PCL MS 112 Marcia Muller Collection
|Title||PCL MS 112 Marcia Muller Collection|
Mystery writer Marcia Muller has the distinction of being the creator of Sharon McCone, the first acclaimed contemporary female private detective to appear in a series of American crime fiction books. Since her first book, Edwin of the Iron Shoes, premiered in 1977, Marcia Muller has written over thirty novels, numerous short stories and edited (mostly with her husband author Bill Pronzini) over a dozen anthologies of mystery stories.
The collection of 27.5 cubic feet of documents dating from 1977 to the present consists of manuscripts of her novels, short stories and other writings and correspondence with her agent, publishers, other writers and her fans. Miscellaneous files and copies of interviews she has given are also included.
Marcia Muller transferred her collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in February 1991. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works, whether authored by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini or by other writers whose works may be found in this collection. This finding aid was prepared by Eric Honneffer in December 2004.
Marcia Muller was born in Detroit, Michigan, September 28, 1944. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1966 and her Master of Arts degree in Journalism in 1971 from the University of Michigan. Between 1967 and 1969 she worked as a merchandising supervisor for Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park, California. In the early 1970's she was an interviewer in San Francisco for the University of Michigan Institute of Social Research. She was a partner at Invisible Ink in San Francisco from 1979 until 1983. Since then she has been a full-time writer. In 1991 she received the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus award. In 1993 she was given the Private Eye Writers of American Life Achievement award. The Anthony Boucher award was given to her in 1994. Since 1992 she has been married to author Bill Pronzini with whom she has collaborated on numerous writing projects.
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The Marcia Muller Collection comprised of 27.5 cubic feet of manuscripts, correspondence and miscellaneous documents dates from 1977 with her first novel and continues to the present. The 19.5 cubic feet of manuscripts for her novels, short stories and other writings form the largest segment of the collection. Thanks to the completeness of the manuscripts and accompanying files, one can trace the evolution of most of her works from proposal to publication and see how characters, plot and other elements of her stories were conceived and developed. Often she will include in the files the source of inspiration for perhaps a title or a character. In fact, the news clipping that spawned the title Leave a Message for Willie is included in the collection.
The correspondence comprises 6.5 cubic feet of the collection. Due to its completeness and detail, the correspondence offers even more specific insight into how Marcia Muller has become a successful writer. Correspondence with her agent and publishers chronicles the business particulars of her projects. The general correspondence records Marcia Muller's interactions with editors, authors, fledgling writers, fans, booksellers and friends. In the correspondence one experiences the full breadth of what Muller does as an author, how she does her work, writes her books, promotes them, keeps publishing and connects with her fans and the booksellers. The interviews included in the collection are especially valuable for understanding most aspects of Muller's writing and personality. These interviews and a set of articles about the female detective phenomenon, reinforce the idea that Muller brings an original female viewpoint to her stories that has placed her among the ranks of the most highly admired and regarded women writers of mystery and crime fiction.
Box Numbering System
Boxes in the Muller Collection are numbered to allow for inclusion of additional material in the future. The following abbreviations are used: