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Christopher Morley Collection

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957

Christopher Morley was an American editor and author, and a Rhodes scholar. He was one of the founders of the Saturday Review of Literature, which he edited from 1924 to 1940. A prolific author, he wrote more than 50 books. His novels include Panassus on Wheels (1917), The Haunted Bookshop (1919), Thunder on the Left (1925), and Kitty Foyle (1939; filmed in1940). He also revised and enlarged Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1937, 1948).

Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957

Christopher Morley was an American editor and author, and a Rhodes scholar. He was one of the founders of the Saturday Review of Literature, which he edited from 1924 to 1940. A prolific author, he wrote more than 50 books. His novels include Panassus on Wheels (1917), The Haunted Bookshop (1919), Thunder on the Left (1925), and Kitty Foyle (1939; filmed in1940). He also revised and enlarged Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1937, 1948).

The collection consists of selected manuscripts and correspondence of Christopher Morley. There are six autograph manuscripts and one typescript (with holograph corrections and annotations) of articles to be published in the Saturday Review of Literature: "The Bowling Green," "Cavu," "City of Cities," "Creative Writing," "Small Wares," "A Sonnet," and "Summer Reading." Also included are a Christmas card signed by Morley of a verse from Shakespeare's Hamlet, a letter to J. Castree Williams thanking him for a copy of the New England Weekly Journal, a letter to William S. Dix, a letter to Professor Carlton F. Wells about "Chinamen," and a letter from Charles Edward Montague, the British author, about journalism.

Folders are arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Letter to William S. Dix was a gift of William S. Dix on Dec. 8, 1970.

Letter to Castree Williams was a gift of Percy H. Williams, Princeton Class of 1897, in Oct. 1948.

Letter to Professor Wells was a gift of William H. Morris, Princeton Class of 1935, on Dec. 2, 1985.

Letter from C. E. Montague was a gift of Bruce C. Willsie, Princeton Class of 1986 in March 1990.

Manuscripts were a gift of Daniel Maggin on Nov. 5, 1956.

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This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 7, 2006. Finding aid written by Dina Britain in 2006. Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2006
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Collection Inventory

ALS from Christopher Morley to J. Castree Williams, 1924 January 5. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMs, "Summer Reading," by Christopher Morley, with Holograph Corrections by the Author, 1935 June 15. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMsS, "Cavu," by Christopher Morley, with Holograph Corrections by the Author; Includes Black-and-White Picture of "Swimming hole, Walnut, Illinois", undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMsS, "City of Cities," Review of Hulbert Footner's New York, City of Cities by Christopher Morley, with Holograph Corrections by the Author, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

TMsS, "Creative Writing," by Christopher Morley, with Holograph Corrections by the Author, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMsS, "Small Wares, II," from Christopher Morley, with Holograph Corrections by the Author, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

AMsS, "A Sonnet," from Christopher Morley, with Holograph Corrections by the Author, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

AMsS, "The Bowling Green," from Christopher Morley, with Holograph Corrections by the Author, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Christopher Morley to Mr. Dix, Thanking Him for His Letter, from The Saturday Review of Literature, 25 West 45th Street, New York City, 1936 July 8. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Christopher Morley to Carlton F. Wells of Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 46 West 47, New York City, 1942 January 7. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

ALS from Charles Edward Montague to Christopher Morley, Manchester, England, 1923 September 30. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

CS, Printed Christmas card of a Verse from Shakespeare's Hamlet from Helen and Christopher Morley, Signed by Christopher Morley, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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