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Kronenberger, Louis, 1904-1980
Louis Kronenberger Papers
Manuscripts Division
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6 boxes and 2.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-6


Louis Kronenberger was an American literary critic, novelist, and biographer. Contains correspondence with notable literary figures as well as editorial requests and drafts of Kronenberger's writings.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection contains personal correspondence with literary figures as well as editorial correspondence and drafts of Kronenberger's writings. The collection is especially notable for Kronenberger's extensive correspondence with important literary figures, including, among others, W. H. Auden, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Malcolm Cowley, E. M. Forster, Graham Greene, Joseph Heller, Lillian Hellman, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, Bernard Malamud, Marianne Moore, V. S. Pritchett, Stephen Spender, Eudora Welty, and Edmund Wilson. Also included are business letters and editorial correspondence sent to Kronenberger from 1954 to 1977. In addition, the collection contains drafts of Kronenberger's own writings from 1958 to 1974, including Company Manners, Animal, Vegetable Mineral, Oscar Wilde and The Extraordinary Mr. Wilkes.


The arrangement of materials at the time of their acquisition has been retained.

Collection Creator Biography:

Kronenberger, Louis

Louis Kronenberger was an American critic, novelist, and biographer. Born in 1909, he attended the University of Cincinnati, and subsequently went on to work for the New York Times in 1924, Boni and Liveright in 1926, and Alfred Knopf from 1933-1938. Following his position at Knopf, he served as the drama critic for Time magazine from 1938-1961 and then for PM from 1940–48. Kronenberger was published widely in the fields of literary and historical criticism, as well as the author of several works of fiction and creative writing including The Cutting Edge: A Collection of Witty Insults and Wicked Retorts, of Polished Snubs and Homicidal Repartee (1970). He married Emily L. Plaut in 1940, with whom which he had two chilren, and he died on April 30, 1980.

Collection History


Formerly part of the James S. Copley Library, this collection was purchased at auction at Sotheby's, New York, 2011 June 17 (AM2011-111).


No materials were separated during 2011 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein in 2011. Finding aid written by Regine Heberlein in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Louis Kronenberger Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-6