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MC 00023 Guide to the Guy Owen papers, 1967 - 1982

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"American Pastoral: The Novels of Guy Owen," by R. J. Rundus, Pembroke Magazine, 1972
"Animal Motifs in Guy Owen's Season of Fear: Clay Hampton's Tenuous Humanity," by Shelby Stephenson, Pembroke Magazine, 1982
"Guy Owen," in Studies of Cultural and Social Sciences (Hiroshima, Japan), 1982
[Box 1, Folder 6]
St. Andrews Review, 1975
Article: "The Teacher, the Poet, and the Little Magazines," Furman Studies, 1967
Reviews: "New Writing in South Carolina," edited by William Peden and George Garrett, The South Carolina Review, 1971
The Testing Tree, by Stanley Kunitz, 1971
[Box 1, Folder 8]
"At My Father's Grave" and "Pictures of Yoknapatawpha: On Looking at the Photographs by Martin J. Dain," Mississippi Review, 1972
"For James (1926-1965)" and "My Father's Curse," Southern Poetry Review, 1972
"The Conversion of Doodle," The Windhover, 1967
"Mordecai Jones and the Diamond Egg," Appalachian Harvest, 1970
"The New Deputy," The South Carolina Review, 1973
"The Flim-Flam Man and the Widow Nickels," New South Writing, 1974
"Flim-Flam and the Buried Treasure," TWIGS XII, 1975
"The Face on the Tombstone," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1976


Owen, Guy, 1925-


0.5 Linear feet 1 box

General Physical Description note

1 box


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Acquisitions Information

Gift and transfer, 1967-1987.


Processed by: Dawne E. Howard;machine-readable finding aid created by: Dawne E. Howard

Scope and Content Note

The Guy Owen papers contain publicity material, including a screenplay, photographs, brochures, movie passes, and press releases related to the movie premiere of the film The Flim-Flam Man, based on Owen's book The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man. Also included are news clippings, articles, and a eulogy about Owen, as well literary magazines and journals containing Owen's works. Commentary about Owen and his works are also included.

Published copies of short stories in this collection include The Face on the Tombstone, Flim-Flam and the Buried Treasure, The Flim-Flam Man and the Widow Nickels, The Conversion of Doodle, The New Deputy, and Mordecai Jones and the Diamond Egg. Poems include At My Father's Grave, Pictures of Yoknapatawpha: On Looking at the Photographs by Martin J. Dain, For James (1926-1965), and My Father's Curse. Other writings include the article The Teacher, the Poet, and the Little Magazines and a draft of a review of Stanley Kunitz's The Testing Tree.

Biographical Note

Guy Owen, Jr., was born on February 24, 1925, in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. He graduated from Clarkton High School in 1942, and worked at assorted odd jobs before joining the Army in 1943, serving in France and Germany. He returned to the United States in 1945 to attend the University of North Carolina, where he majored in English. In 1952, Owen married Dorothy Meadows Jennings of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in 1955.

Owen's first teaching experience was as instructor of English at Davidson College from 1949 to 1951. He also taught part-time at the University of North Carolina from 1951 to 1954, while completing his dissertation, and was associate professor of English at Elon College during the 1954-1955 school year.

In 1955, Owen accepted the position of associate professor of English at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida; he taught there until 1961. During this time, he wrote his first novel, Season of Fear, which was published in 1960.

Owen became a member of the faculty at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) in Raleigh in 1961, remaining there until his death twenty years later. While teaching American literature and creative writing courses, he completed and published three novels, two volumes of poems, and a collection of short stories. He also helped edit two anthologies of verse: New Southern Poets: Selected Poems from Southern Poetry Review and Contemporary Poets of North Carolina.

In 1958, Owen co-founded the poetry magazine Impetus, which in 1965 became Southern Poetry Review. He was also an editor of North Carolina Folklore.

Owen died of cancer in July 1981, at age 56.

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