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Collection Overview

Title: Beverly Lowry Papers, 1976-1982

ID: 03/1982-003

Primary Creator: Lowry, Beverly

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Authors, American - 20th century, Authors - 20th century, Lowry, Beverly, University of Houston - Faculty

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Galley proofs, Manuscripts (document genre), Page proofs, Photographs, Speeches (documents), Typescripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of material in this collection consists of typescript drafts of three of Beverly Lowry's novels: Come Back, Lolly Ray; Emma Blue; and Daddy's Girl. The drafts include both original and photocopied typescript, with corrections in the author's hand. Some of the drafts are copyedited.

The collection includes preparatory materials for the three novels such as lists of possible titles, outlines and character notes, drawings, and photographs. A small amount of correspondence received by Beverly Lowry from her agent and her editor is included. The papers also include galley proofs and page proofs for the three novels.

The Beverly Lowry Collection is arranged in two series - Writings and Other Materials - and is housed in five boxes and one oversize box.

Biographical Note

Beverly Fey Lowry was born in 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. In 1960 she received her B.A. for drama/speech and English literature from Memphis State University. She married Glenn Lowry in 1960 (they are no longer married) and they had two sons.

Lowry’s writing career began after she and her husband moved to Houston in 1965. She became an associate professor of fiction writing at the University of Houston in 1976, and in 1977 published her first novel, Come Back, Lolly Ray. That novel and the one that followed it, Emma Blue (1978) were set in the small Southern town of Eunola. In 1981 she published Daddy’s Girl, a novel about a Houston honky-tonk singer/songwriter, and her relationship with a flamboyant father.

In 1981, Lowry and her family moved to San Marcos, Texas. During the next six years, both of Lowry’s parents died, and her 18-year-old son Peter was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Lowry did not publish any books during this time.

In 1987, Lowry published the novel The Perfect Sonya, about a New York actress originally from Baytown, Texas, who supplements her income by swimming in a fish tank at a bar. The following year she published Breaking Gentle, which was set on a quarter-horse ranch in the Texas hill country. In 1992 she published the non-fiction book Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir, which fused the story of Death Row inmate Karla Faye Tucker, convicted for her part in a notorious Houston double murder, with Lowry’s account of the death of her son. After moving to Los Angeles in 1992, she published The Track of Real Desires (1994), a novel that returns to the Eunola setting of her earlier books. More recent works have included the biography Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C.J. Walker (2003) and the novel Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life (2007).

Lowry has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award. Lowry is currently the director of the Creative Nonfiction Program at George Mason University. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors, American - 20th century
Authors - 20th century
Lowry, Beverly
University of Houston - Faculty

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Acquisition Method: These items were purchased from Beverly Lowry in 1982 with funds from the Houston Assembly of Delphian Chapters and Delphian Scholarship Foundation Fund.

Preferred Citation: Beverly Lowry Papers. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised, October 2011, June 2017.

Other Note: Uploaded to TARO, 2006.

Other URL: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/uhsc/00051/hsc-00051.html

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Writings],
[Series 2: Other Materials],

Series 1: Writings
This series traces the preparatory stages for three of Lowry's published novels, with a different sub-series devoted to each book. The material related to a single work may include outlines, original and copyedited typescripts, page layouts, galley proofs, and other formats. Materials are arranged in order of production, beginning with outlines and ending with galley proofs.
Sub-Series 1: Come Back, Lolly Ray
Box 1
Folder 1: Outline
Folder 2: Title variations
Folder 3: Research notes and photographs
Folder 4-5: Typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 6: Typescript fragments, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 7: Typescript fragments elided from book, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 8: Style sheets
Folder 9: Preliminaries, typescript, with corrections
Folder 10-11: Copyedited typescript with corrections
OVS_Box 1
Folder 1: Original galley proof
Folder 2: Final galley proof
Sub-Series 2: Emma Blue
Box 2
Folder 1: Title variations
Folder 2: First page variations
Folder 3: Correspondence from Sally Arteseros, literary agent
Folder 4-5: Early typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 6: Early typescript fragments, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 7: Early typescript fragments, with corrections
Folder 8-9: Typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Includes handwritten note initialed by Beverly Lowry.
Folder 10: Style sheet
Folder 11: Preliminaries, typescript, with corrections
Box 3
Folder 1-2: Copyedited typescript with corrections
OVS_Box 1
Folder 3: Galley proof
Folder 4: Page proof
Sub-Series 3: Daddy's Girl
Box 3
Folder 3: Outline, notes
Folder 4: “And Nice Girls Don’t Finish at All” (short story), early typescript, with corrections
Folder 5: “The Ballad of Sylvia Brown” (poem), early typescript, with corrections
Folder 6: “Daddy’s Girl” (short story), early typescript, with corrections
Folder 7: “Stories Mama Told in the Night” (short story), early typescript, with corrections
Folder 8-10: Early typescript
Box 4
Folder 1: Early typescript
Folder 2: Early typescript fragments, with corrections
Folder 3-6: Typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 6: “Post Oak Blues” (short story), typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 7: Preliminaries, typescript, with corrections
Folder 8: Copyedited typescript with corrections
Box 5
Folder 1-2: Copyedited typescript with corrections
Folder 3: Page proof samples, photocopied, with corrections
Includes correspondence from Amanda Vaill (Viking Press).
Folder 4-5: Page proofs, photocopied, with corrections

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