Wagenknecht, Edward (1900-2004)
Scope:
The Edward Wagenknecht collection consists of manuscripts, professional material, printed material, correspondence, scrapbooks, and other items.

Manuscripts by Wagenknecht in the collection include the books Longfellow: A Full-Length Portrait (Longmans, Green, 1955); Edgar Allan Poe: The Man Behind the Legend (Oxford University Press, 1963); Chicago (University of Oklahoma Press, 1964); Seven Daughters of the Theater (University of Oklahoma Press, 1964); Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Known and the Unknown (Oxford University Press, 1965); Dickens and the Scandalmongers (University of Oklahoma Press, 1965); The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait, introduction by Gamaliel Bradford (Houghton, 1929; revised edition, University of Oklahoma Press, 1966); Merely Players (University of Oklahoma Press, 1966); John Greenleaf Whittier: A Portrait in Paradox (Oxford University Press, 1967); As Far as Yesterday: Memories and Reflections (University of Oklahoma Press, 1968); The Personality of Chaucer (University of Oklahoma Press, 1968); William Dean Howells: The Friendly Eye (several drafts; Oxford University Press, 1970); John Greenleaf Whittier: The Supernaturalism of New England (includes several letters; University of Oklahoma Press, 1969); The Personality of Milton (University of Oklahoma Press, 1970); James Russell Lowell: Portrait of a Manysided Man (Oxford University Press, 1971); Ambassadors for Christ (Oxford University Press, 1972); The Personality of Shakespeare (University of Oklahoma Press, 1972); Ralph Waldo Emerson: Portrait of a Balanced Soul (Oxford University Press, 1974); Eve and Henry James: Portraits of Women and Girls in His Fiction (University of Oklahoma Press, 1978); A Pictorial History of New England (several groups of notes; Crown, 1976); American Profile, 1900-1909 (University of Massachusetts Press, 1982); Gamaliel Bradford (Twayne, 1982); The Novels of Henry James (Ungar, 1983); The Tales of Henry James (Ungar, 1984) ; Stars of the Silents (Scarecrow Press, 1987); Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Man, His Tales, and Romances (Continuum, 1989); Sir Walter Scott (Continuum, 1991); Seven Masters of Supernatural Fiction (Greenwood Press, 1991); The Novels of Thomas Hardy (1996); Perspectives ; Concerning Frank Norris ; The Use of the Supernatural in the Prose Fiction of Walter De La Mare ; and Values In Literature .

Works edited by Wagenknect in the collection include the books Mrs. Longfellow: Selected Letters and Journals of Fanny Appleton Longfellow (Longmans, Green, 1956); and Marilyn Monroe: A Composite View (Chilton, 1969).

Other manuscripts by Wagenknect in the collection pertain to his school writings, including essays written for assignements, Wagenknecht’s graduation thesis (1921-1922), and material for Wagenknecht’s Ph.D. thesis (1929).

The collection also includes manuscripts for hundreds of sermons by Wagenknect, including seven collections of sermons, each over 300 pages long. Also present are twelve buckram-bound volumes of manuscripts and notes by Wagenknect concerning literature, poetry, and Shakespeare; these items date from 1918 to 1925. In addition, the collection includes short stories and plays written by Wagenknecht, some under pseudonyms; and notes regarding Cavalcade of the American Novel (1944-1951).

Books by others in the collection include works by Gamaliel Bradford, Carl Van Vechten, and Geraldine Farrar.

Professional material in the collection consists of Wagenknecht’s teaching materials, including notes, exams, essays, outlines and syllabi.

Printed material in the collection includes clippings from the magazines Harper’s, High Fidelity, American National Biography, and The Century.

Correspondence in the collection includes letters from critics and general readers regarding Cavalcade of the English Novel (1934-1951); Letters regarding the University of Chicago; and letters regarding permissions to quote material from Wagenknecht’s book about Nathaniel Hawthorne (1960). Notable correspondents include L. Frank Baum, Norah Cotts, Geraldine Farrar, Lillian Gish, and Gabrielle Long.

Scrapbooks in the collection consists primarily of ten scrapbooks containing clippings of book reviews, either written by Wagenknecht or about his books; these date from ca. 1937 to 1978. Other scrapbooks include four scrapbooks of reviews, photographs, and segments of articles by Wagenknecht (1925-1984); a scrapbook of photographs of actresses, reviews of Wagenknecht’s first books, and other items (1928-1930); and a scrapbooks of material regarding Marilyn Monroe (1930s-1960s).

Other items in the collection include a collection of records by Geraldine Farrar singing, as well as some photographs of her; and photographs of Henry Wadworth Longfellow, Evelyn Nesbit, Charles Brackett, Joan Collins, and others.

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Notable Figures
1. Wagenknecht, Edward, 1900-2004
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Criticism Subject Guide