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George P. Elliott Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms040

The George P. Elliott Papers consist primarily of his own manuscripts and editorial material toward his published work. Also included is the manuscript of an unpublished play, Michael the God, and his correspondence with other literary figures.


  • 1957-1979


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Biographical Information

George Paul Elliott (June 16, 1918 – May 3, 1980) was an American novelist.  Born in a small town in Indiana and raised on a Southern California farm, Elliott was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his B.A. in 1939 and his M.A. in 1941. In 1947, he began his academic career with a teaching position at St. Mary’s University in California. In 1955, he joined the faculty of Cornell University, at which time he began work on the anthology Fifteen Modern American Poets. In 1957, he moved to Barnard College, where he received a Hudson Review Fellowship that allowed him to concentrate more fully on his creative interests. One year later he published his first novel, Parktilden Village.

In 1960, he was offered a position with the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. While there, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1962, he moved to the University of California at Berkeley. That same year he received a D. H. Lawrence Fellowship to the University of New Mexico. In 1963, Elliott accepted a position at Syracuse University, where he remained until his death in 1980. While at Syracuse he served as director of the graduate writing program.

Much of his work first appeared in such periodicals as The American Scholar, The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, and the Times Literary Supplement. He was a versatile writer whose books include four novels and numerous collections of short stories, poems, and essays.

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  • 2021 February 17: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

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Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
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