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Matthew Josephson letter to Coburn Gilman


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American author Matthew Josephson wrote several books about U.S. politicians and leaders of industry, the most noted of which was The Robber Barons, which traced the careers of noted capitalists Jay Gould, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, E.H. Harriman, and Henry Clay Frick.

Between 1922 and 1924, Josephson co-founded and edited the literary magazine, Secession, and was the associate editor of Broom. From 1928 to 1929, he was the American editor for Transition. As an American expatriate in Paris in the 1920s, Josephson became friends with Paul Eluard, Andre Breton, Louis Aragon, and Max Ernst and was an eyewitness to the development of surrealism, as he explained in Life Among the Surrealists.

Born on February 15, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, Josephson died in 1978.

Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2010. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. (accessed April 2010).

Coburn Gilman was the editor of Travel magazine.

American author Matthew Josephson typed and signed this letter of gratitude and invitation to Coburn Gilman.

Josephson thanked Gilman for locating and sending a Proust passage which he had needed for inclusion in a book he had written and expressed the importance of scholars and researchers to writers. He also wrote of his gardening, his happiness in Connecticut, an upcoming stay at Yaddo, and invited Gilman to visit during the summer. In a postscript, he requested articles on Rimbaud.

Box 60, F0865: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, 2009.

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, April 2010. Further encoded by George Apodaca, November 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
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2015 November 9
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Matthew Josephson letter to Coburn Gilman.
Box 60 Folder F0865

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