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Unfinished Manuscript of Gloria Naylor to be published

by Gavin Ferriby on 2019-12-17T14:04:00-05:00 in General Research, Modern Languages, English | Comments

From EurekaAlert! the blog of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):


The authors of a new paper about the manuscript included among Naylor's collected papers have transcribed the handwritten document ["Sapphira Wade"] for the first time. . . .

There is evidence that Naylor hoped for "Sapphira Wade" to be a capstone of her literary career, report researchers Suzanne M. Edwards, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University and Trudier Harris, University Distinguished Research Professor of English at The University of Alabama in an upcoming paper. In the paper, Edwards and Harris write about Naylor's plans for "Sapphira Wade" gleaned from the author's notes, interviews and personal correspondence and, for the first time, publish excerpts from Naylor's 131-page manuscript. The paper, titled "Gloria Naylor's 'Sapphira Wade': An Unfinished Manuscript from the Archive," was just published online and appears in the winter issue of African American Review. The complete manuscript of "Sapphira Wade" is currently being digitized and will be available through the author's archive in 2020.

The manuscript is held in the Gloria Naylor Collection of Sacred Heart University Library.  The Collection is presently on loan to Lehigh University, which is digitizing it, to be made available to the public as an open-access resource in 2020-2021.  Full Story from EurekaAlert!

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