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Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly Collection


Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly Collection
12.927 Linear feet 32 Boxes
Language of Materials
A collection of manuscripts of Tom Franklin, the author of such works as Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and the papers of acclaimed poet Beth Ann Fennelly. Franklin and Fennelly recently collaborated on The Tilted World, a novel about the 1927 Mississippi River flood. This collection contains annotated manuscripts, notes and galleys of their works.

Preferred Citation

Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Material arranged arranged thematically by work.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 2014

Revision Description


Access Restrictions

The Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly in 2013.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lauren Rogers, 2016. Finding aid created by Susan Ivey, 2016.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Tom Franklin Material 

Box 1: Short Ficton A-H 

Box 2: Short Fiction I-T 

Box 3: Short Fiction T-Z 

Boxes 4-5: Poachers 

Scope and Content

Contains drafts, publisher's galleys, Rick Bass edits and publicity material.

Boxes 6-10: Hell at the Breach 

Scope and Content

Contains drafts, reviews, and publicity materials.

Boxes 10-13: Smonk 

Scope and Content

Contains drafts, design edits, and publicity material.

Box 14: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter  

Scope and Content

Contains drafts and publicity material.

Box 15: Miscellaneous, Personal and Career related. 

Contests Entered 


Scope and Content

Rick Bass, Larry Brown, Judy Budnitz, Richard Ford, Barry Hannah Bill Harrison, Ron Rash, Phillip Roth, and George Singleton.

Literary Festivals 

Mystery Writers of America material 

New Stories of the South material 

Rejection Letters 

Short story submissions 

Teaching Materials 

Box 16: Miscellaneous publications/journals 

Eastern Shore Quarterly, Fall 1988, "Mississippian" (p.21). 


1989, "Lizard Tracks," (p. 32). 

1990, "It's Always Ourselves We Find in the Sea," (p. 5). 

1992, "Dinosaur," (p. 12). 

First Draft, Spring 1999, "The Gift of History," (p. 22). 

Fourteen Hills: the SFSU review, Fall 1996, "Triathalon," (p. 152). 

Gulf Coast Collection of Stories and Poems, "Rise," (p. 27). 

Mobile Bay Monthly, May 1987, "Woodwind," (p. 41). 

The Nebraska Review, Spring/Summer 1996, "Shubuta," (p. 64). 

Negative Capability, 1995, "Alaska," (p. 45). 

Smoke, Spring 1999, "Ballad of Duane Juarez," (p.166). 

The Texas Review, Fall/Winter 97/98, "Poachers," (p. 1). 

Box 17: Miscellaneous reviews/publicity 

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Series II: Beth Ann Fennelly Material 

Box 18: Open House/Tenderhooks 

Scope and Content

Contains publishing material, drafts, reviews and publicity material.

Box 19-20: Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother 

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence, notes, drafts, reviews and publicity material.

Box 20: Unmentionables 

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence, reviews, and publicity materials.

Box 21: Poetry Drafts 

College Poems 

“Keeper” Poems 

Poem drafts A-Z 

“So-So” Poems 

Submissions, rejection and acceptances 

United Artists Grant Material 

Box 22: Journals 

Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring/Summer 1998, "The Passing" (p.222). 

The American Scholar, Autumn 1999, "Yield," (p.82). 

Another Chicago Magazine. Number 31. "Once Around a Revolution," (p. 55). 

Artist Writer. May 1995. "The Passing." (p. 4). 

The Carolina Quarterly. Fall 1996. "Mary Speaks to the Early Visitor." (p. 1). 

The Chariton Review. Fall 1997. "You Who Have Never Arrived." (p. 81). 

The Chattahoochie Review. Winter 1996. "Coal Dust." (p.85). 

Cold Mountain Review. Fall 1995. "The Names They Have." (p. 7). 

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Issue 3. "The Names of Things." (p.70). 

Farmer's Market. Spring/Summer 1995. "Poem Not to be Read at Your Wedding." (p.84). 

Georgia Review. Spring 2003. "Bite Me." (p.96). 

The Gettysburg Review. Autumn 2001. "Turning Twenty Nine." (p. 425). 

The Laurel Review. Summer 1996. "Return to Krakow." (p. 24). 

Louisiana Literature. Fall/Winter 2001. "To Go Back As I Am, Now, To You as You Were, Then." (p.42). 

Michigan Quarterly Review

Fall 2000. "Fruits We'll Never Taste, Languages We'll Never Hear: The Need for Needless Complexity. (p. 691). 

Spring 1997. "Madame L. Describes the Siege of Paris." (p. 263). 

Poetry Ireland Review. Summer 1997. "Settlement." (p. 4). 

Poetry Northwest. Autumn 1995. "Two Poems." (p. 26). 

Pearl River Review. Summer 1997. "Moving In Together." (p. 37). 

The Prose Poem. 1995. "Mousetrap." (p. 28). 

Notre Dame Review 

Winter 1996-97. "The Insecurities of Great Men." (p. 111). 

Summer 1997. "Windows of Prague Easter in the Beskydy Mountains." (p. 28). 

Shenandoah. Fall 1998. "Letter from Gauguin" (p. 88). 

Sistersong: Women Across Cultures. Spring 1995. "Sestina for the Return Flight to The Czech Republic." (p. 16). 

Spoon River Poetry Review. Winter/Spring 2001. (p. 46-63). 

Tri Quarterly. "Spring/Summer 1999. "The Impossibility of Language." (p. 187). 

West Branch. Fall 2000. "Postcard from Galesburg, Illinois." (p. 64). 

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Series III: Franklin/Fennelly Material 

Boxes 23-32: The Tilted World 

Scope and Content

Contains notes, fragments, drafts and galley proofs.

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