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Earl Wayne Lee born November 8, 1954, in Rockford, Illinois and died on February 19, 2015, in Pittsburg, Kansas. During his childhood, his family moved frequently, and settled in northeast Arkansas at the community of Calamine. In 1972, Lee enrolled in Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas and pursued an English degree with an emphasis in Western Literature. While there he also wrote for the college newspaper. In 1975 he enrolled at the University of Arkansas and studied English Literature. In 1985, he received a master’s degree, Masters of Library and Information Studies, at the University of Wisconsin. In 1986, he was employed in the library of the Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1987, he became the acquisitions librarian at Pittsburg State University. During his time there he was an active faculty member, involved himself with the faculty senate, and eventually gained the rank of University professor. Throughout his career, he wrote and published several novels and plays. One of his plays, Drakulya, was produced and presented through Pittsburg State University’s theatre program. Lee was married to PSU English professor Kathy De Grave.

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Languages and Literature

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4 linear feet

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0173

Lee, Earl, collection, 1983-2014

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