Patricia Bosworth papers, 1932-1984 (bulk 1948-1980)


Patricia Bosworth papers, 1932-1984 (bulk 1948-1980)

The Patricia Bosworth papers consist of manuscripts, galleys, interview notes, research materials, clippings, correspondence, and photographs mostly relating to her 1978 biography of actor Montgomery Clift, but also covering some of Bosworth's other writing projects and professional activities. The papers contain a number of manuscript drafts of the Clift biography, although they are mostly undated and do not specify the version. There are also a number of materials surrounding its publication, such as a contract with Bosworth's original publisher, Arbor House, a few financial items, and the memo outlining the idea for the book. A number of the photographs in the collection are those used in the book. Manuscripts, notes, and research materials may be found in the papers for a number of Bosworth's other writing projects on the arts, including many articles, mostly written during the 1970s for magazines and The New York Times. There is also a small folder of material for Bosworth's second biography, Diane Arbus: A Biography, published in 1984 by Knopf. A few personal papers, including notes from Bosworth's mother and material from Sarah Lawrence College, are also included.

7 linear feet (16 boxes)


SNAC Resource ID: 8332495

New York Public Library System, NYPL

Related Entities

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Arbus, Diane, 1923-1971 (person)

Diane Arbus (b. March 14, 1923, New York City, NY–d. July 26, 1971, New York City, NY) was an American photographer noted for photographs of marginalized people and others whose normality was perceived by the general populace as ugly or surreal. Her work has been described as consisting of formal manipulation characterized by blatant sensationalism....

Clift, Montgomery (person)

Montgomery Clift was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 17, 1920, hours after his twin sister Roberta (Ethel). He lived with his father William Brooks Clift, his mother Ethel "Sunny" Fogg Clift, and his older brother William Brooks, Jr. In the mid 1920s his family moved to Chicago and later, in the early 1930s the family settled in New York City. At the age of twelve, Montgomery Clift made his first stage appearance in an amateur production of As Husbands Go in Sarasota,...

Bosworth, Patricia. (person)

Biographer, journalist, editor, actress, and model, Patricia Bosworth was born April 24, 1933 in Oakland, California. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1955, Bosworth worked as a model and actress, becoming a member of the Actors Studio. She appeared in a number of stage, film, and television productions, such as Inherit the Wind (1955), The Nun's Story (1959), and Young Dr. Malone (1958). In the mid 1960s, she left acting and became a full-time journalist....