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Collection Details


Collection Name: Charles Johnson Papers
Repository Name: University of Delaware. Library. Special Collections Department [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Newark, Delaware, United States
Local Identifier: Mss 143
URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/johnsn_c.htm
Description: The Charles Johnson Papers consist of letters and manuscripts sent to Johnson's former professor, John Gardner, in the late 1970s. The letters, some decorated with sketches and caricatures, detail Johnson's nascent ideas for several unwritten novels and stories. Other letters share personal anecdotes and describe Johnson's university classes, experiences with publishers, and employment opportunities. The letters also contain dense philosophical meditations on literature, the nature of the artist and writer, and on Black experience. With many of his letters, Johnson included manuscripts of articles and novels for Gardner to peruse and critique. The collection thus provides an intimate and revealing glance into Johnson's publications, his methodology, and beliefs.
Broad Subjects: Intellectual life; Ethnic groups; Literature
ASP Subjects: African American authors; African Americans--Intellectual life; African Americans--Social conditions; Letters; Literature; United States; Writing
Collection Code: OHC0005103