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Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989

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3.4: Fiction , circa 1929-1988

Fictional works found in this subseries include drafts of novels, short stories, and teleplays written by McCoy. A folder of stories submitted to H.L. Mencken includes introductions endorsing the stories by Theodore Dreiser and Edgar Lee Masters with related correspondence. Many of the short stories in this subseries were published in literary magazines and journals, and files may contain correspondence regarding publication and related notes. Of note is a series of files for McCoy's short story, The Pepper Tree, which includes related writings and research material about Japanese internment camps during World War II.
The life of a California architect forms the basis for drafts of three novels, L.A. L.A., The Vickery Job, and Ward and Associates. These three sets of draft manuscripts appear to be closely connected, although it is not clear if they were stages in the development of a single novel. Other draft novels found here include Land Gerard, June is the Cruelest Month, and The Wind's Eye. None of these novels were published.
Works of Fiction are arranged by title. In some cases McCoy used more than one title for a developing story, and alternative titles are provided in parentheses. Numbers were assigned to drafts to facilitate research and do not necessarily indicate that the drafts were written sequentially according to the numbers. Though an effort has been made to ensure that related papers are filed together, most of the drafts are undated, and it is impossible to be sure when, and in what order, they were written. Date spans for folders may indicate the date writing began and/or the date of publication and sale. Where possible, these dates have been taken from notations on the manuscripts or from information provided on publication lists.
This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.
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Records of Published and Unpublished Writings (incomplete), circa 1940s-1950s
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Stories Submitted to H.L. Mencken, 1943
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30
7 O'Clock Train from Rome, circa 1957
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31
1849: New York City, circa 1940s
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32
The Adoption, 1960
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33
And Devoutly Kneeling, circa 1940s
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34
Anna's Eye ( Mourning Bride), circa 1940s
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35-36
The Bearer and the Borne, 1946
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37
Bifel In That Season ( In That Season On That Day), circa 1950s
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38
The Big Project, circa 1960
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39
Big Town, circa 1950s
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40
Blackberry Winter, 1930
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41
The Blindness of Mrs. Moore, circa 1950
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42
Blonde Bomber ( The Impossible Takes Longer), circa 1942
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43
The Blue Rug, 1962
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44
The Bonzai Tree ( The Earthward Tree), 1960
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45-46
The Boy Lost Forever ( Beefy Brenda), circa 1950s
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47
[Brasilia] (Fragments), circa 1959-1961
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48
But Not Love, 1938
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49
The Candy Kid, circa 1950s
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50
The Cape, 1946-1949
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51
Cause of Death ( The Window), circa 1950s
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52
The Character of Lucy Barr, 1948
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53
A Circuit Rider's Wife, circa 1940s
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54
The Client, circa 1955
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55
The Coffee is All Right ( The Clinic), circa 1950s
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56
Cover Shot, circa 1940s
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57
Dance of Death, 1942
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58
The Day of the Twenty-Third Confession, circa 1950
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59
The Day the Picassos Were Gone, circa 1940s
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60
Dear Jim, circa 1940s
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61
Divorce in Cuernavaca, circa 1950s
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62
A Dog Poisoner, 1953
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63
Don't Make Me Cry, circa 1940s
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64
Duffy, Manuel, and the Aquaduct, circa 1940s
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65
The Dummy, circa 1940s
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66
Emergency, circa 1959
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67
Fairy Story, circa 1929
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68
The Family Plot, 1949-1951
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69
Family Style: Circa 1920, circa 1950s
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70
The Featherbed Rut, 1961-1962
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1-2
Fire Bug, 1963
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3
The Fire in the Moon, circa 1959
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4
The Giver and the Gift, circa 1960
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5
Goodtime Charley, circa 1946
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6
The Hidden One, 1946-1952
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7
High Heels, 1948-1950
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8
High Street, circa 1940s
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9
The House, circa 1950s
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10
The House That Refused to Die, circa 1950s
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11
I Am Roger, circa 1955
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12
I Call to Simon, circa 1950s
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13
If You Wait Long Enough, 1936
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14
The Important House, 1948, 1963
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15
Is She a Teenage Mother?, circa 1968
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16
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 1, circa 1988
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17-18
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 2, circa 1988
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19
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 3, circa 1988
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20-21
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 4, circa 1988
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22-24
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 5, circa 1988
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25-26
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft Fragments and Notes, circa 1988
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27-29
The Lady from the Sea, circa 1947
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30
LA, LA, Draft 1, circa 1960s
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LA, LA, Draft 2, circa 1960s
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32
LA, LA, Draft 3, circa 1968
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1
LA, LA, Draft 4, circa 1960s
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2-3
LA, LA, Draft 5, 1968-1969
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4
LA, LA, Draft Fragments, circa 1968-1969
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5
LA, LA, Notes and Printed Material, circa 1950-1968
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6
Land Gerard, Draft 1, circa 1940s-1960s
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7
Land Gerard, Draft 2, circa 1940s-1960s
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8-11
Land Gerard, Draft 3, circa 1940s-1960s
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12
Land Gerard, Draft 4, circa 1940s-1960s
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13-15
Land Gerard, Draft 5, circa 1940s-1960s
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16-18
Land Gerard, Draft Fragments, circa 1940s-1960s
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19
Leo Gallagher, circa 1940s
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20
Lily Bird, 1941-1946
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21
Limbo, 1938
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22
Listen Caroline, 1942
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23
Lost Sister, circa 1950s
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24
Luke, 1943-1945
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25
Main Street, Heaventown, circa 1940s
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26
The Male Grapes, 1946-1947
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27
The Man Who Dreamed of Murder ( Suspense), circa 1940s
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28
The Man Who Remembered Everything, 1958
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29
The Man With the Birthmark, circa 1953
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30
Miss Vanity Fair, circa 1940s
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31
The Mortgage, circa 1951
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32
Mother Lies in the Baggage Coach, 1943-1945
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33
Murder at the Oleanders, circa 1940s
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34
Murder to Music, circa 1940s
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35
The New Terrain, 1954-1957
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36
The Old House, circa 1940s
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37
One and Divisible, 1943-1947, 1958
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38
People Never Learn, 1936
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39
The Pepper Tree, Drafts, circa 1941-1948
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1-3
The Pepper Tree, Notes and Related Writings, circa 1940s
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4
The Pepper Tree, Research Material, 1941-1947
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5
The Pepper Tree, Published Copies, 1953
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6
The Pickpocket Murder, circa 1948
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7
A Poem About War Ending, 1946-1947
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8
Poetry, circa 1970-1985
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9
The Print, circa 1943
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10
The Quarrel ( The Summer House), 1950-1951
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11
The Quiet Season ( The Woman Who Was Trained), 1948-1951
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12
Remind God, 1937
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13
Return, 1945
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14
Robin's Sister, 1945-1950
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15
The Sin of Puppchen Graff, 1947
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16
The Snapshot, 1947
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Solitaire, 1932
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The Special Delivery Letter, 1954-1956
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Stay With Me Flagons, circa 1940s
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20
St. Bernard, circa 1940s
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21
St. Stephen, 1943
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22
Suicide Clinic, circa 1940s
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23
The Sweet Gum Tree, circa 1946
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24
The Sweet River Trip, circa 1950s
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25
Tell Me, Tell Me, 1937
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26
There's No Place To Run, circa 1950s
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27
They Designed it Themselves, 1951
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28
Tomorrow's Soldier, circa 1950s
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29
Trouble With Phillip ( The Lightening Holes), 1944-1951
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30
The Try-Out ( The Summer House), 1962
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31
Two Dollar Job, 1937
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32
Uncle Haz and the Leafage, 1946
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33
Uncle Walt and the Dalton Boys, circa 1950
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34
The U. S. Marshalls Mrs. Bounds Knew (See Also Uncle Walt and the Dalton Boys), 1937
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35
Valentine's II Less Six, circa 1947
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36
The Vickery Job, Draft 1, Book 1, circa 1970s
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37
The Vickery Job, Draft 2, Book 1, circa 1970s
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The Vickery Job, Draft 2, Book 2, circa 1970s
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The Vickery Job, Draft 3, circa 1970s
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40
The Vickery Job, Draft 4, Book 3, circa 1970s
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The Vickery Job, Draft 5, Book 1, circa 1970s
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The Vickery Job, Draft 5, Book 2, circa 1970s
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The Vickery Job, Draft 6, Book 1, circa 1970s
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The Vickery Job, Draft 6, Book 2, circa 1970s
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The Vickery Job, Draft Fragments, circa 1970s
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The Vickery Job, Notes, circa 1968-1977
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47
The Voices, 1944-1951
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1
Ward and Associates, Draft 1, circa 1960s
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2-4
Ward and Associates, Draft 2, circa 1960s
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5-6
Ward and Associates, Draft 3, circa 1960s
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7-8
Ward and Associates, Draft 4, circa 1960s
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9-11
Ward and Associates, Draft Fragments, circa 1960s
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12-16
Ward and Associates, Outlines and Notes, circa 1960s
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Ward and Associates, Source Material, circa 1963-1969
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When Writing Mention This Number, circa 1950
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The Wind's Eye, Draft 1, circa 1949
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The Wind's Eye, Draft 2, circa 1949
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The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 1, circa 1949
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The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 2, circa 1949
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The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 3, circa 1949
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The Wind's Eye, Draft 4, Part 2, circa 1949
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Work for the Night is Coming, 1943-1944
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1
Untitled Writings, Fragments, and Notes, circa 1940s-1970s
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