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Lewis Lawson papers

 Collection 0192-UA

Lewis A. Lawson (b. 1931), a literary critic and editor, was a professor of English at the University of Maryland from 1963-1997. He specializes in Southern American fiction, particularly Walker Percy and Flannery O'Connor, and edited The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery O'Connor with Melvin J. Friedman. His other works include Following Percy: Essays on Walker Percy's Work, a collection of his essays; Another Generation: Southern Fiction since World War II; Kierkegaard's Presence in Contemporary American Life: Essays from Various Disciplines; Wheeler's Last Raid, a Civil War history; and two collections he co-edited with Victor A. Kramer, Conversations With Walker Percy and More Conversations With Walker Percy. His papers consist of correspondence, interviews, and the manuscript of his Greek translation of Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away. Significant correspondents represented in the collection include Edwin Quain, Eudora Welty, Robert Penn Warren, Melvin J. Friedman, Robert Fitzgerald, Flannery O'Connor, and Regina O'Connor.


  • 1963-1967 and undated

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


0.50 Linear Feet


The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was deposited with the University of Maryland Archives in 1971 by Lewis Lawson.

Guide to the Lewis Lawson papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742