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Hualing Nieh Engle Papers

Identifier: MsC0903

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Scope and Contents

The first series of these papers are the writings of Chinese authors, which are included in Literature of the Hundred Flowers, a book published by Hualing Nieh Engle in 1981. These poems, articles, and editorial pieces are typed in the English language. The majority of these manuscripts are dated, with the authors identified. A number of these manuscripts were published in Chinese journals and newspapers during the 1950s and 1960s and those publication titles are included in the box list. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hualing Nieh was living in Taipei, Taiwan, teaching fiction writing at National Taiwan University and serving as editor of the periodical Free China Fortnightly. Some of the titles that appear in the box list were used by several authors and these writings were presumably written for Hualing's courses.

In a description of Literature of the Hundred Flowers, Hualing wrote:

"For a brief period in the 1950s Chinese writers had a freedom of expression enjoyed by writers in no other Communist countries in the twentieth century. This is the first anthology in English (or in Chinese) of actual texts published during the dramatic period from May 1956 to early June 1957. The great bulk are prohibited in China and unavailable in the USA. They are an unknown literature, these short stories, fables, poems and articles, for they have never been collected before."

Series II is comprised of an addendum given the University in 2010, made up of items written by Hualing and iterms written about her and her husband. All of the items in Series II are in Chinese.


  • Creation: 1932-1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Hualing Engle retains copyright.


3.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials




Associate director and director of the International Writing Program. These papers consist of the manuscript for Literature of the Hundred Flowers and writings by Hualing Nieh Engle and about Hualing and Paul Engle.

Method of Acquisition

These materials were transferred to the University Archives from Hualing Nieh Engle in September 1977. Additional materials were received in 2010.

Related Materials

Please refer to External Documents to view the University of Iowa Libraries East Asian Collection page. Paul Engle Papers (msc0514) Records of the Iowa Writer's Workshop (RG 06.12.08) International Writing Program Records (RG 06.12.09)

Please refer to External Documents to view the following: Andrews, Clarence. "Iowa Literary History, 1971-1991." Writing at Iowa." Books at Iowa 60 (April 1992). Rogers, Earl M. "Fiction with an Iowa City Setting: An Updated Checklist." Books at Iowa 55 (November 1991). Weber, Richard B."Paul Engle: A Checklist." Books at Iowa

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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