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Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. records

Title
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. records, 1914-1961, bulk (1930s-1950s).
Author
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
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Description
68 linear feet (73 boxes).
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Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Source (note)
  • Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Biography (note)
  • Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., founded in 1915 by Alfred A. Knopf (1892-1984), started by publishing translations of Russian and European works. By the 1920s, Knopf was publishing major American authors yet continued to publish important European authors as well. Knopf was renowned not only for its impressive list of authors but for the quality of its book production. The firm was acquired by Random House in 1960.
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Call Number
MssCol 47
Author
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Title
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. records, 1914-1961, bulk (1930s-1950s).
Summary
Collection contains correspondence, manuscript records, readers' reports, press clippings of reviews, press releases, and typescripts of books published by Knopf. Knopf's correspondence, 1914-1951, consists primarily of letters to and from Knopf authors regarding publication of their work or that of other writers in the same field of expertise. Manuscript records and readers' reports, 1930-1947, include brief plot summaries and readers' opinions. Manuscript rejection correspondence, 1939-1943, contains letters from authors submitting manuscripts, and standard rejection letters from Knopf's editorial staff. Children's Department records, 1952-1961, of rejected manuscripts include short summaries and evaluations. Files of press clippings, 1930s to 1950s, of reviews of Knopf books also contain some sample book jackets and press releases. In addition to typescripts, 1937-1944, of books published by Knopf, series includes galleys and page proofs.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., founded in 1915 by Alfred A. Knopf (1892-1984), started by publishing translations of Russian and European works. By the 1920s, Knopf was publishing major American authors yet continued to publish important European authors as well. Knopf was renowned not only for its impressive list of authors but for the quality of its book production. The firm was acquired by Random House in 1960.
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Publishers.
Added Author
Bok, Curtis.
Bragdon, Claude Fayette, 1866-1946.
Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968.
Cash, William J.
Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959.
Clendening, Logan, 1884-1945.
Crane, Charles Edward, 1884-1960.
Crofts, Frederick S.
Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979.
Fish, Earle.
Fletcher, J. S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935.
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939.
Gale, Zona, 1874-1938.
Haskell, H.J.
Hershkovitz, Melville.
Hillyer, Robert, 1895-1961.
Ingram, Rex, 1892-1950.
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.
Lowe-Porter, H. T. (Helen Tracy), 1876-1963.
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
Percy, William Alexander, 1885-1942.
Postgate, Raymond, 1896-1971.
Schuman, Frederick Lewis, 1904-
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975.
LCCN
ms 69000892
Research Call Number
MssCol 47
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