John Toland Collection. John Willard TOLAND.
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection
John Toland Collection

John Toland Collection

Date Published: 1936-[1950s]
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John Willard Toland (1912-2004) was an American writer and historian, best known for his best-selling biography of Adolf Hitler. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for his history of World War II-era Japan entitled The Rising Sun.

This collection includes approximately 400 pp. of annotated tss. of stories and novellas, 1 ms. notebook (60 pp.), 60 letters, 50 b&w photos (army related, amateur shows and skits), and 4 programs.

The collection pertains to the early period of his career 1936 to 1950’s when he desperately aspired to be a playwright, short story writer, and novelist. Looking back on this unsuccessful period of his life as a writer, he claimed to have written 6 complete novels, 26 plays, and a hundred short stories before completing his first sale, a short story for which The American Magazine paid him $165 in 1954.

• More than half of the collection is comprised of stories written by Toland. Some of the stories are complete and others are fragmentary. Toland often re-used sheets of paper, re-writing and revising his stories. The following is a list of the some of the stories in this collection: “The Cheapskate”; “Nothing But the Truth”; “All Roads Lead to Rome”; “No Cure—No Pay”; “Spite Fence” re-titled “The Wooden Curtain”; “The Square Hole”; “Old Pal”; “Civilization”; “The Gay Ghost”; “Everything Happens in Brooklyn”; “The Sandwich Witch”; “Girl Bites Dog or Disturbed Dogs, Inc.”; “Stuff of Dreams”; “Art for Art’s Sake”; “Tugboats for New York Harbor”; poem about the Walrus and the Carpenter; “Cuppa Cawfee”; “The Gentle Soul”; “The Robot Don’t Make, Ain’t?”; “Bread and Butter Woman”; “Once Over Lightly”; “Rabbits”; and “March Fifteenth Deadline”.

• There is a file of letters of a professional nature regarding the publication of his work, mainly letters of rejection from magazines and literary agencies.

• A few letters concern his time at Williams College and the Phillips Exeter Academy. Most of the letters are of a personal nature which he exchanged with his mother, wife (Dorothy), and other family members.

• There are also documents relating to his service as a soldier in the US army.

This collection is on consignment with LDRB.
Item #7691

$2,000.00 USD
$2,647.82 CAD

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