Marylin Brackett Morison collection of Bob Brown, 1940-1948
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Brief Description:

The Marylin Brackett Morison Collection of Bob Brown contains materials dating from 1940 through 1948. The correspondence in this collection is primarily from Bob and Rose Brown to Clare Brackett.  The photographs depict the Brown and Brackett families during Bob's childhood and family life.

This collection also includes works written by Bob and Rose Brown, including a fragmented typescript of Amazing Amazon and advertisements for Bob and Rose Brown's books.  Several reviews of the book are present as well.  Additional items in the series are "Foodless Food"and "Gramps" both by Bob Brown, and "In at the Creation" (author unknown).

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/1/MSS 196
Created by: Brown, Bob (1886-1959)
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Arranged in into two series: (1) Biographical materials, (2) Works by Bob and Rose Brown.
Biographical Note for Brown, Bob (1886-1959) :

American author, journalist, publisher, and collector Robert Carlton Brown (1886-1959) was born in Chicago. Brown wrote pulp fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, avant-garde publications, and experimented with a book of visual poetry; he also contributed pieces to various magazines and newspapers in New York City and established journals in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, and London. Popular works of Brown's include the novel What Happened to Mary? (1913), an adaptation of which became one of the first successful motion pictures. He was involved with an informal poetry group with avant-garde and modernist writers and artists like William Carlos Williams, Alfred Kreymbourg, and Man Ray in 1913 and 1914. The group put forth a publication entitled Glebe in 1913 and later the influential poetry journal Others. In 1929, he and his wife temporarily settled in France where they became involved in the expatriate literary community in Paris. While there, he also established Roving Eye Press to promote a reading machine that he invented. Brown published a book of verse to be used with the machine, Readies for Bob Brown's Machine (1931), which included contributions from Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James T. Farrell, Kay Boyle, Paul Bowles, Kreymborg, Eugene Jolas, and Robert McAlmon.

The Browns eventually reestablished residence in Rio de Janeiro, where they lived until Rose Brown's death in 1952. Following his wife's death, Bob Brown returned to New York, remarried, and continued to write. He ran a shop called Bob Brown's Books in Greenwich Village until his death in 1959.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Brackett, Clare.
Brown, Bob, 1886-1959
Brown, Rose, 1883-1952.
Morison, Marylin Brackett.
Roving Eye Press
Genres/Forms of Material
Manuscripts for publication.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copy right holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Marylin Brackett Morison collection of Bob Brown, Special Collections Research Center,  Southern Illinois University Carbondale.