Robert Stone papers

Collection Data

Description
Robert Stone was an award-winning American novelist and screen writer. His works include A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, and Outerbridge Reach. The Robert Stone papers date from 1950 to 2013, and consist of notes, typescript drafts (on paper and computer disk), galleys, and proof pages for all of Stone's novels; shorter pieces and excerpts from the novels in draft, galley, and published form; reviews and publicity material; and general correspondence. Typescript drafts of Stone's novels comprise the bulk of the papers and reflect his method of composition. Later drafts, galleys, and proofs document the books' progress up to the point of publication. Most of the correspondence are letters received by Stone and document his career as a novelist.
Names
Stone, Robert, 1937-2015 (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1950 - 2012
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 2894
Topics
Authors
Journalists
Screenwriters
Authors, American
Drug abuse -- Fiction
Drug traffic -- Fiction
Journalists -- Fiction
Nineteen sixties
Short stories, American
Vietnam -- Fiction
New Orleans (La.)
Saigon (Vietnam)
Stanford (Calif.)
Genres
Correspondence
Typescripts
Manuscripts
Proofs
Notes
Biographical/historical: Over his career, Robert Stone received most of the accolades and awards possible for a contemporary novelist, he was called the best writer of the post-Vietnam era, and his novels have enjoyed commercial success as well as critical acclaim. Often compared to Conrad's for their darkness, to Vonnegut's for their cynicism, Stone's books focus on the sordid aspects of modern life: drugs, alcoholism, sexual perversion, violence, moral, and political corruption. They suggest no potential (satisfactory) resolution of the conflicts confronted by his characters, nor do they offer much hope of anyone's overcoming the basic human dilemmas faced by these characters. While he had some roots in the counter-culture, Stone did not see himself as a leftist, radical, or progressive. He believed his work was an attempt to foster "the awareness of ironies and continuities, showing people that being decent is really hard and that we carry within ourselves our own worst enemy." Stone's major works include A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, and Outerbridge Reach. He also wrote numerous articles, reviews, and short stories for such publications as The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone, and Playboy.
Content: The Robert Stone papers date from 1950 to 2012, and consist of notes, typescript drafts, galleys, and proof pages for all of Stone's novels. Also present are shorter pieces and excerpts from the novels in draft, galley, and published form; reviews and publicity material; and general correspondence. Typescript drafts of Stone's novels comprise the bulk of the papers and reflect his method of composition. Later drafts, galleys, and proofs document the books' progress up to the point of publication. Most of the correspondence are letters received by Stone and document his career as a novelist.
Physical Description
Extent: 23.39 linear feet (57 boxes); 10.77 mb (455 computer files)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15026117
MSS Unit ID: 2894
Archives collections id: archives_collections_2894
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 73f36ad0-d806-0137-6c02-1d18927dd867
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