Friede, Donald

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Literary agent and publisher.

From the description of Papers, 1919-1980. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 28415913

From the description of Donald Friede papers, 1919-1980 (bulk 1925-1965). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71069032

Biographical Note

  • 1901, May 12: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1901 - circa 1915 : Lived in Europe and Japan
  • 1915: Returned to New York from Russia
  • circa 1918: Expelled from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1919: Expelled from Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1920: Expelled from Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. Inherited fortune upon death of father
  • 1920 - 1923 : Held positions in the banking, tobacco, retail, locomotive works, and message-exchange industries
  • 1922: Married Grace Abrams (divorced 1923)
  • 1923: Stock clerk, Alfred A. Knopf publishing firm; left Knopf to join Boni and Liveright publishing firm as an assistant
  • 1925: Invested in Boni and Liveright; became first vice-president Married Evelyn Johnson (divorced 1929)
  • 1927: Arrested in Boston, Mass., on charges of selling an obscene book to undercover police agents
  • 1928: Withdrew investment in Boni and Liveright and left the firm Formed the publishing firm of Covici, Friede, Inc., in partnership with Pascal Covici
  • 1930: Married Anna Fleischer (divorced 1936)
  • 1936 - 1937 : Story editor, Zeppo Marx Agency
  • circa 1937: Covici, Friede, Inc., declared bankrupt in New York
  • circa 1938: Married Carol Zerbe (divorced 1943)
  • 1940: Authored newspaper column about books for The Hollywood Reporter
  • 1940 - 1942 : Story editor, Myron Selznick and Co.
  • 1942 - 1943 : Served in United States Army in air corps and as intelligence officer
  • 1943 - 1947 : Story editor, A & S Lyons
  • 1945: Married Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (divorced 1951)
  • 1947: Coauthored with H. Bedford-Jones (pseud. Donald F. Bedford) John Barry, New York: Creative Age Press
  • 1947 - 1948 : Story editor, Ralph Blum Corp.
  • 1948: Published memoir, The Mechanical Angel: His Adventures and Enterprises in the Glittering 1920's, New York: A. A. Knopf
  • 1950 - 1951 : Literary agent for AFG Literary Agency; hosted television show about books
  • 1951: Married Eleanor Kask
  • 1952 - 1953 : Coordinated "Centennial Editions" project for the Literary Guild Editor, World Publishing Co.
  • 1963: Senior editor, Prentice-Hall
  • 1964: Senior editor, Doubleday and Co.
  • 1965, May 30: Died, Bridgehampton, Long Island, N.Y.

From the guide to the Donald Friede Papers, 1919-1980, (bulk 1925-1965), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Papers of M.F.K. Fisher, 1860-1995 (inclusive) 1929-1992 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977. Papers of MacKinlay Kantor, 1885-1977 (bulk 1920-1970). Library of Congress
referencedIn MacKinlay Kantor Papers, 1885-1977, (bulk 1920-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Wylie, Elinor, 1885-1928. Papers of Elinor Wylie [manuscript], 1921-1928. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dresser, Paul, 1858-1906. Correspondence : with Theodore Dreiser and others, and correspondence regarding, 1897-1971. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Friede, Donald, 1901-. Correspondence file, 1927-1929, from Boni & Liveright and Horace Liveright, Inc. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Liveright, Horace Brisbin, 1886-1933. Boni & Liveright and Horace Liveright, Inc. correspondence, 1918-1934. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
creatorOf Friede, Donald. Donald Friede papers, 1919-1980 (bulk 1925-1965). Library of Congress
creatorOf Donald Friede Papers, 1919-1980, (bulk 1925-1965) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1979 Nov. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Boni & Liveright. Correspondence : with Theodore Dreiser, 1917-1938. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers, 1908-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. Papers: Series I-III, 1908-1985 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn George Antheil Correspondence with Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1921-1940 Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Myron Selznick & Company. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1940. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers of M.F.K. Fisher, 1860-1995 (inclusive) 1929-1992 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Antheil, George, 1900-1959. George Antheil correspondence with Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1921-1940. Library of Congress
creatorOf Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977. Letters, 1934-1973. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Friede, Donald. Papers, 1919-1980. Library of Congress
creatorOf Covici, Friede Inc. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1927-1942. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Friede, Donald, 1901-. Correspondence to W. A. Swanberg, 1963-1965. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Antheil, George, 1900-1959. person
associatedWith BARBARA DEMING, 1917-1984 person
associatedWith Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962. person
associatedWith Boni & Liveright. corporateBody
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Covici, Friede Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. person
associatedWith Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945. person
associatedWith Dresser, Paul, 1858-1906. person
associatedWith Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. person
associatedWith Friede, Eleanor. person
associatedWith Friede, Eleanor. Eleanor Friede papers. person
associatedWith Gump, Richard, 1906- person
associatedWith Gump, Richard, 1906-1989. person
associatedWith Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. person
associatedWith Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977. person
associatedWith Liveright, Horace Brisbin, 1886-1933. person
associatedWith Lolli, Giorgio, 1905-1979. person
associatedWith M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher, 1908- person
associatedWith Myron Selznick & Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Wylie, Elinor, 1885-1928. person
correspondedWith Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1876-1970 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Subject
Publishers and Publishing
Publishers and publishing--United States
American literature--20th century
Authors and publishers
Authors, American
Occupation
Literary agents--United States
Publisher
Literary agents
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Birth 1901

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