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Mitchell Goodman letters to Robert Wilson


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

American novelist and political activist Mitchell Goodman was noted for his novels,

The End of It, which was an account of World War II, and The Movement toward a New America, which depicted various events of the 1960s.

As an anti-war activist Goodman was arrested in June 1968, along with Dr. Benjamin Spock, the Reverend William Sloane Coffin, Jr., and Michael Ferber. The group was later convicted of conspiring to encourage draft resistance against the Vietnam War. The conviction was overturned on appeal.

"Mitchell Goodman." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed June 2010).

The American bibliographer, bookseller, and collector Robert A. Wilson was the third proprietor of the Phoenix Book Shop in New York City. Wilson was also the author of

A Bibliography of Denise Levertov, published in 1972. "Robert A. Wilson Collection" (finding aid). University of Delaware Library, Special Collections. (accessed June 2010).

American novelist Mitchell Goodman wrote these two letters in 1962 to Phoenix Book Shop owner Robert Wilson inquiring about books for his wife, Denise Levertov. In addition to requesting two books, Goodman mentioned Maine and leaving New York in the first letter. The second letter is a brief follow-up regarding the previously requested books.

Arranged chronologically.

Box 61, F0872: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase (laid in a copy of Goodman's The End of It ), 2000.

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, June 2010. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

These two letters were removed from Mitchell Goodman's

The End of It: a novel (Horizon Press, 1961), which is cataloged with imprints in Special Collections.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2010 June 10
Access Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Autograph letter signed, with envelope, 1962 June 26.
Box 61 Folder F0872
Scope and Contents

Goodman responded to an inquiry from Wilson to Levertov regarding books she wished to acquire. Goodman also mentioned Maine and leaving New York.

Physical Description

1 item (2 p.)

Autograph letter signed, 1962 July 12.
Box 61 Folder F0872
Scope and Contents

In a brief second letter, Goodman inquired about the status of two books he requested.

Physical Description

1 item (1 p.)

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