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I. Publications

Concerns books published by Catbird Press. Arranged alphabetically by author.

Box 1
  • Bander, Edward J., ed. The Breath of Unfee'd Lawyer: Shakespeare on Lawyers and Law (1996), illustrated by Jerry Warshaw (9 folders)
  • Čapek, Karel. Apocryphal Tales (1997), translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada, cover designed by Christopher Lione (10 folders)
  • Čapek, Karel. Cross Roads (2002), translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada, illustrated by Paul Hoffman, cover designed by Christopher Lione (13 folders)
Box 2
  • Čapek, Karel. Cross Roads (cont.) (3 folders)
  • Čapek, Karel. The Makropulos Secret, translated by Yveta Synek Graff and Robert T. Jones. Unpublished (2 folders)
  • Čapek, Karel. Tales from Two Pockets (1994), translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada, illustrated by Karel and Josef Čapek, cover designed by Christopher Lione (10 folders)
  • Čapek, Karel. Talks with T.G. Masaryk (1995), translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim, cover designed by Christopher Lione (7 folders)
  • Čapek, Karel. Three Novels: Hodubal, Meteor, An Ordinary Life (1990), introduction by William Harkins; Toward the Radical Center: A Karel Čapek Reader (1990), edited by Peter Kussi; and War with the Newts, by Karel Čapek. Multiple translators, covers designed by Christopher Lione (10 folders)
Box 3
  • Čapek, Karel. Three Novels:...(cont.) (8 folders)
  • Čapek, Karel. Various books: reviews, subsidiary rights, miscellaneous (5 folders)
  • Cook, Joseph. Untitled. Unpublished, unwritten book about privatization and the new culture of capitalism in post Communist Czechoslovakia (6 folders)
  • Douglas, Lawrence and Alexander George. Unpublished, untitled, unfinished volume of humorous essays on academic topics
  • Fischerová, Daniela. Fingers Pointing Somewhere Else (2000), translated by Neil Bermel (6 folders)
Box 4
  • Fischerová, Daniela. Fingers Pointing...(cont.) (4 folders)
  • Gibian, George, ed. The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert (1998), translated by Ewald Osers, with an introduction by George Gibian (16 folders)
  • Hansen, Barbara J. and Philip English Mackey (1993). Your Public Schools: What You Can Do to Help Them, cover designed by Janet Parker (11 folders)
  • Kanter, Arnold B. Advanced Law Firm Mismanagement (1993), illustrated by Paul Hoffman (3 folders)
Box 5
  • Kanter, Arnold B. Advanced Law Firm...(cont.) (5 folders)
  • Kanter, Arnold B. The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement (1990), illustrated by Paul Hoffman (8 folders)
  • Kanter, Arnold B. The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement for the 21st Century (2003), illustrated by Paul Hoffman (7 folders)
  • Kanter, Arnold B. The Ins & Outs of Law Firm Mismanagement (1994), illustrated by Paul Hoffman (6 folders)
  • Kanter, Arnold B. Was That a Tax Lawyer Who Just Flew Over? (1996), illustrated by Paul Hoffman (7 folders)
  • Kemske, Floyd. Human Resources: A Corporate Nightmare (1995) (5 folders)
Box 6
  • Kemske, Floyd. Human Resources:...(cont.) (4 folders)
  • Kemske, Floyd. Labor Day (2000) (7 folders)
  • Kemske, Floyd. Lifetime Employment (1992), cover designed by Christopher Lione, with photograph by John Paul Kowal (9 folders)
  • Kemske, Floyd. The Third Lion: A Novel About Talleyrand (1997) (5 folders)
  • Kemske, Floyd. The Virtual Boss (1993), cover designed by Christopher Lione, with photograph by Adam Chinitz (7 folders)
Box 7
  • Klima, Ivan. Karel Čapek — Life and Work (2002), translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada (14 folders)
  • Kliment, Alexandr. Living Parallel (2002), translated from the Czech by Robert Wechsler, preface by Ivan Klima (16 folders)
  • Kovtun, George. The Masaryk Reader. Unpublished
  • Kundera, Milan. Immortality, translated by Peter Kussi. Unpublished (1 folders)
Box 8
  • Kundera, Milan. Immortality,...(cont.)(3 folders)
  • Lappin, Elena, ed. Daylight in Nightclub Inferno: Czech Fiction from the Post-Kundera Generation (1997), multiple translators, cover design by Adrian Taylor, with photograph by Maxim Biller (29 folders). Titles include:
    1. Animals, by Pavel Řeznček, translated by Jason Pontius and Malynne Sternstein. Excerpt
    2. "The Bottle," by Vaŝek Koubek, translated by Caleb Crain
    3. The Chinese Dragon, by Pavel Grym, translated by David Powelstock. Excerpt
    4. "Dance on the Square," by Pavel Brycz, translated by Julie Hansen
    5. "How Did Max...," by Michal Viewegh, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from Sightseers
    6. "I Had a Dream," by Jáchym Topol, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from City Sister Silver
    7. "A Letter for President Eisenhower," by Daniela Fischerová, translated by Neil Bermel. Story from Fingers Pointing Somewhere Else
    8. "Lord of the Slab," by Jáchym Topol, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from Angel Station
    9. "The Mask," by Ewald Murrer, translated by Julie Hansen
    10. "Max's Personality Is Tragically Split!" by Michal Viewegh, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from Sightseers
    11. "Miss John," by Daniela Hodrová, translated by Tatiana Firkun and Veronique Firkušný-Callegari. Excerpt from Perun's Day
    12. "Ode to Joy," by Marta Kadlečková, translated by Dana Loewy
    13. The Other City, by Michal Ajvaz, translated by Tatiana Firkušá and Veronique Firkušný-Callegari. Excerpt
    14. "Portrait of a Landscape," by Alexandr Kliment, translated by Andree Collier.
    15. "Quail," by Tereza Boučková, translated by Caleb Crain
    16. "The Sorrows of a Devoted Scoundrel," by Alexandra Berková, translated by Jonathan Bolton. Excerpt
    17. "The Story of King Candaules," by Jiří Kratochvil, translated by Jonathan Bolton
    18. "Thank You for Each New Morning," by Halina Pawlowská, translated by Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya. Excerpt
    19. "What Made My Heart...," by Jáchym Topol, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from City Sister Silver
  • Lappin, Elena, ed. Jewish Voices, German Words: Growing Up Jewish in Postwar Germany and Austria (1994), translated from the German by Krishna Winston, cover design by Christopher Lione (4 folders)
Box 9
  • Lappin, Elena, ed. Jewish Voices,...(cont.) (13 folders)
  • Longstreet, Stephen. Jazz from A to Z: A Graphic Dictionary (1990), cover designed by Susan Riley (6 folders)
  • Mackey, Philip English. The Giver's Guide: Making Your Charity Dollars Count (1990), cover designed by Janet Parker (4 folders)
Box 10
  • Mackey, Philip English. The Giver's Guide:...(cont.) (9 folders)
  • Páral, Vladimír. Catapult (1989), translated by William Harkins, cover design by Stacy Wszola (9 folders)
  • Páral, Vladimír. Fair of Dreams Fulfilled (aka A Trade-Fair Named Desire), translated by Kača Polčková. Rejected submission
  • Páral, Vladimír. The Four Sonyas (1993), translated by William Harkins, cover designed by Janet Parker (7 folders)
  • Páral, Vladimír. Generální Zázrak, translated by Vladimir Halawa (sp?). Rejected submission.
Box 11
  • Páral, Vladimír. Lovers & Murderers (2002), translated from the Czech by Craig Cravens (6 folders)
  • Páral, Vladimír. A Trade-Fair Named Desire (aka Fair of Dreams Fulfilled), translated by David Short (first chapter). Rejected submission
  • Páral, Vladimír. Photographs
  • Platt, Randall Beth. The 1898 Base-Ball Fe-As-Ko (2000) (5 folders)
  • Platt, Randall Beth. The Cornerstone (1998) (5 folders)
  • Platt, Randall Beth. The Four Arrows Fe-As-Ko (1991), cover illustration by Tom Bloom, cover designed by Christopher Lione (7 folders)
  • Platt, Randall Beth. The Royalscope Fe-As-Ko (1997) (4 folders)
Box 12
  • Platt, Randall Beth. Miscellaneous correspondence (2 folders)
  • Poláček, Karel. What Ownership's All About (1993), translated by Peter Kussi, cover designed by Poul Lange and Ivy Kwan (11 folders)
  • Raphael, Frederic. All His Sons (2001), cover illustration by his daughter Sarah Raphael (4 folders)
  • Raphael, Frederic. Coast to Coast (1999), cover illustration by his daughter, Sarah Raphael (6 folders)
  • Raphael, Frederic. A Double Life (2000), cover illustration by his daughter, Sarah Raphael (8 folders)
  • Shaffer, Jeffrey. I'm Right Here, Fish-Cake (1995), illustrated by Paul Hoffman (9 folders)
  • Shaffer, Jeffrey. It Came With the House (1997), By Jeffrey Shaffer, illustrated by Paul Hoffman (9 folders)
  • Shaffer, Jeffrey. General correspondence; materials concerning humor columns and cartoons to be published in book form, as a premium, by the Christian Science Monitor, where the columns and cartoons originally appeared; clippings (3 folders)
Box 13
  • Slavitt, David R. Aspects of the Novel: A Novel (2003) (7 folders)
  • Slavitt, David R. Get Thee to a Nunnery: A Pair of Shakespearean Divertimentos (1999) (11 folders)
  • Topol, Jáchym. City Sister Silver (2000), translated from the Czech by Alex Zucker, cover design by Clare Manias (11 folders)
Box 14
  • Wechsler, Robert, ed. All in the Same Boat: The Humorists' Guide to the Ocean Cruise (1988), cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel (8 folders)
  • Wechsler, Robert. Columbus á la Mode: Parodies of Contemporary American Writers (1992), cover illustration by Gerry Gersten, cover designed by Christopher Lione (11 folders)
  • Wechsler, Robert ed. Here We Are: The Humorists' Guide to the United States (1991), cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel (7 folders)
Box 15
  • Wechsler, Robert ed. Here We Are:...(cont.) (2 folders)
  • Wechsler, Robert, ed. In a Fog: The Humorists' Guide to England (1989), cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel (7 folders)
  • Wechsler, Robert. Performing Without a Stage: The Art of Literary Translation (1998), cover drawings by Josef Čapek (14 folders)
Box 16
  • Wechsler, Robert. Performing Without a Stage:...(cont.) (11 folders)
  • Wechsler, Robert, ed. Savoir Rire: The Humorists' Guide to France (1988), cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel (8 folders)
  • Wechsler, Robert, ed. When in Rome: The Humorists Guide to Italy (1989), cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel (5 folders)
Box 17
  • Wechsler, Robert. When in Rome:...(cont.) (2 folders)
  • Wechsler, Robert. Reviews of humorists' guides
  • Westphalen, Joseph von. Diplomatic Pursuits (1995), translated by Melanie Richter-Bernburg (10 folders)
  • White, Daniel R., ed. Trials and Tribulations: Appealing Law Humor (1990), cover photo by Andrew Eccles, cover designed by Christopher Lione (9 folders)
Box 18
  • White, Daniel R. Trials and Tribulations:...(cont.) (5 folders)
  • Yurkievich, Saúl. Background Noise=Ruido de fondo (2003) and In the Image and Likeness, translations by Cola Franzen (2003) (9 folders)

II. Personal Papers

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 18
  • ALTA (American Literary Translators Association), 1994-1999. Chiefly relating to Wechsler's chaired panel at 1999 conference
  • Čapek, Karel. Reading notes concerning works of Čapek, 1987
  • Correspondence. Miscellaneous
  • Gass, William. Reading Rilke. Wechsler's review, published in The Washington Post, 1999
  • Harden, Vern. Humor manuscript. Correspondence, 1994-1995, concerning attempt to get published, Wechler acting as literary agent.
  • Humor award proposal (unrealized), 1991-1992
  • Job and distribution hunting correspondence, 1990-1995
  • Kafka, Franz. Das Schloss. Draft translation by Robert Wechsler, 1983
  • Kemske, Floyd. "Coolidge College." Notes concerning possible publication
  • Rilke, Theodore. Translations, Dec. 1, 1993. Notes
  • Slavitt, David. Essay on Frederic Raphael
  • "To Do" sheets, Sept. 1988 - Dec. 1994 (4 folders)
Box 19
  • Translations from Czech: Story by Michal Ajvas; two stories by Karel Čapek for Toward the Radical Center: A Karel Čapek Reader and essay "Karel Čapek in America"; two poems by Milan Kundera and correspondence with Peter Kussi; an excerpt from a travel book by Josef Ŝkvorecký for Wechsler's Here We Are: The Humorists' Guide to the United States. (4 folders)
  • Translation Seminar proposal (to teach in Yale Universitys Residential College Seminar program), 1983.
  • Vitae
  • Writings: In Succession (unpublished novel). Partial drafts; complete draft; miscellaneous notes; notes on characters; Last Version; typed pages (15 folders)
Box 20
  • Writings: On Deaf Ears: A Novel (unpublished). 2003. Includes notes by Catbird author Floyd Kemske in margins and a few pages of his notes inserted in the front corrected by Wechsler
  • Notebook. Notes for first four travel humor anthologies, The Humorists Guides, to France, the Ocean Cruise, England, and Italy (1987)
  • Notebook. Notes for travel humor anthologies, The Humorists Guide to England and The Humorists' Guide to Italy, as well as for Daniel R. Whites legal humor anthology, Trials and Tribulations: Appealing Legal Humor (1987-1988)
  • Notebook. Notes for Daniel R. Whites legal humor anthology, Trials and Tribulations: Appealing Legal Humor (1988)
  • Notebook. Notes for Here We Are: The Humorists' Guide to the United States (1990)
  • Notebooks (2). Research notes for Humorists' Guides
  • Microcassettes: interviews for the book Performing Without a Stage: The Art of Literary Translation, including interviews with Richard Pevear, Richard Wilbur, Richard Sieburth, Peter Glassgold, Harry Zohn, Eliot Weinberger, Anthony Rudolf, Breon Mitchell and Willis Barnstone, Arthur Goldhammer, Barbara and Benjamin Harshav, Gregory Rabassa, Krishna Winston, David Ball, William Weaver, Katherine Washburn, Karen Brazell, Barbara Wright, Ronnie Apter, Gordon Fielder, Frank Günther, Jilly Paver, Klaus Reichert, Martin Hilsky, Jean-Michel Déprats; speeches and panels at American Literary Translators Association conferences in 1994 and 1995: Carol Maier, Breon Mitchell, Michael Heim, Magda Bogan, Susan Harris, David Kornacker, John Felstiner, Burton Watson, Marian Schwartz, and John Biguenet; PEN translation panel, May 1997: Everett Fox, Kenneth Yasuda, Bronislava Volkov, Edith Grossman, William Weaver, Umberto Eco, Glayfra Ennis, Heda Kovaly, Guido Waldman

III. Business/Office

Files arranged alphabetically as Wechsler identified them:

Box 20
  • Advertising
  • Agents
  • Articles and features concerning Catbird Press
  • Associations
  • American Book Association Show
  • Book Clubs
  • Čapek. Correspondence, notes, and other materials relating primarily to Karel Čapek works in translation. Includes talks on Čapek as a writer, translation of Čapek works and research materials about him (3 folders)
  • Catalogs - Catbird
Box 21
  • Catalogs - miscellaneous (2 folders)
  • Copyright, foreign and other rights, and wholesaler books filings (6 folders)
  • Czech literature. Correspondence, notes, and other materials relating to: Czech bookstores; Czech Center and Embassy; Czech translators; Czech Writers Conference, 1990; SVU (Czech Society of Arts and Sciences in the U.S. (7 folders)
  • Czech Trade show
  • Distribution
  • E-books
  • Frankfurt Book Show
  • Grants
  • Independent Publishers Group (distributor), Correspondence, Mar. 1997 - Jan. 2000
  • International Humor. Unpublished anthology
  • Internet Promo
  • Lists (relating to Humorists' Guide research)
  • News Series. Unpublished series
  • Organizations
  • Order forms
  • Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
  • Paperback Rights
  • P.E.N
Box 22
  • Periodicals
  • Press releases and blurbs: general; Čapek; Fischerová; Kanter; Kemske; Kliment; Lappin; Páral; Platt; Raphael; Shaffer; Slavitt; Topol; Wechsler; Westphalen (15 folders)
  • Promotion: correspondence (2 folders)
  • Promotion: notes & miscellaneous (3 folders)
  • Publishers Weekly ads
  • Recycling
  • Remaindering
  • Sales & Marketing notes
  • Serial Rights
  • Shoe String Press
  • Small Press ads
  • Submissions, ca. 1988-2003. book submissions and related correspondence (2 folders)
  • Tikkun Magazine. Relating to unsuccessful 1992 talks for a book imprint
  • Trade Shows (mostly regional)
  • Unpublished. Information and correspondence concerning books not published (4 folders)

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