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The Romulus Linney Papers

Linney Papers Now Available Online

- Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, is celebrating the opening of The Romulus Linney Papers, an archival collection spanning the life and career of the late writer who spent much of his childhood in Boone and often wrote about the Appalachian Mountains of his youth.

Linney, a playwright, novelist, and teacher acclaimed for works capturing the spectrum of American life, died in 2011 at the age of 80. He was a prolific writer. Among his many plays are The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks, A Lesson Before Dying, True Crimes, Child Byron, The Sorrows of Frederick, F.M., Heathen Valley, Holy Ghosts, and Klonsky and Schwartz. His honors include an Obie Award for sustained excellence in playwriting, and both the Academy Award in Literature and Award of Merit Medal for Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Linney also was a treasured Member of The Corporation of Yaddo.

The archive collection, housed in the university’s Belk Library, consists of 40 linear feet of material containing personal and professional correspondence; manuscripts of his novels,  plays, short stories, speeches, and other writings; family and personal records, such as birth certificates, academic transcripts, and genealogical books; awards and honors received; newspaper reviews and articles; production posters and photographs; family portraits and photographs; playbills and programs; audio and video recordings, including recordings of Linney’s full-length plays and music used in productions of his plays; and electronic files, primarily correspondence and drafts of his plays and short stories. In addition, the library has acquired The Romulus Linney Theatre Book Collection and The Romulus Linney Book Collection, which includes many of Linney’s personal research books and publications of his works. All of the collections are accessible online.