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Matthew Josephson letter to Coburn Gilman

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0865

Content Description

American author Matthew Josephson typed and signed this letter of gratitude and invitation to Coburn Gilman.

Josephson thanked Gilman for locating and sending a Proust passage which he had needed for inclusion in a book he had written and expressed the importance of scholars and researchers to writers. He also wrote of his gardening, his happiness in Connecticut, an upcoming stay at Yaddo, and invited Gilman to visit during the summer. In a postscript, he requested articles on Rimbaud.


  • Creation: 1931 May 11


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Matthew Josephson (1899-1978)

American author Matthew Josephson wrote several books about U.S. politicians and leaders of industry, the most noted of which was The Robber Barons, which traced the careers of noted capitalists Jay Gould, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, E.H. Harriman, and Henry Clay Frick.

Between 1922 and 1924, Josephson co-founded and edited the literary magazine, Secession, and was the associate editor of Broom. From 1928 to 1929, he was the American editor for Transition. As an American expatriate in Paris in the 1920s, Josephson became friends with Paul Eluard, Andre Breton, Louis Aragon, and Max Ernst and was an eyewitness to the development of surrealism, as he explained in Life Among the Surrealists.

Born on February 15, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, Josephson died in 1978.

Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2010. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. (accessed April 2010).

Coburn Gilman

Coburn Gilman was the editor of Travel magazine.


1 item (1 page)


One typed letter written by Matthew Josephson to Coburn Gilman on May 11, 1931.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2009.

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 60, F0865: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, April 2010. Further encoded by George Apodaca, November 2015.


Finding aid for Matthew Josephson letter to Coburn Gilman
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2015 November 9
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