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Wylie, Philip, 1902-1971
Philip Wylie Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1920-1984 (mostly 1930-1971)
304 boxes and 162.0 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-285; 288-292; 226a; 226b; 227a; 258a; 258b; 263a; 263b; 263c; 263d; 283a; L-000018 ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 286-287; 293


A writer of fiction and nonfiction, Philip Gordon Wylie (Princeton Class of 1924), authored hundreds of short stories, articles, serials, syndicated newspaper columns, novels, and works of social criticism. His collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence representing his life work, ranging from Dormitory Ditties, published during his college days (circa 1920), to The End of the Dream, a novel published posthumously in 1972.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence representing the life work of Wylie (Princeton Class of 1924), ranging from his Dormitory Ditties, published during his college days (circa 1920), to The End of the Dream, a novel published posthumously in 1972. All of his works, including 34 novels, 13 nonfiction books, 52 scripts, 13 serials, and many short stories and articles, exist in the collection in typescript form, often with holograph corrections. Among the longer works are The Disappearance, Images of God (unpublished), Generation of Vipers, When Worlds Collide, The Magic Animal, and Island of Lost Souls. There are articles relating to education, morality, ecology, fishing, civil defense, the atom bomb, and other social issues of concern to the people of Dade County, Fla., where Wylie made his home. His popular "Crunch and Des" stories about two Florida fishermen, as well as his syndicated column, "Off My Chest," are also included.

Correspondence is extensive, including letters of Edwin Balmer, Aldous Huxley, Carl Jung, Robert Lindner, Konrad Lorenz, Harold Ober, the Wylie family, and many letters from friends, family, editors, businessmen, scientists, psychologists, and minor literary contemporaries. Also present is a large amount of fan mail (1930-1971); material on the Lerner Marine Laboratory (Bahamas), on whose steering committee Wylie served; autobiographical material; records of the International Game Fish Association; book reviews; speeches; poetry; photographs; various documents; magazines in which his works appeared; clippings; and non-print media, including records, tapes, TV films, and home movies. Papers of other persons include the manuscript of Lester Del Rey's Nerves, several manuscripts by Max Wylie and Karen Wylie Pryor, and short works by Sidney Fox, Robert Lindner, and Leo Szilard. In addition, there are papers of Frederica Wylie containing correspondence, bank statements, documents, printed matter, and papers of others from 1971 to 1981.

Collection Creator Biography:

Wylie, Philip, 1902-1971

Philip Gordon Wylie was born in Beverly, Mass. In 1902. He attended Princeton University during 1920-1923. A writer of fiction and nonfiction, his output included hundreds of short stories, articles, serials, syndicated newspaper columns, novels and works of social criticism. He also wrote screenplays while in Hollywood, was an editor for Farrar & Rinehart, served on the Dade County (Fla.) Defense Council, was a director of the Lerner Marine Laboratory, and at one time was a special advisor to the chairman of the Joint Committee for Atomic Energy. Most of his major writings contain critical, though often philosophical views on man and society as a result of his studies and interest in psychology, biology, ethnology, and physics. He died in 1971.

Collection History


The bulk of the collection was given by Philip Wylie at the request of the Princeton University Library, with later additions made by his wife and daughter.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Barbara Volz in 1982. Finding aid written by Barbara Volz in 1982.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Philip Wylie Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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