Caputo, Philip (1941- )

The Philip Caputo collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, printed material, diaries and journals, notebooks, scrapbooks, audio, video, and other items.

Manuscripts for books by Caputo in the collection include A Rumor of War (1977); Horn of Africa (1980); DelCorso’s Gallery (1983); Indian Country: A Novel (1987); Means of Escape: An Imagined Memoir (1991); Roof of the World (1992); Equation for Evil (1996); Exiles: Three Short Novels (1997); The Voyage (1999); Ghosts of Tsavo: Stalking the Mystery Lions of East Africa (2002); In the Shadows of the Morning: Essays on Wild Lands, Wild Waters, and a Few Untamed People (non-fiction, Lyons Press, 2002); Acts of Faith (2005); Ten Thousand Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War (2005); Crossers (2008). Each title is represented by several variant drafts. Other manuscripts by Caputo in the collection include drafts of numerous short stories, essays, poems, plays, articles, book reviews, speeches, lectures, and various fragments. Also present are manuscripts for papers written by Caputo while attending Loyola University; a screenplay titled Distant Thunder, written by Robert Stitzel and revised by Caputo; drafts of a screenplay adaptation of A Rumor of War by John Sacret Young (1980); several Telex dispatches from Caputo regarding the Middle East and Vietnam (1973-1975); and some juvenilia by Caputo.

Correspondence in the collection is extensive, dating from 1960 to 2010. The collection includes both personal and professional letters. The professional correspondence consists of letters to and from various agents, publishers and editors regarding Caputo’s writings, as well as teaching positions Caputo applied for, contracts, and awards Caputo received. Personal correspondence includes several letters from Caputo to family and friends, including his letters home from Vietnam.

Caputo’s letters include several notable correspondents. Literary figures include John Gregory Dunne, A. M. Rosenthal, James M. Fallows, Charles Kenney, John Sacret Young, Tim O’Brien, Nicholas Proffitt, Rust Hills, Hunter S. Thompson, Lee Eisenberg, Howard Frank Mosher, Paul Fussell, William Shawn, William Styron, and several other journalists, writers, and publishers. Political and other public figures include Hank Aaron, Max Cleland, Jacob K. Javits, Margot Kidder, Michael Douglas, J. W. Fulbright, and John Rowland. Also present in the collection is a copy of Caputo’s letter to Richard M. Nixon of May 1, 1971, returning Caputo’s campaign ribbons awarded for serving in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966 as described in A Rumor of War.

Printed material in the collection primarily consists of the printed versions of articles, fiction, poetry, book reviews, and other writings by or about Caputo. Periodicals represented include Playboy, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Esquire, TV Guide, Inquiry, Miami Herald, People, New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Midwestern University Quarterly, Men’s Journal, National Geographic: Adventure, World, and several others. There are also proofs for Caputo’s novels Means of Escape (2008) and Crossers (2009). Other printed material in the collection includes book covers, publishers’ catalogs, a teacher’s guide to A Rumor of War, and a transcript of an interview with Bill Moyers titled “Vietnam Remembered,” broadcast on public television on March 20, 1980.

Diaries and journals include Caputo’s diaries and datebooks dating from Nov. 1962 to July 1966 and from 1989-1991. Also present is Caputo’s “Moscow Diary,” which also contains draft pages and notes for DelCorso’s Gallery and Indian Country.

Notebooks in the collection include legal pads, loose notes, and spiral bound notepads, many of which are regarding Crossers. There is also a notebook in this series regarding Indian Country.

Scrapbooks in the collection consist of five albums collecting Caputo’s articles for the Chicago Tribune, 1968-1977, as well as one album collecting articles regarding Caputo’s capture by Palestinian guerillas in May, 1973.

Audio recordings in the collection include recordings of Caputo and others reading his writings; Caputo’s appearances on various radio shows; and interviews with Kay Bonetti and William Styron (the latter includes a transcription).

Video recordings in the collection include the television movie version of A Rumor of War (CBS, Sep. 1980); a television special titled “Now Tell Us All about the War” (Oct. 1984); a 3-part National Geographic series titled Inside Vietnam, and other items.

Other items in the collection include documents regarding the U.S. military’s investigation of the incident at Giao-Tri, Vietnam in 1966, as described in A Rumor of War (1966); Caputo’s notebook from the Rome bureau of the Chicago Tribune (1972); photographs; research material; professional material; legal material; financial material; and personal memorabilia.

Notable Figures
1. Caputo, Philip
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Military History Subject Guide
4. The Vietnam War Subject Guide
5. Journalists -- United States
6. Journalism – United States
7. American literature--20th century
8. Scrapbooks
9. Photographs
10. Diaries