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MS Hyde 90 (shelved with bMS Hyde 90-92)

Katin, Louis. Louis Katin letters received, 1932-1936: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
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,
Date(s): 1932-1936.
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."

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.


These letters were purchased by Mary Hyde from H.T. Jantzen of East Grinstead, Sussex, England, Catalog 44.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Louis Katin Letters Received, 1932-1936 (MS Hyde 90). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

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