Dr. Drewey Wayne Gunn in 1969
Professor Emeritus Drewey Wayne Gunn joined the university faculty 1968–72. He left for a sojourn in Denmark (as a Fulbright teacher) and France, returning in 1977. He served in the Department of Language and Literature until his retirement in 2001. A North Carolina native, he received his B.A. from Wake Forest University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In high school he set a goal of one day entering the Library of Congress catalog. A current search reveals fourteen entries; to them the World Catalog adds five more. He is a literary historian, editor, translator, and co-author of one novel on the relationship between French poets Verlaine and Rimbaud (currently being translated for a French edition). An early book, American and British Writers in Mexico, was translated into Spanish; the Mexican ministry of education placed copies in all schools and public libraries. Nobel laureate Octavio Paz singled it out for comment in one of his essays. Gunn received both the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Alumni Research Award (1982) and the Alumni Teaching Award (1996). Two of his books were finalists for a Lambda Literary Award. His latest book, Gay Novels of Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth, has been named a Library Journal (3/1/2015) best reference book. His life partner was Air France translator Jacques Murat.
Dr. Gunn, a long time friend of the Jernigan Library, has given this collection as a first installment for the collection; the second installment will arrive in the Library in the fall, and by the terms of his will the library will eventually receive his entire private collection of books.
Other donations to the Jernigan Library by Dr. Gunn may be found in the South Texas Archives.
Drewey Wayne Gunn Collection