Breit, Harvey Correspondence Edit


MS 1


  • 1940-1965 (Creation)
  • 1945-1955 (Other)


  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Arrangement Note

    All materials are arranged alphabetically by author.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Available for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

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

  • Method of Acquisition

    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 and Additions

    Jason Nargis processed the additions in January, 2011.

  • Existence and Location of Originals


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  • Preferred Citation

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

  • Other Descriptive Information

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