Michelle Cliff papers

Michelle Cliff papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Cliff, Michelle
Title: Michelle Cliff papers
Dates: 1982-1994
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3242

Biographical/Historical Note

Michelle Cliff was born in Jamaica and grew up there and in the United States. She was educated in New York City and at the Warburg Institute at the University of London, where she completed a Ph.D. on the Italian Renaissance. She is the author of novels (Abeng, No Telephone To Heaven, and Free Enterprise), short stories (Bodies of Water), 'prose poetry' (The Land of Look Behind and Claiming and Identity They Taught Me to Despise), as well as numerous works of criticism. Her essays have appeared frequently in publications such as Ms. and The Village Voice. She is also the editor of a collection of the writings of the southern American social reformer Lillian Smith entitled The Winner Names the Age. Cliff now lives in Santa Cruz, California. Emory University - English Dept. http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Cliff.html (Retrieved November 20, 2009)

Lillian Smith was one of the first prominent white southerners to denounce racial segregation openly and to work actively against the entrenched and often brutally enforced world of Jim Crow. -- New Georgia Encyclopedia - Lillian Smith (1897-1966) http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-463 (Retrieved November 20, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of materials related to her work about Lillian Smith. There are bound galley proofs of The Winner Names the Age, a copy of the film, Miss Smith of Georgia, and a copy of the keynote conference speech she presented at Georgetown University in 1994.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Feature films.
Galley proofs.
Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966 -- Criticism and interpretation
Women authors, American--20th century.
Women authors--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Michelle Cliff papers. MS 3242. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Lillian Smith's The Winner Names the Age
2the film Miss Smith of Georgia, 1962
1Lillian Smith
2Michelle Cliff's keynote speech at a conference at Georgetown Univ., Oct. 7, 1994