Special Collections Department
Samuel Loveman Correspondence
1911 - 1976
(bulk dates 1932 -1968)
Manuscript Collection Number: 148
Accessioned: Purchase and gift, 1978-1981
Extent: .6 linear ft.
Content: Letters, postcards, photographs, drawings, pamphlets, reprints, and clippings
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1984, revised 1993 by Anita A. Wellner
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
American book dealer and publisher, poet, and editor Samuel Loveman (b. 1885?-1976) was proprietor of Bodley Book Shop in New York City, and associated with Dauber & Pine Book Shop and Gotham Book Mart. In partnership with David Mann, as the Bodley Press, he published Hart Crane, by Brom Weber; The Case of Ezra Pound, by Charles Norman; and a reprint from Walt Whitman's The Wound Dresser.
Loveman edited the magazines, Saturnian and Trend, and published translations of Heine, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, and Rilke.
Loveman died on May 14, 1976.
Bowden, Jane A. (ed.) Contemporary Authors. Volumes 65-68. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1977. p. 372.
Note: Biographical information is also derived from correspondence in the collection.
This collection of letters from various literary figures to American bookseller Samuel Loveman spans from 1911 to 1976, the year of Loveman's death. The letters are chiefly acknowledgments of poems and books received from Loveman; but also include business letters in connection with Loveman's career as a book dealer.
Correspondents include historian Jacques Martin Barzun, author James Branch Cabell, composer Vernon Duke, novelist Waldo Frank, chemist and author John Uri Lloyd, columnist Benjamin DeCasseres, poet Robert Loveman, and artist Prentiss Taylor.
Some of the letters include enclosures, such as photographs, clippings, offprints of articles, several pamphlets, typescript excerpts from articles or books, and one pen and ink drawing by Prentiss Taylor.
The Prentiss Taylor folder (F35) also includes several Christmas/New Year's cards designed by Taylor. In addition, three photographs of Taylor, two of which were taken by noted photographer Carl Van Vechten, were also enclosed in Taylor's letters to Loveman.
A photograph of Cosima and Siegfried Wagner was enclosed in a letter from Wellington Sloane to Loveman.
The approximately 150 items in this collection are arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically.
Box -- Folder -- Contents
1 F1 Barker, Eric Wilson Aug 25 ALS 2p F2 Barzun, Jacques, 1907- American historian of French birth 1964 Aug 21 TLS 1p 1965 Apr 16 ALS 1p 1966 Feb 28 ACS 1p 1968 Jan 29 TLS 1p Note: Also includes a Bodley Book Shop bill. F3 Bernardino, Medina 1951 Sep 15 ALS 2p Oct 8 ALS 3p Oct 16 ALS 2p Oct 24 ALS 2p 1952 Jan 18 ALS 2p Mar 23 ALS 2p F4 Betts, Craven Langstroth Writer 1936 Jun 4 ALS 5p F5 Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958 American author 1927 Nov 5 TLS 1p Nov 12 TLS 1p F6 Chase, Lewis Nathaniel, 1873-1937 Author and educator 1932 May 1 ALS 3p May 6 ANS 1p Jun 25 TLS 1p F7 Coolbrith, Ina Donna, 1841-1928 American poet 1912 Feb 21 ALS 1p F8 Cornell, Joseph, 1903-1972 American artist 1946 Jul 30 ALS 1p Note: Addressed to David Mann, co-proprietor of Bodley Books. Also includes AN with Cornell's address. 1959 Mar 30 TNS 1p 1 F9 Damon, S. Foster (Samuel Foster), 1893-1971 American poet, literary biographer, and Brown University professor 1930 May 28 TLS 1p 1952 Apr 15 TLS 1p F10 DeCasseres, Benjamin, 1873-1945 American essayist and columnist for Hearst newspapers [1925 Nov 16] ACS 1p [1925 Dec 9] ACS 1p [1927 Feb 9] ANS 1p 1931 May 19 ALS 1p Sep 30 ALS 1p Oct 5 ACS 1p Dec 16 ACS 1p Dec 19 ALS 1p 1932 Apr 10 ACS 1p [1932 May 13] Note: Consists of two pamphlets announcing DeCasseres' Magazine. [1932 Jun 20] ACS 1p 1932 Jun 21 ACS 1p 1933 Nov 12 ANS 1p Nov 14 ACS 1p 1935 Nov 24 ALS 2p Note: Includes a pamphlet titled From Olympus to Independence Hall. 1936 Jan 6 ALS 2p F11 DeCasseres, Bio (Mrs. Benjamin) [1931 Dec 20] ACS 1p [1932 Jan 19] ALS 2p [1932 Jun 21] TL 1p Note: With AN at the bottom of the page. 1950 Oct 17 ACS 1p 1951 May 23 ALS 4p Note: Photograph enclosed. 1952 Jun 25 ALS 2p Aug 16 ACS 1p [1954 Dec 11] ACS 1p [n.d.] ALS 1p Note: Also includes an ANS to DeCasseres from an unidentified person. 1 F12 Duke, Vernon, 1903-1969 Composer of musicals, symphonies, ballets, concertos, and cantatas [1959 Oct 17 ALS 3p [1961 Sep 4] ALS 1p [1961 Sep 20] ACS 1p [1961 Oct 10] ACS 1p [1961 Dec 4] ACS 1p  Jul 5 ACS 1p 1963 Jul 12 ACS 1p  Apr 28 ACS 1p  May 18 ALS 1p  Jul 22 ACS 1p [n.y.] Mar 20 ALS 1p [n.y.] Oct 15 ALS 1p [n.d.] AN 1p F13 Ehrsam, Theodore George, 1909- American writer 1945 Nov 15 TLS 1p 1946 Apr 11 ALS 2p May 4 ACS 1p Note: Includes Ts article titled "A Few Musical Notations on the Shelley Circle based on Professor Robert M. Smith's The Shelley Legend," 4p. May 29 ALS 1p Jul 12 TLS 1p Aug 16 TL 1p Sep 11 ALS 1p Sep 25 ACS 1p Oct 17 Ts 2p Note: Also includes a reprint of Ehrsam's article titled "Mary Shelley in Her Letters," which is signed and inscribed to Loveman, (6p) and clippings. [1949 Aug 21] ACS 1p 1949 Nov 16 ALS 1p 1957 Jun 4 ALS 1p 1964 Dec 13 ACS 1p [n.d.] ACS 1p Note: Also includes an envelope dated 10/9/1950. 1 Ferri, Liana F14 1949 Dec 18 AL 1p 1952 Apr 16 ALS 2p Jul 16 ALS 2p  Nov 4 ALS 2p  Nov 16 ALS 2p 1954 Feb 20 ALS 2p  Nov 29 ALS 2p 1963 Oct 8 TLS 1p 1964 Feb 20 ALS 1p [n.y.] Jan 26 ACS 1p [n.y.] Apr 2 ALS 1p [n.y.] Dec 9 ALS 2p F15 [n.y.] Aug 1 ALS 2p [n.y.] Aug 7 ALS 2p [n.y.] Aug 26 ALS 2p [n.y.] Sep 18 ACS 1p [n.y.] Sep 28 ALS 2p [n.d.] TLS 1p [n.d.] TLS 2p Note: Bears autograph note on verso. [n.d.] TLS 1p [n.d.] ALS 1p [n.d.] ACS 2p F16 Flesch, Rudolf Franz, 1911-1986 American writer 1966 Aug 2 TNS 1p Frank, Waldo David, 1889-1967 American essayist and novelist F17 [1932 Feb] TNS 1p Note: Includes a letter from Phelps Putnam to Frank dated 2/19/1932.  Dec 12 TLS 1p [1932 Dec 20] ACS 1p [1932 Dec 22] ALS 1p [1932 Dec 24] ALS 1p [1933 Jan 8] ALS 1p [1933 Jan 23] ACS 1p [1933 Feb 3] ALS 1p [1933 Feb 8] ALS 1p [1933 Mar 7] TNS 1p F18 [1933 Aug 19] ACS 1p [1933 Oct 22] ACS 1p [1934 Oct 3] ACS 1p [1934 Oct 11] ACS 1p  Dec 4 TLS 1p  May 10 TLS 1p 1946 May 2 TLS 1p Jul 9 TLS 1p Jul 30 TLS 1p  Aug 16 ALS 1p 2 F19 Freeman, Joseph, 1897-1965 American poet, editor, and critic 1954 Sep 10 TLS 1p F20 Lieberson, Brigitta [1951 Jan 2] ALS 2p F21 Lieberson, Goddard, 1911- English-born American writer, music critic, composer, CBS executive 1966 Oct 17 TLS 1p 1976 Jan 27 TLS 1p F22 Lieberson, Zorina [1946 May 23] ALS 2p [n.d.] ALS 1p F23 Lloyd, John Uri, 1849-1936 Chemist, educator, and author of several books on chemistry 1933 Feb 8 TLS 2p Oct 21 TLS 1p 1934 Aug 14 TLS 2p Note: AN at bottom of letter. F24 Loveman, Robert American poet 1911 Dec  ALS 2p 1912 Jul  ALS 1p 1916 Aug  ALS 3p Sep  ALS 1p Note: Includes two clippings. 2 F25 Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, 1898-1968 American scholar and authority on Edgar Allan Poe 1939 Sep 9 TLS 1p Sep 12 TLS 1p Sep 15 TLS 1p 1941 Jun 10 ANS 1p 1943 Dec 12 TLS 1p F26 Norman, Charles, 1904-1996 Russian-born American writer 1946 Sep 6 TLS 1p Note: Includes Ts excerpt his The Muses' Darling. F27 North, Diana 1956 May 29 ALS 1p F28 Peck, Walter Edwin, 1891-1954 1948 May 5 ALS 2p F29 Perry, Virginia R. Perry Picture Company, Malden, Massachusetts 1942 Dec 26 ALS 6p Putnam, Phelps. See Frank, Waldo. F30 Ramsey, Warren, 1914- 1953 Mar 25 ANS 1p F31 Rodman, Selden, 1909- American writer, poet, art critic [1948 Dec 7] ACS 1p F32 Sacks, Claire 1965 Jun 23 ALS 1p Note: Includes offprint of Sack's research on Edgar E. Saltus. F33 Saltus, Mrs. Marie (Giles) Third wife of American novelist Edgar E. Saltus [1926 Nov 4] ALS 2p [1935 Sep 16] TLS 2p 2 F34 Sloane, Wellington 1952 Feb 4 TLS 2p 1963 Aug 18 ANS 1p Note: Photograph of Cosima and Siegfried Wagner is enclosed. 1966 Apr 30 TLS 2p Oct 10 TLS 2p Note: With TL (carbon) of same letter. Oct 30 TLS 3p Note: With TL (carbon) of same letter. Nov 11 ANS 1p F35 Sloane, Wellington (cont'd) 1967 Mar 21 TLS 2p Aug 18 ALS 2p Aug 22 ANS 1p Note: Four photographs enclosed. Sep 6 TCS 1p Sep 28 TLS 2p Dec 15 ANS 1p 1972 May 6 ALS 2p Note: Addressed to Mrs. Wodika, concerning the whereabouts of Samuel Loveman. Jul  ALS 4p Note: Enclosed with a letter to Mrs. Wodika. F36 Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991 American artist, art therapist Christmas/New Years cards in this folder were designed by Taylor. 1931 Nov 13 ACS 1p Note: Card is a photograph of Taylor. 1932 May 20 Card 1p Note: Photograph of Taylor taken by Carl Van Vechten. 1932 Jul 2 ACS 1p Note: Card is a photograph of Taylor taken by Carl Van Vechten. 1936 [Jan] ACS 1p Note: Includes original drawing by Taylor, signed and a signed photograph of Taylor. 1938 ACS 1p [1942 Jan 9] ACS 1p [1948 Dec 23] ACS 1p F37 Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 American critic, novelist, and photographer 1951 Jul 24 ACS 1p Wagner, Cosima and Siegfried. See F34.
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