Philip Kaplan and Bob Brown papers, 1894-1961
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Brief Description: This collection consists of correspondence, articles written by Bob Brown, miscellaneous written material and photographs. Much of the correspondence is between Bob Brown and Philip Kaplan, but other notable names included are  Kay Boyle, Nancy Cunard, Gertrude Stein, and William Carlos Williams. Of special interest are approximately 100 letters from Henry Miller to Anäs Nin.
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 078
Created by: Brown, Bob (1886-1959), Kaplan, Philip, (1903-1990)
Volume: 12.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The correspondence has been arranged chronologically.  The letters for which no date could be established have been placed at the end of the series, alphabetically by correspondent.
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
Brown, Bob, 1886-1959
Genres/Forms of Material
Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Correspondence
Brown, Bob, 1886-1959 - Correspondence
Clippings (information artifacts)
Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965. - Correspondence
Kaplan, Philip, 1903-1990 - Correspondence
Manuscripts for publication.
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 - Correspondence
Nin, Anais, 1903-1977. - Correspondence
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. - Correspondence
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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PreferredCitation: [Item], Philip Kaplan and Bob Brown papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.