McCarthy-Ryan Correspondence

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  • 08 Oct 2015 at 11:09 am #7677

    wesmorgan
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    In June 2014, I alerted the Head of Special Collections at the University of Tennessee Library to the upcoming auction of a collection of correspondence between John Fergus Ryan and Cormac McCarthy. The letters came from the estate of Ignacio D. “Nash” Flores III, and consisted of twenty-six carbon copies or photocopies of letters from Ryan to McCarthy and seventeen original letters from McCarthy to Ryan. Fortunately Special Collections was able to acquire this remarkable archive of correspondence the following October, and it has since been made available to researchers. The exchange of letters between the two Tennessee writers began in April 1976 and continued on a somewhat regular basis through November 1985.

    The archive is cataloged as MS.3762 Cormac McCarthy Correspondence 1975-1986. All the letters are in Box 1 and are divided into two Series. Series I contains Folders 1-26 and contains the letters from John Fergus Ryan to Cormac McCarthy, one letter to a folder. Series II contains Folders 27-43 and contains letters from Cormac McCarthy to John Fergus Ryan, one letter per folder. The Ryan letters are carbon copies or photocopies of typed and dated letters. The McCarthy letters are originals, eleven of which are hand-written and none of which are dated. They are arranged in chronological order using clues from the Ryan letters.

    The big news now is that a finding aid to the archive is now available online at:

    http://dlc.lib.utk.edu/spc/view?docId=ead/0012_003754_000000_0000/0012_003754_000000_0000.xml;query=Cormac%20McCarthy;brand=default

    Now you have another good reason to visit Knoxville.


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    08 Oct 2015 at 6:14 pm #7678

    Ken
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    Wes: I don’t need yet another good reason to visit Knoxville. I’ve been putting it off. One of these days…

    Yet, I could get a genuine East Tennessee experience here in NYC just by listening to WDVX via the internet. I have you to thank for introducing me to WDVX years ago. The station has gotten even better over time. There has been the “Blue Plate Special” but now there is also “Tennessee Shines” every Wednesday, one hour live from Boyd’s Jig & Reel in Old Knoxville. And musical artists also drop by the studio to perform a couple (especially during fund-raising time, such as this week). And where else do I get the “3 Rivers Angler” fishing report for the weekend but from “Rise’N’Shine with Freddy Smith”? And those cacophonous chickens of his…CHICKEN HAWK! Just some of the things that make me go Hmm….

    A few years ago, there was the self-portrait of McCarthy that went on auction which I’m sure the Archives people knew about. I’ve been wondering if it was bought for the Archives. Just my opinion: that’s a significant artifact for McCarthy studies.

    I see that the Metro Pulse website has recently been vaporized.

    Are you chiming in from Memphis? What’s going on there? Reports, anyone?


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    08 Oct 2015 at 7:52 pm #7679

    Candy Minx
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    Hello Ken and Wes….yes another wonderful reason to visit Knoxville!

    Ken….I posted some pics on my blog. And will add more during the weekend. Scroll down the page.

    I’ve posted from my phone and later at the hotel…I’ll try to add more text with names….now here come David Harris aboit blood blood blood!


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    08 Oct 2015 at 7:56 pm #7680

    wesmorgan
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    Ken: In reverse order. Sorry, I am not in Memphis. We will have to rely on someone else to post the happenings there and review the BBQ.

    The vaporization of the Metro Pulse website and archives is indeed a sad loss. Jack Neely wrote of the tragic event in the new Knoxville Mercury a couple of weeks ago.

    http://www.knoxmercury.com/2015/09/23/metro-pulses-online-archives-vanish-overnight/

    WDVX is indeed a treasure. Another local treasure is the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS). There was a recent article in the Knoxville Mercury that you may find of interest.

    http://www.knoxmercury.com/2015/07/08/newly-unearthed-tapes-document-the-first-great-bluegrass-festival/


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    08 Oct 2015 at 8:01 pm #7681

    Candy Minx
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    So sad to lose Metro Pulse!

    Photos here:

    http://gnosticminx.blogspot.com


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    08 Oct 2015 at 8:39 pm #7682

    Ken
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    Candy: Thanks! I see your photos of Memphis and immediately gravitate to the gravesites of dead bluesmen. What a cathartic experience that would be for me! I don’t read travel guidebooks for the reading experience, and perhaps the only exception is Steve Cheseborough’s Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues.

    Keep the photos and reports coming. Are the presentations being videotaped? (Maybe we should move discussions about the conference to a different thread!)

    Wes: Yes, I read that article. At press time the archives vanished, but now the entire website also has vanished EXCEPT inexplicably for the “events” section, but why would anyone visit such a threadbare page?

    Thanks for the TAMIS recommendation.

    All: I read here about a McCarthy event in Gadsden, AL in honor of The Orchard Keeper‘s 50th.


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    09 Oct 2015 at 9:05 am #7684

    Ken
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    Candy: I see the new photos you posted of the conference.

    And, the BNB you are staying in looks haunted, in a cool sort of way.

    Wes: No need to thank me for hijacking this thread.


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    29 Oct 2015 at 10:05 am #7834

    wesmorgan
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    Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, just published an announcement of the acquisition of the McCarthy-Ryan correspondence in the current issue of The Library Development Review.

    A Literary Correspondence: Letters Between Cormac McCarthy and John Fergus Ryan .

    The article can be seen on page 6 of the pdf (actual page 4).


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