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John Leonard papers, 1939-2015, bulk 1950s-2008

Series II, Writings

Encompassing all of Leonard's career, this series is divided into several subseries by genre and chronology, following Leonard's own arrangement. The first two subseries constitute the bulk of Leonard's writing: drafts and published clippings of Leonard's reviews and essays, grouped chronologically and then alphabetically by author or subject. Later subseries gather together materials not included this arrangement --- consisting most of Leonard's mid- and late-career writing in the 1980s – 2008, working drafts, and other genres (speeches, fiction, nonfiction essay collections). Leonard arranged his materials by filing a draft of a review or essays along with a published clipping of the material. As part of the writing and editing process, Leonard would take extensive notes (handwritten for television and typed for books) and annotate previously written drafts of articles. Occasionally he would file these working notes along with the published piece under the appropriate subheading in "Reviews and Essays." Most unfinished and other working notes can be found under Subseries II.7 "Writing Notes."

This series is divided into several subseries by genre and chronology, following Leonard's own arrangement.

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Subseries II.1, Early Writing, 1957-1963

This subseries covers the earliest of Leonard's published writing. It includes his college writing for theHarvard Crimson,his work at University of California, Berkeley for the KPFA radio program, and his early published essays forNational Reviewand other publications.

This subseries is arranged chronologically.



Box 3 Folder 1 to 2 Harvard Crimson, 1957 -- 1958, 1957, 1958


Box 3 Folder 3 KPFA book reviews, 1961-1962


Box 3 Folder 4 Doggerel for "Night Sounds" Radio Program, 1962


Box 3 Folder 5 Early essays, 1959 -- 1963, 1959, 1963


Subseries II.2, Reviews and Essays, 1958-2008 [Bulk dates 1970s-1980s], undated, 1958-2008, undated

The bulk of this subseries consists of reviews and essays published during Leonard's work withThe New York Times:as a reviewer for the "Daily Books Column," as editors and contributor toThe New York Times Book Reviewfrom 1971-1975, and as a critic and reviewer from 1976-1981. The material is broken up into three larger subsections: Reviews, Essays, and Television writing (which included both Leonard's writing on television and his cultural and literary reviews for broadcast television on CBS "Sunday Morning"). Reviews are arranged alphabetically by either the author or subject of the work under review. Essays are arranged alphabetically by subject. In addition to his writings for TheNew York Times,these files contain writing for other publications and venues as well, including CBS Sunday Morning,New York Magazine, Life Magazine, Ms. Magazine,andVanity Fair,among others. The files themselves include draft typescripts, often accompanied by clippings of the final piece and (occasionally) working notes for the piece.

The material in this subseries maintains Leonard's original arrangement in alphabetical subject files.


Reviews


Box 3 Folder 6 Arts and Letters A-B, 1969 -- 1981 undated, 1969, 1981 undated


Box 3 Folder 7 Arts and Letters C-D, 1969 -- 1981 undated, 1969, 1981 undated


Box 3 Folder 8 Arts and Letters E-F, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 3 Folder 9 Arts and Letters G, 1969 -- 1989 undated, 1969, 1989 undated


Box 3 Folder 10 Arts and Letters H-I, 1969 -- 1989 undated, 1969, 1989 undated


Box 3 Folder 11 Arts and Letters J-L, 1969 -- 1988 undated, 1969, 1988 undated


Box 3 Folder 12 Arts and Letters M-N, 1969 -- 1992 undated, 1969, 1992 undated


Box 3 Folder 13 Arts and Letters O-R, 1969 -- 1991 undated, 1969, 1991 undated


Box 3 Folder 14 Arts and Letters S-T, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 3 Folder 15 Arts and Letters U-Z, 1969 -- 1994 undated, 1969, 1994 undated


Box 3 Folder 16 Fiction A, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 3 Folder 17 to 18 Fiction B, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 3 Folder 19 to 20 Fiction C, 1969 -- 1992 undated, 1969, 1992 undated


Box 3 Folder 21 to 22 Fiction D, 1969 -- 2004 undated, 1969, 2004 undated


Box 3 Folder 23 Fiction E-F, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 3 Folder 24 to 26 Fiction G, 1969 -- 1992 undated, 1969, 1992 undated


Box 3 Folder 27 to 28 Fiction H, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated



Box 4 Folder 1 Fiction I-J, 1969 -- 1991 undated, 1969, 1991 undated


Box 4 Folder 2 to 3 Fiction K, 1969 -- 1993 undated, 1969, 1993 undated


Box 4 Folder 4 to 5 Fiction L, 1969 -- 2005 undated, 1969, 2005 undated


Box 4 Folder 6 to 9 Fiction M, 1968 -- 1998 undated, 1968, 1998 undated


Box 4 Folder 6 Toni Morrison reviews, 1970s -- 1990s undated, 1970s, 1990s undated


Box 4 Folder 10 Fiction N, 1969 -- 1993 undated, 1969, 1993 undated


Box 4 Folder 11 to 12 Fiction O, 1968 -- 2005 undated, 1968, 2005 undated


Box 4 Folder 13 to 14 Fiction P, 1969 -- 1993 undated, 1969, 1993 undated


Box 4 Folder 15 to 18 Fiction R, 1969 -- 2003 undated, 1969, 2003 undated


Box 4 Folder 19 to 20 Fiction S, 1969 -- 1995 undated, 1969, 1995 undated


Box 4 Folder 21 Fiction T, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 4 Folder 22 Fiction U-V, 1969 -- 2000s undated, 1969, 2000s undated


Box 4 Folder 23 to 24 Fiction W, 1969 -- 2000s undated, 1969, 2000s undated


Box 4 Folder 25 Fiction X-Z, 1969 -- 2000s undated, 1969, 2000s undated


Box 4 Folder 26 History and Politics A, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 4 Folder 27 History and Politics B, 1969 -- 1990s undated, 1969, 1990s undated


Box 4 Folder 28 History and Politics C, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated



Box 5 Folder 1 History and Politics D -- F, 1969 -- 2005 undated, 1969, 2005 undated


Box 5 Folder 2 History and Politics G, 1969 -- 1995 undated, 1969, 1995 undated


Box 5 Folder 3 History and Politics H, 1969 -- 1988 undated, 1969, 1988 undated


Box 5 Folder 4 History and Politics I -- J, 1978 -- 1981, 1978, 1981


Box 5 Folder 5 History and Politics K, 1968 -- 1981 undated, 1968, 1981 undated


Box 5 Folder 6 History and Politics L, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 5 Folder 7 to 8 History and Politics M, 1969 -- 1981 undated, 1969, 1981 undated


Box 5 Folder 9 History and Politics N -- O, 1962 -- 1988 undated, 1962, 1988 undated


Box 5 Folder 10 History and Politics P, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 5 Folder 11 History and Politics R, 1970 -- 1990 undated, 1970, 1990 undated


Box 5 Folder 12 to 14 History and Politics S, 1969 -- 1993 undated, 1969, 1993 undated


Box 5 Folder 15 History and Politics T, 1969 -- 1995 undated, 1969, 1995 undated


Box 5 Folder 16 to 17 History and Politics W, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 5 Folder 18 History and Politics Y-Z, 1977 -- 1989 undated, 1977, 1989 undated


Box 5 Folder 19 Nonfiction A, 1970s -- 1995 undated, 1970s, 1995 undated


Box 5 Folder 20 Nonfiction B, 1970s -- 1997 undated, 1970s, 1997 undated


Box 5 Folder 21 Nonfiction C, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 5 Folder 22 Nonfiction D, 1970s -- 1998 undated, 1970s, 1998 undated


Box 5 Folder 23 Nonfiction E -- F, 1970s -- 1998 undated, 1970s, 1998 undated


Box 5 Folder 24 Nonfiction G, 1970s -- 1991 undated, 1970s, 1991 undated


Box 5 Folder 25 Nonfiction H, 1970s -- 2008 undated, 1970s, 2008 undated


Box 5 Folder 26 Nonfiction I-J, 1970s -- 2007 undated, 1970s, 2007 undated


Box 5 Folder 27 Nonfiction K, 1970s -- 1994 undated, 1970s, 1994 undated


Box 5 Folder 28 Nonfiction L, 1970s -- 1997 undated, 1970s, 1997 undated


Box 5 Folder 29 Nonfiction M, 1969 -- 2003 undated, 1969, 2003 undated


Box 5 Folder 30 Nonfiction N, 1970s -- 1993 undated, 1970s, 1993 undated


Box 5 Folder 31 Nonfiction O, 1970s -- 1989 undated, 1970s, 1989 undated


Box 5 Folder 32 Nonfiction P, 1970s -- 2004 undated, 1970s, 2004 undated


Box 5 Folder 33 Nonfiction R, 1970s -- 2001 undated, 1970s, 2001 undated


Box 5 Folder 34 to 35 Nonfiction S, 1970s -- 2003 undated, 1970s, 2003 undated


Box 5 Folder 36 Nonfiction T -- V, 1970 -- 1992 undated, 1970, 1992 undated


Box 5 Folder 37 Nonfiction W, 1969 -- 2000s undated, 1969, 2000s undated


Box 5 Folder 38 Nonfiction Z, 1980


Box 5 Folder 39 Unclassified B-H, 1960s-2000s undated, 1960s-2000s, undated


Box 5 Folder 40 Unclassified K, 1969 -- 2008 undated, 1969, 2008 undated


Box 5 Folder 41 Unclassified L, 2001 -- 2008 undated, 2001, 2008 undated



Box 6 Folder 1 to 2 Unclassified M, 1990s-2000s undated, 1990s-2000s, undated


Box 6 Folder 3 Unclassified P -- R, 2000s undated


Box 6 Folder 4 Unclassified S -- Y, 1990s -- 2000s undated, 1990s, 2000s undated


Essays


Box 6 Folder 5 Literature -- miscellaneous, published, 1959 -- 1980, 1959, 1980


Box 6 Folder 6 Literature -- miscellaneous, typed drafts, 1960s -- 1990s undated, 1960s, 1990s undated


Box 6 Folder 7 to 8 Literature --The New York Times "Critic's Notebook" 1976-1980 undated, 1976-1980, undated


Box 6 Folder 9 Literature --The New York Times "Last Word," etc, 1971 -- 1980 undated, 1971, 1980 undated


Box 6 Folder 10 Literature --The New York Times "Literary View,", 1977 undated


Box 6 Folder 11 to 15 Miscellaneous, 1958 -- 2003 undated, 1958, 2003 undated


Box 6 Folder 16 to 18 The New York Times -- "Private Lives," tear sheets, 1976 -- 1980, 1976, 1980


Box 6 Folder 16 The New York Times -- "Private Lives," retrospective interview,, 2009


Box 6 Folder 19 to 26 The New York Times -- "Private Lives," typed drafts, 1976 -- 1980 undated, 1976, 1980 undated



Box 7 Folder 1 to 2 Politics, 1975 -- 2001 undated, 1975, 2001 undated


Box 7 Folder 3 to 4 Sports, 1970s -- 1980s undated, 1970s, 1980s undated


Box 7 Folder 5 to 8 "In Person" / "Culture Shock" NY Newsday, typed drafts, 1986-1993 undated, 1986-1993, undated


Box 7 Folder 9 to 16 "In Person" / "Culture Shock" NY Newsday, tear sheets, 1986-1993 undated, 1986-1993, undated


Box 7 Folder 9 "In Person" tear sheets, 1986 April 3 -- 1986 December 18, 1986, 1986


Box 7 Folder 10 "In Person" tear sheets, 1987 January 8 -- 1987 December 17, 1987, 1987


Box 7 Folder 11 "In Person" tear sheets, 1988 February11 -- 1988 December 29, 1988, 1988


Box 7 Folder 12 "In Person" tear sheets, 1989 January 5 -- 1989 December 28, 1989, 1989


Box 7 Folder 13 "In Person" tear sheets, 1990 January 4 -- 1990 January 11, 1990, 1990


Box 7 Folder 13 "Culture Shock" tear sheets, 1990 January 18 -- 1990 December 27, 1990, 1990


Box 7 Folder 14 "Culture Shock" tear sheets, 1991 January 3 -- 1991 December 26, 1991, 1991


Box 7 Folder 15 "Culture Shock" tear sheets, 1992 January 16 -- 1992 December 31, 1992, 1992


Box 7 Folder 16 "Culture Shock" tear sheets, 1993 January 7 -- 1993 February25, 1993, 1993


Box 7 Folder 17 to 21 Television (and Media): Essays, 1968 -- 1990s undated, 1968, 1990s undated


Box 7 Folder 22 to 23 Television: Reviews --The New York Times, other periodicals, 1975 -- 1977 undated, 1975, 1977 undated


Box 7 Folder 24 to 27 Television: CBS Sunday Morning, 1988 -- 2005, 1988, 2005



Box 8 Folder 1 to 19 Television: CBS Sunday Morning, 1988 -- 2005, 1988, 2005


Box 8 Folder 20 Television: Reviews --Life Magazine, correspondence 1975 -- 2003, 1975, 2003


Box 8 Folder 21 to 23 Television: Reviews --Life Magazine, 1971 -- 2008 undated, 1971, 2008 undated


Box 8 Folder 24 to 29 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, typed drafts, 1984 -- 2008 undated, 1984, 2008 undated



Box 9 Folder 1 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, typed drafts, 1984 -- 2008 undated, 1984, 2008 undated


Box 9 Folder 2 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1984 -- 1987, 1984, 1987


Box 9 Folder 3 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1988 -- 1989, 1988, 1989


Box 9 Folder 4 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1990 -- 1991, 1990, 1991


Box 9 Folder 5 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1992 -- 1993, 1992, 1993


Box 9 Folder 6 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1994 -- 2001, 1994, 2001


Box 9 Folder 7 Television Writing: miscellaneous, 1975 -- 1994 undated, 1975, 1994 undated


Box 9 Folder 8 Television Writing: CBS Prime Time list, 1948-1964 undated, 1948-1964, undated


Subseries II.3, Later Reviews and Essays, 1980s -- 2008 undated, 1980s, 2008 undated

The materials in this subseries are essays and articles that Leonard did not arrange in Series II.2. While a few pieces date slightly earlier, the bulk of these materials were written later in his career, during the 1980s – 2008. Notable among the reviews are his the articles and reviews of Toni Morrison, Norman Mailer, John Updike, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Eduardo Galeano, Kurt Vonnegut, John Barth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Chabon, Doris Lessing, Robert Stone, E.L. Doctorow, Dave Eggers, Carlos Fuentes, Toni Cade Bambara, Salman Rushdie, Norman Rush, Richard Powers, and Studs Terkel, among others.

This subseries is arranged chronologically, following the same subject divisions that Leonard used in arranging his earlier writing.


Reviews


Box 9 Folder 9 Miscellaneous, 1970s undated


Box 9 Folder 10 Miscellaneous, 1975 -- 1981 undated, 1975, 1981 undated


Box 9 Folder 11 Miscellaneous, 1969 -- 1995 undated, 1969, 1995 undated


Box 9 Folder 12 Reviews and essays: Miscellaneous, 1960s -- 1990s undated, 1960s, 1990s undated


Box 9 Folder 13 to 16 Reviews: Harper's -- "New Books," 2003 Jan -- 2008 December (4 folders), 2003, 2008


Box 9 Folder 17 to 26 Later reviews, 1980s -- 2008 undated, 1980s, 2008 undated



Box 10 Folder 1 to 6 Later reviews, 1980s -- 2008 undated, 1980s, 2008 undated



Box 9 Folder 25 to 26 Working notes on Don DeLillo reviews, undated



Box 10 Folder 1 Working notes on Don DeLillo reviews, undated


Box 10 Folder 7 to 12 Later essays, 1958-2008 undated, 1958-2008, undated

(Includes essays published in Ms. Magazine, The National Review, as well as an op-ed essay delivered on Channel 13 during the NY Times strike)


Box 10 Folder 7 "Reading and Breathing,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Phillip K. Dick,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Maureen Howard,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Surveillance,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "News Views, Reviews,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Multiculti,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Toni in the Cathedral,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Whatever Happened to Culture?", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "Hi, This Is Marcel Proust, Reporting from the Hamptons,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "Ernesto de la Fe and the Trial of Fidel Castro,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "The Demise of Greenwich Village," 1958 December, 1958


Box 10 Folder 8 "The Ivory Tower" 1959 September 12, 1959


Box 10 Folder 8 "Fiction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "This Year in American Fiction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "The State of American Short Fiction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "Apologia Pro Mailer," 1976 February25, 1976


Box 10 Folder 9 "Fatwa,", undated


Box 10 Folder 9 "What Do I Look for in Fiction?", undated


Box 10 Folder 9 "Introduction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 9 "Sports,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Situation Comedies,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Romantic Love,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Sports,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "The Importance of Truth or False,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Gunter Grass,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Manheim and Translation,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "What Do Intellectuals Watch on Television?", undated


Box 10 Folder 11 "Writers and Sports,", undated


Box 10 Folder 11 "An Existential Week,", undated


Box 10 Folder 11 "Leapfrog,", undated


Box 10 Folder 11 [Bill Clinton's Inauguration], undated


Box 10 Folder 12 "Oswald, JFK, and the Media," 1994 November 4, 1994


Box 10 Folder 12 "The Role of Magazines in Developing New Writers,", undated


Box 10 Folder 12 "The Role of Critics in Contemporary Fiction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 12 "Follow the Bouncing Ball,", undated


Box 10 Folder 13 "Fellow-Traveling with Buckley in Darkest Russia" -- U.S.S.R. Trip,, 1976


Subseries II.4, Speeches, Conference Talks, Introductions, 1973 -- 2007 undated, 1973, 2007 undated

This subseries gathers together Leonard's notes and drafts for speeches, talks, and introductions (for oral presentation and print formats). For speeches and memorials by others, see Series V. Posthumous Papers, 2008 – 2015.

Arranged alphabetically by type of document.



Box 21 Folder 31 Ivan Sandorf Lifetime Achievement Award -- John Leonard speech, [2007], undated



Box 10 Folder 14 Speeches, 1988 -- 2007 undated, 1988, 2007 undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "Reading for My Life -- A Speech,", undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "Reading for My Life" speech at Brearly, 1998


Box 10 Folder 14 "Kurt Vonnegut's 80th Birthday,", 1980 undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "E.L. Doctorow,", undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "Losing a War,", undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "The Saving Remnant,", undated


Box 10 Folder 15 Speeches, 1973


Box 10 Folder 15 "Science is Not the Enemy" -- New York Academy of Science, 1973 February8, 1973


Conference and Symposium Talks


Box 10 Folder 16 Conference on Japan -- U.S. Cultural Relations: Past, Present, Future, 1992 October, 1992


Box 10 Folder 17 Conference Panel 5: Reporting a High Tech War -- "Combat as Spectacle,", undated


Box 10 Folder 18 Indo-American Symposium on TV and Film Appreciation, 1991 September, 1991


Box 10 Folder 19 TV Guide -- "The New Face of Television Violence" Symposium, 1992 June 2, 1992


Box 10 Folder 20 Eduard Galeano with John Leonard, conversation, 2006 May 31, 2006


Box 10 Folder 21 Introductions and selected author essays, 1970 -- 1997 undated, 1970, 1997 undated


Box 10 Folder 22 Introduction --In These United States, galley proof and typescript draft, 2003 August 5, undated, 2003, undated


Box 10 Folder 23 Introduction -- Joan Didion, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, galley proof, 2006 March15, 2006


Box 10 Folder 24 Introduction --Wilfrid Sheed, The Morning After, correspondence, galley proof, and typescript draft, 1971 June, 1971


Subseries II.5, Essay Collections and Nonfiction Books [1997-2012]

This subseries consists of the typescript drafts, computer print outs, working drafts, and notes for Leonard's collections of essays. In the course of the drafting process, Leonard would often re-arrange the order in which his essays appeared in the collection, change the subheadings, subtitles and working titles, and expand previously published pieces. Many of the drafts are undated – the numbering of the drafts does not necessarily reflect the order they were written in. Partial drafts are collated under their respective subheading or subtitle. Also included in this subseries is the posthumously published essay collection,Reading for My Life,edited by Sue Leonard.

Arranged alphabetically by work title.


The Last Innocent White Man in America, and Other Essays


Box 10 Folder 25 "Introduction" typed drafts, undated


Box 10 Folder 26 " America, The Intermittently Beautiful" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated


Box 10 Folder 27 to 30 "Book World: At War and Peace on the Home Front" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated


Box 10 Folder 31 to 33 "Culture Shock: Rewriting New York" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated


Box 10 Folder 34 "In Search of the Other: The Imperial City" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated



Box 11 Folder 1 "Other Voices, Other Rooms" typed drafts -- incomplete, undated


Box 11 Folder 2 "Politics -- Censorship: The Angel and the Axe" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated


Box 11 Folder 3 to 4 Draft material -- incomplete, undated


Box 11 Folder 5 to 7 Draft -- full #1, typescript, undated


Box 11 Folder 6 to 11 Draft -- full #2, typescript, undated


Lonesome Rangers: Homeless Minds, Promised Lands, Fugitive Cultures

(Some files labeled under the working title,Love and Death in the Falklands)


Box 11 Folder 12 to 19 "Elsewhere" typed drafts -- incomplete, undated


Box 11 Folder 20 to 29 Love and Death in the Falklands, typed drafts -- incomplete, undated



Box 12 Folder 1 "Parentheses" typed draft -- incomplete, 1990 May, 1990


Box 12 Folder 2 to 3 "Parentheses" draft #1, undated


Box 12 Folder 4 "Parentheses" draft #2, undated


Box 12 Folder 5 to 7 Lonesome Rangers, typed draft--full,, undated


Reading for My Life, ed. Sue Leonard

(This collection edited posthumously by Sue Leonard. Some files labeled under the working titlesWriting for His LifeandThe Smartest Man in the World)


Box 12 Folder 8 Correspondence, 2011 April, 2011


Box 12 Folder 9 Outlines and editorial material, undated


Box 12 Folder 10 Introductions, undated


Box 12 Folder 11 John Leonard list of selected essays, undated


Box 12 Folder 12 to 17 Typed drafts and tear sheets, with annotations, 1958 -- 2011 undated, 1958, 2011 undated


Box 12 Folder 18 to 21 "The Smartest Man in the World" -- full draft, undated


Box 12 Folder 22 Publisher material, 2012


Box 12 Folder 23 Reviews, 2012


Box 12 Folder 24 Sue Leonard, Reading for My Life -- talk notes, 2012 March, 2012


Swimming with the Snarks: Good Books, Bad People, Chicken Littles, and Kamikazes

(unbpublished)


Box 12 Folder 25 Outlines and draft material, undated


Box 12 Folder 26 Correspondence and draft material, 2008 November 13, undated, 2008, undated


Box 12 Folder 27 "Introduction: The Fabulous Fifties,", undated


Box 12 Folder 27 "Introduction: The Sorry Seventies,", undated


Book Set: Embarrassing Lives and Serious Fiction for Short Attention Spans

(unpublished book set, Viking Press potential publisher)


Box 12 Folder 26 Correspondence, 2008 November 13, 2008

(Posthumous)


Box 12 Folder 28 Embarrassing Lives: A Biographical Mini-Bar, draft, undated


Box 12 Folder 29 to 30 Serious Fiction for Short Attention Spans, drafts, undated


Smoke and Mirrors: Violence, Television and Other American Cultures


Box 12 Folder 31 Draft outline, undated


[Untitled Memoir]

(unpublished)


Box 12 Folder 25 Outlines and draft material, undated


Box 12 Folder 26 Correspondence, 2008 November 13, 2008

(Posthumous)



Box 13 Folder 1 to 4 Untitled draft material #1, undated


Box 13 Folder 5 to 11 Untitled draft material #2, undated


Box 13 Folder 12 Untitled draft material #3, undated


Box 13 Folder 13 Unidentified draft material -- "Broken China,", undated


Box 13 Folder 14 to 18 Unidentified draft material -- CBS Sunday Morning typescript, 1991 -- 1995, 1991, 1995


When the Kissing Had to Stop


Box 13 Folder 19 to 21 Draft typescript -- full, undated


Box 13 Folder 22 Draft typescript--fragment, undated


Box 13 Folder 23 to 26 Revised typescript draft, undated


Box 13 Folder 27 to 28 Galley proofs, undated



Box 14 Folder 1 to 2 Galley proofs, undated


Box 14 Folder 3 to 6 Revised galley proofs, undated


Box 14 Folder 7 to 10 Corrected galley proofs, undated


Subseries II.6, Fiction 1965-2014 [Bulk dates 1965-1979] undated, 1965-2014, undated

This subseries brings together materials relating to Leonard's creative writing and work as a novelist. This material includes the working notes, drafts, galley proofs, and publishing correspondence pertaining to his work as a fiction writer.

Organized alphabetically by work title.


Black Conceit


Box 14 Folder 11 Draft material, undated


Box 14 Folder 12 to 14 Draft typescript, undated


Crybaby of the Western World


Box 14 Folder 15 Correspondence and publishing contracts, 1967 2010 November 11, 2014 February 25, 1967, 2010, November 11, 2014

(In a file which includes publishing contracts for three novels and Leonard's list of material sent to the Boston University archive in 1967 later added to this collection)


Box 14 Folder 16 to 19 Typescript -- first draft, undated


Box 14 Draft typescript, bound


The Naked Martini


Box 14 Folder 15 Correspondence and publishing contracts, 1967 2010 November 11, 2014 February 25, 1967, 2010, November 11, 2014

(In a file which includes Leonard's list of material sent to the Boston University archive in 1967 later added to this collection)


Box 14 Folder 20 Uncorrected galley proofs, signed, 1964


Box 14 Folder 21 "Part I: The Maze"--draft fragment, undated


Box 14 Folder 22 "Platonic Paradise," short fiction, undated


Box 14 Folder 23 "Professor Loren's Miracle," short fiction, undated


Box 14 Folder 24 to 27 "SAM"--draft materials, undated

(Possibly notes for the novel that later becameBlack Conceit, this set of draft materials includes a fragment of dedication to John Leonard's brother, Kenneth)



Box 15 Folder 1 "Stump Lanyard's American Nightmare," short fiction, undated


Box 15 Folder 2 "A Summer's Heresy," short fiction, undated


Box 15 Folder 3 Untitled fiction, undated


Wyke Regis

(Some folders labeled with the working title:To Walk by the Lake at Geneva)



Box 14 Folder 15 Correspondence and publishing contracts, 1967 2010 November 11, 2014 February25, 1967, 2010, November 11, 2014

(In a file which includes publishing contracts for three novels and Leonard's list of material sent to the Boston University archive in 1967 later added to this collection)



Box 15 Folder 4 To Walk by the Lake at Geneva (retitled Wyke Regis ), uncorrected galley proof, signed, undated


Box 15 Folder 5 to 7 Typescript draft, undated


Co-authored Work


Box 15 Folder 8 Richard Powers with John Leonard, untitled, undated

(Script by Richard Powers, performed by Leonard and Powers, introduction by Leonard)


Box 15 Folder 9 Sue Leonard with John Leonard, "John and Sue Write a Mystery Together and Begin Their Romance," typescript draft, 1974 April, 1975, 1974, April, 1975


Subseries II.7, Writing Notes, 1947 -- 2008 undated, 1947, 2008 undated

As part of his reviewing process, Leonard compiled extensive writing notes. This subseries consists of Leonard's preparatory material for his reviews: handwritten notebooks for television reviews, and typed print –outs with selected quotes and notes from literary and nonfictional works. Some completed drafts are also present, as Leonard's revision and note-taking practice included writing annotations on previously written drafts of articles.

Arranged alphabetically.


Box 15 Folder 10 Notes: assigned reviews, undated


Box 15 Folder 11 to 25 Notes for pieces, 1947 -- 2008 undated, 1947, 2008 undated

(Includes typescripts with reading notes, as well as drafts with annotations)


Box 15 Folder 26 Notes: "The Sullivan Years,", undated

(This set of notes consisted of a series of still images from the Ed Sullivan Show, material that was later published in book format asA Really Big Show, with accompanying text by Leonard, edited by Claudia Falkenbug and Andrew Solt. See Series VIII. for accompanying VHS tape of the Ed Sullivan Show)



Box 25 "The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show" -- accompanying VHS cassette tape,, undated



Box 16 Notebooks, undated (31 notebooks), undated


Subseries II.8, Writing by Others, 1962-2007

Published essays and reviews, drafts, and completed work by others comprise this subseries. Broken into two parts, the first part of the subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject files labeled by Leonard – including praise and criticism of his work, selected reading, and research material – while the second part of the material is arranged alphabetically by author.


Subject Files -- arranged by Leonard



Box 17 Folder 1 to 7 Praise for J.D.L., 1964 -- 2007, 1964, 2007

(Includes reviews and criticism on John Leonard's work)


Box 17 Folder 1 Praise for J.D.L, 1964 -- 1966, 1964, 1966


Box 17 Folder 2 Praise for J.D.L, 1968 -- 1969, 1968, 1969


Box 17 Folder 3 Praise for J.D.L., 1970-1971


Box 17 Folder 4 Praise for J.D.L., 1973 -- 1974, 1973, 1974


Box 17 Folder 5 Praise for J.D.L., 1975 -- 1979, 1975, 1979


Box 17 Folder 6 Praise for J.D.L., 1979 -- 1997, 1979, 1997


Box 17 Folder 7 Praise for J.D.L., 1999 -- 2007, 1999, 2007


Box 17 Folder 8 to 9 Research, 1962 -- 2002, 1962, 2002


Box 17 Folder 10 to 13 Selected Reading: Men & Ideas, Books & the Arts, Books & Writers, 1966 -- 1969, 1966, 1969


Writing by Others--arranged alphabetically


Box 17 Folder 14 The Association of American Publishers -- "America through American Eyes," exhibition 1981 May, 1981 June, 1981, May, 1981


Box 17 Folder 15 to 19 William F. Buckley, The Culture of Liberty, typescript draft, 1985 -- 1993 undated, 1985, 1993 undated


Box 17 Folder 20 Isabella Gardner, "That Was Then," typescript, undated


Box 17 Folder 21 Irving Howe, "Philip Radov: A Memoir" tear sheet, signed, 1979


Box 17 Folder 22 Charles Kaiser, interview with Christopher Lehmann Haupt, 1997 April 11, 1997


Box 17 Folder 23 Robert S. Morrison, "Agnew, Alcohol, Automobile, and Assessment," 1970 June, 1970 July, 1970, June, 1970


Box 17 Folder 24 U.S. vs Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1976

(Court case involving Knopf, publisher of Leonard'sPrivate Lives in the Imperial City)


Box 17 Folder 25 Kurt Vonnegut, essays and interviews--signed, 2003 April, undated, 2003, undated


Box 17 Folder 26 Vietnam Summer Organizer's Manual, undated