|Creator:||Parks, Aileen West|
|Creator:||Parks, Edd Winfield, 1906-1968|
|Title:||Edd Winfield Parks papers|
|Quantity:||1.6 Linear feet (4 document boxes)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of papers of Edd Winfield Parks from 1925-1970. The papers mainly include correspondence but also typed manuscripts of Parks' writings, research notes, and tax materials. The correspondence is mostly between Parks, fellow critics, and southern literary scholars particularly those involved in the fugitive/agrarian movement. The collection also contains correspondence between Parks, his publishers, and editors as well as letters from his wife, Aileen Wells Parks.|
Dr. Parks was a native Tennessean who spent many years as a literary scholar and a professor at the University of Georgia.
He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a master's and doctorate from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt he became involved in the Fugitive and Agrarian literary movement with his colleagues and contributed much criticism and research to Southern literature. After graduation Dr. Parks taught at Vanderbilt and Cumberland Universities. In 1935 he began teaching English at the University of Georgia where he remained until his death in 1968.
During his career he served as a Carnegie fellow, a Fulbright lecturer, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor of English at UGa and president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. During WWII he served as a captain in Army intelligence.
Dr. Parks married Aileen Wells in 1933. Mrs. Parks wrote children's books and much of the correspondence is hers. Dr. Parks published one poetry collection, six novels and many books on Southern life and letters. His Segments of Southern Thought, published in 1939, was the first book published by the University of Georgia Press.
Much of the correspondence in the collection is that of fellow critics and Southern literary scholars, specifically those involved in Fugitive/Agrarianism. In Segments... Dr. Parks explains a basis for the philosophy which these men held and brought to their writing:
"I know that it is rank and quixotic nonsense not to join the great bandwagon of industrialism...not to be an ardent liberal in a land that damns the conservative. But I can place little faith in social planning that attempts to deal only with a mechanistic civilization, or with social reforms that reduce all human beings to an exact standard and neglect all the imponderables of life."
Of special note in the collection are letters from Robert Frost, Robert Penn Warren and Allen Tate. Correspondence is arranged by name of author because of the importance of many of the individuals to research of literary influences. They are then arranged chronologically.
Arranged by record type.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Edd Winfield Parks papers. MS 2415. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
For related materials at the Hargrett Library, see also Edd Winfield Parks papers, MS 290.