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Series I., General Correspondence, 1922-1977 Records.

Author: Maynard A AmerinePaul M AngleHarriette Louisa Simpson ArnowHerbert AsburyW H AudenAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Records, 1873-1996
Summary:
This series consists of the central editorial files of the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Company. It contains the correspondence for the day-to-day operations of the firm, including letters from foreign publishers seeking publication and translation rights, contacts with young writers, inquiries from aspiring authors, correspondence on legal matters such as copyright, letters from literary agents, and requests for
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Genre/Form: Book reviews
Doodles
Galley proofs
House organs
Invoices
Legal documents
Letters of introduction
Letters of recommendation
Mailing lists
Obituaries
Postal cards
Postcards
Press releases
Schedules
Scripts
Signatures
Synopses
Tear sheets
Telegrams
Typescripts
Reviews
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Maynard A Amerine; Paul M Angle; Harriette Louisa Simpson Arnow; Herbert Asbury; W H Auden; James Baldwin; Jacques Barzun; James Beard; Max Beerbohm, Sir; Saul Bellow; Walter Benton; Bernard Berenson; Cyril E Black; Lurton Blassingame; Bruce Bliven; Karen Blixen; Jorge Luis Borges; Bertolt Brecht; William J Brennan; Crane Brinton; Fawn McKay Brodie; D W Brogan; Paul Brooks; Walter R Brooks; Brigid Brophy; David Brower; Francis Brown; John L Brown; Art Buchwald; Frederick Buechner; Fanny Butcher; Cass Canfield; Truman Capote; John Roy Carlson; Rachel Carson; Clifford P Case; W J Cash; Bruce Catton; C W Ceram; Bennett Cerf; Samuel Chamberlain; Noam Chomsky; Eric Chou; John Maurice Clark; Thomas Dionysius Clark; Ernst Cloos; Hans Cloos; Harold Clurman; Jean Cocteau; Fabio Coen; I Compton-Burnett; James Bryant Conant; Alistair Cooke; Carleton S Coon; Aaron Copland; Norman Cousins; Miguel Covarrubias; Fleur Cowles; Clifford Mortimer Crist; Rupert Croft-Cooke; Margaret Lee Crofts; Ernest Dale; Pierre Daninos; Robertson Davies; Elmer Davis; Bernard De Voto; Warwick Deeping; Irving Dilliard; Lewis W Douglas; Clifford Dowdey; Donald Marquand Dozer; John W F Dulles; Barrows Dunham; W A Dwiggins; Marriner S Eccles; Leon Edel; Albert Einstein; Loren C Eiseley; Dwight D Eisenhower; T S Eliot; Bergen Evans; Erna Fergusson; W H Ferry; Dorothy Canfield Fisher; M F K Fisher; Janet Flanner; Barthold Fles; Desmond Flower; Wilson Follett; Andre Francois; John P Frank; Felix Frankfurter; Victor Emil Frankl; John Hope Franklin; Joe Bertram Frantz; Erich Fromm; Lewis Galantière; John Kenneth Galbraith; Donald Gallup; Wayne Gard; Erle Stanley Gardner; David Garnett; Morris E Garnsey; Romain Gary; Beverley Gasner; Peter Gay; Maxwell Geismar; George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin; Virgil Gheorghiu; William Gibson; J Louis Giddings; André Gide; Stuart Gilbert; Brendan Gill; Jose Maria Gironella; Anthony Gishford; Nelson Glueck; Sheldon Glueck; William H Goetzmann; Emma Goldman; Charles Gombault; Jack Goodman; Louis Reichenthal Gottschalk; Juan Goytisolo; Katharine Graham; Philip L Graham; Robert Graves; Abel Green; Sanford Jerome Greenburger; Graham Greene; John Greenway; Gene M Gressley; William L Grossman; Albert Léon Guérard; John Gunther; Moses Hadas; Halldór Laxness; Philip Hamburger; Dag Hammarskjöld; Oscar Hammerstein, II; Dashiell Hammett; Knut Hamsun; Learned Hand; Oscar Handlin; Walter Harding; James D Hart; Richard Barksdale Harwell; Macdonald Hastings; Emil W Haury; Arnold Hauser; John A Hawgood; Jacquetta Hopkins Hawkes; Sterling Hayden; Carlton J H Hayes; Shelby Hearon; August Heckscher; Helen Hedrick; Jascha Heifetz; Phyllis McGinley; Ives Hendrick; Joseph Hergesheimer; Hubert Clinton Herring; Melville J Herskovits; Carl Hertzog; Howard Hibbett; Granville Hicks; Gilbert Highet; Robert Hillyer; Pamela Hinkson; Alger Hiss; Carle Hodge; Hajo Holborn; Stewart H Holbrook; W H Hudson; Kathryn Hulme; Irving McNeil Ives; Storm Jameson; Jacob K Javits; Howard Mumford Jones; Michael G Kammen; MacKinlay Kantor; Yasunari Kawabata; George F Kennan; John F Kennedy; V O Key; Clyde Kluckhohn; Percy Knauth; Adrienne Koch; Arthur Koestler; Serge Koussevitzky; John A Krout; Lawrence S Kubie; Ferdinand Kuhn; Dan H Laurence; Frieda Lawrence; Harry Levin; David Eli Lilienthal; Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.; Robert Lowell; Ross Macdonald; Arthur Machen; Eduardo Mallea; André Malraux; Leslie A Marchand; Juan Marichal; Jackson Mathews; Carson McCullers; Carey McWilliams; Margaret Mead; Yehudi Menuhin; William Meredith; Drew Middleton; Sarah Gertrude Millin; Czeslaw Milosz; Henry Allen Moe; Malcolm Moos; Edouard Morot-Sir; Ivan I Morris; Daniel P Moynihan; Ogden Nash; Frank O'Connor; Jack O'Connor; Jirō Osaragi; Richard C Overton; Hamilton Owens; Henri Peyre; George Wilson Pierson; Sylvia Plath; Clifford H Pope; Katherine Anne Porter; Joseph C Robert; Charles Alexander Robinson; Theodore Roethke; Milton Rokeach; Clinton Rossiter; Theodore Rousseau; Muriel Rukeyser; May Sarton; Paul B Sears; Francis Butler Simkins; Isaac Bashevis Singer; B F Skinner; C P Snow; Francis Steegmuller; Wallace Stegner; George Steiner; Fritz Stern; Hart Stilwell; Igor Stravinsky; Julian Street; Hudson Strode; William Styron; Frank Swinnerton; Christopher Sykes; Jun'ichirō Tanizaki; Elizabeth Taylor; J R de la Torre-Bueno; B Traven; Lionel Trilling; Herbert Van Thal; Peter Viereck; Kurt Vonnegut; Edward Wagenknecht; Robert Penn Warren; Walter Prescott Webb; Edgar Wind; Conrad Louis Wirth; Goesta Wollin; Katherine Woods; Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; Albin Michel (Firm); André Deutsch (Firm); Appleton-Century-Crofts, inc.; Arnoldo Mondadori editore.; Bodley Head (Firm); Bompiani (Firm); Book-of-the-Month Club.; Brandt & Brandt.; Calmann-Lévy (Firm); Charles Scribner's Sons.; Chatto & Windus (Firm); Collins (Firm : London, England); Constable (Firm); Curtis Brown Ltd.; Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt.; Doubleday & Company, Inc.; E.P. Dutton (Firm); Éditions du Seuil.; Faber and Faber.; Feltrinelli editore.; George Allen & Unwin Ltd.; Giulio Einaudi editore.; Grolier Club.; Grosset & Dunlap.; Gyldendalske boghandel, Nordisk forlag.; Hachette (Firm); Harcourt Brace & Company.; Harper & Brothers.; Harper & Row, Publishers.; Hamish Hamilton Ltd.; Heinemann (Firm); Henry Holt and Company.; Hodder and Stoughton.; Houghton Mifflin Company.; J.M. Dent & Sons.; John Murray (Firm); Kingsport Press.; Library of Congress. Copyright Office.; Little, Brown and Company.; Longmans, Green, and Co.; Macmillan & Co.; New York Public Library.; Oxford University Press.; Routledge & Kegan Paul.; Viking Press.; Weidenfeld and Nicolson (Firm); Weil, Gotschal & Manges.; Wilderness Society.; William Collins Sons and Co.; William Morris Agency.
OCLC Number: 122481717
In: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc
Language Note: In English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other languages.
Description: 500 boxes (208 linear ft.)

Abstract:

This series consists of the central editorial files of the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Company. It contains the correspondence for the day-to-day operations of the firm, including letters from foreign publishers seeking publication and translation rights, contacts with young writers, inquiries from aspiring authors, correspondence on legal matters such as copyright, letters from literary agents, and requests for information about writers. The General Correspondence series also contains correspondence between editors and Knopf authors, many files of which follow the creation of a book from the original idea to its final publication. Taken as a whole, this series offers a comprehensive overview of the activities of the editorial offices.

The main strength of the series derives from the individual files devoted to writers published by Knopf. These files typically reveal the writer's first connection with the company, which might have occurred when the firm contacted the writer expressing their interest in her or his work, or when the author submitted a manuscript. Files follow the correspondence between the editor and writer, revealing the relationship between the two as the manuscript progresses, continues once the book is published, and shows how the book is received and how well it sells. Especially interesting is the way the files reveal how an editor would guide the creative process, as she or he suggests changes, additions, or deletions.

While the vast majority of files contain correspondence only, some files relate to the inner workings of the firm. These are labelled by department or, more often, by employee name; the most significant are for Blanche and Alfred A. Knopf, and can be found in most years. The files rely on the use of documentation in the form of internal memoranda that were sent from editors and employees of other departments to update the Knopfs on current activities. Folders titled with the name of a trip taken by Alfred or Blanche Knopf in a specific year often include narrative descriptions of the visit, including detailed lists of publishers, scouts, literary agents, and writers with whom they met. Further, information about writers is also available in these folders. For example, internal memos about the rejection of John Knowles' A Separate Peace are in one of Blanche Knopf's European trip folders. Other employee named files, like those of Secretary and later President William A. Koshland, give an overview of the firm's administrative history.

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