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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

Correspondence

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Rick Bass:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1986-1997 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bass, Rick, 1958-
Title: Rick Bass Papers,
Dates: 1986-1997 and undated
Abstract: Correspondence of author Rick Bass from 1986-1997 and undated.
Collection #: R30.1
Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Language: English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Rick Bass is a writer and environmental activist. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1958, but spent much of his youth in Houston. He graduated from Utah State with a degree in geology and then worked as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi. In 1987 Bass moved to Montana and began writing full-time. He is the author of numerous short stories, novels, memoirs, and essays. Much of his work focuses on the reasoned benefits of preserving wilderness areas, such as the roadless Yaak Valley of Montana, where he and his family have lived for many years.

A list of his publications includes:

  • Bass, Rick. The Traveling Feast. NY: Little, Brown, 2018.
  • Bass, Rick. For a Little While: New and Selected Stories. NY: Little, Brown, 2016.
  • Bass, Rick. All the Land to Hold Us. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
  • Bass, Rick. The Black Rhinos of Namibia: Searching for Survivors in the African Desert. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
  • Bass, Rick. In My Home There is No More Sorrow. San Francisco: McSweeney's Books, 2012.
  • Bass, Rick. The Heart Beneath the Heart. Narrative Library, 2012.
  • Bass, Rick and David James Duncan. Heart of the Monster. Missoula: All Against the Haul, 2010.
  • Bass, Rick. Nashville Chrome: A Novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
  • Bass, Rick. The Blue Horse. Narrative Library, 2009.
  • Bass, Rick. The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
  • Bass, Rick. Why I Came West. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
  • Bass, Rick. The Lives of Rocks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
  • Bass, Rick. The Diezmo. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
  • Bass, Rick. Caribou Rising. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2004.
  • Bass, Rick and Paul Christensen, eds. Falling From Grace in Texas: A Literary Response to the Demise of Paradise. San Antonio: Wings Press, 2004.
  • Bass, Rick. The Hermit’s Story: Stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
  • Bass, Rick, ed. The Roadless Yaak: Reflections and Observations About One of Our Last Great Wild Places. Lyons Press, 2002.
  • Bass, Rick. Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
  • Bass, Rick. Brown Dog of the Yaak: Essays on Art and Activism. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1999.
  • Bass, Rick. Fiber. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998.
  • Bass, Rick. The New Wolves: The Return of the Mexican Wolf to the American Southwest. NY: Lyons Press, 1998.
  • Bass, Rick. Where the Sea Used to Be. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
  • Bass, Rick. The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
  • Bass, Rick. The Book of Yaak. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
  • Bass, Rick. In the Loyal Mountains. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
  • Bass, Rick. The Lost Grizzlies: A Search for Survivors in the Colorado Wilderness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
  • Bass, Rick. Platte River. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1994.
  • Bass, Rick. The Ninemile Wolves. NY: Ballantine, 1993.
  • Bass, Rick. Winter: Notes from Montana. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1991.
  • Bass, Rick. Oil Notes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1989.
  • Bass, Rick. The Watch. NY: Norton, 1989.
  • Bass, Rick. Wild to the Heart. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1987.
  • Bass, Rick. The Deer Pasture. College Station, TX: Texas A&M, 1985.

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Scope and Contents

Over 100 letters from author Rick Bass to James Linville, editor of the Paris Review. Beginning in 1986 with Bass’s first fiction submission to the journal and continuing until 1997. Includes photographs, postcards, correspondence from other publishers, and birth announcements for Bass’s two daughters.

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 correspondence is arranged chronologically.

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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)
Bass, Rick, 1958-
Bass, Rick, 1958--Correspondence.
Linville, James
Bass, Rick, 1958--Where the Sea Used to Be.
Places
Mississippi
Montana
Yaak Valley (Mont.)
Subjects
Paris review

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Related Materials

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rick Bass Papers, 1986-1997 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2001-0202-X

Purchase, 2001

Processing Information

Processed by: Diane Warner, September 2011.

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Collection Inventory

Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 List of correspondence and other papers, by Ken Lopez, undated

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Correspondence

Box Folder
1 2 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review) and Daniel Max; To Bass: Jim Harrison, The In-Fisherman,, Stackpole Books, Capra Press, Texas A“&”M Univ. Press, Schaffner Agency, Cimarron Review,; one photo, 1986
3 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), one photo, 1987
4 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), 1988
5 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), 1989
6 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), three photos, 1990
7 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), 1991
8 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), and to House of Representatives, one photo, 1992
9 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), 1993
10 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), 1994
11 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), 1995
12 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review); Ada ____? to James Linville, 1996
13 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review), seven photos, 1997
14 Bass to James Linville (Paris Review); Linville to Bass; Linville’s introduction of Bass and Gretel Ehrlich reading (typescript), review of Wild to the Heart, two photos, 1987-1992 and undated

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