Alice Walworth Graham papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 93

Dates

  • 1938-1957 (label)
  • Date acquired: 01/05/1964 (Other)

Extents

  • 6.00 boxes (Whole)

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Description

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of manuscripts of Alice Walworth Graham's Lost River, The Natchez Woman, The Vows of the Peacock, Shield of Honor, galley proofs of Shield of Honor, and incomplete manuscripts of Dark Earth, Deep River.

  • Arrangement Note

    The collection is arranged as follows: "Omnibook", manuscript of Lost River, The Natchez Woman, The Vows of the Peacock, Shield of Honor, galley proofs of Shield of Honor, and incomplete manuscripts of Dark Earth, Deep River.

    The collection consists of six boxes.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Alice Walworth Graham was born February 24, 1905, in Natchez, Mississippi, to John Periander and Marian Alice (Lela) Gordon Walworth. Her grandfather, Douglas Walworth, served as a major in the Confederate army and later became editor of the Natchez newspaper, The Natchez Democrat. His second wife, Jeanette Hadermann, was a journalist and novelist.

    Graham graduated from Natchez High School and St. Joseph’s Convent. From 1922-1925, she attended Mississippi State College for Women and wrote for the school paper, The Spectator. She later attended a writing class by Robert Penn Warren at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Graham lived in Natchez and New Orleans with her husband, Richard Norwood Graham. From 1936-1939 and 1962 on, they lived near The Burn, a Greek revival mansion, on Union Street in Natchez, Mississippi. The Grahams lived in New Orleans from 1939-1962. Graham frequently visited her sister, Mary Walworth Whitaker, who lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She gave several book reviews for the Baton Rouge Women’s Club there.

    Her first published novel is Lost River (1938). Lost River, along with The Natchez Woman (1950), Romantic Lady (1952), Indigo Bend (1954) and Cibola (1962) are romance novels set on Natchez plantations. Graham wrote three historical romance novels set in England: Vows of the Peacock (1955), Shield of Honor (1957), and The Summer Queen (1973).

    Graham was a member of several literary societies, including the Authors’ League of America, the English-Speaking Society, and the National League of American Pen Women. She was also a member of the Natchez Historical Society and the Natchez Garden Club. Graham died in 1994.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Alice Walworth Graham.

  • Method of Acquisition

    Gift.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    OCLC Number: 754850154

  • Preferred Citation

    Alice Walworth Graham papers, Manuscripts Collection 93, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

  • Processing Information

    Collection processed in 1966.

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