Philip and Mildred Greear papers

Philip and Mildred Greear papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Greear, Mildred
Creator: Greear, Philip
Title: Philip and Mildred Greear papers
Dates: 1938-1965
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of Philip and Mildred Greear from 1938-1965. The majority of the papers consist of material relating to Byron Herbert Reece. The papers contain personal correspondence from Reece to the Greears (1943-1957), reviews of Reece's works, newspaper clippings, and two photographs of Reece. The collection also contains personal correspondence of the Greear's (1938-1965) relating to their interest in Reece's work, involvement in the Quill Club at Young Harris College, and their interest in the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Association.
Coll. Number: ms2283

Biographical/Historical Note

1917 Born near Blairsville, Georgia. 1935 Enters Young Harris College where he publishes numerous poems in small poetry journals, attracting the attention of Ralph McGill, editor of the Atlanta Constitution who was to later rank Reece as "one of the really great poets of our time". 1940Returns to parent's 30 acre farm which he helps cultivate during the day while composing poetry at night. 1945 Ballad of the Bones and Other Poems, published by E.P. Button under the insistence of Jesse Stuart, receives wide critical acclaim. 1950The novel, Better a Dinner of Herbs is published and he is invited to the University of California at Los Angeles where he serves as poet-in residence for the summer term. After publication of Bow Down in Jericho, Newsweek includes a feature article on the poet. He is also presented the Georgia Distinguished Writers Award in both poetry and prose for Bow Down in Jericho and Better a Dinner of Herbs. 1952 A Song of Joy and Other Poems is published. 1953-1954Poet-in-residence at Young Harris College but is forced to resign post when he is stricken with tuberculosis. 1955 The Hawk and the Sun, a second novel, and The Season of Flesh are published. 1956-1957Poet-in-residence at Emory where he teaches creative writing during the winter term. 1957Receives the Guggenheim Award to complete a novel at the Huntington Hartford Foundation in California. Degenerating health forces him to return to north Georgia. 1957-1958Assumes part-time teaching position at Young Harris College. 1958Suffering both mentally and physically, Reece commits suicide on June 3 in his campus apartment.


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Index Terms

American literature--20th century
American poetry--20th century.
Authors, American--Georgia.
Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Association.
Literature--United States--Societies, etc.
Poets, American--Georgia.
Quill Club (Young Harris College).
Reece, Byron Herbert, 1917-1958
Young Harris College.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Philip and Mildred Greear papers. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1943-1949
2Correspondence, 1954-1956
3Correspondence, 1957
4Correspondence and Christmas cards, undated
5Correspondence, 1938-1941
6Correspondence, 1955
7Correspondence, 1958
8Correspondence, 1959 February-June
9Correspondence, 1959 July-December
10Correspondence, 1960
11Correspondence, 1962-1965
12Correspondence, undated
13Correspondence/Quill Club, undated
14 The Georgia Review, Winter 1958
15Book reviews, undated
16Young Harris College newspapers, 1938-1940
19Philip F-C. Greear term paper on Reece
20 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 1962 October 28
21Miscellaneous typescrips