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
American literature
Publishers and publishing
Publishers and publishing
Authors, American
Authors and publishers
Occupation
Literary agents
Literary agents
Publisher
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Birth 1901

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