- Scope and Contents
The collection consists of writings, journals, correspondence, printed material, photographs, audiovisual material, computer disks, and other papers documenting the literary careers and lives of James McCourt and Vincent Virga.
McCourt's writings comprise the bulk of the collection, and include notes, notebooks, manuscript and typescript drafts, correspondence, and printed material related to his published works: Mawrdew Czgowchwz (1975), Kaye Wayfaring in "Avenged:" Four Stories (1984), Time Remaining: Stories (1993), Delancey's Way (2000), Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake (2002), Queer Street: Rise and Fall of American Culture, 1947-1985 (2004), and Now Voyagers: The Night Sea Journey (2007). Virga's writings consist of manuscript and typescript drafts of his published works, including Gaywyck (1980), Comfortable Corner (1982), and Vadriel Vale (2001).
Diaries, appointment calendars, and notebooks, belonging to both McCourt and Virga and spanning over thirty years, document their individual careers and their life together. McCourt's journal from July 1973 to December 1978 covers his efforts to sell Mawrdew Czgowchz, and his journals from 1992 to 1995 contain notes for Time Out of Mind and Delancey’s Way. Other material relating to the personal and professional lives of McCourt and Virga include: personal correspondence between McCourt and Virga; professional correspondence with publishers, editors, and agents; photographs of McCourt and Virga; McCourt's childhood memorabilia; and printed material.
- Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Box 65 (computer disks): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 66 (audiovisual material): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
- Conditions Governing Use
The James McCourt and Vincent Virga Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
- Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2011 and 2015.
Gift of Vincent Virga, 2015.
Organized into four series: I. James McCourt Writings. II. Vincent Virga Writings. III. Diaries, Appointment Calendars, and Notebooks. IV. Personal and Professional Papers.
James McCourt and Vincent Virga papers
Call Number: GEN MSS 845