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Lyle Stuart papers, 1926-2010, bulk 1949-2003

Series II: Early Career and Writings, 1939-1976

This series includes Stuart's early career as a journalist for International News Service, Music Business, Ready to Wear Scout, and Variety. It also documents his time as a radio scriptwriter for the U.S. State Department, his work as a freelance songwriter, and his published and unpublished fiction and poetry. The series is divided into two subseries.

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Subseries II.1: Creative Writing, 1939-1976

Although not known as a fiction writer, Stuart wrote novels, poetry, short stories, and song lyrics, especially in his younger years. His biggest fiction succes,God Wears a Bow Tie, was published in 1949 to largely positive reviews which are included in this subseries. His radio scripts for the State Department are also represented. The bulk of the subseries includes his unpublished manuscripts and research notes, arranged alphabetically by title.

Box 1 Fiction, 1939-1976

Box 1 Published Fiction, 1939-1953, (8 folders)

Box 1 State Department Radio Scripts, 1948-1954, (4 folders)

Box 1 Unpublished Manuscripts and Notes, 1940-1976, (38 folders)

Box 1 Poetry and Song Lyrics, 1946-1950, (8 folders)

Box 2 Poetry and Song Lyrics, 1946-1950, (8 folders)

Subseries II.2: Journalism, 1944-1967

Stuart spent time as a freelance journalist and worked on the staff of a variety of newspapers. This subseries includes clippings of his stories, notes and typescripts of both published and unpublished articles, and records of his time as a producer at WHOM-FM, where he and Louis Chu created the first Chinese-language radio program in New York. His file of story notes includes advertising and the book jacket for his major nonfiction success,The Secret Life of Walter Winchell(1953), which was a compilation of the series of exposé articles he wrote in 1951.

Box 2 Article Clips, 1944-1957, (16 folders)

Box 2 Story Notes and Typescripts, 1944-1967, (15 folders)

Box 22 WHOM-FM, 1950-1960, (5 folders)