Jonathan Lethem papers
Scope and Contents
The Jonathan Lethem Papers, which span from 1938 to 2016, contain writings including novels, short stories, and non-fiction. His most well-known works are Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude. The papers also contain correspondence, clippings, ephemera, audiovisual materials, and electronic media related to Lethem's life and work.
- 1938 - 2016
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Boxes 71, 73 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 72 (microcassettes): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 74: Restricted until 2027. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
The Jonathan Lethem Papers 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
Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Sinclair Lewis Fund, 2016.
Organized into five series: I. Writings, 1938-2013. II. Writings by Others, 2000-2009. III. Personal Papers, 1957-2016. IV. Business Papers, 1964-2015. V. Restricted Papers.
33.33 Linear Feet (74 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Jonathan Lethem Papers, which span from 1938 to 2016, contain writings in the form of drafts, galley proofs, research, notes related to his novels, short stories, and non-fiction including his most well-known works, Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude. The papers also contain correspondence, clippings, ephemera, audiovisual materials, and electronic media related to Lethem's life and work.
Jonathan Lethem (1964-) is an American novelist and essayist born in Brooklyn, New York. Lethem attended Bennington College in Vermont, worked as a book store clerk in California, and has written over ten novels and short story collections, in addition to numerous essays. His most well-known works are Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude. Lethem received the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1999 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.
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This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the Jonathan Lethem Papers
- by Rosemary K. J. Davis
- June 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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