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Series II: Writings by Ferro, 1963-1988

Call Number: YCAL MSS 322, Series II

Scope and Contents

The subseries Books contains files of correspondence, drafts, reviews, and fan mail for Ferro's four published novels, The Blue Star (1985), The Family of Max Desir (1983), The Others (1977), and Second Son (1988). The subseries Reviews contains typescripts and tear sheets of Ferro's work for four periodicals, Advocate, Christopher Street, New York Native, and Philadelphia Gay News, with some related correspondence. Other Writings holds academic papers from his graduate school days, novels and short stories that went unfinished or unpublished during his lifetime, ideas for screenplays and musicals, and a few poems he composed. The largest sets of files in the subseries document his more extensive work on two book-length projects, "Chiaroscuro," and "The Minnehaha Bequest"/"The Finishing Touch," the latter co-written with Michael Grumley. The subseries also contains a paper, "Gay Literature Today," that Ferro presented at Oberlin College in November 1987; it later appeared in the anthology The Violet Quill Reader.

All files on Atlantis: the Autobiography of a Search, which was co-authored with Michael Grumley, are held in Grumley's papers (YCAL MSS 323).

An excerpt from Ferro's last novel Second Son appeared in the anthology Men on Men: Best New Gay Fiction (1986); material related to that project is with the files for his novel.

File titles in quotes were taken from the author's annotations or from his original folders/envelopes/containers


  • 1963-1988


Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.


The series is organized into three subseries: Books; Reviews; and Other Writings


6 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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