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Shelby Hearon Papers

Identifier: SWWC-025

Scope and Contents

The papers contain notes, drafts and clippings. The material demonstrates Hearon's working methods--background research, sketched out ideas, revisions. The clippings contain book reviews, interviews and some biographical information.


  • 1983-1992


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials from the Wittliff Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user assumes responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish, and abiding by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Notes

Shelby Hearon was born January 18, 1931 in Kentucky. After earning a BA in 1953 from the University of Texas at Austin, she settled down to marriage and family. She began her first novel Armadillo in the Grass in 1962 and submitted it to Knopf in 1967. Knopf accepted the manuscript "over the transom" and Hearon's career as a writer was launched. Hearon has written 16 novels through 2005. She received an Ingram Merrill grant in 1987, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 1983, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for Fiction in 1982. Hearon won the Texas Institute of Letters Fiction award in 1973 for The Second Dune and in 1978 for A Prince of a Fellow. She has been a five-time recipient of the NEA/PEN syndication Short Story Prize. In addition to writing novels, Hearon lectures, teaches writing, and contributes articles to national publications. Books by Hearon:

Armadillo in the Grass (1968) The Second Dune (1973) Hannah's House (1975) Now and Another Time (1976) A Prince of a Fellow (1978) Barbara Jordan, a self portrait (1979) Painted Dresses (1981) Afternoon of a Faun (1983) Group Therapy (1984) A Small Town (1985) 500 Scorpions (1986) Owning Jolene (1989) Hug Dancing (1991) Life Estates (1994) Footprints (1996) Ella in Bloom (2001)


.5 Linear Feet

1 boxes

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The Shelby Hearon Papers contain notes, drafts of novels, and clippings.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited on loan by Hearon from 1989 through 1992.

Related Materials

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas holds the bulk of Hearon's papers.

Guide to the Shelby Hearon Papers
Gwynedd Cannan
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Revised for ArchivesSpace by Susannah Broyles.

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

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San Marcos Texas 78666 USA