Papers of Konrad Hugh Vernon Hopkins, b.1928, novelist and poet, lecturer in social studies, University of Paisley, Scotland, 1967-1995

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Press Cuttings: reviews of novels & short stories of James Farrell 1933-1953
  • Volumes of literary magazines including stories/excerpts of James Farrell's work 1934-1966
  • Literary reviews of James Farrell's works; printed articles about Farrell's works c.1936-1966
  • Typescripts of Konrad Hopkins' research work on James Farrell; typescripts of Farrell's literary criticism of other authors; transcripts of radio interviews with Farrell; transcripts of lectures given by James Farrell c.1948-1955
  • Copies of front covers, frontispieces of short stories and literary criticism by James Farrell (incl. on James Whitcomb Riley) 1936-1964
  • Correspondence between Konrad Hopkins and Prof Edgar M Branch (typescript and manuscript) 1953-1956
  • Correspondence from Konrad Hopkins to James Farrell (typescript and manuscript) 1949-1962
  • Correspondence from James Farrell to Konrad Hopkins (typescript and manuscript) 1956-1965
  • Manuscript notes of Konrad Hopkins re: his work Neither Laughter nor Tears: A Cultural Study of James T Farrell 1950s

Administrative / Biographical History

Konrad Vernon Hopkins was born in  1928  in London, Connecticut, the son of a sailor. He was educated at a school in Massachusets and went on to study for a degree in English Literature at Harvard University from  1946-1950 . After spending three years in the United States Air Force until 1953, he worked as Editor and Secretary to the American author and short story writer  James T Farrell (1904-1979 ), with whom he formed a strong friendship. Hopkins held several teaching posts at American colleges and universities in the 1950s and 1960s. From  1958-1959  he worked freelance as a co-producer of plays at Princeton University, developing what was known as Theatre in Time. In 1960 he moved to Clarkson College of Technology, New York State, teaching Humanities and Liberal Arts, until  1966 . It was also during this period that he traveled widely around Europe and whilst in Vienna started to teach English at the Vienna Berlitz School of Languages (1966-1967). Konrad Hopkins came to Scotland in  1967 , when he took up the post of Lecturer in Communication Studies at the  University of Paisley (formerly Paisley Technical College ). He retired in 1993. Throughout his life Konrad Hopkins has been a writer of novels, poetry, plays and literary criticism. He has also been involved in the publishing world, editing the literary magazine Trends from 1974-1980.

Arrangement

The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Gift : Konrad Hopkins : 2004

Other Finding Aids

The collection also contains 68 volumes of James Farrell's novels and short stories, essays and poetry, including Studs Lonigan, My Days of Anger, The Silence of History, No Star is Lost, Father and Son, The Face of Time.

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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 20 September 2004.

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

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Custodial History

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