Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

COTT MSS.

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Inventory

  • Folder 1: Theodor Geisel ("Dr. Seuss")
    • Two letters to Jonathan Cott: 1981, Jan. 19, TLS, 1 p.; undated but probably 1982, ALS, 2 p.
    • Geisel: Commencement Address Lake Forest College, June 4, 1977. T(copy)DS. 1 p. signed Dr. Seuss
    • "Wilder Award Acceptance Speech by Dr. Seuss." undated. T(copy)D. 3 p.
  • Folder 2: Astrid Lindgren
    • Letters to Jonathan Cott: 1981, Feb. 6; Mar. 30; Apr. 10; June 9 (enclosure). All TLS's. 1983, Mar. 8 TLS 1p.; 1985, Jan. 4 TLS, 1 p.
    • Shawn, William. To Jonathan Cott, 1982, May 11. TLS, 1 p. Sends check for the Lindgren profile published in The New Yorker
    • "Dear Girls and Boys." by Lindgren. Form letter on Puffin Books stationery explaining how "Pippi Longstocking" came to be written.
    • Portrait photograph of Lindgren. undated, black & white, 4.25 in. x 5.75 in.
  • Folder 3: Opie, Iona and Peter - (all in a single chronological file)
    • Letters to Jonathan Cott from Iona Opie: 1981, July 3 (enclosures); 1982, Apr. 19, May 12, Oct. 2; 1983, June 16; 1983? all ALSs from Peter Opie: 1979, Aug. 21; Season's greetings; 1980, Jan. 28; 1981, Feb. 3, Apr. 7 All ALSs from Nancy Franklin (The New Yorker letterhead) 1983, Apr. 13 TLS (enclosing a copy of a letter from Iona Opie to Franklin, 1983, Apr. 6.) from William Shawn: 1982, June 8 TLS, 1p. Sends check for the Opie profile
  • Folder 4: William Steig
    • Letters to Jonathan Cott: 1980, Jan. 26, 2 p.; 1981, Nov. 19; 1982, Apr. 16, Dec. 13; 1983, Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 28, May 21. All ALSs
  • Folder 5: P.L. Travers
    • Letters to Jonathan Cott: 1979, May 18, June 8, Nov. 23, Dec. 6, 15 (enclosing 2 poems). 1980, Jan. 19, 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 26, July 10, Dec. 8; 1981, May 6, Nov. 15; 1982, May 12; 1983, Apr. 22; 1984, Oct. 28; 1985, Dec. 14. Mixture of ALSs and TLSs
  • Folder 6: P.L. Travers
    • Cott, Jonathan. "The Wisdom of Mary Poppins: Afternoon Tea with P.L. Travers" T(copy)D, 28cm. 65 p. Heavily annotated and corrected in Travers hand.
  • Folder 7: The New Yorker. February 28, 1983. "Profiles" (Astrid Lindgren) p. 46
  • Folder 8: The New Yorker. April 4, 1983. "Profiles" (Iona and Peter Opie) p. 47
  • Folder 9: Rolling Stone. December 30, 1976. "Maurice Sendak - King of all the Wild Things" p. 48

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