Wagner, Geoffrey (1927- )
The Geoffrey Wagner collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, research material, printed material, and other items.
Manuscripts by Wagner in the collection include drafts of his books Parade of Pleasure: A Study of Popular Iconography in the U.S.A. (nonfiction, possibly a fragment, Library Publishers (New York), 1955); The Sands of Valor (novel, Knopf, 1967); On the Wisdom of Words (non-fiction, Van Nostrand, 1968); Elegy for Corsica (travel, Cassell, 1968); Axel (novel, Greenleaf Classics (San Diego, CA), ca. 1968); No Language but a Cry, ghost-written for Richard D'Ambrosio (non-fiction, Littlehampton Book Services Ltd., 1971); The Innocent Grove (novel, World Publishing, 1971); S-M: The Last Taboo, by "Gerald and Caroline Greene", probably a pseudonym for Gerald and Colleen Wagner (Grove Press, 1974); Language and Reality: A Semantics Approach to Writing, written with Sanford R. Radner (non-fiction, Crowell, 1974); The Novel and the Cinema (non-fiction, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1975); The End of Education (non-fiction, A. S. Barnes, 1976); The Wings of Madness: A Novel of Charles Baudelaire (Borgo Press, 1978); Not Me (unpublished); The Guns of Bologna (novel, unpublished); The Debt (unpublished); and O My Colomba (probably unpublished). Also present are short pieces by Wagner titled "Wyndham Lewis," "Violence and Sadism in Movies," "The Decline of Book Reviewing," and "How Words Mean."
Correspondence in the collection includes several letters regarding his book Parade of Pleasure (1953-1956), including a letter from Christopher La Farge; correspondence with various publications, publishers, and editors (1945-1965); and letters from James Laughlin (1948-1958), Norman Mailer, Vladimir Nabokov, Iris Murdoch, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Francis Steegmuller.
Research material in the collection includes tearsheets, brochures, photographs, and checks regarding "ecdysiasts," as well as the Annual Report of the Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand for 1951 to 1954, all used for Parade of Pleasure.
Printed material in the collection primarily consists of newspapers and magazines that include the published versions of Wagner's writings. These date from 1940 to 1979, and include several different periodicals. Notable titles include National Review, Atlantic Monthly, Salisbury Review, Harper's, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Art International, University of Denver Quarterly, Show, Comment, Rochester Review, Isis, Esquire, The New York Times, Commonweal, The Realist, Penthouse, Sight and Sound, The Village Voice, The New York Tribune, Screw, The Realist, and many others, some in French. There are several periodicals devoted to the sport of squash.
Other material in the collection includes a "daybook" of writings that Wagner submitted to various magazines, giving the title, date submitted, date returned, and where sold; a draft of a lesson plan; sales information regarding The Casablanca Consipracy; and other items.
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