Andrew J. Offutt papers, 1949-2013

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Offutt, Andrew J.
Title: Andrew J. Offutt papers, 1949-2013
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1470
Extent: 29.5 linear feet (30 boxes) and AV Masters: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of white American science fiction, fantasy, and erotica author, Andrew J. Offutt, consist of writings, books, correspondence, school records, financial records, and audiovisual and born digital material.
Language:Materials mostly in English.

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Related Materials in This Repository

Chris Offutt papers, MSS 1338


Gift and purchase from Chris Offutt, 2017-2018

Custodial History

The Rose Library purchased part of the collection from Chris Offutt, son and literary executor of Andrew J. Offutt. Offutt gifted the rest of the collection to the Rose Library. Offutt arranged and packed the collection at his residence in Mississippi and shipped it to the Rose Library.


[after identification of item(s)], Andrew J. Offutt papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Former Director and Curator of Literary Collections, Rosemary Magee, acquired the collection as part of the Rose Library's holdings in twentieth-century literature.


Arranged and described at the collection level by Meaghan O'Riordan, March 2019.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Andrew J. Offutt (1934-2013) was born in Taylorsville, Kentucky. He attended the University of Louisville (Kentucky) and worked as an insurance salesman in the 1950s prior to transitioning to writing full-time. While Offutt published the story, "And Gone Tomorrow," in the pulp science fiction magazine If in 1954, he considered the story, "Blacksword," published in the similar publication Galaxy Science Fiction in 1959 as the start of his career. His first science fiction novel was Evil is Live Spelled Backwards (1970). Offutt wrote numerous short stories in the Thieves' World series edited by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey, which featured his best-known character, the thief, Hanse, also known as Shadowspawn (and, later, Chance). He also wrote two series based on two of Robert E. Howard's characters: Conan and Cormac mac Art, an Irish Viking active in King Arthur's time. Under the pseudonym John Cleve, Offutt wrote several erotic fiction novels, including the erotic science fiction series Spaceways. As an editor, Offutt produced a series of five anthologies titled Swords Against Darkness, which included the first professional sale by Charles de Lint. He served as the president of the Science Fiction Writers of American (SFWA) from 1976-1978.

Offutt wrote at least 420 erotic works under more than 17 different pen names and house names, including Opal Andrews, Anonymous, Joe Brown, John Cleve, Camille Colben, Jack Cory, Jeremy Crebb, P.N. Dedeaux, John Denis, Jeff Douglas, Farrah Fawkes, Baxter Giles, Alan Marshall, Jeff Morehead, J. (John) X. Williams, Turk Winter, and Jeff Woodson. His first erotic novel was Bondage Babes in 1968 published under the name Alan Marshall. His primary pseudonym for this work was John Cleve, and he published under that name for the first time in 1969 with Slave of the Sudan.

Offutt was married to Jodie McCabe Offutt of Lexington, Kentucky, for more than fifty years. They had four children: Chris Offutt, Jeff Offutt, Scotty Hyde, and Melissa Offutt.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Andrew J. Offutt from 1949-2013 and includes writings, books, correspondence, school records, financial records, audiovisual, and born digital material documenting his career as a science fiction, fantasy, and erotica author. Writings include manuscripts of Offutt's published and unpublished work, including work written under two of his pseudonyms, John Cleve and Turk Winter. There are also drafts of speeches he gave at conventions and during television appearances. Books comprise the majority of Offutt's bibliography, including works under pseudonyms and works included in anthologies and periodicals, such as pulp magazines. Correspondence primarily consists of literary and professional correspondence with some personal correspondence included, as well as correspondence from Offutt's employment as an insurance salesman. Additionally, there are school records primarily from Offutt's college career at the University of Louisville (Kentucky) that include papers and finals he wrote, as well as yearbooks. There is a small amount of financial records, including literary contracts and ledgers documenting royalties Offutt received from publications. Audiovisual material consists of interviews with Offutt and born digital material appears to mainly consist of writings. Also included are two board games based on science fiction and fantasy novels written by Offutt.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by record type.

Finding Aid Note

An inventory of the books is available upon request.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 - Board games, undated
2 - Books, including erotic novels written as Opal Andrews, Anonymous, Joe Brown, John Denis, Jeff Douglas, Jeff Morehead, Tuck Winter, and Jeff Woodson and issues of Escapade and Dapper featuring Offutt's work, 1970-1978
3 - Books, including erotic novels written as John Cleve, including the Calamity series, the Crusaders series, and the Spaceways series; Jack Cory; Jeremy Crebb; Alan Marshall; and J.X. Williams, 1968-1986
4 - Books, including the series featuring Conan, the series featuring Cormac mac Art, and non-series novels, 1970-1990
5 - Books, including the series Thieves' World, War of the Gods on Earth, and War of the Wizards, 1977-2004
6 - Books, including the Swords Against Darkness anthologies and several other anthologies featuring Offutt's work, 1971-1979
7 - Books in other languages, including Dutch, German, and Japanese, and books featuring Perry Rhodan with stories by Offutt, 1972-1990
1 - Contracts and financial records, 1972-1997
8 - Correspondence, 1965-1986
9 - Correspondence, 1965-1996
10 - Correspondence, 1970-1984
11 - Correspondence, 1971-2002
12 - Correspondence and photograph from employment as an insurance salesman, 1955-1964
1 - Illustrations, undated
AV1 - Interviews, circa 1973 [original: audiocassette] [9 tapes] [9 audiocassette tapes]
AV1 - Interview, undated [original: DVD] [2 disks]
12 - Ledgers, 1972-1976
13 - Literary correspondence, contracts, and financial records, 1967-2002
1 - News clippings, 1970s
1 - Offutt, Chris, correspondence about new Thieves' World novel, 2013
2 - Periodicals featuring Offutt's work, including Analog, Espionage, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Galaxy Science Fiction, and If, 1954-1986
6 - Periodicals featuring Offutt's work, 1971-1978
12 - School records and yearbooks from high-school and the University of Louisville (Kentucky), 1949-1955
14 - Writings, 1965-1972
15 - Writings, 1973-1976
16 - Writings, 1976-1977
17 - Writings, 1978-1980
18 - Writings, 1980-1983
19 - Writings, 1984-2004
AV1 - Writings, undated [22 floppy disks and 4 USB flash drives]
20 - Writings, conventions, speeches, television appearances, and toasts, 1965-1985
21 - Writings as John Cleve, 1968-1971
22 - Writings as John Cleve, 1971-1976
23 - Writings as John Cleve, 1976-1982
24 - Writings as John Cleve, 1983-1984
19 - Writings as John Cleve, 1984-1986
25 - Writings as John Cleve, unpublished, 1960-1984
26 - Writings with Lynn Abbey, 1976-1982
27 - Writings as Turk Winter, 1993-2000
28 - Writings, unpublished, 1954-1968
29 - Writings, unpublished, 1969-1972
30 - Writings, unpublished, 1973-1978
20 - Writings, unpublished, 1979-2008
27 - Writings by others, Robert Bloch and Richard K. Lyon, 1993-200