Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lesser mss., 1933-1971, consist chiefly of the correspondence between Sol Lesser, 1890-1980, motion picture executive, and Upton Beall Sinclair, 1878-1968, novelist, and others concerned with their interests. The Sinclair letter are written from Monrovia, California, Buckeye, Arizona, and Rockville, Maryland.

The general theme is that of a friendly relationship and Sinclair's desire to see the Lanny Budd novels on the screen. Following Sinclair's death, Lesser prepared a memorandum regarding the years of their acquaintance. Discussion over the film rights to Thunder Over Mexico came up in 1966 and 1971.

The correspondents are Eileen Bowser, Nathan D. Golden, Harry Maurice Geduld, Ronald Gottesman, Frederick Hard, Leon A. Harris, Thor Heyerdahl, Bertha Klausner, Sol Lesser, Carole Roberts, Harvey S. Rothman, David Sinclair, Mary Craig (Kimbrough) Sinclair, Mary Elizabeth (Hard) Willis Sinclair, Upton Beall Sinclair, Justin George Turner.

A photograph of Mary Elizabeth (Hard) Willis and Upton Beall Sinclair, and a few printed pieces interfiled with the letters complete the collection.

Collection size: 78 items

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