Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (1934-2018)

The Christopher Lehmann-Haupt collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, audio recordings, and other items.


Manuscripts in the collection include two novels by Lehmann-Haupt, A Crooked Man and Me and Dimaggio.  For each book there are multiple typed drafts, some versions with holograph corrections by Lehmann-Haupt or his editor.  There is also an Italian manuscript of A Crooked Man, as well as assorted holograph draft sections.  For Me and Dimaggio, the collection has multiple typed and corrected drafts of each chapter.  There are also early drafts of the book bearing the title Innings.  The archive has material accumulated while Lehmann-Haupt prepared a prospective book with Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin.  This includes a treatment titled Twenty Years After, Alliluyeva's autobiography The Faraway Music, research material, and correspondence.       There are notes and correspondence regarding I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, by Joanne Greenberg; Lehmann-Haupt edited the book.

Also in the collection are manuscripts for numerous New York Times book reviews by Lehmann-Haupt, dating from 1969 to 1997.  These are typed and have holograph corrections.  In addition, there are Lehmann-Haupt’s New York Times articles from the 1990s, for the columns "Critic's Notebook" and "Literary Notebook."  There are articles written for the New York Times MagazineThe New Yorker, and other publications.      The collection also contains Lehmann-Haupt's handwritten notes for nearly 150 of his New York Times book reviews.

Other manuscripts by Lehmann-Haupt in the collection include drafts of six stage plays by Lehmann-Haupt; multiple drafts of nine miscellaneous articles; four film reviews; college notes, five term papers, and material for a Yale thesis; and fifty reports on plays, written for the Sterling Lord Agency and dating from 1962 and 1963.

 Correspondence in the collection consists of several files of letters, dating from 1938 to 1997.  The list of notable correspondents is too long to list in full; they include Stewart Alsop, Maya Angelou, Peter Bart, Thomas Berger, Patricia Bosworth, Michael Blankfort, George Braziller, William F. Buckley, Jr., Jimmy Breslin, Anthony Burgess, John            Cheever, Noam Chomsky, Howard Cosell, Mario Cuomo, Alphonse D'Amato, E. L. Doctorow, Nora Ephron, Malcolm Forbes, John Kenneth Galbraith, Tom Glazer, Robert Gottlieb, David Halberstam, Nat Hentoff, Erica Jong, Alfred Knopf, Jr., Hans Koning,

Lewis Lapham, Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Joyce Carol Oates, George Plimpton, Mario Puzo, A. M. Rosenthal, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Updike.  The collection also has professional correspondence regarding Me and Dimaggio from 1986 and 1987; and regarding A Crooked Man, from the mid 1990s.

Printed material in the collection primarily consists of pieces written by Lehmann-Haupt for theNew York Times.  Also present are reviews of his books; publisher's catalogs; playbills; and other programs for events.  The collection also has printings of six interviews with Lehmann-Haupt, and several other articles which mention him.


The collection contains audio recordings of nearly 40 interviews used for Me and Dimaggio.  Also present are cassette recordings of interviews with Svetlana Alliluyeva.

Other material in the collection includes financial papers; journals; photographs; recordings; personal memorabilia; legal materials and contracts for each of Lehmann-Haupt's novels; and research notes.

Notable Figures
1. Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Book reviewing
4. New York Times
5. Authors, American
6. Journalists -- United States
7. Authors and publishers
8. Novels
9. Book reviews
10. Books--Reviews