Edwin O'Connor Papers, 1937-1969 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database
Collection Identifier: MS Am 1600
Extent: 441.0 Items
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Scope and Contents: This collection dates from 1935 to 1969 and documents the life and career of American novelist Edwin O’Connor. It contains material from his years as a student at the University of Notre Dame, his service in the US Coast Guard, and his professional career as both a radio announcer and writer. Drafts and copies of all of O’Connor’s published novels and plays, such as The Last Hurrah and Edge of Sadness, are included as are published reviews. Also present are copies of several of his short stories, articles, and radio scripts, drafts for unpublished material, photographs, and some autobiographical content, including a short journal. Among the material documenting O’Connor’s years at Notre Dame are notes and papers prepared for classes. The collection also contains a large amount of professional and personal correspondence discussing and commenting on O’Connor’s published works, his winning the Pulitzer Prize, and the film production of The Last Hurrah. Letters of condolence received by Veniette O’Connor upon the death of her husband Edwin O’Connor, and correspondence relating to the posthumous editing and publishing of The Best and Last of Edwin O’Connor, are also included.