Hunter, Evan [Ed McBain] (1926-2005)
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The Evan Hunter collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and other items.
Manuscripts by Hunter in the collection include novels, stage plays, teleplays, screenplays, short stories, poetry, musicals, and other writings (including college papers and notebooks).
Novels and story collections by Hunter in the collection (published by Simon and Schuster unless otherwise noted) include The Evil Sleep (Falcon, 1952); Find the Feathered Serpent (Winston, 1952); Don’t Crowd Me (Popular Library, 1953); The Blackboard Jungle (1954); Second Ending (1956); The Jungle Kids (short stories, Pocket Books, 1956); Strangers When We Meet (1958); A Matter of Conviction (Simon and Schuster, 1959); Mothers and Daughters (1961); Happy New Year, Herbie, and Other Stories (1963); Buddwing (1964); The Paper Dragon (Delacorte, 1966); A Horse’s Head (Delacorte, 1967); Last Summer (Doubleday, 1968); Sons (Doubleday, 1969); Nobody Knew They Were There (Doubleday, 1971); Every Little Crook and Nanny (Doubleday, 1972); The Easter Man (a Play) and Six Stories (Doubleday, 1972); Seven (Constable, 1972); Come Winter (Doubleday, 1973); “Petals,” novella serialized in Good Housekeeping (1974); Streets of Gold (Harper, 1974); The Chisholms: A Novel of the Journey West (Harper, 1976); Walk Proud (Bantam, 1979); Love, Dad (Crown, 1981); Far from the Sea (Atheneum, 1983); Lizzie (Arbor House, 1984); Criminal Conversation (Warner Books, 1994); Privileged Conversation (Warner Books, 1996); and The Moment She Was Gone: A Novel (2002).
Children’s books by Hunter include The Remarkable Harry, illustrated by Ted, Mark, and Richard Hunter, with introduction by Anita Hunter (juvenile, Abelard, 1960); The Wonderful Button, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Abelard-Schuman, 1961); Me and Mr. Stenner (Lippincott, 1977); and Yellow Ray (unpublished).
Novels written under the pseudonym Ed McBain include Tomorrow and Tomorrow (Pyramid, 1956); April Robin Murders, with Craig Rice (Random House, 1958); The Sentries (1965); Death of a Nurse (Pocket Books, 1968); Where There’s Smoke (Random House, 1975); Guns (Random House, 1976); The McBain Brief (short stories, Hamish Hamilton, 1982; Arbor House, 1983); Another Part of the City (Mysterious Press, 1987); Downtown (Morrow, 1989); and Alice in Jeopardy (Simon and Schuster, 2004).
Books in the “87th Precinct” series by McBain (published by Simon and Schuster except where noted) include Cop Hater (Permabooks, 1956); The Mugger (1956); Lady Killer (1958); Killer’s Wedge (1958); King’s Ransom (1959); Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (1960); The Heckler (1960); See Them Die (1960); Lady, Lady, I Did It! (1961); Like Love (1962); Ten Plus One (1963); Ax (1964); He Who Hesitates (Delacorte, 1965); Doll (Delacorte, 1965); Eighty Million Eyes (Delacorte, 1966); Fuzz (Doubleday, 1968); Shotgun (Doubleday, 1969); Jigsaw (Doubleday, 1970); Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here (Doubleday, 1971); Sadie When She Died (Doubleday, 1972); Let’s Hear It for the Deaf Man (Doubleday, 1972); Hail to the Chief (Random House, 1973); Bread (Random House, 1974); Blood Relatives (Random House, 1975); So Long as You Both Shall Live (Random House, 1976); Long Time No See (Random House, 1977); Calypso (Viking, 1979); Ghosts (Viking, 1980); Heat (Viking, 1981); Ice (Arbor House, 1983); Lightning (Arbor House, 1984); Eight Black Horses (Avon, 1985); Poison (Morrow, 1987); Tricks (Morrow, 1987); McBain’s Ladies: The Women of the 87th Precinct (Mysterious Press, 1988); Lullaby (Morrow, 1989); McBain’s Ladies, Too (Mysterious Press, 1989); Vespers (Morrow, 1990); Widows (Morrow, 1991); Kiss (Morrow, 1992); Romance (Warner, 1995); Nocturne (Warner, 1997); The Big, Bad City (1998); The Last Dance (2000); Money, Money, Money (2001); Fat Ollie’s Book (2002); The Frumious Bandersnatch (2004); Hark! (2004); and Fiddlers (2005).
Books in the “Matthew Hope” series by McBain include Goldilocks (Arbor House, 1978); Rumpelstiltskin (Viking, 1981); Beauty and the Beast (Hamish Hamilton, 1982; Holt, 1983); Jack and the Beanstalk (Holt, 1984); Snow White and Rose Red (Holt, 1986); Cinderella (Holt, 1986); Puss in Boots (Holt, 1987); The House that Jack Built (Holt, 1988); Three Blind Mice (Mysterious Press, 1991); Mary, Mary (Warner, 1993); There Was a Little Girl (Warner, 1994); Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear (Warner, 1996); and The Last Best Hope (Warner, 1998).
Novels written under the pseudonym Richard Marsten include Rocket to Luna (juvenile, Winston, 1953); Danger: Dinosaurs (juvenile, Winston, 1953); The Spiked Heel (Holt, 1956); Vanishing Ladies (Pocket Books, 1957); Even the Wicked (Permabooks, 1957); and Big Man (Pocket Books, 1959).
Novels written under other pseudonyms include I’m Cannon – For Hire, writing as Curt Cannon (Fawcett, 1958); and Doors, writing as Ezra Hannon (Stein and Day, 1975).
Plays by Hunter in the collection include The Easter Man (first produced at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in England, 1964), produced on Broadway as A Race of Hairy Men! (at Henry Miller’s Theatre, 1965); The Conjuror (first produced at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1969); Stalemate (first produced in New York, 1975); The Boomers ; and several unproduced plays.
Screenplays by Hunter include Angel’s Ransom (teleplay for the Kaiser Aluminum Hour, 1956); Appointment at Eleven for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (teleplay, 1950s); 87th Precinct (television series, broadcast 1961-1962); The Birds (screenplay, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, produced by Universal, 1963); Marnie, the original version of the film directed by Hitchcock (Hunter’s version was not filmed); Uncle Jimbo’s Marbles (screenplay, unproduced, 1963, 1967-1968); Fuzz (screenplay produced by United Artists, 1972); Walk Proud (screenplay produced by Universal, 1979); The Chisholms (television series broadcast on CBS, 1979-1980); The Legend of Walks Far Woman (teleplay broadcast in 1982); Dream West (television mini-series, broadcast in 1986); and several unproduced screenplays and teleplays.
Many of Hunter’s novels includes screenplay and/or teleplay versions, also by him.
Also present in the collection is a manuscript of Richard Brooks’s screenplay for the film Blackboard Jungle (ca. 1954).
Short stories by Hunter in the collection include numerous pieces for various periodicals, including Amazing Stories, If, War Stories, Gunsmoke, Famous Western, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Smashing Detective, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Story, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and others.
These stories date from ca. 1951 through the 1960s, and were written under various names, including Evan Hunter, Ed McBain, Ezra Hannon, Hunt Collins, and Hunter’s birth-name, Salvatore Lombino.
Also present in the collection are several drafts of an unpublished article for Life magazine about a successful African-American family (1961).
Other writings include Hunter’s college notebooks, papers, short stories, poems, yearbooks, and report cards, as well as several articles for Hunter College student newspapers (writing as Salvatore Lombino). This material dates from ca. 1938 to 1944.
Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional letters (mostly professional), dating from 1951 to 1999. Included are family letters, fan mail, professional letters regarding royalties, film adaptations, etc., and items regarding other subjects.
Notable correspondents include J. Edgar Hoover, William W. Seward, Jr., Herman Wouk, Harold Prince, Mike Wallace, Kim Novak, Stanley Ellin, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Linington, Milton Caniff, Rex Stout, Michael Avallone, Phyllis Diller, Robert Gottlieb, and Bill Pronzini. There is extensive correspondence with Hunter’s agent, Scott Meredith. There are also several letters from Albert Aley of Walt Disney Productions, who was a personal friend of Hunter’s.
Printed material in the collection includes the printed versions of several short stories and serialized novels by Hunter (writings under various names), including issues of Smashing Detective, Playboy, Woman’s Own Weekly, Super Sports, Argosy, Science Fiction Quarterly, Ladies Home Journal, Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and others. These date from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Also present are numerous advertisements and reviews regarding Hunter’s books (as well as their film adaptations), dating from 1954 on. Some are collected into scrapbooks.
Other material in the collection includes the graduation diploma from Hunter College for Salvatore Lombino (1950); several framed book covers; the audio recordings for book-on-tape versions of Goldilocks and Buddwing ; research material, primarily regarding Lizzie Borden (for Lizzie); professional material; legal material, financial material, and drafts of the novel Sassafrass, by Mary Vann Hunter (wife of Evan Hunter).