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Philip Kaplan and Bob Brown papers

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Correspondence

Collected Bob Brown Material: Manuscripts

Collected Bob Brown Material: Miscellaneous

Collected Bob Brown Material: Printed Matter

Collected Bob Brown Material: News Articles

Collected Bob Brown Material: Photographs

Collected Material of Others

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Collection Overview

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ID: 1/1/MSS 078

Primary Creator: Brown, Bob (1886-1959)

Other Creators: Kaplan, Philip, (1903-1990)

Extent: 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.

Subjects: Brown, Bob, 1886-1959

Forms of Material: Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Correspondence, Brown, Bob, 1886-1959 - Correspondence, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965. - Correspondence, Ephemera., Kaplan, Philip, 1903-1990 - Correspondence, Manuscripts for publication., Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 - Correspondence, Nin, Anais, 1903-1977. - Correspondence, Photographs, Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. - Correspondence, Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Brown, Bob, 1886-1959

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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 copyright holders for in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Philip Kaplan and Bob Brown papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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