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Call No.: MS Hyde 90 (shelved with bMS Hyde 90-92)
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Katin, Louis, recipient.
Title: Louis Katin letters received,
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters received by Katin from authors of the 1930s, all responding to Samuel Johnson's aphorism, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."
Louis Katin was an author and editor, of Welwyn Garden City (England). He worked as editor of the Welwyn Times from 1929 to 1933, contributed a chapter to Symposium: A Worker's Point of View (London: Hogarth Press, 1933), and also contributed articles to periodicals such as Printing Review and the Palestine Post. In 1944, he co-authored "Clippie" : The Autobiography of a War Time Conductress with Zelma Katin. He was probably the author of a 1964 article in Library Review 152: 559-562.
Substantial biographical information on Katin is not readily available. See Who Was Who Among English and European Authors, 1931-1949 (Detroit: Gale Research, 1978), 790.
This collection consists of nine letters received by Katin from English authors of the 1930s, all responding to a famous quotation by Samuel Johnson: "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Many of the authors were in agreement, but John Davys Beresford and Ethel Mannin replied with particularly scathing attacks on Johnson.