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Mencken, H. L, 1923
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists primarily of typescript copies of literary works by the American expatriate author Frank Harris, arranged by form and genre. Many have been heavily revised and corrected. Most of his published books are represented in some part, though shorter pieces, such as articles and contemporary portraits, predominate. A major part deals with his criticism and interpretation of various works by Oscar Wilde, his biography of Wilde, and his own biography, My Life and Loves. Correspondence of Harris from his last decade (primarily letters from booksellers, translators, and publishers), as well as some financial and printed material, is also included
Further accessions include correspondence with Arnold and Blance Rittenberg, and Gordon Young.
- Custodial History:
This collection was first bought from a bookshop in Nice shortly after Frank Harris's death in 1931. The material relative to Oscar Wilde has been collected; but the rest has been left largely as found, with the titles of each folder (where there is a folder, or a title) as left by Harris.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
One printed item was transferred to Rare Books Division for cataloging; the rest has been retained.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is available 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:
Mencken, H. L; Frank Harris Papers, C0975, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 8