Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954

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Born February 15, 1880 in Philadelphia, Joseph Hergesheimer was the son of Joseph and Helen MacKellar Hergesheimer. He grew up in a stable, middle-class, suburban family. His father, a cartographer, worked for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Hergesheimer traveled to Europe on money inherited from his grandfather, studying and painting in Florence and Venice. By 1907, when he returned to the United States and married Dorothy Hemphill, Hergesheimer had focused his artistic endeavors on fiction writing. In 1913, Forum Magazine published his sketch, The City of Pleasure. In 1914, his first novel, The Lay Anthony, was published. It was not until the release of his third novel, The Three Black Pennys (1917), that Hergesheimer finally attained public and financial success. His work has been praised for lush description and psychological insight. A prolific writer during the 1920s, Hergesheimer began writing only magazine fiction after the publication of The Foolscap Rose in 1934. The last twenty years of his life seem to have been spent mainly in genteel seclusion. He died April 25, 1954 in Sea Isle, New Jersey.

From the description of Joseph Hergesheimer letter, 1930 January 23. (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 419909954

American author.

From the description of Letters to W. H. Loudermilk & Co. [manuscript], 1945-1954. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647843117

From the description of Letters, 1918-1948. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233126779

Joseph Hergesheimer was born in Pennsylvania in 1880. During his lifetime, he published nearly 30 novels and collections of short stories, as well as several biographies. He produced his most popular works toward the end and just after World War I: The Three Black Pennies  (1917) and  Java Head  (1919). Hergesheimer died in New Jersey in 1954.

From the guide to the Joseph Hergesheimer Letter, 1918, (Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.)

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creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Joseph Hergesheimer letter to Jerome Gray [manuscript], 1913 January 5. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cormack, Bartlett, d. 1942. Tampico : scripts, 1927, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Marcella Miller. Papers of Marcella Miller du Pont, 1861-1976 (bulk 1935-1965). Library of Congress
referencedIn Clark, Emily, 1893-1953. Letters to Joseph Hergesheimer [manuscript], 1921-1924. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn William Orton Tewson Papers, 1923-1926, (bulk 1926) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. Papers of Ezra Pound h[manuscript], 1933-1937. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Trigg, Emma Gray White. Letters to Emma Gray Trigg [manuscript], 1921-1955. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Trigg, Emma Gray White. Correspondence from Joseph Hergesheimer and Louis Untermeyer [manuscript] 1921-41. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1926[?]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Glaenzer, Richard Butler, 1876-1937. Papers of Richard B. Glaenzer [manuscript], 1885-1936. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Glenn, Isa, 1874-1951. Isa Glenn and Bayard Schindel papers, 1898-1936. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. Papers of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald [manuscript] 1915-1935 (1971). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Three letters to Mrs. William R. Trigg Jr., 1926-1927. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Papers of James Branch Cabell [manuscript], 1915-1930. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hazelton, Mirkil. JH, 1880-1930 / HM, 1930-1912. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953. Pencil sketch of La Clavel [manuscript], 1922. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Kahler, Hugh MacNair, 1883-1969. Hugh MacNair Kahler papers, 1900-1964 (bulk 1900-1950). Princeton University Library
referencedIn H.L. Mencken papers, 1905-1956 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Papers of James Branch Cabell [manuscript], 1917-1930. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Trigg, Emma Gray White. Papers of Emma Gray Trigg [manuscript], 1921-1940. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Gale, Zona, 1874-1938. Papers, 1838-1970. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Tewson, William Orton, 1877-1947. William Orton Tewson papers, 1923-1926 (bulk 1926). Library of Congress
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Joseph Hergesheimer letter to "Morris" [manuscript], 1921 July 25. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series V., Editor Files, 1873-1984 (bulk 1960-1980). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Stout, Wesley Winans, 1890-. Papers of Wesley Winans Stout, 1913-1954. Library of Congress
referencedIn MacAlarney, Robert Emmett, 1873-1945. Robert Emmett MacAlarney letters, 1917-1944. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Letters of Joseph Hergesheimer, West Chester, Pa. to Frederick Southgate Bigelow [manuscript] 1924 June 29 & 30. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Oakes, George Washington Ochs, 1861-1931. Letter 1923, March 26, New York City [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / George Washington Ochs Oakes. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Letters of Joseph Hergesheimer to Hugh Wiley [manuscript] 1922-23. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956. H.L. Mencken papers, 1905-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. The little Kanaka / Joseph Hergesheimer. Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU Libraries
referencedIn Isa Glenn and Bayard Schindel papers, 1898-1936 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Welles mss., 1930-1950, (Bulk 1936-1947) Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. The party dress : typescript, 1929. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Cairns, Huntington, 1904-1985. Papers of Huntington Cairns, 1780-1984 (bulk 1925-1984). Library of Congress
creatorOf Haardt, Sara, 1898-1935. H.L. and Sara Haardt Mencken collection, 1886-1951. Goucher College, Goucher College Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Leters of Joseph Hergesheimer [manuscript] 1920-53. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Papers of James Branch Cabell, 1919-1954. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Joseph Hergesheimer letter, 1930 January 23. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
creatorOf Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Letters to Joseph Hergesheimer, 1918-1954. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1931. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Joseph Hergesheimer letters to Emma Gray Trigg [manuscript], 1926-1927. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Marcella Miller du Pont Papers, 1861-1976, (bulk 1935-1965) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Meade, Julian R. (Julian Rutherfoord), 1909-1940. Papers of Julian Meade Rutherfoord, 1928-1940. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hawkins, Arthur. Papers of Arthur Hawkins [manuscript], 1929-1970. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Literary Manuscripts collection, 1666-1990 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
referencedIn Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair Lewis, from James Branch Cabell [manuscript], 1920-1921. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series IV., Author and Book Designer Files, 1911-1979 (bulk 1920-1960). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series I., General Correspondence, 1922-1977 (bulk 1946-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Wesley Winans Stout Papers, 1913-1954 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Chambers, Will Grant, 1867-1949. W.G. Chambers correspondence concerning Pennsylvania State College Institute of English Education, 1924-1929 (bulk 1926-1928). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Langford, Gerald, 1911-. Papers of Gerald Langford [manuscript], 1947-1981. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cormack, Bartlett, d. 1942. Tampico : a romantic melodrama / by Bartlett Cormack and Joseph Hergesheimer. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Letters, 1918-1948. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Huntington Cairns Papers, 1780-1984, (bulk 1925-1984) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. Letters to James Branch Cabell, 1934-1945. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Letters to Sinclair Lewis and Carl Van Vechten [manuscript], 1917-1957. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Joseph Hergesheimer Letter, 1918 Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Letters to W. H. Loudermilk & Co. [manuscript], 1945-1954. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series III., Blanche W. Knopf, 1918-1966 (bulk 1940-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Balch, Edwin Swift, 1856-1927,. Papers of the Balch family, 1760-1955. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1923 September 22, Kansas City, Missouri [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Scrapbooks of James Branch Cabell [manuscript], 1886-1958 (bulk 1904-1926). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Letters / Joseph Hergesheimer. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. Letter and miscellaneous material [manuscript], 1923 November 15, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hugh MacNair Kahler Papers, 1900-1964, 1900-1950 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
referencedIn Derleth, August William, 1909-1971. August William Derleth papers, 1858, 1907-1978. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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Novelists, American--20th century--Manuscripts
Fishing--Anecdotes
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
Short stories
Voyages and travels
Booksellers and bookselling
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Birth 1880-02-15

Death 1954-04-25

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