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Doubleday & Company File of Louis Kronenberger Correspondence


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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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.

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.

Purchase, 2017. (AM 2018-20)

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

No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Faith Charlton
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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Louis Kronenbgerger Correspondence File, 1959-1981 (1970s). 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Some materials include annotations by Doubleday staff.

Physical Description

1 folder

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