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Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Doubleday & Company File of Louis Kronenberger Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1959-1981 (mostly 1970-1979)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001072


Consists primarily of letters from critic, novelist, and biographer Louis Kronenberger to his editors at Doubleday & Company.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes a couple dozen autograph and typed letters, with a handful of postcards and notes from critic, novelist, and biographer Louis Kronenberger to his editors at Doubleday & Company, including editors-in-chief Sandy Richardson, Ray Roberts, and JoAnn Johnson, as well as other staff persons. The file also includes two letters from Kronenberger's wife, Emily Kronenberger, to Ray Roberts, and a small amount of related material, including routine publisher correspondence, printed matter, and ephemera.

Several letters relate directly to Kronenberger's 1974 life of John Wilkes, The Extraordinary Mr. Wilkes: His Life and Times (1974) and discuss it in detail. Additional letters straightforwardly deal with the business of writing-- Kronenberger references permissions, advances, contracts, reviews, and things of that nature. He also relays travel plans, mentions life in St. Andrews (New Brunswick), sends a list of people who should receive copies of his new book, and thanks Roberts for sending along various publications.

Collection Creator Biography:

Doubleday & Company, Inc.

Doubleday is an American publishing company founded by Frank Nelson Doubleday in 1897 as Doubleday & McClure Company. By 1947, it was the largest publishing house in the United States. With the acquisition of a new partner, Walter Hines Page, the firm became known as Doubleday, Page & Company from 1900 to 1927, and after its merger with George H. Doran, as Doubleday, Doran & Company from 1928 to 1945. The company assumed the title Doubleday & Company in 1946 upon Doran's retirement. In 2009, Doubleday merged with Knopf Publishing Group to form the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is now part of Penguin Random House.

Collection History


Purchase, 2017 . (AM 2018-20)


No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in August 2017. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in August 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Doubleday & Company File of Louis Kronenberger Correspondence; 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 (scamss): Box B-001072