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Samuel Loveman correspondence

Identifier: MSS 0148

Scope and Content Note

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.


  • Creation: 1911-1976
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1932-1968


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Biographical Note

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. Biographical information derived from correspondence in the collection.


.6 linear foot (2 boxes)


The Samuel Loveman correspondence consists of letters from various literary figures to American book dealer and publisher, poet, and editor Samuel Loveman (1887-1976).


Purchase and gift, 1978-1981.

Shelving Summary

  • Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes


Processed by Anita A. Wellner, 1984. Revised by Anita A. Wellner, 1993. Encoded by Thomas Pulhamus, March 2010. Further encoding by Lauren Connolly, October 2015, and Tiffany Saulter, November 2015.

Finding aid for Samuel Loveman correspondence
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2010 February 25
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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