Harold Bell Wright Manuscripts
Where to Find Them
1. That Printer of Udell's
2. The Shepherd of
- UCLA, Box 2, The Shepherd of the Hills
Chicago, 1907. 306 leaves.
Typescript with many holographic
changes and corrections and a few holographic notes. Every leaf
has the title "The Strength of the Hills," printed at the top.
On every leaf the title is lined through with a pencil. On the
title page and on the preceding page that has only the title on
it, the title, "The Strength of the Hills," is typed. In both
instances each letter of the word, "Strength"' is thoroughly
crossed out and the word, "Shepherd," is hand-written above the
Tucson, Box 4, The Shepherd of the Hills
Original handwritten copy, bound by HBW, 750
Ten-reel motion picture scenario (screenplay).
Harold Bell Wright Museum, Branson, MO.
Writer's Hall of Fame of America, Springfield,
Missouri. Paul Johns, Executive Director writes: "[This]
manuscript was given by Mr. Wright to Mrs. C. P. Munday of Kansas
City, Missouri. He had stayed at her home while completing the
manuscript. The cover letter with the manuscript states, 'To Mrs.
C. P. Munday, who, in the last days of my labor on this story,
generously permitted me to turn her home into a workshop, I give
these literary chips and shavings--a very inadequate expression of
my gratitude and regard. Kansas City, Missouri Sept. 22, 1906.'"
This typescript was
donated to the Writers Hall of Fame when Harold Bell Wright was
inducted in 1997. The first page (not the title page) of the
manuscript is shown below at left. Click to enlarge.
Photo courtesy Paul Johns.
The title page of this manuscript lists the original title as "The
Other Side of the Story." Wright had organized the story into parts,
with the first part entitled, "The Stranger and the Story." On the
title page, the original typewritten title was marked through with
pencil and the second working title, "The Strength of the Hills," is
written in pencil below it. This is obviously a very early draft,
since the final title, "The Shepherd of the Hills," never appears.
HBW's handwritten corrections are scattered throughout the
3. The Calling of Dan
4. The Uncrowned
- UCLA, Box 1: The Uncrowned King. Redlands, California, 1910.
- One crudely bound volume--the one described in the
letter to E. W. Reynolds of May 4, 1910--that includes
the handwritten manuscript of The Uncrowned King, and
a typescript copy. Both have extensive changes throughout.
Manuscript is written with pen and ink.
- One volume in same type crude canvas binding containing a
typescript of The Uncrowned King.
- Tucson, Box 4, The Uncrowned King, autographed,
5. The Winning of
- UCLA, Box 4, The Winning of Barbara Worth n.p, n.d.
521 leaves. Typescript with holographic corrections and
notations to publisher. Filed in 4 folders.
Tucson, Box 5, The Winning of Barbara Worth
Argument and characters, outline, typed with index
tabs, 31 pages.
typed with hand corrections, 700
Pioneers Museum, El Centro, The Winning of
Barbara Worth. Entire book,
6. Their Yesterdays
- UCLA, Box 3, Their Yesterdays. Chicago, 1912.
~.255 leaves. Manuscript and
typescript with various notations
and corrections pasted in, with corrected pages inserted.
- UCLA, Box 4, Their Yesterdays. Chicago, 1912.
248 leaves. Typescript with holographic notations, and
instructions to the publisher. Filed in modern manila envelope.
- Tucson, Box 5, Their Yesterdays, first writing, 25 chapters,
notes and handwritten chapters, enclosed envelopes and bound, 400
7. The Eyes of the
8. When A Man's A
9. The Recreation
of Brian Kent
10. Helen of the Old
Tucson, Box 6, Helen of the Old House
(Soon to be returned to Library)
handwritten, 30 pages (Returned)
Advance copy of part of
story to publisher D. Appleton in folder, 150 pages
Outline, typed, handnotes,
tabs, 116 pages (continued in box 7)
Tucson, Box 7, Helen of the Old House
(continued from box 6) (Soon to be returned to Library)
First writing, all
handwritten, 650 pages.
Final version, typed, 364
11. The Mine With the
12. A Son of His Father
13. God and the
14. Long Ago Told
Tucson, Box 9, Exit
First writing, all
handwritten corrections, 290 pages.
Final revision, typed, 284 pages.
Copy of printer's copy, typed, 282
A play in three acts, from the
novel, arranged by HBW, 100 pages, typed.
A play in three acts, another
version, from the novel, arranged by HBW, 115 pages.
16. The Devil's Highway
Tucson, Box 10, The Devil's Highway, A collaboration between
HBW and his son, Gilbert Wright, AKA, John Lebar.
The principles of Ethericity, by Gilbert Wright,
typed, 11 pages.
typed with handwritten notes, 343
typed with handwritten
corrections, notes, additions, 362 pages.
17. Ma Cinderella
18. To My Sons
Tucson, Box 10, To My Sons
Tucson, Box 11, To My Sons (continued from box ten)
typed with handwritten
corrections, 260 pages.
Final zerox of publisher's copy, 241 pages.
19. The Man Who Went Away