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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts

Oversize

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Howard Norman Papers:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1975-1979 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Norman, Howard A.
Title: Howard Norman Papers,
Dates: 1975-1979 and undated
Abstract: Manuscripts and correspondence for The Wishing Bone Cycle and Where the Chill Came From, and an original score based on Norman's work by Laura Clayton.
Collection #: R24.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language: English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Howard Norman is an American author and translator whose work includes novels, short stories, memoirs, and children’s books. He was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1949 but as a young man he moved to Toronto and lived in Canada for many years, spending much time among native peoples in the Canadian wilderness. As a result of his long residence in Canada, much of his fiction is set there. Norman attended Western Michigan University and Indiana University. He has published numerous translations and retellings of the stories of native peoples of Canada as illustrated books for children. The Wishing Bone Cycle (1976) won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His books Northern Lights and The Bird Artist were both nominated for National Book Awards in Fiction. He has received a Lannan Award for fiction, a Guggenheim, the Whiting Award, as well as several NEA fellowships. Norman is married to poet Jane Shore, with whom he has one daughter. He teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland.

Book publications include:

  • Norman, Howard. The Ghost Clause. Boston: HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2019.
  • Norman, Howard. My Darling Detective. Boston: HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2017.
  • Norman, Howard. Next Life Might Be Kinder. Boston: HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2015.
  • Norman, Howard. I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place. Boston: HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2013.
  • Norman, Howard. What Is Left the Daughter. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
  • Norman, Howard. Devotion. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
  • Norman, Howard. In Fond Remembrance of Me. New York: North Point Press, 2005.
  • Norman, Howard. My Famous Evening: Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries & Preoccupations. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2004.
  • Norman, Howard. Between Heaven and Earth: Bird Tales from Around the World. Orlando: Gulliver Books, 2004.
  • Norman, Howard. The Haunting of L. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2002.
  • Norman, Howard. The Chauffeur: Stories. New York: Picador, 2002.
  • Norman, Howard. Trickster and the Fainting Birds. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999.
  • Norman, Howard. The Museum Guard: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1998.
  • Norman, Howard. The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese, and Other Tales of the Far North. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997.
  • Norman, Howard. The Bird Artist. New York: Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 1994.
  • Norman, Howard, compiler and ed. Northern Tales: Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian Peoples. New York: Pantheon Books, 1990.
  • Norman, Howard. Kiss in the Hotel Joseph Conrad and Other Stories. New York: Summit Books, 1989.
  • Norman, Howard. How Glooskap Outwits the Ice Giants; and Other Tales of the Maritime Indians. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.
  • Norman, Howard. The Northern Lights: A Novel. New York: Summit Books, 1987.
  • Norman, Howard. Who-Paddled-Backward-With-Trout. Boston: Joy Street Books, 1987.
  • Norman, Howard. The Owl-Scatterer. Boston: Joy Street Books, 1987.
  • Norman, Howard, trans. Where the Chill Came From: Cree Windigo Tales and Journeys. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982.
  • Norman, Howard. Who Met the Ice Lynx. Bear Claw Press, 1978
  • Norman, Howard, trans. Born Tying Knots, told by Samuel Makidemewabe, Ann Arbor: Bear Claw Press, 1976.
  • Norman, Howard, trans. The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems from the Swampy Cree Indians. New York: Stonehill Pub., 1976.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence with W.S. Merwin and Jerome Rothenberg, and an original score by Laura Clayton.

The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World.

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Organization

The collection is organized by manuscript title.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Copy requests in excess of 5 pages must be approved by the donor or his representative.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Norman, Howard A.--Manuscripts.
Norman, Howard A.--Correspondence.
Norman, Howard A.--Wishing Bone Cycle.
Norman, Howard A.--Where the Chill Came From.
Norman, Howard A.--Born Tying Knots.
Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-2019--Correspondence.
Clayton, Laura--Cree Songs to the Newborn.
Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931--Correspondence.
Subjects
Tales–-Arctic regions.
Folklore–-Arctic regions.
Windigos
Cree Indians--Folklore
Cree Indians–-Poetry–-Musical settings.
Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores.

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Related Materials

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Howard Norman Papers, 1975-1979 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2008-0108-X, 2008-109-X

Purchase, 2005

Processeing Information

Processed by: Dr. Diane Warner, 2008.

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Collection Inventory

Manuscripts

Box Folder
1 1 Born Tying Knots, book, heavy white out on title page, Norman’s notes inside front cover, with typescript copy of Gary Snyder blurb, signed by author, 1976
2 Born Tying Knots, original typescript (as sent to Jerome Rothenberg) with letter to Rothenberg signed by author and holographic notes, 20 long ledger pages, undated
3 Where the Chill Came From, author’s leather bound notebook, 40 pages of text, handwritten and typed on Canadian Railway stationary taped into notebook, inside front cover reads “Windigo Tales, Pelican Narrows, Lake Winnepeg, Berkely, CA, 1975”
4 The Wishing Bone Cycle, original typescript (as sent to Jonathan Cott of Stonehill Press), 14 long ledger pages, signed by author, October 4, 1975
5 The Wishing Bone Cycle, book, Norman’s first copy sent by publisher, inscribed to W.S. Merwin, with notes for reading at Harold Morton Landon Translation Award ceremony, 1976
6 The Wishing Bone Cycle, journal, 9 typed pages on notebook paper about trip to NY for Landon Award, 4 typed drafts of letter to Merwin, written at Excelsior Hotel, NYC, May, 24, 1978

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Oversize

Box Item
2 1 Cree Songs to the Newborn, for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble, signed by Norman, Nov. 19, 1979, inscribed to Norman by composer Laura Clayton, November 19, 1979

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