J. Kerker Quinn Papers, 1926-69
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Brief Description:

Papers of J. Kerker Quinn (1911-69), assistant professor of English (1936-69) and editor of Direction (1934-35) and Accent (1940-60), including personal and business correspondence with contributors, subscribers and colleagues; manuscripts of poetry, stories and plays; student papers from Bradley College (1930-34); contributions record (1940-61); files on "little magazines;" financial records; lecture and research notes; Ford Foundation fellowship program for creative writers files (1953-63); sheet music; playbills; poetry and fiction bibliographies; newspaper clippings; course materials; class records and student papers. Correspondents include Nelson Algren, Eric Bentley, Walter Van Tillburg Clark, Malcom Cowley, E. E. Cummings, Bill Gass, Henry Miller, Marianne Moore, Katherine Anne Porter, J. F. Powers, George Scouffas, Charles Shattuck, Wallace Stevens, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright.

This series includes published copies (1934-35, 1940-60) of Direction and Accent.


Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 15/7/30
Created by: Quinn, J. Kerker (1911-1969)
Volume: 24.4 cubic feet
Acquired: 12/8/1969
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/uasfa/1507030.pdf
Arrangement: By type of material and alphabetical or chronological thereunder.
Biographical Note for Quinn, J. Kerker (1911-1969) :

John Kerker Quinn (1911-1969) was assistant in English (1936-44); instructor in English (1944-52); assistant professor of English (1952-57); and associate professor of English (1957-69) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was a renowned educator perhaps best known as founder and editor of the pioneering literary journal Accent

Quinn earned a bachelor's degree (1933) from Bradley University and a master's degree (1936) in English from UIUC. He served as editor of Direction (1934-35) and, most importantly, Accent (1940-60), a small literary magazine he founded to highlight achievements in contemporary writing. The publication became influential and featured avant-garde luminaries during its twenty-year run, such as E. E. Cummings (1894-1962), Langston Hughes (1902-1967), and Sylvia Plath (1932-1963). Its mélange of leading-edge critical reviews, short stories, and poetry defied traditional categories such as region or movement and inspired a host of similar literary magazines. Quinn also contributed to the development of the university's Festival of Contemporary Arts, serving on the planning committee.

Quinn died prematurely on October 27, 1969, of a heart attack suffered while teaching class.


"Teacher Dies During Class," Daily Illini, 28 October 1969, https://idnc.library.illinois.edu/?a=d&d=DIL19691028.2.9&srpos=1&e=-------en-20--1--img-txIN-J.+Kerker+Quinn+--------.

"J. Kerker Quinn and the Festival of Contemporary Arts," accessed June 3, 2020, https://archives.library.illinois.edu/langston-hughes/quinn/.

"Dandy and Fine: Accent to Ascent," accessed June 3, 2020, https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/8998/dandyfineaccentt00univ.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y.

Bruce Michelson, "American Literature in the Cornfields, Stuart Pratt Sherman and J. Kerker Quinn," No Boundaries: University of Illinois Vignettes, ed., Lillian Hoddeson (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2004). Accessed June 4, 2020, https://books.google.com/books?id=02eFrTPIo4gC&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=J+kerker+quinn&source=bl&ots=kI8vwI4pTd&sig=ACfU3U2GqtqFAHgv4aNrPrnrQ4dB0Ctymw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiFuZuMpejpAhWXBc0KHRj_AnoQ6AEwDXoECAoQAg#v=onepage&q=J%20kerker%20quinn&f=false.

Subject Index
Bradley University
Creative Writing
Faculty Papers
Ford Foundation
Little Magazines
Short Stories
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]