Frank Conroy Manuscripts
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".
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.
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Language of Materials
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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