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Douglas Woolf Narratives

Identifier: MSS-300-BC

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 21 pieces of Woolf's writing. It contains numerous short stories published in journals, one book review, and several chapters (published in installments in a literary journal) of his novel John-Juan. The post-war experiences of former soldiers figure into more than one of his manuscripts. His protagonists are often marginal figures, underdogs, people who lead unglamourous lives, or outsiders fraught with confusion, delusions, or disappointment in life. The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English explains the relative obscurity of Woolf's characters and themes by the fact that "his understanding of the world was far in advance of his society's." This relative obscurity as well as the variety in Woolf's writing is evident in the writings which comprise this collection.


  • 1948-1967

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Douglas Woolf was born in New York, New York in 1922. He attended Harvard, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Arizona. He worked in many areas (including being a route driver, a journalist, a social worker, and a screenwriter) and for many years he was an itinerant worker who took time off to dedicate to writing. Often, he wrote during travels to other countries or ghost towns in the United States. He was a freelance writer as well as co-publisher and editor of Wolf Run Books. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces, where he served as Flight Officer in North Africa during World War II. He published several novels and collections of stories including The Hypocritic Days, Fade Out, Wall to Wall, Signs of a Migrant Worker, On Us, and Ya! John-Juan; Two Novels.


1 box (.38 cu. ft.)


This collection consists of 21 writings by Douglas Woolf, author of short stories, novels and book reviews.
Finding aid of the Douglas Woolf Narratives, 1948-1967
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University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131