Angoff, Charles (1902-1979)
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The Charles Angoff collection includes manuscripts, printed material, professional
material, memorabilia, journals, audio, notebooks, photographs, financial material, legal material, and correspondence.

Books and other longer-length manuscripts by Angoff in the collection include Detour (with Louis Weitzenkorn; 1936); Academy Two (with Louis Weitzenkorn; 1937); The Devil Repents (1939; also included is the novella “The Repentance of Lucifer”); The Inner Sanctum (1941); One Cent a Word (1943); The Heart’s True Desire (date unknown); Journey to the Dawn (Beechhurst, 1951); In the Morning Light (Beechhurst, 1952); The Sun at Noon (Beechhurst, 1955); H. L. Mencken: A Portrait from Memory (Yoseloff, 1956); Something About my Father and Other People (Yoseloff, 1956); The Bitter Spring (Yoseloff, 1961); The Book of Libel (revised from the 1946 version; A. S. Barnes, 1966); The Tone of the Twenties and Other Essays (Yoseloff, 1966); The Bell of Time (poetry, Manyland Books, 1966); Memoranda for Tomorrow (poetry; Yoseloff, 1968); Memory of Autumn (Yoseloff, 1968); Winter Twilight (Yoseloff, 1970); Season of Mists (Yoseloff, 1971); Prayers at Midnight (prose poetry; Manyland books, 1971), Mid-Century (A. S. Barnes, 1973); and Central Park: A Novel in Prose and Verse (date unknown). Also included is the novella “Strawberries and Cream” by “Charles Irving,” a pseudonym for Angoff and Irving D. W. Talmadge.

Plays by Angoff in the collection include Something to Sing About (produced by Pasadena Playhouse, 1940); Moment Musical (produced in New York, 1943); and Six Variations on an Old Theme (1943; not produced).

Works edited by Angoff in the collection include The Humanities in the Age of Science (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1968); George Sterling: A Centenary Memoir-Anthology (A. S. Barnes, 1969); Stories from the “Literary Review” (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1969); The Rise of American Jewish Literature: An Anthology of Selections from the Major Novels (with Meyer Levin; Simon and Schuster, 1970); and William Carlos Williams, by Emily M. Wallace and Kenneth Burke (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1974).

Also present in the collection are numerous manuscripts of stories, poems, articles, reviews, essays, teleplays, and other items by Angoff.

Manuscripts by others in the collection include the articles “The Man Who Showed Missouri,” by Lloyd Lewis; “Is There a Liberal Press?” by Oswald Garrison Villard; “Poland in 1947,” by Dorothy Thompson; “Mind of the Dog,” by F. J. J. Buytendijk (translated by L. A. Clare); and “Charles Angoff,” by Louis Greenfield. Poetry by others includes “From One to Whom He Was Kind,” by Miriam Allen de Ford, about George Sterling; eight autographed poems by George Sterling, presented to Arthur S. Bourinot in 1969 (photocopies of typed copies made in 1957); and seventeen signed poems by George Sterling (typed originals and carbon copies). Other items by other authors include “The Toad,” by Paul Scott Mowrer, and two interviews of Angoff, one from 1978 and the other undated.

Printed material in the collection includes several issues of various literary reviews and other magazines, most with written items by Angoff, including American Jewish Historical Quarterly (1965-1966); American Judaism (1955, 1960, 1963); The American Mercury (co-edited by Angoff; 1924, 1928, 1931-1932, 1944-1950); American Weave (1963-1964); American Zionist (1953); Antioch Review (1953, 1963); Arts and Sciences (1964/1965); The Atlantic Monthly (1962); Arizona Quarterly (1949, 1953, 1960); Author and Journalist (1953, 1955-1960); Cape Rock Quarterly (1964, 1966); Chicago Jewish Forum (1950-1968); The Christian Century (1963, 1965-1966); College English (1965); Congress Bi-Weekly (1954-1965); Congress Weekly (1950, 1956-1958, 1962); Cornhill Magazine (1939); Descant (1965); Educational Record (1962); Fact (1965); Four Quarters (1952-1958); Jewish Affairs (1956-1957, 1959); Jewish Exponent (1966-1972); Jewish Newsletter (1957-1958); Jewish Social Studies (1965); Jewish Spectator (1954-1961); Literary Review (co-edited by Angoff; 1957-1978); The Living Age (1939-1940); The Menorah Journal (1962); Military Life (1965); The Nation (1935); The National Jewish Monthly (1964-1965); New Athenaeum (1958); The New Republic (1954); North American Review (1938-1940); Prairie Schooner (1941, 1964/1965); Quarterly Review of Literature (1944); The Reconstructionist (1954-1958); Saturday Review (1963); Scribner’s Commentator (1939-1940); Scroll (1955); South African Jewish Times (1961); South Atlantic Quarterly (1964); Southwest Review (1955, 1957-1963, 1965); Story (1939, 1941); Tomorrow (1946-1948); Town and Country (1951); Transatlantic (1946); University of Kansas City Review (1947, 1950-1958); University Review (1957, 1964-1965); Western Humanities Review (1962); Whet-Stone (1956); Wisconsin Poetry Magazine (1957-1960, 1968); Wisdom (1957); World Jewry (1960); and The Writer (1958).

Also included in the collection are several newspaper and magazine clippings, most by or about Angoff, and several regarding The American Mercury . Other items from periodicals include “The Eretz Israel Dimension of Contemporary Jewish Life,” by Moshe Davis, reprinted from Conservative Judaism (Fall 1969); “Contributions of Jews to the American Economy,” by Walter Duckat (ca. 1954); and “Le Plaza Mayor de la Ciudad de Guatemala,” by Sidney D. Markman, from Cuadernos de Antropologia (1969).

The collection includes four printed works signed by their authors. These are You! Jonah! by Thomas John Carlisle (1968); Patterned Flight, by Louis P. Genereux (1956); Toppling After Itself, by Gigi Lord (1969); and Pebbles and Sand, by Louis Newman.

The Angoff collection includes numerous items of notable correspondence by many important literary and cultural figures – too many to list here. Of particular interest are letters to Angoff from H. L. Mencken, who hired Angoff to help edit The American Mercury.

Also of special interest are several letters to and from Henry Miller. Several letters are from Miller to his friend Barthold Fles; there is also a letter to Miller from Aldous Huxley, two letters with illegible signatures, and a copy of a letter from Miller to Chazym Geldis. Also included are reviews and comments by various authors on Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, in the form of passages deleted from letters to Miller; these authors include Blaise Cendrars, Louis Ferdinand Celine, Dorothy Dudley, Lawrence Durrell, Kay Boyle, Patrick Evans, Barclay Hudson, and Aldous Huxley. In addition, there are six advertisements for Tropic of Cancer and other writings by Miller in the form of handouts from Obelisk Press.

Other items of note are numerous letters and copies of legal documents regarding the dispute between Meyer Levin and Otto Frank over Levin’s dramatization of The Diary of Anne Frank.

In Angoff’s general correspondence, literary figures represented include Conrad Aiken, Norman Angell, Joseph Auslander, Carl Bode, Harry E. Barnes, Whit Barnett, Louise Bogan, Herschel Brickell, James M. Cain, John Ciardi, Norman Cousins, Miriam Allen de Ford, Clifton Fadiman, Helen Gardner, Allen Ginsberg, Louis Ginsberg (father of Allen Ginsberg), Philip Goodman, Robert Hillyer, Stewart H. Holbrook, Irving Howe, Zora Neale Hurston, Joel Joseph Joel Keith, Alfred Kreymborg, Joseph Leftwich, Meyer Levin, Bernard Malamud, Peter Matthiessen, Mary McCarthy, George Jean Nathan, Blair Niles, Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, Ezra Pound, Henry Roth, Harold Ribalow, William Saroyan, May Sarton, Wilbert Snow, Lawrence Spivak, Charles Hanson Towne, Jim Tully, Louis Untermeyer, Peter Sammartino, Blanche Shoemaker Wagstaff, Stanley Walker, H. G. Wells, William Carlos Williams, Tom Wolfe, and Herman Wouk.

Political and cultural figures include George Abbe, Eric Barker, Derek Bok, S. Miles Bouton, Clarence Decker, Bergen Evans, Harry Golden, Emma Goldman, Oliver St. Gogarty, Edith Hamilton, Henry Kissinger, Max Lerner, Eugene McCarthy, Merrill Moore, Benjamin Netanyahu, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Thompson, Joyce Varney, Kevin White, and Alan Wycherley.

Photographs in the collection consist primarily of Angoff at various conferences and writer’s groups, dating from ca. 1948 to ca. 1971. Notable photographs include the Harvard Men’s Club, ca. 1923; Christmas parties of the American Mercury staff; and photos of Marianne Moore, George Sterling, and Joan and Ted Kennedy with Sam Angoff.

Legal material in the collection consists of the contract for the presentation of “The Night Before Christmas” (1938); carbon copies of lecture contracts; and Angoff’s agreements with book publishers (1951, 1955, 1957, 1962, 1966).

Audio in the collection includes both reel-to-reel magnetic tapes and audio cassettes. Reels in the collection include Angoff giving readings and/or talks in various locations (1969), as well as Angoff reading and commenting on African poetry and a recording of two Yiddish radio broadcasts from Jerusalem (1961). Cassettes include a reading by Angoff (1972) and remarks by Jean Sterling at the Poetry Therapy Society in Brooklyn, New York (1972).

Artwork in the collection includes seventeen original woodcuts and illustrations used for the Literary Review, by “Fureya”; a pen-and-ink drawing of the Angoff family gathered around a table with samovar, signed “BT”; a pen-and-ink drawing labeled on verso “Onwero Depart (Ibo Folk Tale)”; and a reproduction of a medieval triptych.

Memorabilia in the collection includes a citation appointing Angoff to the Board of Trustees of New York City Community College; a citation regarding Angoff’s honorary Doctor of Letters from Fairleigh Dickinson University; three pieces of broken pottery from Jerusalem, July 1968, picked up at the Western Wall; a Pope Paul VI medal; a Cardinal Samore “Pro Ecclesia Sancta Dei” medal; and various other awards (1954-1977), including Angoff’s honorary Doctor of Letters from Farleigh Dickinson University (June 1966).

Several diaries and journals by Angoff are included in the collection, the earliest dated 1964. The rest date from June 25, 1967 and run almost continuously up through 1978.

The collection includes three notebooks by Angoff with his handwritten notes; one from Israel, one from Vassar College, and one unidentified.

Angoff’s subject files are organized by his labels. Topics include: “Fairleigh Dickinson University”; “International Biographical Centre Conference” (1975); “Poetry Society of America” (1967-1977); “Brothers, Samuel and Allan Angoff”; “Ellis Island Restoration” (1975-1976); “Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York”; “Jewish Historical Society of New York”; “Manhattan Reconstructionist Havurah” (1975-1976); “School; College”; and “Travel Information.”

Miscellaneous items in the collection include bibliographies of Angoff’s works (1956-1957, 1963-1969, 1965-1976); Angoff’s notes, documents, and receipts from various trips abroad (1974-1975); various items regarding H. L. Mencken (1956-1958); a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union, Aug. 6, 1937, regarding violence in strikes that year; notebooks of student class attendance records from Hunter College and New York University (1956-1957, 1957-1958, 1958-1959); and receipts from Angoff’s life insurance (1927-1929).
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Notable Figures
1. Angoff, Charles, 1902-1979
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Jewish Studies Subject Guide
3. Editing and Publishing Subject Guide
4. Plays
5. American poetry -- 20th century.
6. Poems
7. Authors, American
8. Journalism – Editing
9. Poets, American
10. Authorship
11. Authors and publishers
12. Novels
13. English literature – 20th century
14. American literature--20th century
15. Periodical editors – United States
16. Essays
17. Photographs
18. Diaries