Delany, Samuel R. (1942- )
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The Samuel R. Delany collection consists of manuscripts, journals, printed material, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other material, with most recent updates added in October 2015.

Manuscripts for published novels by Delany in the collection include The Jewels of Aptor (Ace, 1962); Babel-17 (Ace, 1966); Empire Star (Ace, 1966); The Einstein Intersection (Ace, 1967); Nova (Ace, 1968); Dhalgren (Bantam, 1975); Triton (Bantam, 1976) later published as Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia; Empire (Berkley, 1978); Tales of Nevèrÿon (Bantam, 1979); Distant Stars (Bantam , 1981); Nevèrÿona (Bantam, 1983); Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (Bantam, 1984); Flight from Nevèrÿon (Bantam, 1985); The Bridge of Lost Desire (Arbor House , 1987) [later published as Return to Nevèrÿon which is also the name of the four novel cycle:  Tales of Nevèrÿon, Neveryóna, Flight from Nevèrÿon, and Return to Nevèrÿon]; Driftglass/Starshards (Grafton, 1991); They Fly at Ciron (Incunabula, 1992); Equinox (Masquerade, 1994); The Mad Man (Masquerade, 1994); Hogg (Fiction Collective 2, 1998); Phallos (Bamberger, 2004); and Dark Reflections (Carroll and Graf, 2007).

The collection also includes manuscripts for several unpublished works of fiction, including the novels The Flame and the Warthog (1961); The City and the Sea (1960s); Lon and Afterlon (1960s);  Discourse on Desire (1980) and Atlantis: Model 1924 (1993-1994).

Manuscripts for incomplete works of fiction include Shoat Rumblin:  His Sensations and Ideas; The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities (ca. 1986) and This Short Day of Sun and Frost (2002-2003).

Manuscripts for non-fiction works by Delany include The American Shore (Dragon Press, 1978); Heavenly Breakfast (Bantam, 1979); Starboard Wine (Dragon Press, 1984); The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science-Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1957-1965 (University of Minnesota Press, 1988); Wagner/Artaud: A Play of Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Critical Fictions (Ansatz Press, 1988); The Straits of Messina (Serconia Press, 1989); Silent Interviews (Wesleyan University Press, 1994); Atlantis: Three Tales (Wesleyan University, 1995); Longer Views: Extended Essays (University Press of New England, 1996); Shorter Views: Queer Thoughts and the Politics of the Paraliterary (University Press of New England, 1999); Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (New York University Press, 1999); and About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews (Wesleyan University Press, 2005). 

Manuscripts for unpublished works of non-fiction include Four, a collection of four papers/talks given by Delany including "Aversion/Perversion/Diversion," given at Rutgers, October 1991; "Shadow and Ash," Paper for Review of Contemporary Fiction, March/April 1992; "The Future of the Body and Technology and Science Fiction," given at the Whitney Museum, March 1992; and "The Rhetoric of Sex, the Discourse of Desire," given at MIT, 1992.  Also included is a typescript manuscript on Hart Crane, due for publication in the near future.

Manuscripts for incomplete works of non-fiction include Twilight in the Rue Morgue, a study of the work of Donna Haraway; and Anaximander's Map, Heracleitos, Spinoza, Darwin.

Also present are manuscripts for interviews with Christopher Casper, Pat Califia, and Robert Morales (1982-1983); Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory (1983); Takayuki Tatsumi (ca. 1987);  Mark Dery (1993); Octavia Butler (1997); James Morrow (1999); and several others.  Notable is a 45-page unpublished transcript of an interview between Delany and Susan Sontag (1992), with brief comments by Robert Morales.  Audiotapes of this interview are also included in the collection.

In addition, the collection includes several drafts of various articles, essays, stage plays, poems, screenplays, and public addresses.

Delany's journals are extensive, dating from 1958 to 2002 (some are undated).  They include drafts of various writings, school notes, general notes, diary entries, travel notes, artwork, and photographs.

Printed material dates from ca. 1959 to the present.  These items include published fiction, reviews, essays, and other items, as well as various magazines, posters, and publicity material.  Also present is Delany's collection of underground comics, including original issues of R. Crumb's Zap Comix, Mr. Natural, and others; Gilbert Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers; Slow Death; Mother Oats; and several others.

Correspondence in the collection dates from ca. 1971 to 2015 and includes both personal and professional letters as well as printed email messages.  Notable correspondents include Pat Califia, Guy Davenport, Thomas M. Disch, L. Timmel Duchamp, Harlan Ellison, Leslie Fiedler, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marilyn Hacker, Byron Preiss, Susan Sontag and Gayatri Spivak.

Included are groups of extensive "two sided" correspondence - including copies of Delany’s own letters - between Delany and other individuals.  Such groups include correspondence between Delany and Jeffrey Allen Tucker, author of A Sense of Wonder: Samuel R. Delany, Race, Identity, and Difference; and between Delany and Seth McEvoy, author of Samuel R. Delany;  and groups of letters between Delany and Robert S. Brevard; Ray Davis; Mog (Camilla) Decarnin; Earl Jackson; Erin McGraw; Joanna Russ; and Kathleen Spencer.

Other highlights include a brief series between Delany and Susan Sontag, and Delany and Carl Rollyson, author of a biography on Susan Sontag, regarding the biography.  Also notable are letters between Guy Davenport, Delany and David Orr during the time of Orr’s death. 

Present are numerous printed e-mail messages to and from Delany from his students at Temple University.

Photographs in the collection include images of Delany, Pat Califia, Mog Decarnin, Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marilyn Hacker, Jamaica Kincaid, Ntozake Shange, and others.

Audio recordings in the collection include several cassette recordings of interviews and conversations, and a recording of the Quintin C. Llorente’s opera adaptation of Delany’s novel Dhalgren (1984).  Also present are video and audio recordings of Delany lecturing and giving speeches.

Other material in the collection includes juvenilia and high school papers from the 1950s and 1960s; various drawings and sketches; teaching materials; a scrapbook documenting Delany’s month teaching at SUNY Albany, Feb. 1983; and notes and correspondence regarding the Tomorrow Symposium science fiction conference, Apr. 1975, including letters from Leslie Fiedler, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joanna Russ.

The Marilyn Hacker material includes manuscripts for various poems, as well as the books The Terrible Children (1967); Highway Sandwiches, written with Thomas M. Disch and Charles Platt (1970); and Presentation Piece (1974).  Six journals by Hacker, one dated 1963, the rest undated that include poems, general notes, drafts of letters, and pen sketches, were removed from the collection and sent to Marilyn Hacker’s archive at Yale University.
Notable Figures
1. Delany, Samuel R.
Associated Subjects
1. African American Collections -- Novels Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. LGBT Subject Guide
4. Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Subject Guide