Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency records, [1940s]-2000 and n.d. (bulk 1978-1995).


Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency records, [1940s]-2000 and n.d. (bulk 1978-1995).

Records of the Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency, spanning the dates 1948-1995; bulk of records date after 1974. Records prior to 1981 are those of writers whom Wasserman also represented for her former employer, Russell and Volkening, Inc. Correspondence, office files, clippings, etc. document activities of a major literary agency on behalf of writers: manuscript submissions, contract negotiations, handling of foreign and reprint rights, publicity, and the different ways affairs are handled for lesser-known or beginning writers and for major authors. Among others, collection includes papers about fiction writers Richard Bausch, Saul Bellow, Frederick Buechner, Oscar Hijuelos, Josephine Humphreys, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Alice McDermott, and Reynolds Price; and historian George F. Kennan and philosopher and historian Allan Bloom. Correspondence is primarily professional, although some sense of personal relationships between Wasserman and long-term clients can be gained, especially with Bellow, whose career is documented for some forty-five years. Among a small sample of his early personal correspondence are a few letters from novelists Ralph Ellison and Wright Morris; but bulk of his papers are Wasserman's professional correspondence about him from 1973 to early 1990s. Addition (99-275) (19,500 items, 32.5 lin. ft.; dated 1974-1999 and n.d) is unprocessed, but expands on all of the collection series, especially materials related to Saul Bellow. Addition (01-050) (816 items, 12 lin. ft.; dated 1974-2000 and n.d.) includes book manuscripts, galley proofs (some inscribed), correspondence, notes, and other materials relating to the authors represented by the literary agency. Other materials include 64 black-and-white photographs, 1 black-and-white negative, 4 color photographs, and 1 audiocassette tape. Authors included in this addition are Richard Bausch, Jay Williams, Suzi-Lori Parks, Laurel Lee, Karla Kuskin, Elinore Clark, Perrin Ireland, Frederick Buechner, John Tyler Bonner, Martha Moody, Eugene Walter, Caroline Winthrop, Paul Lussier, Sharon Flake, Reynolds Price, Josephine Humphreys, Saul Bellow, George Dawson and Richard Glaubman, Julia Markus, George F. Kennan, Carole L. Glickfeld, Mark Winegardner, Michael Stewart, Diane Vreuls, Sandra Gould Ford, Charles McPhee, Mark Smith, and Harriet Wasserman herself. Addition (01-115) (5 items, .1 linear feet; dated 1978-2001, bulk 1997-2001) contains correspondence between Wasserman and Shelley Gruskin. Also includes playbill for performances of IN DREAMS BEGIN RESPONSIBILITIES and GIMPEL THE FOOL, signed by actor David Marguiles (2001) and a copy of IN DREAMS BEGIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND OTHER STORIES (1978), by Delmore Schwartz. Both book and playbill are mentioned in the correspondence.

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Wasserman, Harriet

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Bonner, John Tyler

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Bloom, Allan David, 1930-1992

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Hijuelos, Oscar.

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Lee, Laurel A.

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Ford, Sandra Gould

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Glickfeld, Carole L.

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Markus, Julia, 1939-

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Winegardner, Mark, 1961-

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Buechner, Frederick, 1926-....

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Humphreys, Josephine N.

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Kennan, George F. (George Frost), 1904-2005

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Moody, Martha.

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Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011

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Lussier, Paul.

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Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency.

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The Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency (HWLA) was formed in 1981 by Harriet Wasserman, formerly an agent at the Russell and Volkening Literary Agency beginning in 1965. A number of prominent American writers Wasserman represented at Russell and Volkening came with her when she formed her own agency. Thus, while the bulk of the HWLA records document her clients' careers after 1981, a number also reach back into the 1970s and document such early clients as Saul Bellow, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and Rey...

Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer, 1927-2013

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Kuskin, Karla

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Born in New York City in 1932, Karla Kuskin (née Seidman) has written and illustrated at least twenty-seven books for children and collaborated on at least eighteen others as author or illustrator. From the description of Karla Kuskin papers, 1965-1966. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 48271717 Karla Kuskin was born July 17, 1932, in New York City. She began writing and drawing at an early age. Her first book, Roar and ...

Glaubman, Richard

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Bausch, Richard, 1945-....

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Richard Bausch is the author of numerous novels and short stories. He teaches creative writing at George Mason University in Virginia. From the description of Richard Bausch papers, 1965-1998 and undated. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 42398653 Author of numerous novels and short stories. He teaches creative writing at George Mason University in Virginia. From the description of Richard Bausch papers, 1965-1998 and n.d. (Duke University Library). ...

Winthrop, Caroline

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Flake, Sharon.

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