Creator
Owen, Guy, 1925-
Size
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Location

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Call number
MC 00023

The Guy Owen papers contain publicity material, including photographs, brochures, and press releases connected with the movie premiere of the film The Flim-Flam Man, based on Owen's book The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man. Also included are articles, news clippings and a eulogy about Owen, as well as literary magazines and journals containing his articles.

Guy Owen (1925-1981) received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A well-respected author and educator, Owen founded and edited the Southern Poetry Review, edited North Carolina Folklore, and served as Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University. He authored numerous novels, short stories, and poems, including Season of Fear and The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man.

Biographical/historical note

Guy Owen, Jr., was born on February 24, 1925, in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. He graduated from Clarkton High School in 1942, and worked at assorted odd jobs before joining the Army in 1943, serving in France and Germany. He returned to the United States in 1945 to attend the University of North Carolina, where he majored in English. In 1952, Owen married Dorothy Meadows Jennings of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in 1955.

Owen's first teaching experience was as instructor of English at Davidson College from 1949 to 1951. He also taught part-time at the University of North Carolina from 1951 to 1954, while completing his dissertation, and was associate professor of English at Elon College during the 1954-1955 school year.

In 1955, Owen accepted the position of associate professor of English at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida; he taught there until 1961. During this time, he wrote his first novel, Season of Fear, which was published in 1960.

Owen became a member of the faculty at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) in Raleigh in 1961, remaining there until his death twenty years later. While teaching American literature and creative writing courses, he completed and published three novels, two volumes of poems, and a collection of short stories. He also helped edit two anthologies of verse: New Southern Poets: Selected Poems from Southern Poetry Review and Contemporary Poets of North Carolina.

In 1958, Owen co-founded the poetry magazine Impetus, which in 1965 became Southern Poetry Review. He was also an editor of North Carolina Folklore.

Owen died of cancer in July 1981, at age 56.

Scope/content

The Guy Owen papers contain publicity material, including a screenplay, photographs, brochures, movie passes, and press releases related to the movie premiere of the film The Flim-Flam Man, based on Owen's book The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man. Also included are news clippings, articles, and a eulogy about Owen, as well literary magazines and journals containing Owen's works. Commentary about Owen and his works are also included.

Published copies of short stories in this collection include The Face on the Tombstone,Flim-Flam and the Buried Treasure,The Flim-Flam Man and the Widow Nickels,The Conversion of Doodle,The New Deputy, and Mordecai Jones and the Diamond Egg. Poems include At My Father's Grave,Pictures of Yoknapatawpha: On Looking at the Photographs by Martin J. Dain,For James (1926-1965), and My Father's Curse. Other writings include the article The Teacher, the Poet, and the Little Magazines and a draft of a review of Stanley Kunitz's The Testing Tree.

Physical description

1 box

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by genre.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Guy Owen Papers, MC 00023, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Gift and transfer, 1967-1987.

Promotional materials from the motion picture The Flim-Flam Man 1967
Box 1, Folder 1
Photographs from the motion picture The Flim-Flam Man 1967
Box 1, Folder 2
Newspaper clippings 1980-1981
Box 1, Folder 3
Eulogy and biographical articles about Owen 1981-1982
Box 1, Folder 4
Literary articles about Owen 1972, 1982
Box 1, Folder 5
"American Pastoral: The Novels of Guy Owen," by R. J. Rundus, Pembroke Magazine 1972
"Animal Motifs in Guy Owen's Season of Fear: Clay Hampton's Tenuous Humanity," by Shelby Stephenson, Pembroke Magazine 1982
"Guy Owen," in Studies of Cultural and Social Sciences (Hiroshima, Japan) 1982
Photograph of Owen 1975

St. Andrews Review, 1975

Box 1, Folder 6
Article and reviews by Owen 1967, 1971
Box 1, Folder 7
Article: "The Teacher, the Poet, and the Little Magazines," Furman Studies 1967
Reviews: "New Writing in South Carolina," edited by William Peden and George Garrett, The South Carolina Review 1971
The Testing Tree , by Stanley Kunitz 1971
Poems by Owen 1972
Box 1, Folder 8
"At My Father's Grave" and "Pictures of Yoknapatawpha: On Looking at the Photographs by Martin J. Dain," Mississippi Review 1972
"For James (1926-1965)" and "My Father's Curse," Southern Poetry Review 1972
Short stories by Owen 1967-1973
Box 1, Folder 9
"The Conversion of Doodle," The Windhover 1967
"Mordecai Jones and the Diamond Egg," Appalachian Harvest 1970
"The New Deputy," The South Carolina Review 1973
Short stories by Owen 1974-1976
Box 1, Folder 10
"The Flim-Flam Man and the Widow Nickels," New South Writing 1974
"Flim-Flam and the Buried Treasure," TWIGS XII 1975
"The Face on the Tombstone," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1976

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Guy Owen Papers, MC 00023, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.