Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011

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Reynolds Price was born Edward Reynolds Price, in Macon, North Carolina, on 1 February 1933. He earned his B.A. degree from Duke University (1955) while on a full scholarship. After graduating, Price won a Rhodes scholarship, which allowed him to attend Merton College, Oxford. In 1958, Price received his Bachelor of letters from Merton College. His thesis focused on the English poet John Milton. Upon his return from Oxford, Price secured a position in the English department of Duke University. He remained at Duke for the rest of his career.

While teaching at Duke, Price's writing flourished. He authored 38 novels, short stories and memoirs. His first novel, A Long and Happy Life (1962), earned him the William Faulkner Foundation Award (1963). In 1984 Price learned that he had a tumor on his spine. After undergoing surgery and radiation, the tumor went away but left him a paraplegic for the rest of his life. The experience and the continuing pain and paralysis, had a profound impact on both his personal life and his literary career. Reportedly, he became more patient and observant as a man and more prolific as a writer. Price remained single and life alone by choice. He was also openly homosexual having his first affair with British writer Stephen Spender, during a visit to Spender's home during Christmas 1957. On 20 January 2011 at the age of 77, Reynolds Price died from complications from a heart attack.

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creatorOf Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011. Reynolds Price : a condensed bibliography : 9 October 1978. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn American Review records, 1967-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011. [Layouts, typescripts, galleys, and page proofs for book, Oracles : six versions from the Bible / by Reynolds Price ; with etchings by Jacob Roquet. Durham [N.C.] : The Friends of Duke University Library, 1977, and its prospectus] Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011. Reynolds Price papers, 1927-2010 and n.d. (bulk 1956-2006). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011. Letters to John Cook Wyllie 1963 May 17 & 24. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Sam Ragan Papers, 1948-1996 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency. Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency records, [1940s]-2000 and n.d. (bulk 1978-1995). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Kaufman, Wallace. Wallace Kaufman papers, 1959-1994. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Livermore, Kathryn Ann. Correspondence, 1963-1980. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Wang, Daren. Porches: The South and her writers interviews, 1996-1998. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Jones, Paul, 1950-. Papers, 1978-1995 (general abstract). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Harriett Wasserman Literary Agency. Records, 1948-1995 and n.d. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011. Nocturne for K & K : 26 October 1985. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn News Service Biographical Files, ., circa 1930s - 2004 University Archives, Duke University.
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse, 1974-1989. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Duke University. Radio TV Services. Radio TV Services records, circa 1937-1988. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Garrett, George, 1929-2008. George P. Garrett Papers, 1929-2008 and undated (bulk 1960-1990). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Rubin, Louis Decimus, 1923-. Louis Decimus Rubin papers, 1945- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Roberts, Dorothy Elaine. Dorothy E. Roberts Papers, 1903-1993. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994. Papers of Peter Hillsman Taylor, 1939-1977 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library) poetry readings, 1931- (ongoing). Woodberry Poetry Room, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Ketchin, Susan. Susan Ketchin Papers, 1980-1994. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Parker, Michael, 1959-. [North Carolina authors literary ephemera : P]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011. Love and work : a novel : corrected typescript, [1968?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Powell, Dannye Romine. Dannye Romine Powell papers, 1975-1999. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011. Reynolds Price : condensed bibliography, 1 November 1972. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Richard Gaither Walser Papers (#4168), 1918-1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Duke University. Erasmus Club. Erasmus Club Records, 1926-1986 Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency Records, 1940s-2003 and undated, (bulk 1978-1995) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Shelby Stephenson Papers, 1965-2007 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Arlin Turner Papers, 1927-1980 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn William Styron Papers, 1855-2007 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Charleen Swansea Papers, 1928-2004 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Swansea, Charleen. Charleen Swansea papers, 1928-2004. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Biographical Reference Collection, ., 1972 - 2004 University Archives, Duke University.
referencedIn Willrich, Patricia Rowe. Papers, 1949-1996. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Hunter, Jody Jones. The Jody Jones Hunter Collection of Works by Reynolds Price, 1954-2001. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Styron, William, 1925-2006. William Styron papers, 1855-2007 and undated. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Clear Pictures, Film Footage Collection, 1991-1996 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Garrett, George P., 1929-. Papers, 1929-2002 and n.d. (bulk 1960-2000) Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Updike, John. [Broadside collection]. Hollins University, Wyndham Robertson Library
referencedIn Patricia Rowe Willrich Papers, 1949-1996 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Stuart Wright Collection: Reynolds Price Papers, 1852-1986 (bulk 1978-1986) East Carolina University, Joyner Library
referencedIn Black, Star and Frost, Ltd. Blueprint for plaque in walnut and gold-plated bronze for the William Faulkner Foundation Award for a notable first novel [manuscript] 1962. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Arlin, Turner, 1909-1980. Papers, 1929-1980. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Guggenheim, Charles. Clear Pictures Film Footage, 1991-1996. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Hunter, Jody Jones. The Jody Jones Hunter Collection of Works by Reynolds Price, 1954-1999. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Warren, Rebecca Drane. Rebecca Drane Warren papers, 1967-2004. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011. Papers, 1928-1996 and n.d. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Young, Perry Deane. Perry Deane Young papers, 1954-2004. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Photographic Services. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library Photographic Services photographs, 1976-2003. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Paul Jones Papers (#4787), 1978-1995 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn John Hollander Papers, circa 1950-2007 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn George P. Garrett Papers, 1929-2008, (bulk 1960-2000) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Reynolds Price Papers, bulk, 1927-2010 and undated, 1956-2006 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Duke University. Auxiliary Services. Media Services. Media Services audio and video recordings, 1963-2005. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Durham NC US
North Carolina NC US
Subject
Gay authors--20th century
Authors, American--20th century
American literature--20th century
Literature--History and criticism
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
College teachers--Correspondence
Occupation
Novelists
English teachers
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Birth 1933-02-01

Death 2011-01-20

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Americans

English

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