Robley Wilson, Jr. Papers, c. 1963-2000

Collection Overview

Title: Robley Wilson, Jr. Papers, c. 1963-2000

Record Series: 14/03/02/05

Record Group:

14/03/02 Faculty & Staff Papers

Creator: Wilson, Robley Jr.

Date: c. 1963-2000

Extent: 1 box (0.21 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Historical Note

Robley Wilson, Jr. (born 1930) was a professor in the English Department at UNI from 1963-1996. From 1969-2000, he edited the award-winning North American Review. He is a writer who has published six short story collections, three poetry collections and a chapbook, and four novels.  

Professor Wilson now lives in Florida.

Short story collections:

  • The Pleasures of Manhood (1977)
  • Living Alone (1978)
  • Dancing for Men (1983)
  • Terrible Kisses (1989)
  • The Book of Lost Fathers (2001)
  • Who Will Hear Your Secrets? (2012)

Poetry Collections:

  • Kingdoms of the Ordinary (1986)
  • A Pleasure Tree (1990)
  • A Walk Through the Human Heart (chapbook, 1996)
  • Everything Paid For (1999)


  • The Victim’s Daughter (1991)
  • Splendid Omens (2004)
  • The World Still Melting (2005)
  • After Paradise (forthcoming, 2017)

It is unknown when his papers were donated to Special Collections & University Archives. They contain the following material.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: List of publications
  • Folder 2:
    • Esquire magazine, with one of his short stories
    • Reviews of his works
    • Several photocopied short stories
    • One story in manuscript
  • Folder 3: Manuscript for apparently unpublished short story collection Weights and Measures

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, July 2017. Updated by Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated September 13, 2017.