Burack, Abraham (1908-1978)

The Abraham S. Burack collection consists almost completely of correspondence to Burack and other staff members of The Writer magazine. These letters date from 1922 to 1997. Other letters include several items to and from Sylvia K. Burack, who succeeded Abraham (her husband) as editor and publisher of The Writer upon his death. Additional items in the collection include short manuscripts, printed items (mostly tearsheets of articles), biographical notes, publicity items, and reviews.

The list of notable correspondents in the collection is too lengthy to include here in full. They include Conrad Aiken, Joan Aiken, Edward Albee, Nelson Algren, Sherwood Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Louis B. Auchincloss, Thomas Berger, Louise Bogan, Ray Bradbury, Pearl S. Buck, Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Paddy Chayefsky, John Cheever, John Ciardi, Arthur C. Clarke, Roald Dahl, August Derleth, Joan Didion, E. L. Doctorow Lady Dunsany (writing for Lord Dunsany), William Faulkner, Erle Stanley Gardiner, William Gibson, Rumer Godden, Moss Hart, Lillian Hellman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Irving, P. D. James, Madeline L’Engle, Shirley Jackson, John F. Kennedy, Stephen King, Louis L’Amour, John LeCarre, Robert Ludlum, Archibald MacLeish, Bernard Malamud, W. Somerset Maugham, Margaret Mitchell, Marianne Moore, Farley Mowat, Iris Murdoch, Ogden Nash, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O’Connor, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Frederick Pohl, George Plimpton, Katherine Anne Porter, Philip Roth, William Saroyan, May Sarton, Rod Serling, Irwin Shaw, Wallace Stegner, Gertrude Stein, Paul Theroux, James Thurber, Alice B. Toklas, Anne Tyler, John Updike, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Thornton Wilder, Eudora Welty, E. B. White, Edmund Wilson, Herman Wouk, and Philip Wylie.

Other items include the manuscript of Richard Armour’s poem “To A. S. Burack, January 31, 1978”; a typescript copy of an article titled “O’Neill’s Own Story of ‘Electra’ in the Making,” by Eugene O’Neill, originally published in the Boston Evening Transcript (with holograph notes and corrections not in O’Neill’s hand); manuscripts of “The William Saroyan Foundation for the Unknown American Literary Genius” (1937), “The Pomegranite Trees: Analyzed” (1938), and “A Word to the Writer-To-Be” (1939), by William Saroyan; the manuscript of Jean M. Auel’s article “Commercial vs. Literary – The Artifical Debate” (1987); printed samples from the Burack-published journal Granite (1932); and galleys and tearsheets of various articles.

Notable Figures
1. Burack, A. S. (Abraham Saul), 1908-
Associated Subjects
1. Editing and Publishing Subject Guide
2. Publishers and publishing -- United States
3. American periodicals
4. Editors -- United States
5. Authors, American
6. Writer
7. Dramatists
8. American literature--20th century