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Sam Ross (1912-1998) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 55/9
The Sam Ross Papers include four folders of correspondence: one with Laurie Tag, his editor at Putnam & Sons, two with Bill Targ, friend and former editor at Putnam, and one with his agent, Ann Elmo. They also contain the first, second, and final drafts of Windy City, working notes for and fragment of the novel, and the second draft of another of his books, Solomon's Palace.

The correspondence spans the fall of 1978 and spring of 1979. It provides an inside view of the tribulations associated with the publication of a novel, and it questions promotional methods, arising from Ross's conviction that Putman & Sons was underselling Windy City.

Dates

  • 1978-1979

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

4.00 Boxes

Abstract

The Sam Ross Papers include four folders of correspondence, the first, second, and final drafts of Windy City, working notes for and fragment of the novel, and the second draft of another of his books, Solomon's Palace.  The Sam Ross Papers provide an inside view of the tribulations associated with the publication of a novel, and it questions promotional methods, arising from Ross's conviction that Putman & Sons was underselling Windy City. The correspondence is not extensive, and must represent only a small part of his communications concerning the novel.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement of the three drafts of Windy City reflects the evolution of the novel through editing and rewriting. The draft of Solomon's Palace follows the Windy City drafts. The correspondence is not extensive, and must represent only a small part of his communications concerning the novel.

Method of Acquisition

The Sam Ross Papers were donated to the University Archives by Mr. Ross in 1979.

Processing Information

Andrew Leslie, April 18, 1980.
Title
Guide to the Sam Ross (1912-1998) Papers
Author
Andrew Leslie
Date
06/04/1981
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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