Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Greene, E. mss., 1925-1964, consist of the correspondence of Ernest S. Greene, who was employed as secretary in the early 1920's to Upton Beall Sinclair, 1878- 1968, novelist. In 1926 he went to New York to work for Vanguard Press. Thereafter Greene was engaged in a number of research projects for Sinclair and served as his representative in the sale and distribution of some of his books including Upton Sinclair presents William Fox.

The correspondence concerns these several projects. Between 1929 and 1933 Greene was engaged as secretary of the Committee for the Candidacy of Upton Sinclair for the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1932 Greene became a party to the controversy with Sergei Mikahailovich Eisenstein over the production of the film Thunder over Mexico. In this connection Sinclair's letter to Greene of February 26, 1932, was published in Geduld and Gottesman, The Making & Unmaking of Que Viva Mexico!, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1970 (PN1887 .Q312), pages 292-293. In 1933 he became involved in the marketing of the film in New York City. Later in 1933 and 1934 some of the correspondence relates to the EPIC campaign of Upton Sinclair.

Mrs. Mary Craig (Kimbrough) Sinclair, (Mrs. Upton Beall Sinclair), 1883-1961, author, who participated actively in the making of the film in Mexico, wrote to Greene about this and sent copies of other correspondence to him to keep him informed.

In 1950 Greene arranged to publish in Intro for Winter, 1951, a story, "Brother Logan," written by Upton Sinclair under Greene's own name as suggested by Sinclair. A brief flurry of editorial interest in Greene's writing followed.

The correspondents in this collection are Milton A. Abernethy, Agustin Felipe Aragon y Leiva, Maurice Baring, Mrs. Myra Becks, Linn Rudolf Blanchard, Sir Robert Laird Borden, Louis Brigante, Heywood Campbell Broun, Jacques Chambrun, Inc., Floyd Dell, John Falk, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., Ernest S. Greene, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred Hoerne, Roy Temple House, Fiorello Henry La Guardia, Harold Joseph Laski, Jane Lawson, Sol Lesser, Robert Morss Lovett, Edmund W. Nash, George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Mary Craig (Kimbrough) Sinclair, Upton Beall Sinclair, Seymour Stern, Oswald Garrison Villard, Mrs. Helen (Rosen) Woodward, William Edward Woodward.

The collection includes a folder of printed material and photographs of Sergei Mikahailovich Eisenstein and Upton Beall Sinclair.

Collection size: 409 items

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