University of North Carolina at Asheville
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Herbert Edward Francis, Jr.
 

Southern Appalachian Writers Collection

M2005.05.01-04



 

 

Title Herbert Edward Francis, Jr.
Creator Southern Highlands Research Center
Alt. Creator D. H. Ramsey Library
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/southern_appalachian_writers/francis_he/francis_he.htm
Subject Keyword Herbert Edward Francis, Jr. ; Southern Appalachian Writers ; Appalachia
Subject
LCSH
Francis, Herbert Edward, Jr., 1924 -
American literature -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- History and criticism
American literature -- Appalachian Mountains -- History and criticism
Appalachians (People) in literature
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Description and travel
Description The collection contains letters of correspondence, ephemera, book jackets, and anecdotal information on the writer.  These materials were gathered as part of an exhibition of Southern Appalachian Writers held at UNCA in the early 1980's and sponsored by D. H. Ramsey Library and the Southern Highlands Research Center.
Publisher D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Annette Hatley
Date 2005-08-23
Type Collection ; text ; book jackets
Format 1 folder ; text ; image
Source M2005.05.02-8
Language English
Relation The Heritage of Western North Carolina, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 
Coverage 1900's - present ; Alabama ;
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.  Some materials in collections are electronic rights only. Please ask for assistance from Special Collections staff.
Donor 240
Acquisition  2004-03-
Citation Herbert Edward Francis, Jr. in Southern Appalachian Writers Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff,  2005
Last update 2008-09-15
Statement on writing "I want each story to hold in its clarity its own profound sense of the mystery we live.  In my work, the story has to fix on what I find to be real (everlasting) in human experience within the flexing language of madness and the forms of chaos in our time.

"I want to live in my stories the lives, the spontaneous momentary revelations, of all who really want to live before they die, or who are not aware that they are alive, or who want to live what they cannot."

Biography

Herbert Edward (H.E.) Francis was born and raised in Rhode Island.  After a stint in World War II, he studied at the University of Wisconsin and earned his MA from Brown University.  He then began teaching at a slew of universities throughout the country, but it was the University of Alabama Huntsville where Francis settled in 1966.  Also in the mid-1960s, he received a Fulbright grant to lecture in Argentina, beginning a relationship with the nation that would continue for years after.  Upon his retirement from UAH, an annual short story competition was named for him.  Francis is most known for his short stories, but he is also an accomplished translator, having translated fiction for Juan Jose Hernandez among others. 

Bibliography BOOKS BY

1966

Toda La Gente Que Nunca Tuve ("All the People I Never Had").  Buenos Aires: Burnichon, 1966.

Cinco Millas Hasta Diciembre [y] Como los Peces, Comos los Pajaros, Como la Hierba ("Five Miles to December [and] As  Fish, As Birds, As Grass").  Buenos Aires, Burnichon, 1966.

1973

The Itinerary of Beggars.  Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1973.

1980

Naming Things: Stories.  Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1980.

1983

A Disturbance of Gulls and Other Stories.  New York: G. Braziller, 1983.

1999

The Sudden Trees and Other Stories.  Savannah, GA: Frederic C. Beil, 1999.

Goya, Are You With Me Now?.  Savannah, GA: Frederic C. Beil, 1999.

2003

The Invisible Country.  Savannah, GA: Frederic C. Beil, 2003.

2004

I'll Never Leave You: Stories.  Kansas City, MO: BkMk Press, 2004.