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Louis Kronenberger was an American critic, novelist, and biographer. Born in 1909, he attended the University of Cincinnati, and subsequently went on to work for the New York Times in 1924, Boni and Liveright in 1926, and Alfred Knopf from 1933-1938. Following his position at Knopf, he served as the drama critic for Time magazine from 1938-1961 and then for PM from 1940–48. Kronenberger was published widely in the fields of literary and historical criticism, as well as the author of several works of fiction and creative writing including The Cutting Edge: A Collection of Witty Insults and Wicked Retorts, of Polished Snubs and Homicidal Repartee (1970). He married Emily L. Plaut in 1940, with whom which he had two chilren, and he died on April 30, 1980.
This collection primarily contains letters from Louis Kronenberger to his editor at Doubleday, Larry Freundlich, concerning changes and additions to his book The Cutting Edge: A Collection of Witty Insults and Wicked Retorts, of Polished Snubs and Homicidal Repartee. Also included are letters Kronenberger wrote to Jane Burkhart at Doubleday, as well as to an unidentified correspondent referred to as "Sandy." The letters range in date from 1969 to 1975.
Additionally, the collection contains a typed sheet of corrections to The Cutting Edge, a list of recipients of author's copies of the publication, and a page of biographical notes on Louis Kronenberger.
As no original order was discernible, materials were arranged by alphabetically.
Purchase, 2018 (AM 2018-96).
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This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in April 2018. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in April 2018.
No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.
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Open for research.
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Includes correspondence from Kronenberger to his editor and other Doubleday employees, as well as an unidentified correspondent referred to as "Sandy".
Arranged alphabetically.Physical Description
List of recipients of author's copies of The Cutting Edge: A Collection of Witty Insults and Wicked Retorts, of Polished Snubs and Homicidal Repartee.Physical Description