Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pendleton mss., ca. 1968-1995, consist primarily of the correspondence and writings of author Don Pendleton, 1927-1995. Following service in the Navy during and after World War II, Pendleton had various positions in the engineering field before turning to writing as a full-time occupation. He wrote mystery and crime fiction, science-fiction, suspense, short stories, non-fiction, and poetry. He published more than 125 books over his long career and his works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He is best known for the character Mack Bolan, featured in his Executioner series. He produced 38 titles in the series between 1969 and 1980, all published by Pinnacle Books. He subsequently produced two other, shorter series, Joe Copp (private eye) published by Donald I. Fine Inc., and Ashton Ford (psychic detective) published by Warner Books. Prior to the first Executioner volume, he published six novels under the pseudonym Stephan Gregory, with the main character being Stewart Mann. He also wrote one fiction and three non-fiction works with his wife Linda Pendleton. To Dance with Angels, non-fiction, appeared in 1990; the other three were published posthumously.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Writings; II. Correspondence; III. Miscellaneous.

The writings include the series: Executioner, #1-38; Ashton Ford; and Joe Copp. These are followed by other book-length writings, shorter writings and finally writings co-authored with Linda Pendleton. The correspondence relates primarily to the publication or transmittal of manuscripts of the Executioner series. Later correspondence includes files with publishers Donald Fine and Maurice Girodias, the Scott Meredith Literary Agency, and writers Mickey Spillane and Colin Wilson.

A miscellaneous section includes interviews with Pendleton, speeches by him, photographs, and legal files relating to breach of a publication agreement with Harlequin.

An inventory is available.


Deposit. 1978; Gift. 2006

Collection size: 350 items

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