Gilbert, Edwin (1907-1976)
The Edwin Gilbert collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and printed material.
Manuscripts by Gilbert in the collection include Native Stone (Doubleday, 1956), including a copy of the first edition with Gilbert’s handwritten changes (see correspondence below); Silver Spoon (Lippincott, 1957); American Chrome (Putnam, 1966); The Beautiful Life (Putnam, 1966); Jamey: A Novel of a Period, 1967-1968 (Trident, 1969); Newport (Little, Brown, 1971); A Season in Monte Carlo (Arbor House, 1976)
Correspondence includes letters to Gilbert regarding Native Stone from various individuals, including Louis Untermeyer and several architects (1955-1956); correspondence regarding the libel suit brought against Native Stone by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, which resulted in all the first editions being destroyed by the publisher (1955-1956); and correspondence with Simon and Schuster (1968); and other letters, including international arms dealer Sam Cummings, on whom Gilbert based a fictional character for a short story.
The collection also includes some printed material, including a reprint of Gilbert’s short piece “Characters in Search of an Architect” from Progressive Architecture (June 1956).
Notable Figures
1. Gilbert, Edwin
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide