Benjamin Sonnenberg papers, 1956-2010. (Archival material, 1956) [WorldCat.org]
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Benjamin Sonnenberg papers, 1956-2010.

Author: Ben Sonnenberg
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Ben Sonnenberg, Jr., is a writer and editor best known for founding Grand Street, a New York literary quarterly, which he edited from 1981 until his retirement in 1989; the magazine continued for another fifteen years before it finally ceased publication in the fall of 2004. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence between Ben Sonnenberg, Jr. and literary contributors associated with Grand Street. Some
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Genre/Form: Periodicals
Named Person: Grover Amen; Anne Carson; Arthur C Danto; Ted Hughes; James Laughlin; Norman Mailer; W S Merwin; Susan Minot; Alice Munro; Padgett Powell; Edward W Said; James Salter; Benjamin Sonnenberg; Edward Sorel
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Sonnenberg
OCLC Number: 299031229
Description: 9 linear feet (20 document boxes)
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Ben Sonnenberg, Jr., is a writer and editor best known for founding Grand Street, a New York literary quarterly, which he edited from 1981 until his retirement in 1989; the magazine continued for another fifteen years before it finally ceased publication in the fall of 2004. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence between Ben Sonnenberg, Jr. and literary contributors associated with Grand Street. Some Grand Street administrative files and a small amount of personal material, including family letters and writings, are also included.

The majority of the collection consists of personal and professional correspondence between Ben Sonnenberg, Jr., Grand Street contributors, and other writers associated with the New York literary scene. The correspondence is primarily literary in scope, with writers often responding to criticism of manuscripts and works in progress, as well as providing "updates" on work and home life. In addition to letters from contributors, the series includes letters from other editors-some amicable, others less so-which provide an incisive portrait of the New York literary culture in the mid-1990s.

Also included in the collection are administrative and financial records from Grand Street magazine, manuscripts of Sonnenberg's own work, and a small amount of family and personal correspondence. Overall, the material is in excellent condition, with the exception of newspaper clippings and magazine articles, many of which are acidic and have been either separated or photocopied to preserve their integrity.

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