University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Elizabeth Hardwick:

A Preliminary Inventory of an Addition to Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator Hardwick, Elizabeth, 1916-2007 .
Title: Elizabeth Hardwick Addition to Her Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1959-2001,
Abstract: This accretion to the collection is composed of Hardwick's book reviews, conference papers and lectures, introductions, short stories, and tributes. In addition, there are articles, awards, biographical information, correspondence, and photographs of Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and others.
Extent: 4 boxes (1.68 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

An addition to papers previously received and catalogued at the Ransom Center, this accretion includes Hardwick's writings and correspondence, as well as articles about her, awards, biographical information, and reviews. While the bulk of the material is recent (1990-2000), her writings date from 1959. The papers are organized in three series: Series I. Works, 1959-2000, Series II. Correspondence, 1970-2001, and Series III. Career-related Material.

Series I. Works, 1959-2000, contains material for several books, as well as articles, book reviews, conference papers and lectures, introductions, short stories, and tributes. Material for her books includes typescripts and proofs for the introduction to American Fictions (1999), Sight-Readings (1998), and Herman Melville (2000). Also present is a privately printed collection of short stories, New York Stories (1996).

Hardwick's articles appeared in a variety of publications such as Granta, Harper's, The New Republic, The New York Review, The New Yorker, Opera News, Three Penny Review, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, on topics including Anton Chekhov, Faye Dunaway, Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, Herman Melville's "Billy Budd," Katherine Anne Porter, O. J. Simpson, and Gertrude Stein, as well as places such as Selma, Alabama; Lexington, Kentucky; Maine, and New York City.

Hardwick's book reviews for The New Republic, New York Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker cover a wide range of subjects including the Menendez brothers, Edmund Wilson, the racehorse "Seabiscuit," poet Delmore Schwartz, editor Willie Morris, Henry James, and Thomas Wolfe, as well as authors Richard Ford, Nigel Hamilton, and Philip Roth.

Introductions to books include Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro, Henry James's Daisy Miller, Mary McCarthy's Intellectual Memoirs, Herman Melville's Moby Dick and Redburn, V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River, Susan Sontag's Reader, and Italo Svevo's Zeno's Conscience.

Hardwick's friendships and professional associations are reflected in her tributes, requested for a variety of publications and occasions, for individuals such as Harvard's Bill Alfred, author William Gaddis, journalist Murray Kempton, writer/philosopher Jonathan Lieberson, J. F. Powers, and Peter Taylor.

The correspondence in Series II includes an especially long run of letters (1976-2001) from Hardwick's friend, writer Darryl Pinckney, as well as Boston friend Esther Brooks; Robert Lowell's aunt, Sarah Winslow Cotting; and Robert Lowell's first cousin, Alice Meade, and her daughter Devie. The general correspondence includes letters from Louis Begley, Richard Ford, Nadine Gordimer, Aidan Higgins, John Gregory Dunne, Carolyn Kizer, David Laskin, Alison Lurie, Janet Malcolm, W. S. Merwin, Larry McMurtry, Cynthia Ozick, Robert Stone, Peter Taylor, and John Updike.

Series III. Career-related Material provides additional information about Hardwick including articles and biographical information; awards and honors; photographs of Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and others; and reviews of Sleepless Nights.

Books received with the papers were transferred to the HRC Library.



Open for research

Administrative Information


Purchase, 2002 (Reg. no. 15001)

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 2002

Elizabeth Hardwick Papers--Folder List

I. Works, 1959-2000

Box Folder
1 1 American Fictions, introduction
2-3 Articles by Hardwick
4-6 Book reviews
7 Conference papers and lectures
Herman Melville
Box Folder
1 8 Corrected typescript
Box Folder
2 1-2 Uncorrected proofs, book blurb, correspondence, and reviews
3 Introductions by Hardwick
4-5 Short stories including New York Stories
6-7 Sight-Readings, publisher's edited copy, and reviews
8 Tributes

II. Correspondence, 1970-2001

Box Folder
3 1 General
2 Brooks, Esther
3 Cotting, Sarah Winslow
4 Meade, Alice and Devie
Pinckney, Darryl
Box Folder
3 5 1976-1989, n.d.
6-7 1990-1991
8-9 1992
10 1993-1994
Box Folder
4 1 1995-1996
2 1997
3 1998-1999
4-5 2000-2001

III. Career-related Material

Box Folder
4 6 Articles about Hardwick
7 Awards, biographical information, and honors
8 Photographs of EH, Robert Lowell, and others
9 Reviews of Sleepless Nights