Putnam, Samuel, 1892-1950

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Samuel Putnam was born in Illinois in 1892 and was educated at the universities of Illinois and Chicago. He served as a reporter on the Chicago Tribune, Evening Post, and other papers during the blooming of the Chicago Renaissance, when meeting, interviewing, and working with such notables as Harriet Monroe, Harold Stearns, H.L. Mencken, and Thorstein Veblen. Friendship with Pascal Covici led to his undertaking a translation of the works of Aretino and to joining many of the Chicago literary figures in Paris in 1926. In Paris, accompanied by his wife, Riva, and his young son, Hilary, Putnam strove to establish himself as an editor, translator, and writer. He became editor of The New Review (1930-1932), as well as publishing a biography of François Rabelais, and numerous translations. Financial problems forced the Putnams to return to the U.S. in 1933, where Putnam earned money translating from Italian and French, though his real interest became centered on Brazilian Portuguese, which publishers found lacked marketability. During the depression years Putnam devoted time to writing for the Daily Worker and to the cause of Communism, with which he broke in May 1945. Despite economic straits and poor health, Putnam gained recognition as an expert on Brazil and Brazilian literature, and was invited to Brazil to lecture in 1946. Samuel Putnam died in 1950 at the age of 62 in his home in New Jersey.

From the description of Samuel Putnam papers, 1908-1950. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 262696068

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referencedIn Jerome, V. J. (Victor Jeremy), 1896-1965. Victor Jeremy Jerome papers, 1923-1967 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. Selected Mark Turbyfill letters, 1907-1966. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Peter Neagoe Papers, 1928-1967 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Putnam, Samuel, 1892-1950. Samuel Putnam papers, 1908-1950. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. Mark Turbyfill papers, 1911-1985. Newberry Library
referencedIn Houghton Library. Houghton Library printed book provenance file, L-Q. 1942. Houghton Library
referencedIn Maxwell Bodenheim papers, 1917-1981, [Bulk Dates: 1917-1938]. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn Bodenheim, Maxwell, 1893-1954. Maxwell Bodenheim papers, 1917-1981 [Bulk Dates: 1917-1938]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Bakhmeteff Archive
referencedIn Louis Lozowick Papers, 1922-1974 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
creatorOf Hawkins, Arthur. Papers of Arthur Hawkins [manuscript], 1929-1970. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Bodenheim, Maxwell, 1893-1954. person
associatedWith Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616. person
associatedWith Communist Party of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Covici, Pascal, 1885-1964. person
associatedWith Hawkins, Arthur. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. person
associatedWith Jerome, V. J. (Victor Jeremy), 1896-1965. person
associatedWith Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973 person
associatedWith Neagoe, Peter. person
associatedWith Putnam, Riva. person
associatedWith Rabelais, François, ca. 1490-1553? person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. person
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Brazilian literature


Birth 1892-10-10

Death 1950-01-15




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