|Rare Book & Manuscript Library|
At a Glance
Scope and Content
Correspondence, manuscripts, business files, contracts, galleys, page proofs, manuscript pages, assignments, class lists, letters of hiring, topics, handouts, syllabi, notes from students.
Material related to the translations (Proust, Flaubert, and others), including galleys, drafts, handwritten pages, notes and revisions;-material related to the collections of stories, including galleys, page proofs, manuscript pages, notes; business correspondence from various years; business files including contracts; personal correspondence; letters to LD from Paul Auster; memorabilia; teaching materials (assignments, class lists, letters of hiring, topics, handouts, syllabi, notes from students, etc.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Conditions Governing Access
Material is unprocessed, and unavailable until processing is complete (projected for summer 2020).
Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lydia Davis Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
2018-11-18 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Lydia Davis is a short story writer, novelist, and translator. She is the author of six collections of short stories, including Can't and Won't (2014) and The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), and one novel, The End of the Story (1995). Her collection Varieties of Disturbance (2007) was nominated for the National Book Award. Davis is best known for her very short, micro or "flash" fiction; many of her stories are a single sentence or paragraph long. She has translated novels and works of philosophy from French, including Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (2010) and Marcel Proust's Swann's Way (2003). Her honors and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, as well as the Man Booker International Prize. She is professor of English and writer-in-residence at SUNY, Albany.