Ardath Mayhar Papers, 1958-1983 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Ardath Mayhar Papers, 1958-1983Add to your cart.

ID: A/100

Primary Creator: Mayhar, Ardath

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Authors -- Texas, East, Mayhar, Ardath -- Manuscripts, Norton, Andre -- Correspondence, Novelists, American -- Texas, East, Poets, Science fiction -- Women authors

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of manuscripts, galley proofs, and correspondence with publishers, editors, and writers, including most notably science fiction/fantasy writer, Andre Norton. Ardath recycles scrap paper from various sources in her work.

Collection Historical Note

Ardath Frances Hurst was born on February 20, 1930 in Timpson, Texas. From the age of 17 she managed her father's dairy for ten years while educating herself in languages and poetic forms. In 1957 she opened a bookstore in Nacogdoches and there she met her future husband, Joe Mayhar. They were married in 1958 and have four sons, two from his previous marriage. They lived for awhile in Houston, Texas then moved to Salem, Oregon, where Ardath worked as a proofreader for the Capital Journal from 1968 to 1975. They returned to Nacogdoches County, living near Chireno, and operated a broiler farm until it was destroyed by fire in 1978. From 1979 to 1980 Ardath was a proofreader for the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, then she left to become a full-time writer. After thirty years of writing and publishing poetry including a chapbook, Journey to an Ending, in 1965, she turned to fiction in 1973. Her first novel to be published, How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon, was released in 1979 and quickly succeeded by The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn (1980), Soul-Singer of Tyrnos (1981), Warlock's Gift (1982), Runes of the Lyre (1982), Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey (1982), and The Absolutely Perfect Horse, co-authored by Marylois Dunn (1983). She has other books under contract or in negotiation and several have gone into more than one edition. Most of the above works are science fiction/fantasy but she has also written westerns and occult fiction.

("Ardath Mayhar Papers." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).

Subject/Index Terms

Authors -- Texas, East
Mayhar, Ardath -- Manuscripts
Norton, Andre -- Correspondence
Novelists, American -- Texas, East
Poets
Science fiction -- Women authors

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

Books in ETRC written by Mayhar:

Dunn, Marylois, and Ardath Mayhar. The absolutely perfect horse. NY: Harper & Row, 1983. ETRC PZ10.3.D883 Ab 1983

Dunn, Marylois, and Ardath Mayhar. Timber pirates. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1997. ETRC PZ7.D9217 TIM 1997X

Mayhar, Ardath. Carrots and Miggle. NY: Atheneum, 1986. ETRC PZ7.M468 Car 1986

Mayhar, Ardath. The world ends in Hickory Hollow. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1985. ETRC PS3563.A962 W6 1985

Mayhar, Ardath. Exile on Vlahil. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. ETRC PS3563.A962 E9 1984

Mayhar, Ardath. Golden dream: a fuzzy odyssey. NY: Ace, 1984, 1982. ETRC PS3563.A962 G64 1984x

Mayhar, Ardath. How the gods wove in Kyrannon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1979. ETRC PS3563.A962 H6 1979x

Mayhar, Ardath. Hunters of the plains. NY: Berkley Books, 1995. ETRC PS3563.A962 H86 1995x

Mayhar, Ardath. Island in the lake. NY: Diamond Books, 1993. ETRC PS3563.A962 I8 1993x

Mayhar, Ardath. Journey to an ending. Fort Smith, AR: South and West, 1965. ETRC PS3563.A962 J68 1965x

Mayhar, Ardath. Khi to freedom. NY: Ace, 1983. ETRC PS3563.A962 K55 1983x

Mayhar, Ardath. Lords of the triple moons. NY: Atheneum, 1983. ETRC PZ7.M468 LO 1983

Mayhar, Ardath. Makra Choria. NY: Atheneum, 1987. ETRC PZ7.M468 Mak 1987

Mayhar, Ardath. Medicine walk. NY: Atheneum, 1985. ETRC PZ7.M468 ME 1985

Mayhar, Ardath. Monkey station. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1989. ETRC PS3563.A962 M66 1989x

Mayhar, Ardath. People of the mesa. NY: Diamond Books, 1992. ETRC PS3563.A962 P46 1992x

Mayhar, Ardath. Place of silver silence. NY: Walker, 1988. ETRC PZ7.M468 Pl 1988

Mayhar, Ardath. Reflections, published and unpublished poetry. Nacogdoches, TX: s.n., 1994. ETRC PS3563.A962 R43 1994x

Mayhar, Ardath. Road of stars: a tale of art and death. Princeton, NJ: Xlibris, 1998. ETRC PS3563.A962 R6 1998x

Mayhar, Ardath. Runes of the lyre. NY: Ace, 1983, 1982. ETRC PZ7.M468 Ru 1983x

Mayhar, Ardath. Saga of Grittel Sundotha. NY: Atheneum, 1985. ETRC PZ7.M468 SAG 1985

Mayhar, Ardath. The seekers of Shar-Huhn. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980. ETRC PS3563.A962 S4

Mayhar, Ardath. Slewfoot Sally and the flying mule : and other tales from Cotton County. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1995. ETRC PS3563.A962 S53 1995x

Mayhar, Ardath. Soul-singer of Tyrnos. NY: Atheneum, 1981. ETRC PZ7.M468 Se

Mayhar, Ardath. The sword and the dagger. Chicago, IL: FASA, 1987. ETRC PS3563.A962 S96 1987x

Mayhar, Ardath. Through a stone wall. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1995, 1982. ETRC PN147 .M478 1995x

Mayhar, Ardath. Towers of the earth. NY: Diamond Books, 1994. ETRC PS3563.A962 T6 1994x

Mayhar, Ardath. Trail of the seahawks. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1987. ETRC PS3563.A962 T72 1987x

Mayhar, Ardath. The wall. NY: Space and Time, 1987. ETRC PS3563.A962 W28 1987

Mayhar, Ardath. Warlock's gift. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1982. ETRC PS3563.A962 W3 1982


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[Box 2: Manuscripts],
[Box 3: Manuscripts],
[Box 4: Manuscripts],
[Box 5: Manuscripts, short stories, poems, essays],
[Box 6: Correspondence and miscellaneous],
[Bundle 1: Publicity poster from Ace Books for Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey, 1985. Initial rendition of cover for The Far Horizon by artist H. Tom Hall, n.d.],
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Box 3: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Feud at Sweetwater Creek. Manuscript by Ardath Mayhar as Frank Cannon, ca 1986Add to your cart.
Published by Zebra, Fall 1987
Folder 2: The Wall. Manuscript, ca. 1986Add to your cart.
Published by Space & Time Books, Summer 1987
Folder 3: Unmapped Roads. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 1-149
Folder 4: Unmapped Roads. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 150-301
Folder 5: Unmapped Roads. Manuscript, 2nd draught, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 1-149
Folder 6: Unmapped Roads. Manuscript, 2nd draught, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 150-301
Folder 7: Exile on Vlahil. Editing galleys, reader's set, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Exile on Vlahil. Galley and style sheets, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Two Moons and the Black Tower. Original manuscript carbon, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Time and a Cold Rain. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 1-100; Ardath Mayhar bibliography
Folder 11: Time and a Cold Rain. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 101-171
Folder 12: Time and a Cold Rain. Original manuscript carbon and synopsis. Chapter V and VI rewrites, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: The One Who Smelled the Wind. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 1-123
Folder 14: The One Who Smelled the Wind. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 124-246
Folder 15: The Order. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: The Makers of Mounds. SynopsisThe People of the Swamp, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Trail of the Blade. Manuscript rewrites by Ardath Mayhar and Ron Fortier, ca. 1992Add to your cart.
pages 1-162
Folder 18: Trail of the Blade. Manuscript rewrites by Ardath Mayhar and Ron Fortier, ca. 1992Add to your cart.
pages 163-305 and misc. pages
Folder 19: People of the Towers. Manuscript and chapter rewrites, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 115-276

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