John O'Hara letters to H.N. Swanson, 1955-1970.


John O'Hara letters to H.N. Swanson, 1955-1970.

The collection contains fifty-five letters and three contract documents between John O'Hara and his Hollywood, California literary agent, H.N. Swanson. O'Hara discusses his financial terms for sales of his short stories and novels to film companies (Revue Studios, Twentieth Century-Fox); complains about the Screen Writers' Guild; criticizes and praises producers, directors, and screenwriters (Harold Hecht, Alfred Hitchcock, Walter Mirisch, David O. Selznick, Rod Serling, Walter Wanger, Fred Zinnemann, and others); and states his writing projects and travel plans.

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