2 – Research


Ben Yagoda (b. 1954), author

Language and writing are frequent topics for author and journalist Ben Yagoda, who retired from 25 years of teaching at the University of Delaware in 2018. The correspondence, transcribed interviews, research compilations, manuscripts and typescripts shown here are from working files toward The Sound on the Page (HarperResource, 2005), a book about writers discovering their literary style. Yagoda contacted authors representing different types of writing and coded transcripts of interviews or correspondence (P, E, F, I, A, etc.) to organize his observations on process, editing, formation, influence, approach and personality in how these writers make style sound on the page for readers.

All items from the Ben Yagoda papers

  1. John Updike to Ben Yagoda, typed letters signed, June 27 and July 23, 2001
  2. Ben Yagoda to Anne Beattie, computer-typed letter (copy), August 2, 2001
  3. Jeffrey Rosen to Ben Yagoda, printed email, May 28, 2002
  4. Coded transcript of Jamaica Kincaid interview (August 6, 2002)
  5. “Process, Editing, Formation, Personality, Influence, Approach.” Coded notes and quotations from Yagoda interviews with authors, undated
  6. Manuscript draft, undated
  7. Sound on the Page. Clean copy of computer typescript, undated