PCL MS 196 Richard Erlich Collection
“PCL MS 196 Richard Erlich Collection.” Finding Aids. BGSU University Libraries, 14 June 2018, lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2615. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.
|Title||PCL MS 196 Richard Erlich Collection|
|Introduction||The Richard Erlich Collection consists of approximately 4 linear feet of manuscript materials, including correspondence, business files, and academic manuscripts. The materials primarily relate to Erlich's book Coyote's Song: The Teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, but also contain materials relating to his unpublished book The Starmont Reader's Guide to Ursula K. LeGuin as well as Clockworks: A Multimedia Bibliography [i.e., List] of Works Useful for the Study of the Human/Machine Interface in SF, written with Thomas P. Dunn, his frequent collaborator.|
The collection was donated in 2006 by Dr. Erlich to the Browne Popular Culture Library. At the request of Dr. Erlich, files containing correspondence between himself and Ursula K. Le Guin are currently restricted, however there are no other restrictions placed on the materials for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission from the author when reproducing any unpublished or published works included in the collection.
The collection was processed and the finding aid prepared by Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in October, 2016.
|Biographical Sketch||Dr. Erlich received his Ph.D in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971, and taught English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from 1971-2006. He has written extensively on science fiction and fantasy, and is best known as a scholar of Ursula K. Le Guin. His book Coyote's Song: The Teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin (1997) features a close reading of nearly every Ursula K. Le Guin story to that point, at a length of more than 650 pages. |
In collaboration with Thomas Dunn, Dr. Erlich edited the Clockworks series of essays on robots and machines in science fiction, which continues on as a wiki titled Clockworks 2. Their work on this project is archived at the Browne Popular Culture Library as The Thomas Dunn and Richardt Erlich Collection (MS-039).
|Scope and Content||The Richard Erlich Collection contains approximately 4 linear feet of manuscript material. The bulk of the collection consists of drafts and manuscripts that eventually composed the book Coyote's Song: The Teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin (1997). There is also a collection of conference papers on the work of Ursula K. Le Guin written by Dr. Erlich as well as by others. A collection of research materials including photocopies of Le Guin's essays and short stories, as well as theoretical works written by others is included as well. Business files relating to Coyote's Song and several other works by Dr. Erlich are included, including correspondence with publishers and colleagues, as well as files relating to the process of academic research and writing.|
Two files containing correspondence between Dr. Erlich and Ursula K. Le Guin have been restricted at the request of Dr. Erlich. Please contact the archivist for more information.
Dr. Erlich's analysis of the work of Ursula K. Le Guin is an essential addition to the scholarship on this renowned author. This collection sheds light on the process of Dr. Erlich and acaedmic writing in general, and the participation of Le Guin in the project will be of great interest to other scholars of her work.
|Series Description||Business Files|
Contains publisher correspondence and roylaties information, as well as some materials relating to academic writing and research.
Papers written about the work of Ursula K. Le Guin, by Dr. Erlich as well as other scholars.
Primarily photocopies of printed articles, some by or about Ursula K. Le Guin.
Arranged by participant, and then chronogically
Contains correspondence with scholars of Ursula K. Le Guin as well as with Le Guin herself.
Arranged by type (chapters and then manuscripts) and then roughly chronologically
Contains chapter drafts, partial and complete draft manuscripts, some with comments written by Ursula K. Le Guin.