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Robert Newton Linscott Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms071

The Robert Newton Linscott Papers consists of correspondence to Linscott include Truman Capote, writing 1946-1963, discussing Yaddo, Leo Lerman, Richard Plant, his book [Other Voices, Other Rooms], death of Newton Arvin; Carson McCullers, writing [1940]-[1945], discussing her family, father's death, her husband, Reeves McCullers and their divorce, friend Annemarie Clarac-Schwarzenback, Truman Capote, Granville Hicks, her books, including Reflections in a Golden Eye, Member of the Wedding, and The Ballad of the Sad Café; Annemarie Clarac-Schwarzenback, writing 1940, discussing her writing, Reeves McCullers, Carson McCullers' health; Edmund Wilson, writing 1931-1962, discussing personal plans, reading work for [Apology to the Iroquois]; and Archibald MacLeish, writing [1933], complaining about the lack of publisher's promotion for Conquistador [collection of poems].


  • Creation: 1931-1963


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Biographical Information

Robert Newton Linscott (May 1, 1886 – September 25, 1964) was an American editor.  From 1904 to 1944, Linscott was an editor at Houghton-Mifflin.  He served as editor for early Truman Capote and Carson McCullers works. From 1944 until his retirement in 1957, Linscott was the senior editor for Random House.

Linscott himself edited a number of collections for both houses, among them Best American Humorous Short Stories (1945), Best Short Stories of Bret Harte (1947), The World's Great Thinkers: A Boston Reader (1948), Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (1957), and Letters and Poems of Emily Dickinson (1959).

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 868. Purchase from Henry Wenning, October 25, 1967.

Accession number 1083. Gift of Henry Wenning and Mrs. Elizabeth Shoemaker Linscott, September 11, 1969.

Accession number 1405. Transfer from Conrad Aiken Papers, November 2, 1973.

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  • 2021 April 20: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

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