• Call Number: C0140_c366
    Container: Box 54

Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938, Letters to Katherine Jackson and Related Letter by Katherine Jackson to Her Family

portion of 1 box

This collection is stored at Firestone Library and Firestone Library.

Box 59 is stored in special vault facilities.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .

Accession Number: AM 2017-54

Collection Creator: Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections. .

Dates: 1935-1936.

Located In: Box 54;

Extent: portion of 1 box

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.


Consists of correspondence documenting Wolfe's relationship with his editors at Scribner's. Letters from Thomas Wolfe to Katherine Jackson include a four-page autograph letter sent from London on March 29, 1935, and a printed Christmas card with an undated autograph note. Jackson was an editor at Scribner's Magazine, working with Maxwell Perkins, and later at Harper's Magazine, where she wrote the "Books in Brief" column from 1944 to 1969. Her work placed her in contact with many prominent writers and scholars of the day, many of whom she befriended, including Thomas Wolfe. In his March 1935 letter, Wolfe describes feeling isolated from America, a restless night in Paris, and his upcoming plans to travel to Denmark and Russia. He also requests information from Jackson about his forthcoming book, Of Time and the River. Also present is a carbon copy of a letter Jackson wrote to her parents on January 3, 1936, describing a road bump in her friendship with Wolfe after Jackson told Wolfe that it was not prudent to publish stories in magazines as opposed to books, causing a stir between Wolfe and editor Max Perkins, who later diffused the conflict.

Preferred Citation

Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938, Letters to Katherine Jackson and Related Letter by Katherine Jackson to Her Family; 1935-1936; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, Box 54; Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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