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Smith, Harrison



  • Existence: 1888    


Harrison Smith (Yale College 1911) was born Oliver Harrison Smith in Hartford, Connecticut on August 4, 1888. He received a bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1911, and a Master's degree in 1914. Smith's lifelong career in publishing began as an editorial assistant and textbook salesman, then eventually as an editor for Harcourt, Brace and Company (1918 to 1928). In 1929 he founded the firm Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, and went on to become a partner at Random House and an editor at Doubleday Doran & Company. From 1938 until 1966 he was president and associate editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. Smith wrote extensively on topics in American Literature, and on issues relating to working women and feminism after the Second World War. In 1952 he edited From Main Street to Stockholm, a volume of Sinclair Lewis correspondence.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Harrison Smith papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 793
Abstract: The Harrison Smith Papers contain writings, correspondence, printed material, and photographs that document the life and work of editor and publisher Harrison Smith, particularly his research on American author Sinclair Lewis, and his editorial work for the Saturday Review of Literature. Series I, Research Files on Sinclair Lewis, includes extensive biographical notes, presumably intended as the source material for a book-length biography of Lewis. Series II, Other Papers, consists chiefly...
Dates: 1904-1975

Jean Toomer papers

Call Number: JWJ MSS 1

The papers contain correspondence, drafts of unpublished books, essays, and other writings, together with personal papers documenting Toomer's life, primarily after his Harlem Renaissance period, and papers on Marjory Latimer Toomer. Correspondents include Charles Dupee, Waldo Front, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Margaret Naumberg, and Russell S. Walcott.

Dates: 1898-1963 (inclusive), bulk 1920-1954

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