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Jeanne Murray Walker Papers


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Jeanne Murray Walker Papers, 1988-2005 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

By The Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections Staff

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Collection Overview

Title: Jeanne Murray Walker Papers, 1988-2005Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1988-2003

ID: SC/072

Primary Creator: Walker, Jeanne Murray (1944-)

Extent: 11.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1999

Subjects: American drama., Faith - Literary collections., Poetry, Modern, Poetry, Modern - 20th century., Poets, Poets - United States - Correspondence., Religious poetry, American, Walker, Jeanne Murray, Walker, Jeanne Murray - Correspondence., Wheaton College (Ill.) - Alumni.

Forms of Material: Audiotapes, Biographies., Correspondence, Photographs, Plays, Poetry

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Jeanne Murray Walker papers are organized into five series, Biographical, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Media and Research Material. The bulk of the collection is divided amongst the Manuscripts and Correspondence series. The manuscripts comprise mostly play-related files, rather than poetry. The correspondence is mostly that which was received by Ms. Walker dating from 1990 to 2003.

Biographical Note

Born in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota in 1944, Jeanne Murray Walker, with childhood aspirations to become a professional violin player, is a poet and playwright having written several volumes of poetry, including A Deed to the Light (2004). Dr. Walker received her undergraduate education at Wheaton College and completed her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

At 19, while a sophomore at Wheaton College, she entered a poem and a short story in The Atlantic Monthly Competition for young writers. She became the first writer to win first prize in both categories. She is a frequent contributor to periodicals such as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, and Image. She gives readings, runs workshops, and speaks across the United States and abroad. Her poems appear in print anthologies, as well as on the radio, the web, and in busses and trains under the auspices of the Poetry in Motion project.

The author of many essays, she has also written extensively for the theatre. In 1990, she wrote her first play, which won the Washington National Theater Competition. Her scripts include Inventing Montana, Tales From The Daily Tabloid, Rowing Into Light on Lake Adley, and The Queen’s 2 Bodies: The Double Life of Elizabeth I. They have been produced in Boston, Washington, Chicago, throughout the Midwest, and in London. Published by Dramatic Publishing, her scripts also appear in North American Women’s Drama, a scholarly on-line reference work published by Alexander Street Press. Her work has been honored with prizes and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, seven Pennsylvania State Arts Council Fellowships, the Prairie-Schooner Reader’s Choice and Strousse Awards, many new play prizes, and the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She serves on the Editorial Board of Shenandoah.

Married to Dan Larkin and the mother of two adult children, Professor Walker lives in Philadelphia and teaches poetry and script writing workshops, as well as courses in poetry, theatre, and the English Renaissance, at The University of Delaware, where she has been for over thirty years. She helped to design study abroad courses in London, which she has taught for two decades, and she administers The University of Delaware Script Writing Competition.

Subject/Index Terms

American drama.
Faith - Literary collections.
Poetry, Modern
Poetry, Modern - 20th century.
Poets - United States - Correspondence.
Religious poetry, American
Walker, Jeanne Murray
Walker, Jeanne Murray - Correspondence.
Wheaton College (Ill.) - Alumni.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections, Buswell Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 linear feet

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: Ms. Walker

Preferred Citation: Jeanne Murray Walker Papers (SC-72), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other Note: The Jeanne Murray Walker papers highlight the career of an award-winning poet and playwright through manuscript material and correspondence.

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Manuscripts],
[Series 4: Research Materials],
[Series 5: Media],

Series 4: Research MaterialsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 9: Hackettstown GazetteAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Interlibrary LoanAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: New York TimesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Notes/Drafting the PlayAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: New York HeraldAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: New York WorldAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Trial TranscriptAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Manuscripts],
[Series 4: Research Materials],
[Series 5: Media],

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