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William Peden Short Story Collection


The private library of William Harwood Peden (1913-1999) was given to the MU Libraries after his retirement. Dr. Peden was a professor of English at MU from 1946 to 1979. Besides being on the editorial committee of Studies in Short Fiction, he was the editor of Story magazine as well as the author of numerous short stories, essays, and books. Dr. Peden was well known as an early advocate and literary critic of the short story as a genre of literature.

Dr. Peden established the University of Missouri Press and was co-founder of Missouri Review. The Peden Prize for Short Fiction is given annually by Missouri Review in honor of him.

The personal stories of Dr. Peden in this supplement to the William Peden Short Story Collection were donated by the Pedens to Special Collections in 2003.

Scope and Contents

The material listed in this guide supplements the William Peden Short Story Collection. It contains stories and other material written by William Peden in various journals. Several journals also include material written by Margaret Sayers Peden, his wife. Some journals also have correspondence between Dr. Peden and the journals' editors laid in.

Box 1

FF 1. "L'Ouvre de d'Hubert Crackanthorpe." Bulletin. Association Francis Jammes, No. 14, December 1990, pp. 15-24.

FF 2. "Main Currents in American Thought." The Chariton Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1980, pp. 65-68.

FF 3. "Date Palms and Coliseums." Contempora, Vol. 1, No. 2, May/June 1970, pp. 37-40. Tear sheet and photocopy of article laid in

FF 4. "Notes from Trieste: the Third International James Joyce Symposium." Contempora, Vol. 2, No. 1, September/February 1972, pp. 36-38. Article loose in journal.

FF 5. "Absent Thee from Felicity." Contempora, Vol. 2, No. 5, Summer 1973 pp.6-9.

FF 6. "Requiem." The Denver Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3, Autumn 1967, pp. 53-70.

FF 7. "Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?" Genesis West, Vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 1963, pp. 201-210.

FF 8. "With a Fife, Boys, and With a Drum." Graffiti, No. 3, Fall 1974, pp.31-37. Correspondence between Peden and editor laid in.

FF 9. "Coming Together in Alexandria." The Greensboro Review, No. 30, Summer 1981, pp. 37-39.

FF 10. "Fire in the Snow." The Greensboro Review, No. 34, Summer 1983, pp.52-55. Correspondence between Peden and editor laid in.

FF 11. "Horses and Riders." Journal of Operational Psychiatry: The Art of Medicine, Vol. 1, No. 4, Fall 1970, pp.98-100.

FF 12. "Edwin L. Peterson, "The Way is the Book." Literary Cavalcade, January 1961, pp. 27-28. Includes the section Books Every College-bound Student Should Read, which has a list of the top 17 fiction books chosen by Peden. Tear sheet only.

FF 13. "The Polar Bear in the Ozarks." The Madison Review: a Magazine of Poetry and Fiction, Vol. 3, No. 1, February 1980, pp. 27-28.

FF 14. "Thomas Jefferson and Charles Brockden Brown." Maryland Quarterly, No. 2, pp.65-68. Laid in is a prospectus for the Briarcliff Quarterly, the continuing title of the Maryland Quarterly. The prospectus contains a blurb praising the Jefferson and Brockden Brown article.

FF 15. Midlands, Vol. XX, No. 1, Spring 1979. This issue has a dedication to Peden, but none of the articles are written by him.

FF 16. "Overview" [Interview with William Peden]. Midlands, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, Spring 1985, pp. 56-58. Presentation letter from the editor laid in.

FF 17. "The Jefferson Monument at the University of Missouri." Missouri Historical Review, Vol. LXXII, No. 1, October 1977, pp. 67-77.

FF 18. "An Interview with William Peden." Missouri Library Association Quarterly, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, June 1968, pp.123-128.

FF 19. "Jefferson, Freneau, and the Poems." The New Colophon: A Book Collector's Quarterly, Vol. 1, Part 4, October 1948, pp. 394-400. Two tear sheets of the article are also laid in.

FF 20. "Lavinia." New Letters, Vol. 54, No. 4, Summer 1988, pp. 31-33. A draft of the story is laid in.

FF 21. "From the Workbooks of an Obscure Fiction Writer, Recently Among the Missing." New Virginia Review, Vol. 7, first printing, November 1989, pp. 280-286. Invitation to a celebration of the publication of volume 7 is laid in.

FF 22. "Endangered Species." New Mexico Humanities Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 1979, p. 60.

FF 23. "Night in Funland." New Mexico Quarterly, Vol. XXIX, No. 4, Winter 1959-60, pp. 395-402.

FF 24. "The Boy on the Bed." New Mexico Quarterly, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, Spring 1963, pp. ??-32. Lacking pages 1 to 25.

FF 25. "The Pilgrims." New Mexico Quarterly, Vol. XXXVI, No.1, Spring 1966, pp. 5-25.

FF 26. "Queenie's Pups." New Orleans Review, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 1982, pp. 34-39.

FF 27. "Across the Hall." New Orleans Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1987, pp. 99.

FF 28. "An Interview with William Peden" [Interview by Constance Glickman]. New Writers, Vol. III, No. 2, March 1976, pp. 215-222.

FF 29. "The Short Story Refuses to Die." Nimrod, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring/Summer 1974, pp. 2-3.

"There is a Tomb and a Dungeon." Nimrod, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring/Summer 1974, pp. 49-56. Lacking pages for this article.

FF 30. "Cyclops." Open Places, No. 38/39, Spring 1985, pp. 141-142.

Box 2

FF 1. "A Stir of Echoes of Terrible and Wonderful Years" [Review of A Return to Pagany: The History, Correspondence, and Selections from a Little Magazine 1929-1932. Edited by Stephen Halpert with Richard Jones. Boston: Beacon Press, 1969]. Pembroke Magazine, No. 3, pp. 88-90. Journal is presentation copy from Norman MacLeod, editor.

FF 2. "Literary Intelligence" [Review of Briarcliff Quarterly I-III. New York: Kraus Reprint Co., 1972]. Pembroke Magazine, No. 4, pp. 99-100.

FF 3. "The Treasure of Being Geniuses Together" [Review of Robert McAlmon's Being Geniuses Together, 1920-1930. Revised and with supplementary chapters by Kay Boyle. London: Michael Joseph, 1970]. Pembroke Magazine, No. 7, pp. 332-336.

FF 4. "Caldwell Country Revisited: Some Rambling Comments." Pembroke Magazine, No. 11, pp. 99-102. Laid in is a review of this issue of Pembroke Magazine mentioning Peden's article which is entitled "Little Magazines are Refuge for Writing" published in the Durham Morning Herald, Vol. LXXXV, No. 211, p.3D.

FF 5. "The Short Fiction of George Garrett." Ploughshares, Vol.4, No.3, pp.83-90.

FF 6. "The Banana Tree." PS: Poems and Stories, No.1, pp.32-44. Laid in is "In and Out of Books" from the New York Times Book Review, April 3, 1960, p. 8 containing a mention of Peden's May 17 1959 review of Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth after the book won a 1959 National Book Award. (2 copies)

FF 7. "Two Fables." Roanoke Review, Vol. I, No. 1, Fall 1967, pp. 11-18. Laid in is "New & Noteworthy" from the New York Times Book Review, January 15, 1984, p. 34 containing a mention of Peden's 1954 review of The Wars of Love by Mark Schorer.

FF 8. "The Recent American Short Story." The Sewanee Review, Vol. LXXXII, No. 4, pp. 712-729. Laid in is correspondence from the editor and a request by Gale Publishers to reprint this in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 6.

FF 9. "Swift Had Marbles in His Head": Some Rambling Comments about George Garrett's More Recent Work." [Review of George Garrett's The Succession: A Novel of Elizabeth and James. New York: Doubleday, 1983 and his James Jones. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1984]. The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. XVII, No. 1, pp.101-106. Correspondence from the editor laid in.

FF 10. "Stories of the Quarter." [Review of Fiction of the Fifties: a Decade of American Writing. Selected and with and introduction by Herbert Gold. New York: Doubleday; The Chosen. Edited by Harold U. Riblaow. New York: Abelard-Schuman; and Best Short Stories from the Paris Review. Introduction by William Styron. New York: Dutton]. Story, Vol. XXXIII, No. 130, Spring 1960, pp.113-116.

FF 11. "The American Short Story Since 1940." Story, Vol. XXXVI, No. 5, pp.117-125.

FF 12. "The American Short Story During the Twenties." Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. X, No. 4, Fall 1973, pp.367-371.

FF 13. Peden, Margaret. "Barbara Howes: The Eye of the Heart." Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. XI, No. 2, Spring 1974, pp. 225-226. Laid in is a tear sheet of "'A Fellside Tragedy': an Uncollected Crackanthorpe Story" [William Peden's response to a review of his "Collected Stories of Hubert Crackanthorpe." Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. VII, 1969]. Studies in Short Fiction, 197?, pp. 401-402 and an offprint of his "Joyce Among the Latins" pp. 287-296 from an unknown publication.

FF 14. "The Black Explosion." Studies in Short Fiction. Vol. XII, No. 3, Summer 1975, pp.231-241.

FF 15. "The Short Stories of William Sansom: A Retrospective Commentary." Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 25, No. 4, Fall 1988. Sansom bibliographical references written by Peden laid in.

FF 16. "Sub-Zero." The Texas Review, Vol. VI, No.1&2, Spring/Summer 1985, pp.17-18.

"Ellen's Gift." The Texas Review, Vol. VI, No.1&2, Spring/Summer 1985, pp.19-20.

FF 17. "The Jefferson Monument at the University of Missouri." The University of Missouri Bulletin, Vol.59, No.29, pp.3-10.

FF 18. "The Cross Country Dog." The University Review: A Publication of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Vol.XXX, No.1, October 1963, pp.26-34.

FF 19. "Jefferson's Grand Legacy" [Reprint of Peden's University of Missouri's commencement address given May 8, 1976]. Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine, Vol.63, No.11, July 1976, pp.16-17. Laid in is correspondence between Peden and the editor, other correspondence concerning the speech, and a copy of the speech as released to the press.

FF 20. "Hurricane." The Virginia Quarterly Review: A National Journal of Literature and Discussion, Vol.47, No.1, Winter 1971, pp.79-94.

FF 21. "Thomas Jefferson: The Man as Reflected in his Account Books." The Virginia Quarterly Review: A National Journal of Literature and Discussion, Vol.64, No.4, Autumn 1988, pp.686-694. Letter from the editor to Peden laid in.

FF 22. "Recent Fiction." Western Humanities Review, Vol. XXXIX, No.3, Autumn 1985, pp.267-274. Letter from the editor to Peden laid in.

FF 23. "Some Notes Concerning Thomas Jefferson's Libraries." The William and Mary Quarterly: A Magazine of Early American History, Institutions, and Culture, Third Series, Vol.1, No.3, July 1944, pp.265-272.

FF 24. "A Book Peddler Invade Monicello." The William and Mary Quarterly: A Magazine of Early American History, Third Series, Vol.VI, No.4, October 1949, pp.631-636.

FF 25. "Are Writers Made or Born?" Writer's Digest, Vol.42, No.3, March 1962, pp.42-43, 80. Laid in is a photocopy of Peden's "Some Notes on Quiroga's Stories" from an unidentified source.

FF 26. "The Blue Slipper." Writer's Forum, Vol.11, Fall 1985, pp.85-88.