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John C. Gardner papers


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John C. Gardner papers, 1965-1971 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Title: John C. Gardner papers, 1965-1971Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-8-F11

Primary Creator: Gardner, John (1933-1982)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Files are organized by topic or subject.

Subjects: Drama, English literature - Study and teaching, Poetry

Forms of Material: Gardner, John, 1933-1982 - Manuscripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of former Southern Illinois University Professor and author John C. Gardner consist of manuscript drafts of The Latest Word from Delphi: a Clown Play, student essays on old English poetry, correspondence on guest lectures, and other published works.

Biographical Note

John Champlin Gardner was born on July 21, 1933 in Batavia, New York. After graduating from Batavia High School in 1951, Gardner began his higher education at DePauw University. There he studied literature and philosophy. His junior year, Gardner transferred to Washington University so he could be closer to his new wife, Joan Louise Patterson. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1954 and quickly enrolled in the University of Iowa's master's program for creative writing. He continued his education in Iowa and received his PhD in English in 1958.

Gardner's first job after graduating was a one-year teaching appointment at Oberlin College in 1958. After that year, he moved to Chico State College in California. While he was at Chico, his two children, Joel and Lucy, were born, and he accomplished his first published story, "A Little Night Music." After leaving Chico, Gardner taught as an assistant professor at San Fransisco State University from 1962-1965.

After San Fransisco, Gardner came to Southern Illinois University where he was an Associate Professor in Anglo-Saxon and Midieval Literature. Gardner worked at Southern Illinois from September 1965 to mid-1976. During this time, he published his first novel, The Resurrection in 1966 and his most famous novel, Grendel in 1971. After resigning from Southern Illinois University in 1976, he taught at Bennington, Skidmore, and Williams Colleges, as well as George Mason University. His work includes 27 novels, children's books, plays, opera libretti, and multiple guides to writing.

In 1976, Gardner and his wife divorced. He remarried a woman named Liz Rosenberg in 1980 and they, too, divorced in 1982. Gardner was scheduled to marry Susan Thornton in late 1982, but died in a motorcycle crash in Pennsylvania just days before the ceremony.

Subject/Index Terms

English literature - Study and teaching

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Unknown.

Related Materials: John Gardner Papers, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, University of Rochester, New York.

Preferred Citation: [Items], John C. Gardner papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Processing Information: Processed by Melanie Bilbrey in August of 2014.

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Folder 1: The Latest Word from DelphiAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: The Latest Word from DelphiAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: The Latest Word from DelphiAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The Latest Word from DelphiAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: The Latest Word from Delphi, Missing pages 14-15Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Case Against the "Bradshaw Shift"; or The Mystery of the Manuscript in the TrunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: The Enchanted EyeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Style and Meaning in ChaucerAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Chapter One of The Construction of Paradise Lost, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Unattributed PoemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: CitationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Department Memos, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Guest Lectures, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Illinois Board of Higher Education Master Plan-Phase II, 1966, DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Papers on Old English, 1965-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Papers on Old English, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Papers on Chaucer, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Letters, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 20: WritingAdd to your cart.

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