David Bottoms papers, circa 1970-1992

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bottoms, David.
Title: David Bottoms papers, circa 1970-1992
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 715
Extent:8 linear ft. (17 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of Georgia author David Bottoms inclucing personal, literary, and business correspondence and manuscript and typescript drafts of his works.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Subseries 1.2, Literary Correspondence, letter by Seamus Heaney is closed to researchers.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Purchase, 1991, with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], David Bottoms papers, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Simon Kress, July 2005

Collection Description

Biographical Note

David Bottoms was born in Canton, Georgia in 1949. He was educated at Mercer University, West Georgia College, and Florida State University, where he received his PhD. His first book, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, was chosen by Robert Penn Warren for the 1979 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has followed this early success with numerous poetry collections as well as two novels. In 2000, Governor Roy Barnes appointed him Georgia Poet Laureate. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he continues to teach in the English department at Georgia State University and act as founding co-editor of the literary journal Five Points.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of David Bottoms from ca. 1970-1992. The papers include personal, literary, and business correspondence; manuscript drafts and notes in holograph, typescript, corrected typescript; galley proofs; and a transcript of an interview with Adrienne Bond on May 12 and June 2, 1987. Personal and literary correspondents include Jon Coppelman, Rosemary Daniell, James Dickey, Charles Levendosky, Laurence Lieberman, James Seay, and Robert Penn Warren, among others. The business correspondence includes letters from his literary agent, senior editor, Peachtree Publishers, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Academy of American Poets, and various literary publications.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings by David Bottoms, and (3) Other papers.

Description of Series