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Edwin J. Becker papers

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Collection Overview

Title: Edwin J. Becker papers, 1944-1954Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 061

Primary Creator: Becker, Edwin J.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The letters are arranged alphabetically by author, and then chronologically, with manuscripts included after the letters.

Subjects: Becker, Edwin J., Klausner, Bertha., Rutledge, Ada

Forms of Material: Becker, Edwin J. - Correspondence, Correspondence., Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970. - Correspondence, Manuscripts for publication., Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 - Correspondence, Nin, Anais, 1903-1977. - Correspondence, Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997. - Correspondence, Sanger, Frances - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This two-box collection chiefly contains the letters sent to Becker while he was incarcerated from 1944 to about 1948; they were preserved for him by Ada Rutledge, and by his literary agent Bertha Klausner.  A number of the letters are addressed to one of these two, though they deal directly with Mr. Becker's affairs.  Only one letter by Becker is preserved, though his numerous autograph notes appear on the letters.  Of particular interest are letters from Henry Miller, Caresse Crosby, Dorothy Norman, Frances Sanger, and Anais Nin. Manuscripts by Becker including Chains of Shadows, a collection of poems written in prison, three articles and a play.

Biographical Note

Edwin J. Becker served a short term in the New Jersey State Prison during the 1940's, where he became a writer of some renown.  He published articles on trout fishing and other masculine topics in Field and Stream and other men's magazine, as well as a few stories in some of the little magazines.  He also wrote a play, produced in summer stock, and numerous poems.  Though he was initially published as a hack writer, his raw talent was observed by numerous publishers, who encouraged him.  Among the many persons who corresponded with him were Henry Miller, Anais Nin, and Caresse Crosby of the literary world.  Others included sweetheart Ada Rutledge, literary agents Bertha Klausner and Eleanor Parker and many resource people.

Subject/Index Terms

Becker, Edwin J.
Klausner, Bertha.
Rutledge, Ada

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 permissions 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 information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Edwin J. Becker papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Folder 4: Letters, Alton F. Davis, 1946-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters, Jack Dawes - Bertha KlausnerAdd to your cart.
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Folder 7: Letters, Henry Miller et al., - John Myers, 1945-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters, Lew Ney,- Dorothy Norman, 1947Add to your cart.

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