Subseries 2.3
Fiction, circa 1960-2014
Box 44 (folder 78) - Box 73 (folder 28), 250; OP1

Scope and Content Note

The subseries contains all materials relating to the writing and preparation for publication of Walker's novels, short stories, and children's books. All of her published works of fiction are represented in this subseries. There are multiple typescript versions of each work, some with corrections, along with page proofs, editorial correspondence, preliminary book jackets, and galley proofs. In addition to typescript and manuscript drafts and fragments of her first novel The Third Life of Grange Copeland, the subseries also contains a draft of an unpublished novel The Ditch, which appears to be an early version of The Third Life. There are also multiple typescript drafts and fragments of Walker’s second novel Meridian, and the original manuscript version of her third novel The Color Purple.

In addition to multiple typescript drafts, galleys, and proofs of each of Walker’s collections of short stories, the series also contains several unpublished short stories, primarily written in the mid to late 1960s which engage the racial politics of that era. Of particular interest is "The Suicide of An American Girl" and "Canaan," alternately titled "All You'll Ever Need." The children's stories collected in this series include illustrations, typescript drafts, and page proofs along with editorial correspondence.

Researchers should also consult the Notebooks in the Writings Series (Series 2.1) for manuscript drafts of many of the novels and short stories in this subseries.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three sections: (2.3a) Novels, (2.3b) Short stories, and (2.3c) Children's books.

Description of Subseries