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Charles Monaghan Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms076

The Charles Monaghan Papers consists of materials relating to Monaghan's relationship with William Gaddis as an early Gaddis promoter. Includes correspondence from William Gaddis, Jack Green, Aaron Asher, Douglas M. Davis, Steven Moore, Ormonde de Kay, and Mimi O'Keeffe. Also, includes other various Gaddis-related material such as copies of Monaghan's interview with Ormonde de Kay and Bob Ginna, various Gaddis-I listserv materials, proof copy of The Dutton Review, etc.


  • 1960-1999


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Biographical Information

Charles Monaghan worked for The New York Times in Paris and New York from 1962 to 1968, after which he was managing editor (1968-1970) and then editor (1970-1972) of "Book World," the Sunday literary supplement of the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. During those years, "Book World" was the largest book review section in the country, with a weekly circulation of almost 2 million copies. Monaghan also edited Retirement Living Magazine (1972-1975) and the library reference publication Facts on File (1975-1976) and was managing editor of Travel & Leisure Magazine (1977-1983). As a freelance, Monaghan contributed some 500 articles and book reviews to national publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Smithsonian, American Heritage, Town & Country, Money Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Commonweal and the National Review. He has also reviewed for the History of Education Quarterly and the Journal of American History. Monaghan earned a bachelor's degree in History from Manhattan College and an M.A. in English from New York University. He married E. Jennifer Monaghan in 1958 and had three children.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 22918. Gift of Charles Monaghan, March 20, 2003

Related Materials

See also the William Gaddis Papers

Processing Information

Processed May 2012 by Sarah Schnuriger


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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 20: 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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