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David Plante papers, 1963-1982

Identifier: 1981-007

Scope and Contents

Consist of handwritten, typed, carbon copy typed and photocopied typescripts, galley proofs and page notes, of short stories, television scripts, and novels including The Family and The Woods (2 novels in the trilogy, The Francoeur Novels) and one segment, “Jean" in Difficult Women; also included are handwritten notes and typescripts from Plante’s collaboration with Jean Rhys for Smile Please, 2 manuscript notebooks, 67 carbon copy typescript reader’s reports submitted by Plante (each including a standard publisher’s cover letter to Plante), and a photocopied typescript of the article, “Jean Rhys and Her Autobiography," by Diana Athill.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1982


These materials are in English.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader. This material is housed off-site and will require advance notice of 1 business day for use.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

David Robert Plante was born on March 4, 1940 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was an American novelist known for several works. He wrote for the "New Yorker" and the "Paris Review." He was once a writer-in-residence at several universities, the University of Tulsa being one of them. He most noted for the Francoeur Trilogy--The Family (1978), The Country (1980) and The Woods (1982).


9 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Physical Location

Collection shelved at off-site storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition




David Plante papers, 1963-1982
Milissa Burkart
1992 June
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
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