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Gorman, Herbert Sherman, 1893-1954
Herbert S. Gorman Papers
Manuscripts Division
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The Herbert S. Gorman Papers consists, for the most part, of manuscripts, galleys, and notes for six of Gorman's historical novels, but includes some photographs of Gorman, bibliographies of his works, and a small amount of correspondence.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists, for the most part, of manuscripts, galleys, and notes for six of Gorman's historical novels - The Scottish Queen (1932), The Mountain and the Plain (1936), The Brave General (1942), Wine of San Lorenzo (1945), The Cry of Dolores (1948), and The Breast of the Dove (1950)--and one unfinished semi-autobiographical novel, "The Piper's Son," but the papers also contain an unpublished collection of Gorman's poems, adaptations of novels for radio, such as Pere Goriot and Don Quixote, several articles, reviews, and fragments of a play, "Ygraine," which Gorman wrote at age 16. Although Gorman is known for his two biographies of James Joyce, only four pages of notes on this subject exist in the collection. Also included are several photographs of Gorman, bibliographies of his works, and a small amount of correspondence.


The collection has been organized into the following series:

Collection Creator Biography:

Gorman, Herbert Sherman, 1893-1954

Herbert Gorman (1893-1954) was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He began his literary career in the newspaper business, first as a reporter and then as an editor on several New York newspapers, including the Times and the Herald Tribune. At the same time, he contributed poetry, articles, and book reviews to magazines and was the author of twenty books, mostly historical novels and biographies. Gorman and his wife, Jean Wright Gorman, compiled and wrote an introduction to The Peterborough Anthology (1923), a collection of the works of poets at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire.

Collection History


The Gorman papers were given to Princeton University in December 1977 by Mrs. Herbert Gorman, following the suggestion of Edward Naumburg, Jr., Princeton Class of 1924.


The following books by and about James Joyce from Gorman's library were received with the collection but have since been dispersed:

James Joyce, Stephen Hero, New York, 1944.

James Joyce, Finnegan's Wake, New York, 1939.

James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, New York, 1916 (1928).

James Joyce, Dubliners, New York, 1922.

James Joyce, Anna Livia Plurabelle, Criterion No. 15, London, 1930.

James Joyce, Haveth Childers Everywhere, Criterion No. 26, 1931.

James Joyce, Ulysses, New York, 1937.

Herbert Gorman, James Joyce, 1939.

Samuel Beckett et al, Our Examination Round His Factification of Work in Progress, Paris, 1929.

Campbell and Robinson, A Skeleton Key to Finnegan's Wake, New York, 1944.

Catalogue of a Collection of the Works of James Joyce, Newberry Library, 1948. [insc: For Herbert Gorman, signed James F. Spoerri]

Richard Ellman, The Backgrounds of Ulysses, Kenyon Review, XVI, No. 3, 1954.

Louis Golding, James Joyce, London, 1933.

Here and Now, January 1949.

James Joyce: An Exhibition, Paris, 1949.

James Joyce: An Exhibition, Carbondale, 1957.

Stanislaus Joyce, Recollections of James Joyce, New York, 1950.

C.G. Jung, Ulysses: A Monologue, New York, 1949 (orig. Wirklichkeit der Seele, 1934).

A.M. Klein, A Shout in the Street, reprinted from New Directions 13 (inscribed)

Harry Levin, James Joyce, Connecticut, 1941.

Mercure de France, May, 1950.

R.F. Roberts, Biographical Notes on James Joyce's Ulysses (inscribed)

W.Y. Tindall, James Joyce: His Way of Interpreting the Modern World, London, 1950.

Subject Tracings

Joyce, James: 1882-1941 (subject) 4/27

Skinner, Otis: 1858-1942 1/1

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessica Dye in 2004. Finding aid written by Jessica Dye, Princeton Class of 2005 in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research/

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Credit this material:

Herbert S. Gorman Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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