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H. N. Swanson Files on F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Swanson, H. N. (Harold Norling), 1899-.

Novelist and storywriter F. Scott Fitzgerald first went to Hollywood in 1927, when he was hired to write an original flapper comedy for United Artists. He returned in 1931 to work for Irving Thalberg on the Jean Harlow classic Red-Headed Woman. His third sojourn in Hollywood lasted from 1937 to his death in December of 1940. Though he worked on several projects, Fitzgerald's only screenwriting credit was for Three Comrades, which was based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel. Starring Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, and Robert Young, it was considered to be one of the top ten films for 1938. Normally the studios owned or had a proprietary interest in all creative works produced by staff writers while under contract, but Fitzgerald's agent H. N. Swanson was careful to obtain "layoff periods," gaps of a few weeks during which he could work on his own projects while in Hollywood.

The collection consists primarily of correspondence between F. Scott Fitzgerald's East Coast literary agent, Harold Ober, and his Hollywood agent, H. N. Swanson, from 20 November 1934 through 4 April 1956, regarding attempts to sell Fitzgerald stories to the studios, land Fitzgerald a writing job in Hollywood, and license his works for radio, television, and film after his death. Also included are a typed manuscript (7 pp.) treatment of Tender Is the Night by Sandra MacGown, signed copies of the Vanguard Films, Inc., contract (1946) and motion picture rights assignment (1946) for Tender Is the Night, an extract (5 pp.) from Fitzgerald's 1937 MGM contract, and several Western Union telegrams sent by Fitzgerald to Swanson.

Arranged chronologically by year:

Purchased from Bonhams and Butterfields auction in February 2006.

Additonal material was a gift of Glenn Horowitz in July 2010.

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This collection was processed by John Delaney in March 2006. Finding aid written by John Delaney in March 2006.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
John Delaney
Finding Aid Date
2006
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Collection Inventory

1934, 1934. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1935, 1935. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1936, 1936. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1937, 1937. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1938, 1938. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1939, 1939. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1940, 1940. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1946, 1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1946: Vangaurd Films, Inc., Motion Picture Rights Assignment and Contract for Tender Is the Night, 1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1947, 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1948, 1948. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1949, 1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1951, 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1953, 1953. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1954, 1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1955, 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1956, 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1958, 1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1959, 1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

undated: Tender Is the Night Treatment by Sandra MacGown, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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