This collection contains drafts, revisions, editorial notes, and writings pertaining to the works of American novelist and poet Olive Hershey. The collection is divided into two series: Truck Dance and Other Works. Within each series, folders and items were left in the original order in which they were received from the author. Of particular interest are drafts of various chapters of Truck Dance containing revisions and notes from fellow American novelists Donald Barthelme, under whom Hershey studied while in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, and Tracy Daugherty, another student of Barthelme’s and graduate of the Creative Writing Program.
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Olive Hershey was born in Houston, Texas in 1941, the daughter of Jacob W. and Olive Hershey. She attended Connecticut College from 1958-60; University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.A. in 1968, M.A. in 1970, and Ph.D. in 1978; and University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, receiving an M.A. in 1987. While at the University of Houston, Hershey studied under American novelist Donald Barthelme. She published Face Up, a book of poetry, in 1984 and the novel Truck Dance (originally her University of Houston thesis) in 1984.
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Olive Hershey Papers. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting. See the Citing Special Collections Materials page for more information. https://findingaids.lib.uh.edu/repositories/2/resources/261 Accessed January 17, 2020.