A Guide to the John Steinbeck Collection Steinbeck, John. 6239-l

A Guide to the John Steinbeck Collection

A Collection in the
Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature
Accession number 6239-l


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection Number
6239-l
Title
John Steinbeck Collection 1934-1964
Extent
15 items
Creator
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to reserch.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

John Steinbeck Collection, Accession 6239-l, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

Purchase 1974 May 6

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities



Item Listing

Letters
  • John Steinbeckto [William] A. Gilfry
    1963 Aug 13
    ALS,6 p.w/env

    [Discusses the burdensome quantity of mail, receipt of the Nobel Prize in Literature, finances, lifestyle, the difficulty of giving things away, dogs, the blacks' fight for civil rights and a childhood trip to Big Basin; briefly discusses aftermath of eye surgery, the demands of writing, upcoming travel for the State Department, Robert Frost, Charley's grave, Gilfry's poems, Sea of Cortezand his boys [ Thom Steinbeckand John Steinbeck IV]; mentions New York City, Europe, Air Forces Aid Society, a book [ Bombs Away], England, Santa Cruz County, Californiaand [ Elworthy W. Somerset Word-book]; includes a note in another hand regarding Yale Reviewarticle on verso of envelops and "Answered August 19" on face.]

  • Mavis McIntoshto John Flemming
    1974 Mar 27
    TLS,1 p.w/env

    [Discusses the break-up of John Steinbeck's marriage to Carol Henning Steinbeckas background information for a set of letters Flemming has bought from her, a trip to California, Carol's trip to Hawaii, Gwyndolyn Conger, unfounded claims of pregnancy by both Carol and Gwen, and Carol's moving to New York City; mentions George [Rippey] Stewart, [ McIntosh and Otis Literary Agency], Los Angelesand San Francisco. ]

  • Note of [ Mavis McIntosh] on an envelope stating that the following letters are from May 1941-September 1941
    n. d.
    AN
  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941] Apr 16
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Discusses marital problems, his telling Carol Henning Steinbeckof his involvement with [ Gwyndolyn Conger], Carol's unwillingness to give him up, claims of pregnancy by Carol and Gwen, his decision to stay with Carol, selling the ranch, buying a house in Pacific Grove, a near breakdown and his work suffering; mentions Elizabeth [R. Otis.]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941] ca. late Apr Wednesday night
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Discusses his separation from Carol Henning Steinbeck, Carol's going to New York City, Carol's need for McIntosh's support, financial support for Carol and his breakdown; mentions [ Gwyndolyn Conger], [ Pascal Covici. ]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941]
    TLS, 2 p.

    [Discusses his separation from Carol Henning Steinbeck, marital incompatibilities, Carol's going to New York City, [ Gwyndolyn Conger], [Webster F.] "Toby" Street's financial recommendations, Carol's need for moral support from McIntosh, his breakdown, push for second draft typescript [of Sea Of Cortez], Carol's watch and Gwen's losing her baby.]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941] Sunday
    TL, 2 p.

    [Discusses his separation from Carol Henning Steinbeck, financial settlement being handled by [Webster F.] "Toby" Street, letters from Carol, his health, work on [ Sea of Cortez], a visit from Carol's father, Carol's mother's feelings towards him, [ Gwyndolyn Conger], receipt of two letters, one from [ Pascal Covici] and [ Antonia Seixas Jackson]; mentions Elizabeth [R. Otis]and Annie Laurie [Williams].]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941] Friday
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Discusses his work [ Sea of Cortez] as his survival [following his separation from Carol Henning Steinbeck]; [ Antonia Seixas Jackson] beginning the typescript sale of a car and pictures for Sea of Cortez; mentions Carol Henning Steinbeck. ]

  • [ John Steinbeck] to Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941] Tuesday
    AL, 1 p.

    [Discusses work with [ Antonia Sexias Jackson] on [ Sea of Cortez], his separation from Carol Henning Steinbeckhis health, [Webster F.] "Toby" Street's handling the financial settlement and limited social contacts; mentions [ Pascal Covici], Ritch[ie Lovejoy], [Natalya Lovejoy], Ed[ward Flanders Ricketts]and Elizabeth [R. Otis]. ]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1942 ca. May]Wednesday
    TL, 2 p.

    [Discusses separation from Carol Henning Steinbeck, [ Pascal Covici's ] handling of [ Sea of Cortez], the Mexican book [ The Forgotten Village], financial settlement, [ Gwyndolyn Conger], [Webster F.] "Toby" Streetand Ed[ward Flanders Ricketts]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941] Saturday
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Discusses [ Pascal Covici's ] handling of [ Sea of Cortez], separation from Carol Henning Steinbeck, Elizabeth [R. Otis], The Red Ponycontract with [Lewis] Milestone, the [ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer] deal, his dislike for Hollywood, her and Carol's feelings about [ Sea of Cortez], his health, [ Gwyndolyn Conger], The Viking Pressand [ Annie Laurel Williams]; mentions Nuland's father, Stanford University Press, Gone with the Wind, [John] Fordand Donn Byrne. ]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941 ca late June] Sunday
    TL, 2 p.

    [Discusses [ Sea of Cortez], separation from Carol Henning Steinbeck, his philosophy of life, the ranch, the [ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer] deal falling through, his health, [" God in the Pipes"] and his father [ John Ernst Steinbeck]; mentions Maine, Carol's father, [ Gwyndolyn Conger], Elizabeth [R. Otis], [ Pascal Covici] and Zarathustra. ]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941] Thursday
    TL, w/ANS 3 p.

    [Discusses financial settlement with Carol Henning Steinbeck, the contrast between life with Carol and life with [ Gwyndolyn Conger], [ Elizabeth Steinbeck Ainsworth], Ed[ward Ricketts, Jr.], [Webster F.] "Toby" Street, the ranch, the [Lewis] Milestonecontract [ The Red Pony] and an [ Associated Press] rumor report; mentions Ed[ward Flanders Ricketts]. ]

  • John Steinbeckto Elizabeth [R. Otis]and Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941 ca. Aug]
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Discusses a newspaper article about his and Carol Henning Steinbeck's private life; [ Pascal Covici's ] handling of [ Sea of Cortez], upcoming work, separation from Carol, his health, the ranch, [" God in the Pipes"], The Red Ponyscript with [ Lewis Milestone] and a letter from Carol's sister [ Idell Henning]; mentions Los Angeles, San Francisco, Stanford University Pressand The Viking Press. ]

  • John Steinbeckto Mavis [McIntosh]
    [1941 Sep] Wednesday
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Discusses his relationship with [ Gwyndolyn Conger], separation from Carol Henning Steinbeck, his having been a nuisance to [ McIntosh and Otis Literary Agency], a letter from [ Idell Henning], [ Sea of Cortez] and work with [Lewis] Milestoneon The Red Pony, [" God in the Pipes"]; mentions The Viking Pressand Elizabeth [R. Otis]. ]

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Annie Laurel Williams
  • Annie Laurie [Williams
  • Antonia Seixas Jackson
  • Antonia Sexias Jackson
  • Carol Henning Steinbeck
  • Donn Byrne
  • Ed[ward Flanders Ricketts]
  • Ed[ward Ricketts, Jr.]
  • Elizabeth Steinbeck Ainsworth
  • Elizabeth [R. Otis.]
  • Elizabeth [R. Otis]
  • George [Rippey] Stewart
  • Gwyndolyn Conger
  • Idell Henning
  • John Ernst Steinbeck
  • John Flemming
  • John Steinbeck
  • John Steinbeck IV
  • Lewis Milestone
  • Mavis McIntosh
  • Mavis [McIntosh]
  • Pascal Covici
  • Ritch[ie Lovejoy]
  • Robert Frost
  • Thom Steinbeck
  • Zarathustra
  • [John] Ford
  • [Lewis] Milestone
  • [Natalya Lovejoy]
  • [Webster F.] "Toby" Street
  • [William] A. Gilfry

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Big Basin
  • California
  • England
  • Europe
  • Hawaii
  • Hollywood
  • Los Angeles
  • Maine
  • New York City
  • Pacific Grove
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Cruz County, California