of Montaigne," drafts, undated

"The Flaw in the Design," notebook, draft, 2005

"The Flaw in the Design," drafts, 2005, undated

(2 folders)

"Flotsam," page proofs, undated

"Francine Prose," drafts, clipping, 1993-1997

"The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor," drafts, 1994 , undated

(2 folders)

"The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor," page proofs, 1994, May 4

"The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor," clipping, 1994, Dec. 5

"Holy Week," drafts, 1990-1991 , undated

(3 folders)

Box 3 "In a Trance of Self," research materials, 1997

"In a Trance of Self," drafts, undated

"In a Trance of Self," page proofs, clipping, 1997

"In the Station," notebook, undated

"In the Station," drafts, 1990 , undated

"James Ivory and Ismail Merchant tell d. eisenberg all about their Wild Party with Raquel," drafts, clipping, 1975

(2 folders)

"Katherine Mansfield," drafts, 1992

"The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki," drafts, undated

"Letter From New York," drafts, 1987, undated

"Like It or Not," Notes, drafts, clippings, 1998-2001 , undated

(2 folders)

"The List," clipping, 2003, February 14

"Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault," Drafts, undated

"Mary Antin," clipping, 2003, December 28

"Mermaids," drafts, 1994 , undated

(2 folders)

"The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot," drafts, undated

"Mrs. Duke's Millions," typescript, undated

"Narrow Pieties," draft, clipping, 1989

"The Night is Dark and I am Far From Home by Jonathan Kozol," drafts, undated

"On Mrs. Dalloway," drafts, page proofs, 2003

Pastorale, drafts, clippings, 1981, January 6,  undated

(5 folders)

"The Poetry of George Herbert," drafts,  undated

"Presents," notebooks, draft, clipping, 1987 ,  undated (2 folders)

"The Private Language Problem – A Philosophical Dialogue by John Turk Saunders and Donald F. Henze," drafts,  undated

Box 4 "Rafe's Coat," drafts, undated

"Resistance," drafts, page proofs, clippings, 1999 , undated

(2 folders)

"Revenge of the Dinosaurs," notes, drafts, proofs, 2003 

"The Robbery," drafts, clippings, 1989 , undated

"Rosie Gets a Soul," drafts, 1995

(3 folders)

"Rosie Gets a Soul," page proofs, 1996, April 4

"Someone to Talk To," drafts, page proofs, clipping, 1992-1993

(2 folders)

"Some Other, Better Otto," notes, drafts, proofs, 2001–2002 

(3 folders)

"Summer Before the Election, Fragments From a Diary," draft, 2004, July

"Symbol Systems," typescript, 1969

"Tlaloc's Paradise," drafts, clipping, 1992 , undated

Box 5 "Transactions in a Foreign Currency," drafts, 1985 , undated

(3 folders)

Transactions in a Foreign Currency, proofs, 1985-1986

(4 folders)

"Twilight of the Superheroes," notebook, drafts, 2002-2004 , undated

(5 folders)

Twilight of the Superheroes, proofs, 2005, May 3

Twilight of the Superheroes, proofs, 2005, August 9

(2 folders)

Box 6 "Under the 82nd Airborne," drafts, proofs, 1988 , undated

(2 folders)

Under the 82nd Airborne, proofs, 1991

(2 folders)

Untitled Craig Lucas interview with Deborah Eisenberg, drafts, 1989

Untitled, drafts, 1996

Untitled, drafts, 1999

Untitled, drafts, 2001, September 26-October 29

Untitled, drafts, 2003, September 18 , undated

Untitled, drafts, undated

Untitled, notes, undated 

Untitled, notebook, 1995

Untitled, notebook, 2000-2002

"Window," notes, drafts, proofs, 2002-2004

(3 folders)

Series: Box 7 Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent or topic.

Agents and Lawyers, 1982-2000

Agents and Publishers, 1990-1995 , undated

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1985-1987 , undated 

Aperture Foundation, 1987-1988

Bomb, 1995-1997 , undated

Eisenberg-Bach, Susan, 1989, October 17

Eisenberg, Deborah, 1987-2001 , undated

Farrar, Straus, Giroux, Inc., 1983-1999 , undated

Film and Theater, 1981-2003 , undated

Flothuis, Mea, 1986, September 1-1989, December 26

Friends and Students, 1988-1999

Granta Books, 1997-1999 , undated

Greene, Elaine, 1985-1995

Howard, Richard, 1999, August 18

Journals and Magazines, 1982-2006 , undated

Kessel, Greer, 1998, April 24-May 15

Lucas, Craig, 1985, November 28-1994, May 2

Murro, Alice and Others, 1985, November 24-1986, June 21 , undated

Neuwald, Ellen, 1984-1989

The New Yorker, 1984-2000 , undated

Pastorale, 1982-1993 , undated

Personal, 1985-2005

Publishers and Agents, 1982-2003

Publishers and Editors, 1984-2000 , undated

Reader Mail, 1984-2004 , undated

(3 folders)

Red Hen Press, 1989-1999

Rowohlt [Verlag], 1988-1998 , undated

The Three Penny Review, 1992-2004

Tin House Magazine, 1999-2004

The Yale Review, 1992-2002

Unidentified, undated

(2 folders)

Series: Box 7 Biographical Materials

The Woodstock Country School Symposium, 1964

Series: Box 8 Business Records

Includes proposals, bills, bank statements, and correspondence.

Awards, Grants and Honors, 1984-2003

(2 folders)

Contracts, 1982-2006

(2 folders)

The Rea Award, 1992-1993

Readings, 2006

Three Smiling Fools, 1976-1977

(2 folders)

Writing Offers, 1986-2000

Series: Box 8 Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous clippings and notes

(2 folders)