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Kenneth Roberts Letters to Malcolm Johnson

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Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957.

Kenneth Roberts was a popular American historical novelist, whose subjects were the colonial period, the American Revolution, and the early years of the United States. His novels include Arundel (1929), Lydia Bailey (1947), Northwest Passage (1937), Oliver Wiswell (1940), and Rabble in Arms (1933).

The collection consists primarily of over 60 letters (1936-1955) by Roberts ("Ken") to his Doubleday editor, Malcolm Johnson, addressed mostly from Kennebunkport, Maine, but also from the Bahamas and Bermuda. Often of a warm and personal nature, many of these concern his current books and their progress. Many letters are accompanied by their original envelopes, and one late, long letter (1955) catches up on old times. Additional pieces include a postcard-sized photo of a painting of Mrs. Robert Rogers, with Roberts's identification and a note on the verso; a proof sheet of the title page of March to Quebec (1938) with his holograph correction; a corrected and annotated dust jacket for Arundel; two of his Christmas drinking song checklists; and miscellaneous notes, I.O.U.s, and clippings.

The letters are organized chronologically, with proofs and printed material at the end.

Purchased in November 2013.

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This collection was processed by John Delaney on November 25, 2013. Finding aid written by John Delaney on November 25, 2013.

Nothing was discarded or transferred in the processing of this collection.

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John Delaney
Finding Aid Date
Published on November 26, 2013.
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Collection Inventory

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1936-1939. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1940. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1941. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1942. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1943. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1944. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1948. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Malcolm Johnson, 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Corrected Proofs, 1938. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Contains a proof sheet of the title page of March to Quebec (1938) with his holograph correction, and a corrected and annotated dust jacket for Arundel.

Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Material, 1937-1944. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes a postcard-sized photo of a painting of Mrs. Robert Rogers, with Roberts's identification and a note on the verso;two of his Christmas drinking song checklists; and miscellaneous notes, I.O.U.s, and clippings.

Physical Description

1 folder

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