PCL MS 007 Joanna Russ Papers
|Title||PCL MS 007 Joanna Russ Papers|
|Creator||Russ, Joanna, 1937-2011|
The Joanna Russ Papers consist of approximately 1.85 cubic feet of manuscript materials. In 1969, Russ began transferring her manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, with additions in 1976 and 1998. 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 Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works, whether authored by Joanna Russ or by other writers whose works may be found in this collection. Any questions about the collection may be directed to the BPCL reference email.
Joanna Ruth Russ was born on February 22, 1937, in New York, New York. Russ was an author of science fiction and feminist literary criticism, writing for science fiction and literary magazines, fanzines, and academic publications. She received a B.A. with Distinction and High Honors in English from Cornell University in 1957 and a M.F.A. in Playwriting and Dramatic Literature from Yale University in 1960.
Russ was a member of the Modern Language Association of America and the Science Fiction Writers of America. She was awarded the Nebula Award, Science Fiction Writers of America, 1972, for the short story, "When it Changed". She was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1974-1975, a winner of the Hugo Award, World Science Fiction Convention, 1983, and the Nebula Award, 1983, both for novella "Souls".
|Scope and Content|
The Joanna Russ Collection houses manuscripts of books, poetry, articles, and book reviews; class papers written in Russ' last year at Yale University; speeches; and a manuscript diary. The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title.
The Joanna Russ Collection is primarily focused on the early years of Russ' career, beginning with her childhood in the Bronx. A prolific writer from the start, the earliest story in the collection is dated 1942 (marked "dictated"), when she would have been around 5 years old. The bulk of the writing comes from Russ' high school and college years, where she wrote poems, short stories, and plays- both for classes and for pleasure. Russ was published in Epoch magazine while in high school, but her first paid story was "Nor Custom Stale", sold to Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1959. Both stories, along with her numerous poems and stories published in The Cornell Writer can be found in the collection.
In 1953, Joanna Russ was a recipient of a Westinghouse Science Talent Search award. Photographs, program, newspaper and magazine articles about this award are included in the awards series.
Russ is a keystone figure in New Wave Science Fiction as well as feminist literary criticism. This collection offers scholars of her work a significant insight into her development as a writer and thinker.
The book, Extra Ordinary People, has been transferred from this collection to the Popular Culture Library main stack area. The call number for this book may be found by clicking on the title above.