WATKINS, FLOYD C.
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Subseries 2.2
Robert Penn Warren research and writings
Boxes 13 - 28

Scope and Content Note

The subseries contains material relating to Robert Penn Warren Talking, Then and Now, and other writings by Floyd Watkins on Robert Penn Warren. Included here are edited versions of the interviews that went to make up Robert Penn Warren Talking, and typescripts from Then and Now (some of these typescripts include annotations in Warren's hand). Page proofs for Then and Now are also located in this subseries. Some of these folders contain letters by Warren to Floyd Watkins commenting on these books.

The correspondence contains a large number of letters between Floyd Watkins and Robert Penn Warren. Most of these letters date from 1976 to 1988. In addition there are letters here to and from other individuals regarding Floyd Watkins' research on Warren. Correspondents include: Brainard Cheney, John Hiers, Hiromi Itofugi, Andrew Lytle, Caroline Gordon, and others. Floyd Watkins' own correspondence with Random House is also located in this subseries. Also present here are a large number of Warren's letters that Floyd Watkins photocopied from the collections of other libraries around the country. This correspondence is much earlier, some dating from the twenties and thirties.

The subseries contains a variety of printed material about Robert Penn Warren that Floyd Watkins collected over the years. Also included here are several articles and poems by Robert Penn Warren. An assortment of clippings about Warren are found at the end of the subseries.

The subject files include a large number of Floyd Watkins' working notes (including notes from interviews he conducted and notes from his reading of Warren materials at other libraries). Also present here are a variety of different types of source material for Floyd Watkins' writings on Warren. Most of this material dates from the late 1970's.

The audiovisual material includes one photograph of Warren and John Crowe Ransom, one videocassette on Warren, and a number of sound recordings (reel to reel and cassette). The sound recordings include interviews with Warren and with Richard Bourne and Brainard Cheney.

Arrangement Note

Organized into (1) Writings by Floyd Watkins, (2) Correspondence, (3) Printed material, (4) Subject files, and (5) Audiovisual material.

Robert Penn Warren Talking
Box Folder Content
13 1 Introduction: notes and drafts
13 2 Chapter headings: notes and drafts
Interviews for Book
13 3 Self-interview: transcript from New York Herald Tribune Book Review, October 11, 1953
13 4 Fugitive's Reunion
13 5 Paris Review
13 6 Vanderbilt Literary Symposium
13 7 Union College
13 8 Union College, "How a Poet Works"
13 9 Southern Historical Association Panel Discussion
13 10 Sale, Robert
13 11 Fisher, Ruth
13 12 Newman, Edwin
13 13 Walker, Marshall
13 14 Moyers, Bill
13 15 DeMott, Benjamin
13 16 Stitt, Peter
13 17 Baker, John: transcript with Warren's holograph annotations
13 18 Baker, John: transcript with Warren's holograph annotations and TNS from Warren
13 19 Cavett, Dick
Manuscripts
14 1 Title Page, A Note on the Text, Contents, and Chapters 1 and 2: typescript
14 2 Chapter 3: typescript
14 3 Chapter 4: typescript
14 4 Chapter 5: typescript
14 5 Chapter 6: typescript
14 6 Chapter 7: typescript
14 7 Chapter 8: typescript
14 8 Chapter 9: typescript
14 9 Chapter 10: typescript
14 10 Chapter 11: typescript
14 11 Chapter 11: typescript
14 12 Chapter 12: typescript
14 13 Chapter 13: typescript
14 14 Chapter 14: typescript
14 15 Chapter 16: typescript
14 16 Chapter 18: typescript
14 17 Notes: typescript
14 18 Introduction and Chapter 1 (photocopy)
14 19 Chapter 3 (photocopy)
14 20 Chapter 4 (photocopy)
14 21 Chapter 5 (photocopy)
14 22 Chapter 6 (photocopy)
14 23 Chapter 7 (photocopy)
14 24 Chapter 8 (photocopy)
14 25 Chapter 9 (photocopy)
14 26 Chapter 10 (photocopy)
14 27 Chapter 11 (photocopy)
14 28 Chapter 12 (photocopy)
14 29 Chapter 13 (photocopy)
14 30 Chapter 14 (photocopy)
14 31 Chapter 17 (photocopy)
14 32 Notes (photocopy)
15 1 Typescript (photocopy)
16 1 Page proofs with annotations
16 2 Uncorrected page proofs
16 3 Uncorrected page proofs
17 1 Corrected typescript (photocopy)
17 2 Setting copy
17 3 Index: page proofs
18 1 Corrected page proofs
18 2 Corrected page proofs
18a 1 Final page proofs
18a 2 Blue line unbound folded signatures
Talking with Robert Penn Warren
19 1 Original edited manuscript, set copy
19 2 Original edited manuscript, copy for chapter openings: Titles and headnotes
19 3 Original edited manuscript, pages 1-54
19 4 Original edited manuscript, pages 55-104
19 5 Original edited manuscript, pages 105-134
19 6 Original edited manuscript, index
19 7 Newsletter [1989, February?]
19 8 Notes
Then and Now
19 9 Front Matter (includes a carbon of RPW's "Evening Hour" with annotations in Warren's hand)
19 10 Typescript with corrections and additions, pp. 1-50
19 11 Typescript with corrections and additions, pp. 51-100
19 12 Typescript with corrections and additions, pp. 101-150
19 13 Typescript with corrections and additions, pp. 151-200
19 14 Typescript with corrections and additions, pp. 201-250
19 15 Typescript with corrections and additions, pp. 251-281
19 16 Notes and miscellaneous pages: typescript with corrections
19 17 Notes re changes to text
20 1 Chap. 1, "Poetry: Background, Creation, Criticism": typescript with holograph comments by Warren. Also TLS from Warren to Watkins, 14 September 1979
20 2 Chap. 2, "The Penns, the Warrens, and the Boy": typescript with holograph comments by Warren
20 3 Chap. 3, "Poems about Childhood -- Guthrie and Cerulean Springs": typescript with holograph comments by Warren. Also TLS from FCW to Warren 1 February 1980 and ALS from Warren to FCW 6 February 1980
20 4 Chap. 4, "Now and Then: Father, Mother, Friend, Self": typescript with holograph comments by Warren. Also TLS from Warren to FCW 1 August 1980
20 5 Transcript of Watkins' interview with Warren, 29 January 1979 (photocopy)
20 6 Transcript of Watkins' interview with Warren, 29 January 1979
20 7 Transcript of Watkins' interview with Warren, 29 January 1979, with Warren's holograph comments. Also ALS from Warren to Watkins, 10 April [1979]
20 8 Transcript of Watkins' interview with Warren, with Warren's holograph comments
20 9 Transcript of Watkins' interview with Warren, with corrections. Also ALS from Warren to FCW, 10 April n.d. (photocopy)
20 10 "Robert Penn Warren on Brother to Dragons: An Interview: typescript with Warren's holograph comments
20 11 "A Dialogue with Robert Penn Warren on Brother to Dragons," early typescript with Watkins' corrections
20 12 "A Dialogue with Robert Penn Warren on Brother to Dragons," second draft (incorporating Warren's suggestions)
20 13 "A Dialogue with Robert Penn Warren on Brother to Dragons," typescript
20 14 "The Body of This Death' in Robert Penn Warren's Late Poems," (published in Kenyon Review) corrected typescript and related correspondence
20 15 "Kent Greenfield, Luke Goodwood, " corrected typescript
20 16 "Robert Penn Warren: No Place Like Home, " corrected typescript, reading copy, and related correspondence (delivered at Austin Peay, 1987)
20 17 "Robert Penn Warren: Writer and Historian," lecture, Georgia Southern College (includes correspondence, drafts, and invitation)
20 18 "Recollections of Robert Penn Warren," typescript, 9 p. (photocopy), South Atlanta Modern Language Association, November 1990 (includes photocopy of program cover and of session description)
20 19 A National Poet," The Mississippi Quarterly, 37:2 (Spring 1984; offprint)
Correspondence
21 1 Cheney, Brainard, 1977
21 2 Erskine, Albert, TL (photocopy), 1982
21 3 Hiers, John, 1976, 1978, 1986-1989 (see also Weaks, Mary)
21 4 Itofugi, Hiromi, 1982-1984. Also photocopies of Itofugi/Warren correspondence
21 5 Lytle, Andrew, 1977
21 6 Random House, 1978
21 7 Random House, 1979-1980 [includes letters of permission to publish and/or reprint interviews]
21 8 Random House, 1986
21 9 Srinivason, Seetha (University Press of Mississippi), 1986-1988
21 10 Taylor, Hugh, 1979
21 11 University of Georgia Press, 1988-1990
21 12 University Press of Kentucky, 1976-1980
21 13 University Press of Kentucky, 1981
21 14 University Press of Kentucky, 1982
21 15 Warren, Robert Penn, 1954, 1976-1977
21 16 Warren, Robert Penn, 1978
21 17 Warren, Robert Penn, 1979
21 18 Warren, Robert Penn, 1980-1981
21a 1 Warren, Robert Penn, 1982
21a 2 Warren, Robert Penn, 1983
21a 3 Warren, Robert Penn, 1984
21a 4 Warren, Robert Penn, 1985
21a 5 Warren, Robert Penn, 1986
21a 6 Warren, Robert Penn, 1987-1988
21a 7 Weaks, Mary, 1984-1990
21a 8 Weaks, Mary and John Hiers, 1987-1989
21a 9 Young, T.D., 1976, 1982
22 1 Watkins, Floyd, permission to publish and fees listing, 1990
22 2 Watkins, Floyd, proposed Emory visit by Warren
22 3 Watkins, Floyd, re article on Brother to Dragons, 1979
22 4 Watkins, Floyd, re Then and Now, miscellaneous correspondence, 1978, 1981, 1982
22 5 Warren, Robert Penn, autographs, 1984-1986. Also ALS by Warren to [?] Williams, autographed poems
22 6 Warren, Robert Penn, publications, 1982-1984
22 7 Warren, Robert Penn, research, 1976-1978, 1980-1982, 1987
Correspondence photocopied from other libraries' collections: Identified sources
22 8 Kenyon College: miscellaneous Warren correspondence
22 9 Vanderbilt University: Robert Penn Warren to Allen Tate and Andrew Lytle
22 10 Vanderbilt University: unidentified Warren correspondence
Correspondence photocopied from other libraries' collections: Unidentified sources
22 11 [Brainard Cheney] to Andrew Lytle, Warren, others
22 12 [Brainard Cheney] to Warren, 1951-1970
22 13 Donald Davidson to Andrew Lytle, Arthur Mizener, 1926, 1955
22 14 Andrew Lytle to Don [?], 1930 [photocopy]
22 15 Allen Tate to Andrew Lytle, Warren, and others, 1920's and 1930's [see also Box 28, Item 6 for correspondence between Tate and Warren from papers at Princeton University]
23 1 Robert Penn Warren to [Richard Beatty], 1943
23 2 Robert Penn Warren to [Brainard Cheney]
23 3 Robert Penn Warren to [Brainard Cheney], 1942-1970
23 4 Robert Penn Warren to Donald Davidson, 1923-1962
23 5 Robert Penn Warren to Andrew Lytle, Allen Tate, and others, 1920's, 1940's, and 1950's
23 6 Miscellaneous correspondence
Printed material
24 1 Apple, R. W., "Robert Penn Warren Named Nation's First Poet Laureate," New York Times, 27 February 1986
24 2 DeVries, Hilary, "Robert Penn Warren: Still a Yearner, Still a Wanderer," Christian Science Monitor, 4 March 1982
24 3 Fugitive Reunion Poetry Readings, 1956: invitation and program
24 4 Kentucky Poetry Review, Fall 1978 (includes a quotation from Warren)
24 5 Little, Geraldine C. "Is Celebrity Good for Poets?" AWP Newsletter, October 1984 (response by Warren)
24 6 Longley, John L., Robert Penn Warren, Southern Writers Series, no. 2, Steck-Vaughn Co., 1969
24 7 Oney, Steve, "A Southern Voice," Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 16 September 1979
24 8 O'Sheel, Patrick, "Companion to Owls," Humanities, February 1974
24 9 Robert Penn Warren Oral History Project, University of Kentucky, and related correspondence
24 10 Rosenbloom, Joseph, "Robert Penn Warren at 72," Boston Globe, 17 April 1977
24 11 Southern Review, A Commemoration, 1980 (contribution by Warren)
24 12 Swan, Annalyn, "America's Dean of Letters," Newsweek, 25 August 1980
24 13 Warren, Robert Penn, "American Portrait: Old Style," New Yorker, n.d. (photocopy with notes by FCW)
24 14 Warren, Robert Penn, "Mightier than the Sword," Yale Political, Autumn 1963
24 15 Warren, Robert Penn, "Portrait of a Father," Southern Review, Winter 1987
24 16 Warren, Robert Penn, "Prophecy": broadside
24 17 Yost, Barbara, "Robert Penn Warren: Linking Past and Future," Phoenix Gazette, 17 April 1980 (photocopy)
24 18 Clippings re Robert Penn Warren, 1941, 1985
24 19 Clippings re Robert Penn Warren (from LSU) (photocopies)
24 20 Clippings re Robert Penn Warren at Vanderbilt, 1984 (photocopies)
24 21 Clippings re Robert Penn Warren birthplace and related correspondence
24 22 Clipping: photograph of RPW's Segregation with hat of late M.L. King, Sr.
Subject files
25 1 Austin Peay State University, Robert Penn Warren Conference, 1987
25 2 "Ballad of Mister Dutcher," lynching
25 3 Beinecke Library: notes from visit
25 4 Bourne, Richard: interview notes
25 5 Brooks, Cleanth: interview notes
25 6 Carneal, Sarah: interview notes
25 7 Cerulean
25 8 Cerulean Springs
25 9 Cheney, Brainard: interview notes
25 10 Cheney, Brainard: notes
25 11 Clarksville, Tennessee: Robert Penn Warren Symposium, 1987
25 12 Claypool, J. R.: notes
25 13 "Comment on 'The Return: An Elegy'": typescript with holograph revisions by Warren, 3 p.
25 14 "The Day Dr. Knox Did It": source material
25 15 Dun and Bradstreet Report on Guthrie and Cerulean, Kentucky
25 16 Genealogy, Warren Family
25 17 Genealogy, Warren Family
25 18 Genealogy, Warren Family
25 19 Genealogy, Warren Family
25 20 Greenfield, Kent: notes
25 21 Guthrie, Kentucky
25 22 Guthrie, Kentucky
25 23 Guthrie, Kentucky
25 24 Guthrie, Kentucky: interviews
25 25 Guthrie, Kentucky: interviews
25 26 Guthrie, Kentucky: notes
25 27 Guthrie Grade School: list of students, grades 1 and 2, 1912-1913
25 28 Hooser, Evelyn: notes
25 29 Jay B. Hubbell Award (includes Warren's acceptance statement)
25 30 Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back: FCW's reader report for the University of Kentucky Press
25 31 Kentucky, Warren's use of
26 1 National Endowment for the Humanities
26 2 Newman Interview (photocopy)
26 3 Penn, Gabriel Thomas: death certificate (photocopy)
26 4 Permissions (granting FCW access to papers)
26 5 Porter, Katherine Anne and William Styron: notes
26 6 Puzzles (FCW's research problems)
26 7 Quisenberry Suicide
26 8 Ring, Charlene: interview notes and related correspondence
26 9 Robert Penn Warren Talking, notes
26 10 Robert Penn Warren Talking reviews and promotional material
26 11 Robert Penn Warren Talking, reader's report on proposed new edition
26 12 Robert Penn Warren Talking, royalty statements
26 13 So Clear, of Victory: notes
26 14 Tate, Allen, notes
26 15 Tate, Allen, notes on letters at Yale
26 16 Then and Now: reviews
26 17 Then and Now: source material
26 18 Todd County, Kentucky
26 19 University of Kentucky, description of Warren material
26 20 University of Kentucky, notes on Warren material
26 21 University of Kentucky, notes on Warren material
26 22 Warren Birthplace, Guthrie, Kentucky
26 23 Warren, Robert F.
26 24 Warren, Robert F.: source material
26 25 Warren, Robert Penn: MCA International Bibliography 1967-1985 by Dialog Information Services, Inc.
26 26 Warren, Robert Penn: notes
26 27 Warren, Thomas: notes
26 28 Warren, Thomas: notes
26 29 Watkins, Floyd: outline for book on Warren
26 30 Weakes, Mary Louise
Audiocassette sound recording of Robert Penn Warren question and answer session at Austin Peay State University, 1984
26 31 Transcription of Robert Penn Warren question and answer session at Austin Peay State University, 1984
Audiovisual material-Photograph
27 1 Robert Penn Warren and John Crowe Ransom
Audiovisual material-Sound recordings
27 1 Dick Cavett interviewing Warren
27 2 FCW interviewing Brainard Cheney
27 3 FCW interviewing Brainard Cheney (3 cassette tapes)
27 4 FCW interviewing Richard Bourne
27 5 FCW interviewing Richard Bourne (2 cassette tapes)
28 1 Brother to Dragons and short poems (2 cassette tapes)
28 2 Brother to Dragons and short poems, parts 1, 2, 3, and part of 4
28 3 Brother to Dragons and short poems, short poems (3 cassette tapes)
28 4 Brother to Dragons and short poems, short poems (remainder of 4 and 5)
Audiovisual material-Video recording
AV1 - The Dick Cavett Show: Robert Penn Warren, parts 1 and 2, WNET, 1978 [original: Umatic]
Microfilm
28 6 Robert Penn Warren/Allen Tate correspondence [from Allen Tate papers in the Princeton University Library]
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