Friday, March 30, 2018

Browsing through the Evangeline Walton papers

So, a while back, I realized that the U of A had the papers of Evangeline Walton, who spend the last 2/3 of her life in Tucson, and I thought, rather randomly, that someday I might use them for an article or some such. Well, the other day, I discovered the existence of a journal known as the The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction, so I decided to take the plunge and see if anything interested me in those papers.

Alas, not muchthat I could find. There's a pretty lengthy correspondence from John Cowper Powys, with whom EW shared a strong interest in Celtic material, and a few letters from August Derleth of Arkham House (and publishing H. P. Lovecraft) fame. The rest of the materials were manuscripts for several of EW's novels.

I was really hoping that I could somehow tie EW to a writer whom I knew -- Tolkien after the 1950s, perhaps, or even the Greyhaven writers, a possibility I realized once I discovered that EW wrote the forward to Paul Edwin Zimmer's chapbook, Woman of the Elfmounds. (She also did a blurb for his second novel). Unless I was dedicated into reading into more of Powys,** though, there doesn't seem to be much I can use here.

**Random note, btw: apparently Cowys, who was sometimes called an atheist, told EW that he's really a polytheist -- a believer in God and the Goddess. That, of course, reminded me of the neo-paganism of the Greyhaven writers, but any connection there is probably too tenuous to delve into.

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