Contents and Arrangement

Exodus Revisited Exhibition Correspondence and Print Materials, 1959-1961

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection primarily consists of correspondence between the Greek photographer, Dēmētrēs A. Charisiadēs, and Leon Uris (1924-2003), an American novelist known for his bestselling books, Exodus (1958) and Trinity (1976), among many other works of historical fiction, as well as his screenplay for the 1957 Western, Gunfight at the OK Corral. Correspondence pertains to the publication of Exodus Revisited (1960), a collaborative work with photographs by Charisiadēs and text by Uris, documenting the history of the state of Israel. While the majority of correspondence regards the publication of Exodus Revisited in several languages, financial matters, related exhibitions, and Uris's Los Angeles bookstore project, letters also include detailed discussions of both men's personal lives, including their various marriages and divorces, travels, children, and other creative works.

Charisiadēs's correspondence with various European publishers, distributors, and literary agencies, such as A.P. Watt & Son, Bantam Books, Doubleday and Company, Inc., and Kindler Verlag, is also included, regarding a variety of foreign language editions of Exodus Revisited published throughout the early 1960s. Present are a signed contract between Charisiadēs - Uris and Doubleday, as well as letters of thanks for gifted copies of the book from various Greek, Israeli, and American writers and leaders, and receipts and other financial notations regarding royalties, kept by Charisiadēs's literary agent, Willis Kingsley Wing, of Collins-Knowlton-Wing, Inc.

Additionally included are American, Greek, and other international press clippings concerning Exodus Revisited and related exhibitions, book reviews, and articles, as well as a few photographs and one negative showing an exhibition of Charisiadēs's photographs of Israel at the University of California, Los Angeles.

While the vast majority of correspondence and other materials are in English, some press clippings and correspondence with parties other than Leon Uris are in Greek or French.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Nothing was removed from the collection during 2014 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The 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:

Exodus Revisited Exhibition Correspondence and Print Materials; Dēmētrēs A. Charisiadēs Correspondence with Leon Uris, C1473, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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