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Manuscripts / Miscellania

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On an Amber London day [manuscript] / Sinclair Lewis — 1922.
— Autograph poem.
— Signed by Lewis and dated Feb. 9, 1922.

[Corrected Typescript of “Review of Reviewers”] / Sinclair Lewis
— 1922.
— Inscribed by Lewis : “Dear Prof. Johannsen / Here’s your ‘scrap of MS’… / from an article which appeared in International Book Review for Dec. [1922]”

Little Bear Bongo [typescript] / Sinclair Lewis — [1930]
— 21 pages. Stapled leaves clipped into plain brown wrappers.
— A heavily corrected typescript of Lewis’s short story “Little Bear Bongo,” which was published in the Sept. 1930 issue of Cosmopolitan.
— Inscribed by Lewis to Lucille Florey.

Sinclair Lewis Looks at America / Donald S. Carmichael — 1931.
— A 3-page essay written for an undergraduate English class at Harvard. Carmichael sent it to Lewis, who annotated and returned it.

Chronology [typescript] / Sinclair Lewis — 1932.
— 15 pages. Unpublished.
— Written in the third person. Lewis discusses his family background, and gives an account of his life to age 47. He also lists “Favorite Novelists Today.”
— Written for the use of Carl Van Doren, who had been commissioned to write an essay on Lewis to be published simultaneously with Ann Vickers.
— Formerly in the possession of Lou Florey.

Angela is Twenty-two [carbon typescript] / Sinclair Lewis and Fay Wray — [between 1938 and 1942]
— 130 leaves stapled into red paper covers.
— One of many revisions of this play. It was staged several times, and, after being re-written by Wanda Tuchock, it was released as a musical in 1943 under the title This is the Life.

[Contracts] — 1920-1944.
— A group of 5 original Lewis contracts: Main Street (1920); Babbitt (1922); Elmer Gantry (1926); Twilight [Dodsworth] (1927); Husbands and Wives [Cass Timberlane] (1944). The first 4 are agreements between Lewis and Harcourt, Brace. The final contract, for Cass Timberlane, is with Random House.

— Wood ; 38 x 62 x 2 cm.
— Lewis’s drainboard from his house on Vanderventer Avenue in Port Washington, on which he was reputed to have written The Trail of the Hawk. See “How I Wrote a Novel on Trains and Beside the Kitchen Sink” in American Magazine (April 1921), p. 16+

[Clippings — 1920–1960]
— 2 folders ; 92 items
— A clipping file kept by Lou Florey.

[51 Early Pieces by Sinclair Lewis / transcribed by Morris Sadow
— 1904-1931]
— 1 notebook ; 180 p.
— Typewritten copies of articles, book reviews, poems, short stories and translations from: Book News Monthly; Puck; Volta; Transatlantic Tales; The Bellman; The Critic and Literary World; Yale Courant; Yale Literary Magazine.

[Sinclair Lewis Scrapbooks / compiled by Morris Sadow — 1914-1951]
— 11 vols. These scrapbooks consist almost entirely of newspaper clippings from throughout the country, most of which are identified. Magazine articles and clippings from booksellers’ catalogs are also present. There are approximately 100 leaves in each scrapbook, and up to 10 clippings are pasted to each leaf. Arrangement is roughly chronological.

[Diary / Notebook of Pearl Buck] — Aug. 10, 1953-July 1963.
— ca. 250 p. ; 23 x 17 cm.
— Includes an 9-page account of the author’s encounter with Lewis at a P.E.N. dinner after she had received the Nobel Prize. She also describes Lewis’s hometown, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, which she visited after his death.

[Wedding Announcement] — May 14, 1928.
— 1 leaf ; 18 x 26 cm., folded to 18 x 13 cm.
— Reads: “Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis have the honour to announce their marriage which took place in London on Monday, May 14th, 1928”

[Advertising Leaflet] Novels by Sinclair Lewis — [London] : Jonathan Cape, [1928]
— A 4-page leaflet advertising the English editions of Mantrap, The Job, Martin Arrowsmith, The Trail of the Hawk, Babbitt, Elmer Gantry and The Man Who Knew Coolidge, with excerpts from reviews of each. Illustrated with a caricature of Lewis.

[Advertising Leaflet] Sinclair Lewis — New York : Harcourt, Brace, [1929]
— Issued by Harcourt prior to the publication of Dodsworth. Illustrated with a 6-panel cartoon by H.T. Webster of Lewis making a friend at a cocktail party, entitled “The beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

A Map of Sinclair Lewis’s United States as it Appears in his Novels / with notes by Carl Van Doren — New York : Doubleday, [1934]
— A promotional item issued by Doubleday at the time of the publication of Work of Art.

[Hotel Register] — [s.l. : s.n., 1934]
— 48 leaves bound in brown cloth ; 39 x 24 cm.
— A promotional item issued to bookstores (?) by Doubleday at the time of the publication of Work of Art, Lewis’s 1934 novel about the hotel industry. The first and last leaves are blank; the 8 leaves in the middle are printed as pages of a hotel register. At the bottom of each page is stamped “Register here for Work of Art by Sinclair Lewis.”

White House Gate Pass — Feb. 10, 1936.
— Issued to the Lewises to attend a dinner with President and Mrs. Roosevelt. With an accompanying newspaper clipping about the event: “Miss Thompson wore a long trailing gown of white chiffon with a long scarf of green …”

[Dialogue Continuity for Arrowsmith] — [1931]
— The 1931 film version of Arrowsmith; starred Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes and Myrna Loy, and was directed by John Ford. The screenplay was adapted from Lewis’s novel by dramatist Sidney Howard. “Only copy” written on cover.

[Dialogue Continuity for Elmer Gantry] — 1960.
— Photocopy of a typescript. The 1960 film version of Elmer Gantry was adapted from the novel by Richard Brooks, who also directed. The film starred Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons.

[Cutting Continuity for Elmer Gantry] — 1960.
— Photocopy of a typescript.

Babbitt: A Marriage / Sinclair Lewis ; adapted by Ron Hutchinson
— 1987.
— Script for a musical adaptation of Lewis’s novel produced in 1987 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.