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   Irving Stone Papers, 1945-1985

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Irving Stone Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

This collection consists of correspondence between Irving Stone and his literary agency, Laurence Pollinger, Ltd. Also included is correspondence between Lucy Moorehead (Alan Moorehead's wife and executor of Moorehead's estate) and Laurence Pollinger, Ltd.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1560
Bib ID:6915380 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Stone, Irving, 1903-1989.
Title:Irving Stone Papers, 1945-1985
Physical description:.5 linear ft. (1 document box)
Language(s): Material is in English.
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 1 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence between Irving Stone and his literary agency, Laurence Pollinger, Ltd, as well as related materials such as book reviews, receipts and letters from publishers. The majority of the correspondence is between Irving Stone and either Gerald or Laurence Pollinger. There are also letters from Jean Stone, Irving Stone's wife, written on behalf of her husband. This collection contains six autograph letters signed by Stone, 66 typed letters signed by Stone and 220 carbons of letters from Laurence Pollinger, Ltd. Also included is a collection of correspondence from 1973 between Laurence Pollinger and Lucy Moorehead, wife and estate administrator to Alan Moorehead. This collection consists of six typed letters signed by Moorehead and 14 carbons of letters from Laurence Pollinger.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Irving Stone Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material-- At Other Repositories

The Irving Stone Papers, University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 3/18/2011 Ellen Reece, Pratt Institute, 2011

Finding aid written 3/18/2011 Ellen Reece, Pratt Institute, 2011

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion April 22, 2011 Finding aid written in English.
    2011-04-22 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Autographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Commercial correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Contracts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Authors and publishers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Laurence Pollinger, Ltd.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literary agents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literary criticism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moorehead, Alan, 1910-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moorehead, Lucy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stone, Irving, 1903-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Irving Stone (born Irving Tennenbaum) was an American author born in San Francisco, CA on 1903 July 14. Stone was known for writing biographical novels depicting the lives of famous historical personalities.

Stone received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1923 and a Master's Degree in Economics from University of Southern California in 1924.

Stone began his writing career in 1926 as a playwright and supported himself by submitting stories to pulp magazines. In 1928, Stone began to write his first biographical novel, Lust for Life, based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh. The novel was published in 1934 and immediately became a bestseller. He would go on the publish works based on the lives of other famous historical figures such as Michelangelo (The Agony and the Ecstasy), Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln (Love is Eternal), Charles Darwin (The Origin), and Sigmund Freud (Passions of the Mind).

Stone's biographical novels have the reputation of being thoroughly researched and based primarily upon source materials such as journals and collections of letters written by the subjects.

Stone died in 1989 at the age of 86 in Los Angeles.

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