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Collection Overview

Title: Will Shetterly Papers, 1968-2015


Primary Creator: Shetterly, Will

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Series I is Novels; Series II contains Short Fiction; Seris III is Correspondence; Series IV is Digital Media; and Series V consists of Miscellaneous material.

Date Acquired: 06/23/2010

Subjects: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Shetterly, Will

Forms of Material: fantasy, science fiction

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Will Shetterly papers consist of printed (paper-based) materials that are split into series based upon format.  Series I is Novels and contains publishing contracts, manuscripts, and style sheets.  Series II contains Short Fiction manuscripts.  Series III is Correspondence and Series IV is Digital Media that contains files for Midnight Girl and Secrets of Seven Sages. The author's electronic hardcopy files will be kept on the department's main computer drive in the author's SFWA finding aid folder (titled under their name and identification number). Series V is for Miscellaneous materials.

Collection Historical Note

Will Shetterly was born in 1955 in an army hospital.  He was educated in an inner-city public school in Washington, DC and later graduated from Beloit, a private liberal arts college.  Having lived and experienced several economic conditions, Shetterly drew upon these experiences as he wrote his novels.  Will Shetterly is a fantasy and science fiction author best known for his novel, Dogland. For his novel, Elsewhere, he won the Minnesota Book Award for Fantasy & Science Fiction. Both his novels, Elsewhere and Nevernever, and some of his short stories are part of Terri Windling's Borderland series. He also created the first female black superhero who had her own series from a major comic publisher; Captain Confederacy.

He is married to author Emma Bull and the two have created and edited the Liavek shared universe anthologies, which are set in a world inspired by the Arabian nights.  Will Shetterly currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

For more information on Will Shetterly and his writings, please visit his webpages:

http://shetterly.blogspot.com/  (his blog)

https://twitter.com/willshetterly  (his Twitter)

Subject/Index Terms

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
Shetterly, Will

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: Photographs and photocopies of collection are prohibited.

Use Restrictions: Property Rights are transferred to the University Libraries per the signed Deed of Gift Document. Literary Rights are retained by the content creator.  Any copyrights so stated in the materials remain in force.

Acquisition Source: Will Shetterly

Related Materials: For more information please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Shetterly; https://twitter.com/willshetterly.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series I: Novels],
[Series II: Short Fiction],
[Series III: Correspondence],
[Series IV: Digital Media],
[Series V: Miscellaneous],

Series I: Novels
Box 1
Folder 1: Cats Have No Lords [contract with publisher|Ace Books], Jan 23, 1984
Folder 2: Cats Have No Lords [style sheets], no date
Folder 3: Cats Have No Lords [edited chapter 25 from manuscript] page 241 to page 248, no date
Folder 4: The Gospel of the Knife [original manuscript edited by publisher and accompanying letter|TOR] page 2 to page 196, Oct 1, 2007, no date
Folder 5: The Gospel of the Knife [original manuscript edited by publisher|TOR] page 197 to page 378, no date
Folder 6: The Tangled Lands [contract with publisher|Berkley Publishing Group], June 18, 1987
Folder 7: The Tangled Lands [composition order], 7-18-1989
Folder 8: The Tangled Lands [original style sheets], 12/1989
Folder 9: Witch Blood [contract with publisher|Berkley Publishing Group], May 13, 1985

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[Series III: Correspondence],
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