Guide to the Harvey Breit Correspondence

Collection Title: Harvey Breit Correspondence
Dates: 1940-1965
Bulk Dates: 1945-1955
Identification: MS 1
Creator: Breit, Harvey
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
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.
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.
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

Biographical/Historical 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.

Scope and Content

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.

Arrangement of Materials

All materials are arranged alphabetically by author.

Subjects

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, 1907-2012

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, 1920-2012

Breit, Harvey

Byrne, J. F. (John Francis), 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


Container List / Contents

  • Aiken, Conrad. 1p., 1953.Box 1, Folder 1
  • Algren, Nelson. 2 letters, 2 postcards. 5pp., 1949-1955.Box 1, Folder 2
  • Armstrong, Louis. Corrected review of Mr. Jelly Roll. 3pp., 1950Box 1, Folder 3
  • Atkinson, Brooks. 1p., nBox 1, Folder 4
  • Auden, W.H. 2 book reviews. 11pp., n.d.Box 1, Folder 5
      Note:  Reviews of "Five Novels" by Ronald Firbank and "An Acre in the Seed" by Theodore Spencer.
  • Auslander, Joseph. 1p., 1956.Box 1, Folder 6
  • Baldwin, Faith. 4pp., n.d.Box 1, Folder 7
  • Barzun, Jacques. 1p., 1965Box 1, Folder 8
      Note:  With corrected proof of the introduction to "The Selected Letters of Lord Byron", by Barzun. 44pp. 1953.
  • Bemelmans, Ludwig. 1p., 1949Box 1, Folder 9
  • Bishop, Elizabeth. 1p., 1956.Box 1, Folder 10
  • Bishop, John Peale. 2pp., 1940.Box 1, Folder 11
  • Blackmur, Richard P. 1p., n.d.Box 1, Folder 12
  • Bogan, Louise. 2 letters. 2pp., 1945-1948.Box 1, Folder 13
  • Bourke-White, Margaret. 2 letters. 4pp., n.d.Box 1, Folder 14
  • Bradbury, Ray. 1p., 1954.Box 1, Folder 15
  • Byrne, John Francis. 2 letters. 2pp., 1952.Box 1, Folder 16
  • Caldwell, Erskine. 1p., 1965Box 1, Folder 17
      Note:  With copy of "Wordsmanship", a printed lecture by Caldwell. 20pp. 1961.
  • Chambers, Whittaker. 2pp., 1952Box 1, Folder 18
  • Cousins, Norman. 1p., 1951.Box 1, Folder 19
  • Daniels, Jonathan. 1p., 1950.Box 1, Folder 20
  • Durante, Jimmy. 2 letters. 2pp., 1948.Box 1, Folder 21
  • Edman, Irwin. 1p., 1950.Box 1, Folder 22
  • Eliot, T.S. 1p., 1956.Box 1, Folder 23
  • Evans, Madge. 2pp., n.d.Box 1, Folder 24
  • Faulkner, William. 2 letters. 2pp., 1950.Box 1, Folder 25
  • Fitts, Dudley. 11 letters, postcard. 12pp., 1943-1951.Box 1, Folder 26
  • Forster, E.M. letter, postcard. 2pp., 1948-1949.Box 1, Folder 27
  • Fraenkel, Michael. 5 letters, 1 postcard. 7pp., 1940-1941Box 1, Folder 28
      Note:  These are outgoing letters from Breit to Fraenkel. Includes a newspaper clipping of "Talk with Maud Oakes" by Breit. n.d.
  • Greene, Henry. 1p., 1952.Box 1, Folder 29
  • Jarrell, Randall. 5 letters. 10pp., 1954.Box 1, Folder 30
  • Kennedy, Robert F. 1p., 1965.Box 1, Folder 31
  • Kober, Arthur. 1p., 1965Box 1, Folder 32
  • Koestler, Arthur. 2 letters. 2pp., 1951.Box 1, Folder 33
  • Lerner, Max. 1p., 1956.Box 1, Folder 34
  • Lindbergh, Anne. Postcard. 1p., 1955Box 1, Folder 35
  • Miller, Henry. 6 letters, 3 postcards. 13pp., 1943-1964.Box 1, Folder 36
  • Mizener, Arthur. 1p., 1951.Box 1, Folder 37
  • Moore, Marianne. 8 letters. 11pp., 1947-1956.Box 1, Folder 38
  • Morris, Wright. 1p., n.d.Box 1, Folder 39
  • Olson, Charles. 1p., 1947.Box 1, Folder 40
  • O'Faolain, Sean. 2 letters. 4pp., n.d.Box 1, Folder 41
  • Patchen, Kenneth. 1p., 1960.Box 1, Folder 42
      Note:  Includes watercolor drawing and decorated envelope.
  • Perry, Ralph Barton. 1p., 1951.Box 1, Folder 43
  • Porter, Katherine Anne. 12 letters, photograph. 20pp., 1941-1956.Box 1, Folder 44
  • Potter, Stephen. 1p., 1951.Box 1, Folder 45
  • Rickey, Branch. 1p., 1943.Box 1, Folder 46
  • Rodgers, Dorothy. 2pp., n.d.Box 1, Folder 47
  • Rome, Harold. 1p., 1965Box 1, Folder 48
  • Rosenfeld, Paul. 1p., 1942.Box 1, Folder 49
  • Ross, Nancy Wilson. 1p., 1949.Box 1, Folder 50
  • Roth, Lillian. 1p., 1954.Box 1, Folder 51
  • Sandburg, Carl. 3 letters. 3pp., 1961.Box 1, Folder 52
  • Schulberg, Budd. Postcard. 1p., 1952Box 1, Folder 53
  • Schwartz, Delmore. 1p., 1955.Box 1, Folder 54
  • Sender, Ramon. 1p., 1949.Box 1, Folder 55
  • Snow, C.P. 3 letters. 8pp., 1954-1958.Box 1, Folder 56
  • Spencer, Theodore. Letter, postcard. 2pp., 1946-1947.Box 1, Folder 57
  • Steinbeck, John. 2 letters, typescript. 7pp., 1957Box 1, Folder 58
      Note:  Letter describes typescript as "bloodchilling little parlor game" to be sent to the "Saturday Review".
  • Stevens, Wallace. 5 letters. 6pp., 1941-1951.Box 1, Folder 59
  • Taylor, Harold. 1p., 1949.Box 1, Folder 60
  • Thirkell, Angela. 2 letters. 2pp., 1949.Box 1, Folder 61
  • Trilling, Lionel. Postcard. 2pp., 1965Box 1, Folder 62
  • Thurber, James. 4 letters. 7pp., 1949-1954.Box 1, Folder 63
  • Warren, Robert Penn. 2 letters. 2pp., 1955, 1957.Box 1, Folder 64
  • Wescott, Glenway. 1 letter. 1 postcard. 2pp., 1950, 1955Box 1, Folder 65
  • Williams, William Carlos. 11 letters. 18pp. 2 typescripts. 9pp., 1940-1954.Box 1, Folder 66
  • Wilson, Edmund. 1p., 1953.Box 1, Folder 67
  • Woodburn, John. 1p., 1951.Box 1, Folder 68