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Frederic Prokosch collection

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 685

Scope and Contents

The Frederic Prokosch collection contains material by or relating to American novelist and translator Frederic Prokosch. There are corrected drafts and proofs to several early novels, including The Asiatics (1935), The Seven Who Fled (1937), The Conspirators (1943), Age of Thunder (1945), The Idols of the Cave (1946), and Storm and Echo (1948). There are also drafts of shorter works, including stories and individual poems, as well as three collections of poetry dating from the same period, specifically, The Assassions (1936), The Carnival (1938), and Death at Sea (1940). Additional materials include correspondence, photographs, printed material, such as clippings and reviews, and personal and family papers.

Dates

  • 1908 - 1968
  • Majority of material found within 1935 - 1952

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available for portions of the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The Frederic Prokosch Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by gift and purchase from various sources, 1941-1999. For additional information see the appropriate curator.

Arrangement

Organized into ten groupings by date of acquisition: I. August 1941 Acquisition. II November 1941 Acquisition. III October 1944 Acquisition. IV. 1945-1948 Acquisitions. V. March 1963 Acquisition. VI. October 1963 Acquisition. VII. July 1992 Acquisition. VIII. November 1993 Acquisition. IX. December 1999 Acquisition. X. Other Acquisitions.

Extent

7.17 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.prokosch

Overview

The Frederic Prokosch collection contains material by or relating to American novelist and translator Frederic Prokosch. There are corrected drafts and proofs to several early novels, including The Asiatics (1935), The Seven Who Fled (1937), The Conspirators (1943), Age of Thunder (1945), The Idols of the Cave (1946), and Storm and Echo (1948). There are also drafts of shorter works, including stories and individual poems, as well as three collections of poetry dating from the same period, specifically, The Assassions (1936), The Carnival (1938), and Death at Sea (1940). Additional materials include correspondence, photographs, printed material, such as clippings and reviews, and personal and family papers.

Frederic Prokosch (1908-1989)

Frederic Prokosch, novelist and translator, was born May 17, 1908, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Edouard and Mathilde (Dapprich) Prokosch. He was educated at Haverford College (1926, 1928), the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University (1933), and Cambridge University. Prokosch served as an instructor in English at Yale University (1932-1934), a faculty member at New York University (1936-1937), and a cultural attache for the U.S. Office of War Information in Stockholm (1943-1944) before spending most of the rest of his life in Europe. His first novel, The Asiastics (1935), a picaresque novel about a young man's travels from Lebanon to China, drew praise from established literary figures, and his second novel, The Seven Who Fled (1937), earned the Harper Prize. Prokosch's memoir, Voices, appeared in 1984. He died June 2, 1989, in Plan de Grasse, France.

Biographical information taken from "Frederic Prokosch." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 4 Jan. 2013.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including in some instances rehousing and minimal organization, when it arrived at the library.

In 2013, each acquisition was listed separately in the Collection Contents section below according to date of acquisition. As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Former call numbers: Za Prokosch, Uncat Za MS 288, Uncat Za MS 388, and Uncat MSS 16.
Title
Guide to the Frederic Prokosch Collection
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
January 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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