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Frank Conroy Manuscripts

Identifier: MsC0535

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Scope and Contents

Frank Conroy, director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, has placed on deposit the holograph manuscripts of two of his books, Stop-time (1967) and Body and Soul (1993). Conroy has pointed out the remarkable similarity between the two versions (draft 1 and draft 2) of the second chapter of Body and Soul that are present here: the first six pages of his first draft went missing and he was forced to rewrite them from memory. The pages were recovered much later and exhibit both overall similarity and interesting differences.

Also available in the collection is a photocopy typescript of a short story, "My Harlem".


  • Creation: 1967-1993

Conditions Governing Access

The holograph manuscripts are on deposit with the University Libraries, and Conroy retains ownership as well as all publication rights. He has, however, made them available for consultation by readers in the Special Collections reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Frank Conroy was born in 1936. He graduated from Haverford College in 1958. He taught at Geroge Mason University, M.I.T., and Brandeis University before becoming director of the Writers' Workshop. In addition to the two works inventoried here, he has also published a collection of stories, Midair (1985) and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Harper's, Partisan Review, and elsewhere.


9.50 Linear Feet

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Holograph manuscripts of two of Frank Conroy's published books, Stop-time (1967) and Body & Soul (1993).

Method of Acquisition

Frank Conroy put these materials on deposit in University of Iowa Libraries in December 2001.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)