Item 1: Fisher, Danica, 2019
Scope and Contents
The Joyce Papers consist mainly of correspondence with colleagues and students. It also includes a few photographs, articles and copies of all of her books. Although some items date to Joyce's childhood in Valdosta, the bulk of the papers are from the early 1980's to 2001. Most of the correspondence discusses works in progress by her or her colleagues. The most prolific correspondent is the prominent Richard Wright scholar Michel Fabre, who seems to have had a significant impact on Joyce's writings. Other important sets of letters from critics include Annette Kolodny and her collaborator Arthur P. Davis. Among Joyce's letters are those from such prominent African American writers as Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, and Alice Walker. Included are also many letters regarding her applications for vacancies to various universities. Occasional items point to controversies, especially with colleagues who work and those who object to her strong opinions. Her generosity and sense of humor led to numerous cards from colleagues and students thanking her for a favor she had extended or gift she had given, often her latest publications.
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