Finding-Aid for the Raymond Federman Collection (MSS044)


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Additional material was added to the Raymond Federman Papers in 2014, not yet processed. Please click here and here for preliminary box lists. Or contact the Manuscript Department for more information.



Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Series I. Correspondence

Series II. Ephemera

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Federman, Raymond, 1928-2009
Title: Raymond Federman Collection
Identification: MSS044

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Biographical Note

Raymond Federman (May 15, 1928 – October 6, 2009) was a French–American novelist and academic, known also for poetry, essays, translations, and criticism. He was a writer in the experimental style, one that sought to deconstruct traditional prose. This type of writing is quite prevalent in his book Double or Nothing, in which the linear narrative of the story has been broken down and restructured so as to be nearly incoherent. Words are also often arranged on pages to resemble images or to suggest repetitious themes.

Federman was born in Montrouge, France, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan from 1951 to 1954, he studied at Columbia University under the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1957. He did his graduate studies at U.C.L.A., receiving his M.A. in 1958, and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1963, with his doctoral dissertation on Samuel Beckett.

He taught in the French Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1959 to 1964, and in the French Department at The State University of New York at Buffalo from 1964 to 1973, and as a fiction writer in the English Department at SUNY-Buffalo from 1973 to 1999. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 1990, and in 1992, appointed to the Melodia E. Jones Chair of Literature, where he served until retiring in July 1999. In 2000, he was appointed as Distinguished Emeritus Professor.

Federman died of cancer at the age of 81 and in May 2010, his final new English novel, SHHH: The Story of a Childhood, was released by Starcherone Press.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Raymond Federman Collection consists of correspondence and printed miscellany sent to Raymond Federman by Samuel Beckett, Carol Bergé, Italo Calvino, E. M. Coran, J. M. Coetzee, Ruby Cohn, Robert Coover, and Robert Creeley.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restriction

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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Administrative Information

Source

Purchased from Raymond Federman, 1997. Accession number 2096.

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff

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Series I. Correspondence,

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Beckett, Samuel,
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, no date (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, no date (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1965: November 5 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1965: November 23 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page, 2 copies)
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, 1966: December 16 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1967: January 18 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1967: April 10 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 2 pages)
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, 1967: September 20 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 2 pages)
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, 1968: November 23 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1970: March 24 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1970: October 5 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1970: November 20 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1971: March 21 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 2 pages)
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, 1974: April 16 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1974: May 1 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1974: May 9 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1975: November 18 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1975: December 12 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1976: March 18 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1979: December 22 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1980: January 12 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1980: February 14 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1981: April 18 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1982: July 5 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1982: November 10 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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, 1985: October 2 (Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page)
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Berge, Carol,
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, no date (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, no date (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, no date (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, no date (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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, no date (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1973: January 15 (Autograph card, 1 page)
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, 1974: September 30 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1975: October 8 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1975: October 27 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Calvino, Italo,
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, 1971: June 15 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page with envelope)
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Cioran, E.M.,
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, 1967: March 21 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page with envelope)
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, 1967: April 19 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page with envelope)
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, 1967: December 30 (Autograph card signed, 1 page with envelope)
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, 1975: March 23 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1976: September 20 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1976: November 7 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page with envelope)
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Coetzee. John,
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, 1983: July 21 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1983: September 17 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1983: October 9 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1983: October 26 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1986: July 11 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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Cohn, Ruby,
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, 1969: June 14 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1972: November 30 (Autograph note signed, 1 page with envelope)
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, 1991: December (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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, 1992: March 14 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Coover, Robert,
Includes two empty envelopes.
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, no date (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1980: December 8 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1981: January 7 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1981: January 11 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1981: February 9 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1982: September 29 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1984: April 4 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1984: July 12 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1987: November 6 (Typed letter signed, 1 page with envelope)
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, 1989: September 15 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Creeley, Robert,
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, no year: November 17 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1990: July 22 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1992: February 27 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1992: September 17 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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, 1993: February 22 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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, 1994: April 11 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)

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Series II. Ephemera,

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Photocopy of The Convention by Robert Coover. Inscribed by Cover to Erica Federman., (5 pages)
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Photograph of Embroidered Tapestries by Pilar Coover, 1981 (1 item)
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Photocopy of Notes toward a definition of the narrative form as a combative process by Italo Calvino., (5 pages)
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Photocopy of The Gifted by Carol Berge, 1971 (1 page)
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Photocopy of Companion Piece by Carol Berge, 1982 (3 pages)
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Photocopies of prospectuses of Fierce Metronome and Center by Carol Berge, (2 items)
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Carbon of letter with enclosures from Carole Berge to Gail Kong, (3 pages)

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