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Bernard Harper Friedman papers, 1926-2011, bulk 1943-2010

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Series 4: Writings , 1940s-2010
8 Linear feet
Boxes 16-23

Writings by B. H. Friedman include novels, plays, short stories, poems, articles, monographs, and criticism. Over time, many pieces were reworked. Sometimes titles changed or were reused; occasionally, prose became a play or short stories were greatly expanded. Among the published versions of Friedman's writings are two books and some short stories with no corresponding manuscript material. This series also includes video and sound recordings of lectures by Friedman and panel discussions in which he participated. Writings by other authors include the text of a lecture presented by John Cage at Cal Tech.
Friedman's writings are arranged in three categories - manuscripts and drafts, published versions, lectures and panel discussions - and within each group are alphabetized by title. Writings by others are arranged alphabetically by author. Subject files (Series 6) contain additional writings by Friedman and others.
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By B. H. Friedman, 1940s-2010
Manuscripts and Drafts
"Almost a Profile", circa 1980s
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1-3
"Ampersand", circa 2007
Written with Flora Biddle
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4
Appreciation of Property, circa 1985-circa 2000s
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5
"Art World Details: Journal Excerpts, 1952-1992", circa 1992-2000s
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6-8
"An Award", circa 1985-2000s
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9
Beauty Business: A Farce in Two Acts, circa 1987-circa 1991
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10-12
Between the Flags
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13
"Blind Date", circa 1985-circa 2000s
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14
Book Reviews, 1960s-1990s
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15
Case History: A Play in Two Acts, circa 1990s
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16
Circles, circa 1962
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17-18
The Critic: A Play in Two Acts inspired by Moliere's 'The Misanthrope'
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19
Criticism, circa 1962-circa 1970s
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20
"Criticism, Volume I", 1965-1968
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21-22
"Criticism, Volume II", 1965-1968
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23-24
"Diptych, Part One: Almost a Profile", circa 1950s
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25
"Diptych: Who's Who", circa 1950s
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26
Early Writings
"Let's Have a Wonderful Time", circa 1940s-circa 1950s
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1
Poems, circa 1940s-circa 1950s
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2
Poems and Short Stories, circa 1940s-circa 1950s
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3
Short Stories, circa 1940s-circa 1950s
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4
"An Education at Paradise Point", 1982-1983
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5-8
"Eros and Psyche" (another version is titled Sex and Character), 2000
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9-11
Everyone's Afraid of Thomas Wolfe
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12
"Flora's Two-Part Invention" (also called "Two Part Invention"), 2008
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13
"Fragments of an Occupational Autobiography, circa 1957-circa 1973
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14
"Happy Birthday, Dear Norman, Happy Birthday to Me: A Retrospective of the Party", circa 1973
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15
Heart of a Boy: A Play in Two Acts, circa 1993
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16
Heart of a Boy: A Screenplay, circa 1996
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17
"Honeymoon", circa 1950s
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"Hope's Story", circa 1985-circa 2000s
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19-21
In Search of Luigi Pirandello: A Play inTwo Acts (another version is titled My Small Self: A Play in 10 Scenes, circa 1986
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22
"It's Only Money", circa 1968-circa 1973
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23-24
"Journal of an Anonymous Businessman"
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25-26
"The Kleptomaniac," revised (other versions are titled My Case Rests and "Things"), 1988
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1
"Lanes", circa 1985-circa 2000s
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2
"The Making of a Writer", circa 1975-circa 1984
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3
Married Moments Synopsis, circa 2005
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4
Married Moments, 2006
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5
"The Message in the Bottle: Objects in Bottles, Mostly American, Religious and Turn-of-the-Century" with illustrations
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6-9
"A Mini-Vacation to a Mini-Paradise", 2010
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10
"Mushrooms", circa 1962
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11-13
"Mushrooms: A Field Guide to the Harvard Drug Scandal", circa 1963
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14-15
My Case Rests (other versions titled The Kelptomaniac and "Things"), circa 2004
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16
My Small Self: A Play in Ten Scenes (another version is titled In Search of Luigi Pirandello: A Play in Two Acts), circa 1997-circa 1999
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17-19
Notebooks, circa 1940s-circa 1950s
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20-21
Notes and Fragments, undated, 1986-1988
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22
Open End
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23
"The Ossorio Collection", circa 1967
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24
"Parkhurst Tower", circa 1980s-circa 2000s
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1-6
"Past Imperfect", circa 1985-circa 2000s
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7
Planning a Trip: A One Act Play, circa 1995
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8
Poems, circa 1950s-circa 2000s
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9
"Pop Goes the Dandy", circa 1978
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10
"The Price for a Piece of Paradise", circa 1968
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11
"Raw Art", circa 1990s
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12-17
"Rendering of an Architect", circa 1961-circa 1973
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"Scenes Arranged by Hope and Chance"
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19-22
Sex and Character - Novel (other versions titled Eros and Psyche, circa 2000-circa 2005
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1
Sex and Character - Play with comments by Alan Wynroth, director (another version is titled Eros and Psyche), circa 2000s
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2-3
Short Stories, circa 1940s-circa 2000s
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4-14
Short Stories List, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
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15
"The Sleeping Pill", circa 1953
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16
"Small Strokes", circa 1958-circa 1973
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17
Student Writings, Cornell University, circa 1943-circa 1948
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18
Swindle Sweetly: A Musical Farce, circa 1993
Music and lyrics by Michael Mooney from Friedman's book of the same title, based on The Alchemist by Ben Johnson
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19
"Tattoo", 1960s
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20-23
"Things" Short Story Collection (other versions titled The Kleptomaniac and My Case Rests), circa 1970-circa 2000s
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24
"Things" Story Version (other versiosns titled The Kleptomaniac and My Case Rests), circa 1980s-circa 2000s
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25-26
"Two-Part Invention" (also titled "Flora's Two-Part Invention"), circa 2008
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27
[Untitled (superseded by "When Everyone Hated the Jews")], circa 1993-circa 2000s
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1-7
"Virginal Triptych", circa 1960s-circa 1980s
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8
Weininger Essay, "A Touch of the Genius", 1946-circa 2000s
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9
"When Everyone Hated the Jews", circa 1993-circa 2000s
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10-12
Whispers - Novel, circa 1959-circa 1973
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13-15
Whispers - Play Adaptation by Alan Wynroth, circa 1973
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17
"Who's Who" (another version is titled Diptych: Who's Who), circa 1953-circa 1970s
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18
Yarborough, circa 1962
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19-21
Published Versions
Articles, Reviews, Letters to the Editor, 1940s-2000s
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1-12
Books
Almost a Life, Viking Press,Inc., New York, 1975
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13
Between the Flags: Uncollected Stories,1948-1990, Fiction Collective Two, Boulder, CO, Normal, IL, Brooklyn, NY, 1990
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14
Circles, Fleet Publishing Corporation, New York, 1962
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15
Coming Close: A Novella and Three Stories as Alternative Autobiographies, Fiction Collective, New York, 1982
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16
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (Flora Miller Irving, research collaborator), Doubleday and Company, Inc., New York, 1978
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17
Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visible, Da Capo Press, New York, 1995
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1
Museum, Fiction Collective, New York, 1974
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2
Swimming Laps: Stories and Meditations, Edgewise, New York, 1999
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3
Tripping: A Memoir, Provincetown Arts Press, Provincetown, MA, 2006
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4
Whispers, Ithaca House, Ithaca, NY, 1979
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5
Plays, Heart of a Boy, 1994
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Plays, My Case Rests, 2009
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7
Poems, Provincetown Poets, volume 1, number 2, 1975
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8
Short Stories, Miscellaneous (photocopies), circa 1970s-1980
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9
Lectures and Panel Discussions
B. H. Friedman and John Ash introduced by Jull Hoffmann, 1987 November 13
1 videocassettes (vhs)
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10
"The Museum as Art Dealer," a Discussion about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its Policy of Selling from the Collection, 1973 January 22
1 sound tape reel
Original
1 sound cassette
Copy
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11
P.M. East, "Buildings in New York", 1961 September 6
1 sound tape reel
Original
1 sound cassette
Copy
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12
"Pollock and Krasner," Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center 1989 Summer Lecture Series, 1989 July 30
1 videocassettes (vhs)
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13
By Other Authors, circa 1950s-circa 1990s
Cage, John. "James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: an Alphabet", 1982
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14
Henry, W. B. The Smallest Sound, Screenplay; B. H. Friedman Script Editor, 1966
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15
Schueler, Jon. "Fourty (sic)-Five Paintings", circa 1950s-circa 1970s
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Schueler, Jon. "Magda/Death and the Margaret Ann/Magda and the Margaret Ann/the Sound of Sleat", 1970
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Schueler, Jon. "The Woman in the Sky," Excerpts (1958-1977), circa 1990s
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