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Collection Overview

Creator:
White, Charles William, 1906-
Title:
Charles William White Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/ff365665q
Dates:
1934-1977
Size:
5 boxes and 2.0 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-5
Language:
English

Abstract

American Charles William White wrote historical novels about artists and writers under the pen name of "Max White." Active as a historical fiction writer primarily in the 1930s through 1950s, White traveled in the same social circles as Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. The collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence of Charles William White ("Max White"), including correspondence with Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence of Charles William White ("Max White"), including Alice B. Toklas material. Materials include: The Matchless Pleasure: novel (original manuscript and photocopy); Ghastly Shivaree (2 versions): play; The Man Who Carved Women From Wood: play based on his novel; "The Parrot", "Remember Lacey Jatter", "Grimmer than Anderson", "Alchemy for Late Summer": stories; Terror to Come (TV play); Hannah's Nighthouse (play); Blockheads: novel (3 binders); The Lonely Roads of Midnight: novel (2 binders); Oh, the Little Ticking Heart: novel (3 binders); Mr. Gaffajoli's Looking Glass: novel (2 binders; 1 manuscript); The Ballad of the Dead Sailor: novel (manuscript) ; How Do You Do: novel (manuscript); Death of a Cockroach: play (2 manuscripts); and a note in the hand of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The Alice B. Toklas materials include 6 letters from the early months of 1958, all signed, from Alice B. Toklas on her 5 rue Christine Paris stationery to Max White regarding their friendship, thoughts, and proposed collaboration on her memoir of her life for Holt publishers in New York; 1 contract dated April 18, 1958, signed by and addressed from Alice B. Toklas to Max White, detailing their collaboration on the Toklas memoir for Holt; 1 letter signed from John Schaffner (Toklas's literary agent in New York) regarding the offer from editor Robert Lesscher at Holt for the memoir; 2 copies of Max White letters to his literary agent Mavis McIntosh in New York and 1 letter from her to Max (who was likewise living in Paris) c/o Toklas, regarding his collaboration on the proposed book; 1 copy of a letter from Max to Robert Lesscher at Holt, in June of 1958, ending the collaboration and cancelling the contract between himself and Toklas on the book in question at which point Max moved to New York.

Arrangement

Organized into the following two series: Series 1: Writings, Series 2: Correspondence.

Collection Creator Biography:

White, Charles William, 1906-

American Charles William White wrote historical novels about artists and writers under the pen name of "Max White." Active as a writer primarily in the 1930s through 1950s, White traveled in the same social circles as Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Thomas Colchie, Princeton Class of 1964, in 2014.

Appraisal

Nothing was removed from the collection during 2014 processing.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Kristine Gift in 2014.

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:

Charles William White Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/ff365665q
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-5