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Carolyn G. Heilbrun Papers, 1846-1979
3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 11

Abstract:
Professor and decorated writer who wrote The Garnett Family (1961) and Christopher Isherwood (1971). Includes correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs of the Garnett family, notes, and interviews relating to the two aforementioned works.
Mortimer Rare Book Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

CAROLYN G. HEILBRUN, 1926-

In 1993, Carolyn Heilbrun became Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emerita at Columbia University, after thirty-three years of teaching there. She has had fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and from the NEH. In 1984, she was President of the Modern Language Association. She has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Swarthmore, Yale, Union Theological Seminary, the University of California, and at Columbia and Yale Law schools and has received many honorary degrees from colleges and universities. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Modern Language Association in 2000, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000. Heilbrun has published: The Garnett Family, Christopher Isherwood, Toward a Recognition of Androgyny, Reinventing Womanhood, Writing a Woman's Life , Hamlet's Mother and Other Women, The Education of A Woman: A Life of Gloria Steinem, The Last Gift of Time, and the University of Toronto Alexander Lectures, Women's Lives: The View from the Threshold. Her latest book is When All Our Models Were Men: My Teachers Barzun, Fadiman, Trilling. She has published numerous articles and reviews. Under the name Amanda Cross, she has published fourteen detective novels. Her latest detective novel, The Edge of Doom, was published in October, 2002.

RICHARD GARNETT, 1835-1906

Richard Garnett was an English librarian and writer. He served on the staff of the British Museum (1851-1899) as keeper of printed books (1890-1899); and director (from 1880). In 1905 Garnett published a general catalogue of the British Museum. He also wrote Relics of Shelley (1862), The Twilight of the Gods (1888, fables), History of Italian Literature (1897), and several biographies. Richard Garnett was the father of Edward Garnett.

CONSTANCE (BLACK) GARNETT, 1862-1946

Constance Garnett was the wife of Edward Garnett and mother of David Garnett. Her translations of many Russian writers, such as Dostoevsky, achieved great popularity in the first two decades of the twentieth century and had a profound influence on modernist writers. Garnett studied classics at Newnham College, Cambridge University, and began to learn Russian in the early 1890s.

EDWARD GARNETT, 1868-1937

Edward Garnett was the father of David Garnett, husband of Constance Garnett, and son of Richard Garnett. As a publisher's reader and critic, he discovered, advised, and tutored many British writers, including Conrad, Galsworthy, Ford Maddox Ford, D.H. Lawrence, and W.H. Hudson. Garnett also authored plays, including The Breaking Point (1907), The Feud (1907), and The Trial of Jeanne d'Arc (1912).

DAVID GARNETT, 1892-1981

David Garnett was the only child of Edward and Constance Garnett, and was known almost universally as "Bunny." Although trained at the Royal College of Science as a botanist, he later turned to a highly successful literary career. Among his twenty-one works of fiction, Lady into Fox (1922) is notable for having won both the Hawthornden and Tait-Black prizes for 1923. The unexpected success of this novel led Bunny to withdraw in 1924 from the bookshop he had established in 1920 with Francis Birell to devote more time to his writing. From 1923 to 1935 he was partner in the Nonesuch Press, and from 1932 to 1935 he was literary editor of the New Statesman and Nation. He wrote several memoirs.

CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD, 1904-1986

Christopher Isherwood was an American-English novelist, poet and playwright. He authored autobiographical and quasi-autobiographical works including the short-story collection Goodbye to Berlin (1939), the novels: The World in the Evening (1954), Down There On A Visit (1962), A Meeting by the River (1967), and Christopher and His Kind (1976). His work included screenwriting for various film studios (from 1939). As a convert, Isherwood wrote, edited, and translated works on Vedantism.

Sources:

Hussey, Mark. Virginia Woolf A to Z. New York, 1995.

Merriam-Webster's Biographical Dictionary. Merriam-Webster Incorporated, 1995.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Carolyn G. Heilbrun Papers consist of 1.25 linear feet of material, dating from 1846 to 1979, relating to her works: The Garnett Family (1961) and Christopher Isherwood (1971). Types of materials include correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs of the Garnett family, notes, and interviews. This collection was donated to Smith College by Carolyn Heilbrun in November 1989. The papers are arranged in four series.

The papers are arranged in four series.


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Preferred Citation

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Carolyn G. Heilbrun Papers, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.

History of the Collection

This collection was donated to Smith College by Carolyn Heilbrun in November 1989.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mortimer Rare Book Room
William Allan Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2906
Fax: (413) 585-2904

Email: mrbr@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/rarebook
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
1846-1960
.5 linear ft. (51 items)

Arrangement:

This series is organized into four subseries: Correspondence, Memoirs, Newspaper Articles, and Photographs.

Scope and content:

Correspondence (transcriptions)

This subseries includes correspondence of the Garnett family. Most extensive is the correspondence of Edward Garnett with authors such as Joseph Conrad (Box 1, folder 6) and D.H. Lawrence (Box 1, folders 9-10). Also included is the correspondence of Richard Garnett (Box 1, folders 3-4) and members of the Patten and Black families (Box 1, folders 1-2). All of the letters are transcriptions. This series does not include original correspondence.

Memoirs

This subseries contains memoirs by members of the Garnett family. Olivia Rayne Garnett recounts the early life of her parents, Richard Garnett and Olivia Narney Garnett (Box 1, folder 13). Constance Garnett writes of the Garnett and Black families (Box 1, folder 11), and David Garnett's "Constance Garnett" contains memories of his mother (Box 1, folder 12).

Newspaper Articles

This subseries includes newspaper articles about members of the Garnett family. These consist of book reviews, obituaries, and related articles. The bulk of the articles are original clippings from the 1950s, along with transcriptions of earlier articles.

Photographs

This subseries includes black and white prints of members of the Garnett family. It contains photographs of Richard Garnett, his wife Olivia Narney Garnett, and their children. Also included are photographs of Constance (Black) Garnett, Edward Garnett, and David Garnett.

1955-1960
.25 linear ft. (25 items)

Arrangement:

This series is organized into four subseries: Correspondence, Notes, Evaluations and Corrections, and Publication Materials.

Scope and content:

Includes material related to The Garnett Family, Heilbrun's dissertation at Columbia University, which was published in 1961.

Correspondence

This subseries includes the correspondence of Carolyn G. Heilbrun concerning The Garnett Family. Many of the letters seek permission to quote correspondence with Edward Garnett. Correspondents include E.M. Forster (Box 2, folder 36), Stephen Spender (Box 2, folder 45), and various publishers. Particularly extensive is correspondence with B. W. Huebesch of the Viking Press (Box 2, folder 41).

Notes

This subseries includes Carolyn Heilbrun's notes for The Garnett Family. Particularly extensive are her notes on Richard, Constance, and Edward Garnett.

Evaluations and Corrections

This subseries includes corrections and evaluations of The Garnett Family by members of the Columbia University faculty.

Publication Materials

This series includes a copyright application for The Garnett Family. It also includes a summary of The Garnett Family for the microfilm publication of the thesis.

1974-1979
.5 linear ft. (10 items)

Scope and content:

This series includes interviews of and about Christopher Isherwood. All are audio recordings. There are transcriptions of the interviews conducted by Heilbrun and of Isherwood's Modern Languages Association Address, as well as television and radio interviews.

Related material:

Excerpts from three of the interviews conducted by Heilbrun were published in Twentieth Century Literature Volume 22 (October 1976).

1977
(1 item)

The audiotape in this series records an interview with Alice G. Fredman, writer and professor. This interview was conducted by Carolyn Heilbrun. It is one of a series of interviews about women who had careers before the Women's Liberation movement, especially the generation born in the 1920s.

Contents List
Series I. Garnett Family,
1846-1960


Correspondence of the Garnetts

(transcriptions)

DAVID BLACK



Patten, Clara (from)
[1846] Aug 17-1846 Aug 27

Box 1: folder 1
Patten, [George] (to)
1846 Aug 18

Box 1: folder 2
RICHARD GARNETT



Butler, Samuel (from)
1893 Dec 10

Box 1: folder 3
Hardy, Thomas (from)
1904 Dec 9

Box 1
Woodbury, G.E. (from)
1890 Feb 3

Box 1: folder 4
EDWARD AND CONSTANCE GARNETT



Conrad, Joseph (to)
1896 Mar 26-1923 Dec 5

Box 1: folder 5
Forster, E. M. (from)
1907 Sep 7 [or Aug 9?]

Box 1: folder 6
Huebesch, B.W. (to)
1902 Jun 10 -1931 Jul 7

Box 1: folder 7
Lawrence, D.H. and Frieda (from)
1911 Sep 10-1921 Nov 10, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8-9
Memoirs



Note:

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Garnett, Constance. Memoir about the Black and Garnett families: typescript transcription
n.d.
118 pages.
Box 1: folder 10
Garnett, David. "Constance Garnett": typescript
n.d.
6 pages.
Box 1: folder 11
Garnett, Olivia Rayne. Memoir about the early life of her parents, Richard and Olivia Narney Garnett: typescript
n.d.
6 pages, (2 copies).
Box 1: folder 12
Newspaper Articles



Note:

Arranged by subject.

RICHARD GARNETT


Box 1: folder 13
Symons, Arthur. "Richard Garnett." The Speaker
1906 Apr 21.
typescript transcription (2 copies)

CONSTANCE GARNETT


Box 1: folder 14
"Interpreting Tolstoy." Times Literary Supplement
1954 Jul 16
pages 449-50.

"New Translations" review of David Magarshack's translation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Devils. Times Literary Supplement
1954 Apr 30


Review of Jessie Coulson's translation of Crime and Punishment. Times Literary Supplement
1954 Jan 22


"Unerring Nose for Humbug of Any Sort." The New York Times Book Review
1955


EDWARD GARNETT


Box 1: folder 15
Green, Henry. "Edward Garnett" The New Statesman and Nation
1950 Dec 30
page 675.

Miles, Hamish. "Edward Garnett." The New Statesman and Nation
1937 Feb 27
page 327. (2 copies)

Moore, Harry T. "Hand-Up for an Author" Review of Joseph Conrad: Letters to William Blackwood and David S. Meldrum. The New York Times Book Review
1958 Nov 30
page 62.

Murray, J. Middleton. Review of Edward Garnett's Collected Essays. The Nation and Athenaeum
1922 Jul 22
pages 568-9.

Pritchett, V. S. "London Letter." The New York Times Rook Review
1958 Jan 21
page 22.

Scott-James. R. A. "Edward Garnett" The Spectator
1937 Feb 26
page 362.

DAVID GARNETT


Box 1: folder 16
"Books: Two Freedoms." Review of Aspects of Love
1956 Jan 28
page 95.

Davenport, John. "New Novels: Symbols and Sentiments." Review of A Shot in the Dark by David Garnett. The Observer
1958 Nov 2
page 22.

"Escape to the Sun." Review of A Shot in the Dark by David Garnett. The Times Literary Supplement
1958 Nov 21


Fearing, Kenneth, "Love Without Tears." Review of Aspects of Love. The New York Times Book Review
1956 Feb 5
page 4.

Hutchens, John K. Book review Aspects of Love by David Garnett. The New York Herald Tribune
1956 Jan 27
page 15.

"Neo-Pagan." Review of Aspects of Love by David Garnett. Time
1956 Jan 30


Nicolson, Harold. "Self-portrait in Profile" Review of The Flowers of the Forest by David Garnett. The Observer
1955 Oct 9


Peterson, Virgilia. "Growing Up in Bloomsbury." Review of The Flowers of the Forest by David Garnett. Saturday Review
1956 Sept 8
page 43.

Pippett, Aileen. "Memory is a Golden Thing." Review of The Flowers of the Forest, Vol. 2 of The Golden Echo by David Garnett. The New York Times Book Review
1956 Sept 2
page 6.

Poore, Charles "Books of the Times." Review of Aspects of Love by David Garnett. The New York Times
1956 Jan 26


Rosselli, John. "Was T.E. Lawrence a Fake?" The Reporter
1955 Apr 21
pages 49-52.

West, Anthony. "Books: Through a Glass, Darkly." The New Yorker
1960 May 28
pages 137-142.

Photographs

(black and white prints)

Note:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Garnett, Constance by David Garnett
n.d.

Box 1: folder 17
Note:

Bloomsbury Iconography B2

Garnett, Constance by David Garnett
1942

Box 1: folder 18
Garnett, Constance
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Garnett, Constance in group photograph
n.d.

Box 1: folder 20
Garnett, Constance with Katherine and Grace Black
n.d.

Box 1: folder 21
Garnett, David "aged 12"


Box 1: folder 22
Garnett, David
n.d.

Box 1: folder 23
Note:

Bloomsbury Iconography A20

Garnett, David


Box 1: folder 24
Garnett, Edward as a child
n.d.

Box 1: folder 25
Garnett, Edward
n.d.

Box 1: folder 26
Note:

Bloomsbury Iconography A1

Garnett, Edward
1917

Box 1: folder 27
Garnett, Olivia Narney
1866

Box 1: folder 28
Garnett, Olivia Narney by Frederick Hollyer
1899

Box 1: folder 29
Garnett, Richard with book
n.d.

Box 1: folder 30
Garnett, Richard with book, profile
n.d.

Box 1: folder 31
Garnett family, includes Olivia Narney Garnett ("Mrs. Richard Garnett") with May, Robert, Edward, Olive, Lucy, and Arthur Garnett and Christiana Chapple, n.d.


Box 1: folder 32
Note:

With envelopes addressed to Heilbrun from David Garnett

Series II. The Garnett Family by Carolyn Heilbrun,
1955-1960


Correspondence of Carolyn Heilbrun regarding The Garnett Family



Note:

Arranged alphabetically.

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc
1958 Sep 8- 1958 Sep 26

Box 2: folder 33
Chatto & Windus Ltd with letter of introduction from B. W. Huebesch
1955 Nov 21

Box 2: folder 34
Forster, E.M.
1958 Dec 2-1959 Jan 1

Box 2: folder 35
Frost, Robert



Note:

See: Box 2, folder 39 and 43

Gerald Duckworth & Co.
1955 Nov 21

Box 2: folder 36
Harcourt, Brace & Company
1955 Aug 29

Box 2: folder 37
Henry Holt and Company
1958 Dec 2-1960 Mar 29

Box 2: folder 38
Huebesch, B. W.
1955 Nov 2-1960 Mar 1

Box 2: folder 39
Note:

See also: Box 2, folder 35

J. M. Dent & Sons
1959 Feb 3-1960 Mar 3

Box 2: folder 40
Jonathan Cape (Firm)
1955 Nov 21- 1959 Feb 11

Box 2: folder 41
Lawrence Pollinger Limited
29 Jan 1959-1960 Mar 29

Box 2: folder 42
Spender, Stephen
1958 Dec 2-1959 Jan 1

Box 2: folder 43
Viking Press



Note:
Unidentified
1953 Dec 13, n.d.

Box 2: folder 44
Notes for The Garnett Family



Note:

Arranged by subject.

General


Box 2: folder 45
Richard Garnett


Box 2: folder 46
Edward and Constance Garnett


Box 2: folder 47
David Garnett


Box 2: folder 48
Research Notebooks


Box 2: folder 49
Evaluations and corrections


Box 2: folder 50
Note:

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Hazen: holograph
n.d.
4 leaves.
Box 2
Shearer, James F.: typescript, n.d. 1 page, with paper scrap
1959 Apr 28.

Box 2
Suther: typescript
n.d.
2 pages.
Box 2
Unidentified: typescript
n.d.
2 pages.
Box 2
Publication materials



Note:

Arranged chronologically.

Certificate of copyright registration
1960 Feb 24

Box 2: folder 51
Summary for the microfilm publication of The Garnett Family


Box 2: folder 52
Series III. Christopher Isherwood by Carolyn Heilbrun,
1974-1979


Interviews

(audio tapes and transcriptions)

Note:

Arranged chronologically.

Isherwood, Christopher. Interview by James Day on Day at Night, Broadcast
1974 Jun 2
Audiotape #3.
Box 3: folder 53
Isherwood, Christopher. Address to the Modern Language Association: typescript
1974 Dec
49 pages, with audiotapes #1 and 2
Box 3: folder 54
Isherwood, Christopher. Interview by Carolyn Heilbrun: typescript A
1975 Jul 25
71 pages.
Box 3: folder 55
Isherwood, Christopher. Interview by Carolyn Heilbrun: typescript B, corrected
1975 Jul 25
28 pages.
Box 3: folder 56
Isherwood, Christopher. Interview by Carolyn Heilbrun: typescript C
1975 Jul 25
24 pages, with audiotapes #4 and 5.
Box 3: folder 57
Isherwood, Christopher. Interview by Carolyn Heilbrun: typescript
1975 28 Jul
38 pages, with audiotape #6.
Box 3: folder 58
Lambert, Gavin interview by Carolyn Heilbrun: typescript A
1975 Jul 28
29 pages.
Box 3: folder 59
Lambert, Gavin interview by Carolyn Heilbrun: typescript B with introduction
1975 Jul 28
21 pages, with audiotape #7.
Box 3: folder 60
Isherwood, Christopher. Interview by Carolyn Heilbrun:
1976 May 23
58 pages, with audiotape #8.
Box 3: folder 61
Isherwood, Christopher on The Dick Cavett Show
1979
Audiotape #10.
Box 3: folder 62
Series IV. Interview with Alice G. Fredman,
1977


Fredman, Alice G. Interview by Carolyn Heilbrun
1977 Nov 30.
Audiotape #9.
Box 3: folder 63

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Subjects
  • Fredman, Alice Green, 1924-
  • Garnett family.
  • Garnett, Constance Black, 1862-1946.
  • Garnett, David, 1892-
  • Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937.
  • Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906.
  • Heilbrun, Carolyn G., 1926-
  • Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-

Contributors
  • Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970.
  • Fredman, Alice Green, 1924-
  • Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-
  • Spender, Stephen, 1909-


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