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Dēmētrēs A. Charisiadēs Correspondence with Leon Uris

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Charisiadēs, D. A. (Dēmētrēs A.), 1911-1993

Dēmētrēs A. Charisiadēs (1911-1993) was born in Kavala, Greece. After studying chemistry as a young man in Lausanne, Switzerland, he developed an interest in photography from foreign periodicals and books. He began working as a photographer documenting the lives of soldiers while serving as a reserve officer on the Albanian front during WWII. Afterwards he was transferred to Athens, where he photographed Greek life during the Axis Occupation, the Dekemvriana clashes in Athens in 1944-1945, and the Greek Civil War in the late 1940s as a European press correspondent. After liberation, foreign relief agencies and the Ministry of Reconstruction commissioned Charisiadēs to document the arrival and distribution of American aid, public works projects, and post-war economic recovery in Greece. Charisiadēs was also active in commercial photography, where he focused on industry, architecture, and advertising, both running the photographic agency "D. A. Harissiadis" in partnership with Dionysis Tamaressis from 1956-1985 and working as a photographer for the National Theatre of Greece. Always interested in documenting everyday life and culture in small towns and cities, Charisiadēs continued to produce and exhibit work throughout his life, including his photographs of 1950s Israel that appeared in Exodus Revisited.

The collection primarily consists of correspondence between the Greek photographer, Dēmētrēs A. Charisiadēs, and Leon Uris (1924-2003), an American novelist known for his bestselling books, Exodus (1958) and Trinity (1976), among many other works of historical fiction, as well as his screenplay for the 1957 Western, Gunfight at the OK Corral. Correspondence pertains to the publication of Exodus Revisited (1960), a collaborative work with photographs by Charisiadēs and text by Uris, documenting the history of the state of Israel. While the majority of correspondence regards the publication of Exodus Revisited in several languages, financial matters, related exhibitions, and Uris's Los Angeles bookstore project, letters also include detailed discussions of both men's personal lives, including their various marriages and divorces, travels, children, and other creative works.

Charisiadēs's correspondence with various European publishers, distributors, and literary agencies, such as A.P. Watt & Son, Bantam Books, Doubleday and Company, Inc., and Kindler Verlag, is also included, regarding a variety of foreign language editions of Exodus Revisited published throughout the early 1960s. Present are a signed contract between Charisiadēs - Uris and Doubleday, as well as letters of thanks for gifted copies of the book from various Greek, Israeli, and American writers and leaders, and receipts and other financial notations regarding royalties, kept by Charisiadēs's literary agent, Willis Kingsley Wing, of Collins-Knowlton-Wing, Inc.

Additionally included are American, Greek, and other international press clippings concerning Exodus Revisited and related exhibitions, book reviews, and articles, as well as a few photographs and one negative showing an exhibition of Charisiadēs's photographs of Israel at the University of California, Los Angeles.

While the vast majority of correspondence and other materials are in English, some press clippings and correspondence with parties other than Leon Uris are in Greek or French.

Materials are grouped by format.

Gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund in 2014.

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This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in May 2014. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in May 2014.

Nothing was removed from the collection during 2014 processing.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Kelly Bolding
Finding Aid Date
2014
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Collection Inventory

Correspondence with Leon Uris, 1958-1959. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence with Leon Uris, 1960. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence with Leon Uris, 1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence with Leon Uris, 1962-1965. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence with Leon Uris, 1966-1970. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence with A.P. Watt & Son, 1961-1962. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A.P. Watt & Son was the literary agency that managed various European editions of Exodus Revisited.

Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence with Bantam Books, 1961-1962. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Regarding receipt of photographs and author copies of the Bantam edition of Exodus Revisited.

Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence with Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1959-1960. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes a signed contract between Leon Uris - Dēmētrēs A. Charisiadēs and Doubleday and Company, Inc.

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1 folder

Correspondence with Kindler Verlag, 1961-1963. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Regarding revisions and photography for foreign editions of Exodus Revisited.

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1 folder

Letters of Thanks, 1960-1961. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Regarding the receipt of complimentary copies of Exodus Revisited, from various friends, writers, and leaders in Israel, Greece, and the United States. Includes several letters in Greek.

Physical Description

1 folder

Royalties Accounting and Receipts, 1962-1967. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Accounting done by Willis Kingsley Wing of the literary agency, Collins-Knowlton-Wing, Inc.

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1 folder

Exodus Revisited Exhibition Correspondence and Print Materials, 1959-1961. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes brochures, invitations, lists of photograph captions, correspondence, and telegrams regarding prints for the exhibition.

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1 folder

Exodus Revisited Exhibition Press Clippings, 1960-1962. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes newspapers clippings, mainly in English with some in Greek and French, regarding the traveling exhibition for Exodus Revisited, along with several photographs and one negative of the exhibition at UCLA, reviews, invitations, photograph captions, and a list of persons invited to an opening.

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1 folder

Exodus Revisited Book Press Clippings, 1960-1962. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes newspaper clippings, book reviews, and advertisements regarding the publication of Exodus Revisited.

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1 folder

"Exodus Revisited" Article in Look Magazine, 1959. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

5 copies.

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1 folder

Print, Suggest