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Shepherd Mead Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms079

The Shepherd Mead Papers consist of typescripts, variant drafts, and several thousand pages of notes toward many of his books, including The Four Window Girl (1958), Dudley, There is No Tomorrow (1963), The Carefully Considered Rape of the World (1966), How to Live Like a Lord Without Really Trying (1965), and Free the Male Man! (1972).


  • 1923-1995


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57.00 boxes

Biographical Information

Shepherd Mead, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, graduated from Washington University in 1936. Although he began writing in college, Mead's first commercially successful book was How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1952). In 1961, Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows based an award-winning musical comedy on Mead's novel, which became an international best-seller. Mead spent 20 years in a New York advertising firm, rising from mail room clerk to vice-president. In 1958, he moved to England where his success in advertising allowed him to retire in 1962. Mead became director of the Swiss publishing firm Nouvelles Editions in 1969.

Mead followed his spoof of Wall Street with a series of "How To Succeed" books, among them How to Get Rich in TV (1956), How to Succeed with Women (1957), How to Live Like a Lord (1965) and How to Stay Medium-Young (1971). How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying set the formula for these and other books; however, not all of Mead's work is in this vein. For example, The Big Ball of Wax (1959) and The Carefully Considered Rape of the World (1968) are science-fiction.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 966. Gift of Shepherd Mead, August 19, 1968

Accession number 1042. Gift of Shepherd Mead, April 28, 1969

Accession number 1076. Gift of Shepherd Mead/Simon Schuster, September 8, 1969

Accession number 1278. Gift of Shepherd Mead/Simon Schuster, July 19, 1971

Accession number 22904. Gift of Sally Horntvedt, unknown date

Accession number 22947. Gift of Sally Horntvedt, unknown date

Accession number 2016.005. Gift of Sally Horntvedt, March 7, 2016

Shepherd Mead Papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 27: 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
(314) 935-5495