McPherson, James Lowell (1921-2008)
NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.
The James Lowell McPherson collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and photographs.
Manuscripts include novels, a speech, a review, and various file folders with notes. Novels include Goodbye Rosie; A Knot of Roots; Tavistok; Crabtree; How Does It Feel; Once a House; and Zoetrope. Also included is a book review by McPherson for Dissent of The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron; and a speech by McPherson titled "My First 100 Years as a Novelist." Other writings include notes and poems, including several poems written in letters.
Correspondence includes several professional letters; letters written by McPherson while he was serving in the US Army (1943-1945); rejection letters for his novels; letters regarding Northeastern University; letters regarding Goodbye Rosie; and many letters between James L. McPherson and Jim McPherson.
Printed material includes reviews, advertisements, and newspaper articles regarding McPherson's book Goodbye Rosie; a clipping of a poem titled "West Virginia" by McPherson, published in West Virginia History (1944); a copy of "The Bloom" from the West Virginia High School Literary and Athletic League Verse and Short Story contests; and a memorial booklet celebrating the life of McPherson dated 2008.
Photographs include a US Army photo from World War II, a photo of McPherson with a "With Right to Strike" sign, and several candid shots of McPherson.