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George Marion O'Donnell Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms091

The George Marion O'Donnell Papers includes occasional manuscripts and correspondence either to or from Rae Beamish, Richard Croom Beatty, John Berryman, John Malcolm Brinnin, Nelson Del Bittner, Harry Brown, Basil Bunting, Truman Capote, Hubert Creekmore, Robert Woodham Daniel, Donald Davidson, Edward Donahoe, Charles Henri Ford, Theodore C. Hoepfner, Merle Hoyleman, Robert Hillyer, William Inge, Marian Ives, James Laughlin, Leroy Leatherman, R.W.B. Lewis, Jim Lord, Willard Maas, Edward McGehee, Theodore Morrison, Samuel French Morse, W.R. Moses, Gorham Munson, Flannery O'Connor, John Newton Oldham, William Alexander Percy, Katherine Anne Porter, Ezra Pound, Kerker Quinn, John Crowe Ransom, Garret Ratcliff, Delmore Schwartz, Roysce Smith, Mark Strand, Allen Tate (and Caroline Gordon), Nedra Tyre, Eudora Welty, Jonathon Williams, Stark Young, Joseph Horrell and Louis Zukofsky. Correspondence with publishers, editors, teaching colleagues, former students, and friends are also included.


  • 1932-1961


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9.00 boxes

Biographical Information

George Marion O'Donnell (January 21, 1914-1962) was an American writer. Born in Mississippi, O’Donnell attended Belzoni High School (1928-1932), Memphis State College (1932-1934), Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1936, M.A., 1939). He taught at Vanderbilt (1939-1940), Alabama Polytechnic Institute (1941-1945), Harvard (1945-1947), Louisiana State University (1947-1949), and Oglethorpe University (1949-1957).  During his career, O'Donnell's literary criticism, reviews, short stories, and poetry appeared in over thirty scholarly journals, popular and literary magazines, and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, A Southern Vanguard, and the Agrarian symposium Who Owns America?. He was particularly noted for his essays on William Faulkner and for his poetry.

Method of Acquisition

Accession number 1272. Purchased, May 10, 1971

Accession number 1330. Laid in materials, January 12, 1972

Accession number 22999. Gift of Joseph Horrell

Accession number 23000. Gift of Charles East, July 6, 1998

Accession number MSS2019-003. Purchase from James S. Jaffee Rare Books, January 10, 2019

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 14: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495