Papers of James M. Cain, 1901-1978 (bulk 1925-1978).

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Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. Papers of James M. Cain, 1901-1978 (bulk 1925-1978).

Papers of James M. Cain, 1901-1978 (bulk 1925-1978).

Correspondence, writings, legal and financial papers, family papers, printed materials, and other papers relating primarily to Cain's work as a journalist with American Mercury and New York World and to his career as a novelist and Hollywood screenwriter. Other topics include the legal rights of authorship, censorship and obscenity questions, literary acquaintances including Michael Arlen, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Sinclair Lewis, general literary matters, Cain's personal life, and Washington College, Chestertown, Md. Includes drafts of Cain's unfinished autobiography and of The Institute (1976), Mignon (1962), Past All Dishonor (1946), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), and other writings. Also includes papers of Cain's second, third, and fourth wives, Elina Sjöstedt Tyszecka Cain, Aileen Pringle and Florence Macbeth Cain. Correspondents include Charles Angoff, B.A. Bergman, E. Manchester Boddy, Huntington Cairns, Raymond Chandler, Joan Crawford, James T. Farrell, Wolcott Gibbs, Ruth Goetz, La Nora Griffith, Arthur Hornblow, Jr., Paul Hume, E.J. Kahn, Alfred A. and Blanche W. Knopf, Arthur Krock, Constance Cummings (Levy), Walter Lippmann, David Madden, Gilbert Malcolm, Morris Markey, Carey McWilliams, H.L. Mencken, Robert Nathan, Allan Nevins, Joyce Carol Oates, Seán O'Faoláin, Hamilton Owens, Samson and Dorshka (Dorothy Wegman) Raphaelson, Edward G. Robinson, Wheeler Sammons, Robert B. Sinclair, Laurence Stallings, Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Bayard Swope, Gore Vidal, Rebecca West, E.B. and Katharine Sergeant Angell White, Edmund Wilson, Tom Wolfe, and publishing agents and concerns such as Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Harold Ober Associates, and H.N. Swanson.

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