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Manuscripts, 1974-1997

Identifier: MSS 026-6

Scope and Contents

This series contains original manuscripts submitted by notable writers to Ploughshares. Some manuscripts have editorial marks or annotations. Some fragile manuscripts have been photocopied for preservation, and the original is kept in a protective sleeve with the photocopy. In "A Memoir of the Early Ploughshares," DeWitt Henry recounts the narrates the early history of the literary magazine. The folder "Reflections" contains a number of essays by former editors, writing about their memories and experiences gained working with the magazine.


  • 1974-1997


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Records in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Ploughshares literary magazine was founded in 1971 by DeWitt Henry and Peter O'Malley in the Plough and Stars, an Irish pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Each issue is guest-edited by a prominent writer, who assembles an issue around a central theme, aesthetic, or personal vision. Previous guest editors include: Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Rosellen Brown, Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff, Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Lorrie Moore, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Richard Ford.


1 box


The series is arranged alphabetically by last name of the author.

Box List

Contents Box Folders

Aaron, Jonathon: [Conversation with Octavio Paz and Joseph Brodsky] 11

Atwood, Margaret: "Monet's Olympia" 11

Banks, Russell: "Introduction" 11

Banks, Russell: "Quality Time" 11

Beattie, Ann: "Introduction" 11

Beattie, Ann: "Hurricane Carleyville" 11

Carter, Laton: "The Death of Jazz" 11

Carver, Raymond: "A Small, Good Thing" 11

Doty, Mark: "Mercy on Broadway" 11

Doty, Mark: "Private Life" 11

Dubus, Andre: "At St. Croix" 11

Hacker, Marilyn: "Again, the River" 11

Hacker, Marilyn: "An Invitation to My Demented Uncle" 11

Heaney, Seamus: "A Kite for Michael and Christopher" and "Near Anahorish" 11

Henry, DeWitt: "A Memoir of the Early Ploughshares" 11

Henry, DeWitt: "Promises to Keep: a memoir" 11

Irving, John: "Vigilance" 11

Kumin, Maxine: "The Contagion" 11

Lux, Thomas: "For Bill Knott: in Celebration and Anticipation of his Selected/Collected Poems" 11

Miller, Sue: "The Birds and the Bees" 11

Miller, Sue: "Expensive Gifts" 11

O'Brien, Tim: "Going After Cacciato" 11

Oates, Joyce Carol: "Easy Lay" 11

Oates, Joyce Carol: "The Playwright and the Blond Actress" 11

Randall, James: "An Interview with Bill Knot" 11

Randall, James: "An Interview with Seamus Heaney" 11

Reflections – Hall 11

Stern, Gerald: "Against the Crusades" and "An Explanation" 11

Wakefield, Dan: "Lions" 11

Yates, Richard: "A Compassionate Leave" 11

Yates, Richard: "Evening on the Cote d'Azur" 11

Yates, Richard: "Thieves" 11

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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