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Dwight MacDonald, "By Cozzens Possessed," Commentary 25:1, 1958 January
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection illustrates the literary and military careers of Cozzens in manuscripts, notebooks, diaries (1920-1970), war journals (1911-1945), correspondence (general, family, and business), documents, memorabilia, clippings, and photographs. Ten of his novels Ask Me Tomorrow, By Love Possessed, Castaway, Guard of Honor, The Just and the Unjust, The Last Adam, Men and Brethren, Morning Noon and Night, Son of Perdition, S. S. San Pedro—as well as short stories, poetry, articles, and introductions, are represented by drafts, typescripts with author's corrections, and/or galleys.
Cozzens's correspondence with his mother, Bertha Wood Cozzens, covers almost 40 years (1917-1953); other correspondents include Carlos Baker, Saul Bellow, Matthew Bruccoli, Erskine Caldwell, Granville Hicks, William Jovanovich, Oliver La Farge, Richard M. Ludwig, Arthur Mizener, and John O'Hara. Also included is military material, such as transcripts of press conferences, correspondence, manuals, and Cozzens's Air Force file.
In addition, there are seventeen letters to John Abbott regarding problems with the publisher B. J. Brimmer & Co. (1924-1926), fourteen letters and one postcard to Richard M. Ludwig (1957-1975), two letters to Pat Lawler (1958), and one lettter to Pearson (1968).
Abbreviations used, mostly in correspondence:
JGC: James Gould Cozzens (had a great-uncle by the same name; is clearly marked as such)
BWC: (Mary) Bertha Wood Cozzens (1875-1953) JGC's mother
MEW: Mary Eliza Wood JGC's maternal grandmother
HWC: Henry William Cozzens, Jr. (1866-1920) JGC's father
Note: JGC married Sylvia Bernice Baumgarten. She is sometimes referred to as Sylvia and other times referred to as Bernice. Her professional name (as a literary agent) was "Bernice Baumgarten".
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- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and 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:
Dwight MacDonald, "By Cozzens Possessed," Commentary 25:1; James Gould Cozzens Papers, 1878-1978, C0061, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone Library (mss): Box 7