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- Shellabarger, Samuel, 1888-1954.
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Samuel Shellabarger Collection
- Manuscripts Division
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- 7 boxes and 2.5 linear feet
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- ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-7
Samuel Shellabarger attended Princeton University as member of the Princeton Class of 1909 and was an English professor between 1914-1923. The collection contains Samuel Shellabarger's manuscripts for two biographies and five works of historical fiction, as well as a small amount of miscellaneous material related to his writings.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection contains manuscripts of Shellabarger (Princeton Class of 1909, English professor, 1914-1923) for two biographies-- The Chevalier Bayard (NY, London: The Century Co., 1928) and Lord Chesterfield (NY: The Macmillan Co., 1935) -- and five works of historical fiction -- Captain from Castile (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1945), The King's Cavalier (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1950), Lord Vanity (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1953), The Token (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1955), and Tolbecken (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1956) (published posthumously). A small amount of miscellaneous material includes a lecture (1938), "The Profession of Writing," a radio speech on education entitled "Town Meeting," a letter by Robert Kilburn Root, a letter to V. Lansing Collins II, reviews of Shellabarger's books, and promotional advertisements.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Shellabarger, Samuel, 1888-1954.
Samuel Shellabarger, noted writer, was born on May 18, 1888 in Washington D.C. He was a member of the Princeton University class of 1909, and studied at the University of Munich and Harvard Law School before returning to Princeton to get a Ph.D. in English. After serving in the army for two years, Shellabarger returned to Princeton as an English professor until 1923. For the next four years, Shellabarger lived in Switzerland with his family, traveled around the European continent, and focused on his own writing. In 1927 he returned to Princeton and published his first book, The Chevalier Bayard, the next year. This biography, although praised by critics, was not a popular success, and inspired Shellabarger to produce his first novel, Door of Death, which received much greater popularity. This novel and his two subsequent novels were published under his pseudonym John Esteven in an effort to keep his scholarly and creative work distinct. He continued to write both biographies and novels for the rest of his life, eventually dropping his pen name. His most successful novel was Captain from Castile, published in 1945. Shellabarger passed away in Princeton on March 21, 1854.
Most of the collection is a gift of Mrs. Samuel Shellaberger. Article entitled "Sam Shellaberger" signed by R.K. Root with note from Prof. Ludwig is a gift of Prof. Neil Rudenstein. A letter from Seumas McManus to Shellaberger is a gift of Maria Rice Miller.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.
Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09. During 2022, restrictions on a letter by Mrs. Samuel Shellabarger to Samuel Shellabarger (July 11, 1916) were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
- 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:
Samuel Shellabarger Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Publication Note:
The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: American National Biography.
- Subject Terms:
- American fiction -- 20th century.
Biographers -- United States -- 20th century.
Historians -- United States -- 20th century.
Historical fiction, American -- 20th century.
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Drafts (preliminary versions)
- Bayard, Pierre Terrail, seigneur de, approximately 1473-1524
Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of, 1694-1773