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Lord John Press Collection

Identifier: MS-MS-ms155

Consists of correspondence files and other publication materials between Lord John Press and John Ashbery, Clive Barker, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, Thomas Berger, Joseph Brodsky, Ramsey Campbell, Raymond Carver, John Casey, Tom Clark, Robert Coover, Jack Dann, Stanley Elkin, George P. Elliott, Clayton Eshleman, Richard Ford, John Fowles, Bruce Francis, Stan Freberg, William Gaddis, John Gardner, William H. Gass, William Gibson, Ellen Gilchrist, Allen Ginsberg, Günter Grass, John L'Heureux, William Heyen, Ken Kesey, Galway Kinnell, Elmore Leonard, Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, Richard Christian Matheson, Robert McCammon, William Meredith, W. S. Merwin, Mary McGarry Morris, Robert B. Parker, Tim Powers, Alex Rocco, L.M. Rosenberg, Henry Roth, Jerome Rothenberg, Ray Russell, William Saroyan, Dave Smith, Gary Snyder, Saul Steinberg, Whitley Strieber, Steve Rasnic Tem, Alexander Theroux, Michel Tournier, John Updike, and Geoffrey Wolff.


  • 1978-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Some Restrictions. Contact Curator.

Conditions Governing Use

Some Restrictions. Contact Curator.

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Reading Room and Reproduction Policy.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of Intent to Quote from or Publish Manuscript Materials.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.


4.00 boxes

Historical Information

Herbert Yellin (January 24, 1935 - June 13, 2014) was an American publisher.  Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Yellin served in the United States Navy as Yeoman First Class. In 1960, he moved to California and lived most of his life in the San Fernando Valley.  Yellin founded Lord John Press in 1978, focusing on publishing limited editions of major American authors including Donald Barthelme, Samuel Beckett, John Cheever, Thomas Berger, Ray Bradbury, William Burroughs, John Updike, Raymond Carver, William Everson, John Gardner, Stephen King, Ross Macdonald, Normal Mailer, John Hawkes, Joyce Carol Oats, Robert Parker, Walker Percy, John Barth, Laura Riding, and Eudora Welty.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 2015.005. Purchase from Ralph B. Sipper, March 30, 2015

Accession number 2015.013. Purchase from Ralph B. Sipper, July 15, 2015

Accession number MSS2016-006. Purchase from Ralph B. Sipper, March 8, 2016

Accession number MSS2016-010. Purchase from Brian Cassidy, April 18, 2016

Accession number MSS2016-029. Purchase from Ralph B. Sipper, December 16, 2016

Accession number MSS2016-019. Purchase from Brian Cassidy, August 12, 2016

Accession number MSS2016-018. Purchase from Ralph B. Sipper, August 8, 2016

Accession number MSS2016-029. Purchase from Ralph B. Sipper, December 16, 2016

Accession number MSS2017-001. Purchase from Ralph B. Sipper, January 4, 2017

Accession number MSS2019-004. Purchase from Matthew Gunderson, January 15, 2019

Related Materials

See also Samuel Beckett Papers (MS008), Saul Bellow Collection (VMF008), Thomas Clark Papers (MS026), Robert Coover Collection (VMF218), Stanley Elkin Papers (MS039) , George P. Elliott Papers (MS040), William Gaddis Papers (MS049), William H. Gass Papers (MS051), William Meredith Collection (VMF113), and W. S. Merwin Collection (VMF114).


Lord John Press Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 23: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
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