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Guide to the Harvey Breit Correspondence 1940/1965

Overview of the Collection

Breit, Harvey, 1909-1968

Title:

Harvey Breit Correspondence

Dates:

1940-1965

Dates:

1945-1955

Size:

1.00

Repository:

Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/spec
Email: special.collections@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3635

Abstract:

Harvey Breit, poet, playwright, and interviewer, was a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review from 1940-1965. This collection consists of more than 225 pages of correspondence sent to Breit during this period by more than fifty authors and public figures.

Note:

Other Information:

Correspondence to Harvey Breit consists of approximately 225 pages from fifty-six authors.

Biographical Information

Harvey Breit, 1909-1968, poet, playwright, and interviewer, was a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review from 1940-1965. He published a series of interviews with various authors in the Book Review which was collected as The Writer Observed (London, 1957). He also wrote book reviews for Poetry magazine and other journals.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Name

Aiken, Conrad, 1889-1973

Algren, Nelson, 1909-1981

Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971

Atkinson, Brooks, 1894-1984

Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973

Auslander, Joseph, 1897-1965

Baldwin, Faith, 1893-1978

Barzun, Jacques, 1907-

Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962

Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979

Bishop, John Peale, 1892-1944

Blackmur, R. P. (Richard P.), 1904-1965

Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970

Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971

Bradbury, Ray, 1920-

Breit, Harvey

Byrne, J. F. (John Francis), b. 1880

Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987

Chambers, Whittaker

Cousins, Norman

Daniels, Jonathan, 1902-1981

Durante, Jimmy, 1893-1980

Edman, Irwin, 1896-1954

Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965

Evans, Madge, 1909-1981

Faulkner, William, 1897-1962

Fitts, Dudley, 1903-1968

Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970

Fraenkel, Michael, 1896-1957

Greene, Graham, 1904-1991

Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965

Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968

Kober, Arthur, 1900-1975

Koestler, Arthur, 1905-1983

Lerner, Max, 1902-1992

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001

Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Mizener, Arthur

Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972

Morris, Wright, 1910-1998

O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991

Olson, Charles, 1910-1970

Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972

Perry, Ralph Barton, 1876-1957

Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980

Potter, Stephen, 1900-1969

Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965

Rodgers, Dorothy F., 1909-

Rome, Harold, 1908-1993

Rosenfeld, Paul, 1890-1946

Ross, Nancy Wilson, 1901-1986

Roth, Lillian, 1910-1980

Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967

Schulberg, Budd

Schwartz, Delmore, 1913-1966

Sender, Ramon José, 1901-1982

Snow, C. P. (Charles Percy), 1905-1980

Spencer, Theodore, 1902-1949

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968

Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955

Taylor, Harold, 1914-1993

Thirkell, Angela, 1890-1961

Thurber, James, 1894-1961

Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975

Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989

Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987

Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963

Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972

Woodburn, John, 1901-1952

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

This collection of correspondence to Harvey Breit was acquired by the McCormick Library of Special Collections from the firm of Hamill & Barker in the early 1970s. 14 of the letters were donated in January of 2011 to Northwestern by Paula Frosch, who acquired them as a gift from the American Chess Foundation. A portion of the letters was first donated to Columbia University, and then given to Northwestern to complement our existing collection (with Frosch's permission) by Michael Ryan, Director of Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The letters included were from Atkinson; Barzun, Bemelmans; Bourke-White (1/30/1949); Caldwell; Chambers; Evans; Fitts (3/12/1948); Kober; Lindbergh; Rome; Schulberg; Trilling; and Westcott (9/14/1955).

Accruals

Jason Nargis processed the additions in January, 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for materials resides with the literary executors of individual letters. All users must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for research.

Preferred Citation

Harvey Breit Correspondence, 1940-1965, Manuscript Series I, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library.

Arrangement of Materials

All materials are arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

This collection of more than 225 pages of correspondence sent to reviewer Harvey Breit between 1940 and 1965 includes letters and some manuscripts from more than fifty literary and political figures of the mid-twentieth century. Most entries consist of only one or two letters, but more frequent correspondents include W.H. Auden, Dudley Fitts, Marianne Moore, Katherine Anne Porter, C.P. Snow, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams. John Steinbeck's file includes the typescript of an article he intended to send to the Saturday Review. William Carlos Williams, Louis Armstrong, and W.H. Auden files also include some manuscript material.

INVENTORY

Box 1

Folder 1

Aiken, Conrad. 1p.

1953.

Box 1

Folder 2

Algren, Nelson. 2 letters, 2 postcards. 5pp.

1949-1955.

Box 1

Folder 3

Armstrong, Louis. Corrected review of Mr. Jelly Roll. 3pp.

1950

Box 1

Folder 4

Atkinson, Brooks. 1p.

n

Box 1

Folder 5

Auden, W.H. 2 book reviews. 11pp.

n.d.

Note:

Reviews of "Five Novels" by Ronald Firbank and "An Acre in the Seed" by Theodore Spencer.

Box 1

Folder 6

Auslander, Joseph. 1p.

1956.

Box 1

Folder 7

Baldwin, Faith. 4pp.

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 8

Barzun, Jacques. 1p.

1965

Note:

With corrected proof of the introduction to "The Selected Letters of Lord Byron", by Barzun. 44pp. 1953.

Box 1

Folder 9

Bemelmans, Ludwig. 1p.

1949

Box 1

Folder 10

Bishop, Elizabeth. 1p.

1956.

Box 1

Folder 11

Bishop, John Peale. 2pp.

1940.

Box 1

Folder 12

Blackmur, Richard P. 1p.

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 13

Bogan, Louise. 2 letters. 2pp.

1945-1948.

Box 1

Folder 14

Bourke-White, Margaret. 2 letters. 4pp.

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 15

Bradbury, Ray. 1p.

1954.

Box 1

Folder 16

Byrne, John Francis. 2 letters. 2pp.

1952.

Box 1

Folder 17

Caldwell, Erskine. 1p.

1965

Note:

With copy of "Wordsmanship", a printed lecture by Caldwell. 20pp. 1961.

Box 1

Folder 18

Chambers, Whittaker. 2pp.

1952

Box 1

Folder 19

Cousins, Norman. 1p.

1951.

Box 1

Folder 20

Daniels, Jonathan. 1p.

1950.

Box 1

Folder 21

Durante, Jimmy. 2 letters. 2pp.

1948.

Box 1

Folder 22

Edman, Irwin. 1p.

1950.

Box 1

Folder 23

Eliot, T.S. 1p.

1956.

Box 1

Folder 24

Evans, Madge. 2pp.

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 25

Faulkner, William. 2 letters. 2pp.

1950.

Box 1

Folder 26

Fitts, Dudley. 11 letters, postcard. 12pp.

1943-1951.

Box 1

Folder 27

Forster, E.M. letter, postcard. 2pp.

1948-1949.

Box 1

Folder 28

Fraenkel, Michael. 5 letters, 1 postcard. 7pp.

1940-1941

Note:

These are outgoing letters from Breit to Fraenkel. Includes a newspaper clipping of "Talk with Maud Oakes" by Breit. n.d.

Box 1

Folder 29

Greene, Henry. 1p.

1952.

Box 1

Folder 30

Jarrell, Randall. 5 letters. 10pp.

1954.

Box 1

Folder 31

Kennedy, Robert F. 1p.

1965.

Box 1

Folder 32

Kober, Arthur. 1p.

1965

Box 1

Folder 33

Koestler, Arthur. 2 letters. 2pp.

1951.

Box 1

Folder 34

Lerner, Max. 1p.

1956.

Box 1

Folder 35

Lindbergh, Anne. Postcard. 1p.

1955

Box 1

Folder 36

Miller, Henry. 6 letters, 3 postcards. 13pp.

1943-1964.

Box 1

Folder 37

Mizener, Arthur. 1p.

1951.

Box 1

Folder 38

Moore, Marianne. 8 letters. 11pp.

1947-1956.

Box 1

Folder 39

Morris, Wright. 1p.

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 40

Olson, Charles. 1p.

1947.

Box 1

Folder 41

O'Faolain, Sean. 2 letters. 4pp.

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 42

Patchen, Kenneth. 1p.

1960.

Note:

Includes watercolor drawing and decorated envelope.

Box 1

Folder 43

Perry, Ralph Barton. 1p.

1951.

Box 1

Folder 44

Porter, Katherine Anne. 12 letters, photograph. 20pp.

1941-1956.

Box 1

Folder 45

Potter, Stephen. 1p.

1951.

Box 1

Folder 46

Rickey, Branch. 1p.

1943.

Box 1

Folder 47

Rodgers, Dorothy. 2pp.

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 48

Rome, Harold. 1p.

1965

Box 1

Folder 49

Rosenfeld, Paul. 1p.

1942.

Box 1

Folder 50

Ross, Nancy Wilson. 1p.

1949.

Box 1

Folder 51

Roth, Lillian. 1p.

1954.

Box 1

Folder 52

Sandburg, Carl. 3 letters. 3pp.

1961.

Box 1

Folder 53

Schulberg, Budd. Postcard. 1p.

1952

Box 1

Folder 54

Schwartz, Delmore. 1p.

1955.

Box 1

Folder 55

Sender, Ramon. 1p.

1949.

Box 1

Folder 56

Snow, C.P. 3 letters. 8pp.

1954-1958.

Box 1

Folder 57

Spencer, Theodore. Letter, postcard. 2pp.

1946-1947.

Box 1

Folder 58

Steinbeck, John. 2 letters, typescript. 7pp.

1957

Note:

Letter describes typescript as "bloodchilling little parlor game" to be sent to the "Saturday Review".

Box 1

Folder 59

Stevens, Wallace. 5 letters. 6pp.

1941-1951.

Box 1

Folder 60

Taylor, Harold. 1p.

1949.

Box 1

Folder 61

Thirkell, Angela. 2 letters. 2pp.

1949.

Box 1

Folder 62

Trilling, Lionel. Postcard. 2pp.

1965

Box 1

Folder 63

Thurber, James. 4 letters. 7pp.

1949-1954.

Box 1

Folder 64

Warren, Robert Penn. 2 letters. 2pp.

1955, 1957.

Box 1

Folder 65

Wescott, Glenway. 1 letter. 1 postcard. 2pp.

1950, 1955

Box 1

Folder 66

Williams, William Carlos. 11 letters. 18pp. 2 typescripts. 9pp.

1940-1954.

Box 1

Folder 67

Wilson, Edmund. 1p.

1953.

Box 1

Folder 68

Woodburn, John. 1p.

1951.