Subseries 1.4
Publisher correspondence, 1954-1983
Box 23

Scope and Content Note

Publisher correspondence consists of correspondence between Killens and publishing houses from 1954-1983. Most of the correspondence is between Killens, his agents, and the publishing houses that published his novels, including Alfred K. Knopf, Beacon Press, Trident Press, and The Dial Press. A smaller amount of correspondence consists of negotiations for smaller publications such as chapters and articles. Rejection letters for books, most notably Great Black Russian, are also located here. Publisher correspondence relating to legal issues and book publicity can be found in Series 8: Personal Papers, while letters recommending specific corrections on drafts have been kept with the appropriate drafts in Series 2: Writings by Killens.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Scope and Content Note Publisher correspondence consists of correspondence between Killens and publishing houses from 1954-1983. Most of the correspondence is between Killens, his agents, and the publishing houses that published his novels, including Alfred K. Knopf, Beacon Press, Trident Press, and The Dial Press. A smaller amount of correspondence consists of negotiations for smaller publications such as chapters and articles. Rejection letters for books, most notably Great Black Russian, are also located here. Publisher correspondence relating to legal issues and book publicity can be found in Series 8: Personal Papers, while letters recommending specific corrections on drafts have been kept with the appropriate drafts in Series 2: Writings by Killens.
Box Folder Content
23 1 Alfred A. Knopf, 1959-June 1962
23 2 Alfred A. Knopf, July 1962-1965
23 3 Beacon Press, 1968-1970
23 4 Dial Press, 1954
23 5 General publisher correspondence
23 6 Great Black Russian rejections, 1981-1983
23 7 Path Press, 1962-1963
23 8 Porter Sargent Publishers, 1967-1969
23 9 Trident Press, 1965-1966
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