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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 90

Louis Katin letters received


Letters received by Katin from authors of the 1930s, all responding to Samuel Johnson's aphorism, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."


  • Creation: 1932-1936

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection consists of nine letters received by Katin from English authors of the 1930s, all responding to a famous quotation by Samuel Johnson: "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Many of the authors were in agreement, but John Davys Beresford and Ethel Mannin replied with particularly scathing attacks on Johnson.

Biographical / Historical

Louis Katin was an author and editor, of Welwyn Garden City (England). He worked as editor of the Welwyn Times from 1929 to 1933, contributed a chapter to Symposium: A Worker's Point of View (London: Hogarth Press, 1933), and also contributed articles to periodicals such as Printing Review and the Palestine Post. In 1944, he co-authored "Clippie" : The Autobiography of a War Time Conductress with Zelma Katin. He was probably the author of a 1964 article in Library Review 152: 559-562.

Physical Location

b (shelved with MS Hyde 90-92)


These letters were purchased by Mary Hyde from H.T. Jantzen of East Grinstead, Sussex, England, Catalog 44.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.


Substantial biographical information on Katin is not readily available. See Who Was Who Among English and European Authors, 1931-1949 (Detroit: Gale Research, 1978), 790.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Katin, Louis. Louis Katin letters received, 1932-1936: Guide.
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