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JOHN L. BROWN PAPERS
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Box: 2 Fold: 17 Allen Tate
Letter date: December 13, 1962

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Allen Tate to John L. Brown.

Box: 2 Fold: 18 Virgil Thomson
Letter dated: September 21, 1961

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from composer Virgil Thomson to John L. Brown. Includes reference to Alice B. Toklas.

Box: 2 Fold: 19 Virgil Thomson
Letter dated: August 15, 1962

DESCRIPTION: 1 ACS postcard from Virgil Thomson to John L. Brown. Notes that he will see Alice B. Toklas on his next visit to Paris.

Box: 2 Fold: 20 Virgil Thomson
March 1963

DESCRIPTION: Printed program for a lecture and concert by Virgil Thomson given at the State University of New York at Buffalo, March 20, 1963.

Box: 2 Fold: 21 Giuseppe Ungaretti
Letter dated: October 22, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) to John L. Brown (in Italian).

Box: 2 Fold: 22 Giuseppe Ungaretti
Letter dated: October 22, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Giuseppe Ungaretti to John L. Brown. A sort of addendum to his preceding letter of the same date (Folder 2:21). 2 pages (in Italian). Both letters request assistance from Brown in expediting passport authorization for a visit to the U.S. Reference also to friend and writer Jean Paulhan.

Box: 2 Fold: 23 Giuseppe Ungaretti
Letter dated: October 23, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Giuseppe Ungaretti to John L. Brown. Reference to writer and friend Jean Paulhan. (In Italian.)

Box: 2 Fold: 24 Giuseppe Ungaretti: Letter from Jean Paulhan
Undated: circa autumn 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from writer Jean Paulhan (1884-1968) to poet Giuseppe Ungaretti with reference to a joint trip to Teheran (see references by Ungaretti in preceding letters to John L. Brown, folders 2:21-23). Reference also to Italian publisher Oscar Mondadori. Letter written on stationery for the Nouvelle Revue Francaise (NRF). (In French.)

Box: 2 Fold: 25 Rene Wellek
Letter dated: October 4, 1962

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Rene Wellek (1903- ) to John L. Brown. Writing as Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University.

Box: 2 Fold: 26 Alexander Woollcott
Letter dated: February 8, 1933

DESCRIPTION: 1 TLS from Alexander Woollcott to John L. Brown on the subject of Ezra Pound's membership in college fraternities. 3 pages + postmarked envelope.

Box: 3 Fold: 1 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: March 12, 1955

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. With thanks for his help in arranging for her to meet the American Women's Club in Brussels. References to Elizabeth Sprigge's manuscript (on the life of Gertrude Stein); to her own work on "Aromas and Flavors of Past and Present" (1958); to friends Harold and Virginia Knapik.

Box: 3 Fold: 2 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: January 5, 1956

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. (Note: postage stages cut out.) With thanks for a dinner invitation.

Box: 3 Fold: 3 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: February 27, 1956

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. (Note: Postage stamps cut out.) Reference to coming dinner with Stephen Spender in Brussels. Reference also to Gertrude Stein.

Box: 3 Fold: 4 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: March 27, 1956

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. (Note: Postage stamps cut out.) Requests the address of Countess Cariton de Wiart (?). Reference to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Box: 3 Fold: 5 Alice B. Toklas
Postmarked April 26, 1957

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown, re luncheon engagement with the latter.

Box: 3 Fold: 6 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: May 8, 1957

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. (Note: Postage stamps removed.) Refers to a luncheon for and lecture by Toklas arranged by Brown at the American Women's Club in Brussels and the U.S. embassy, respectively (with printed announcements/invitations included here). Mentions that Isabel Wilder returned from Holland and thanks Brown for making the arrangements for her.

Box: 3 Fold: 7 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: July 12, 1958

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. 2 pages. Reference to de Gaulle; prospective visit from Bernard Fay; the current visit by composer Virgil Thomson. Also includes news about Virginia Knapik's resignation from her post at the U.S. embassy in Brussels; about the end of her collaboration with Max White on her book, "What is Remembered" (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963). Other references to Father Edward Taylor and to Pablo Picasso. She recommends William Arthur as a new acquaintance and mentions her own plans to visit Harold and Virginia Knapik.

Box: 3 Fold: 8 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: October 27, 1958

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Includes news about Harold and Virginia Knapik, as well as report on her own health. References also to Janet Flanner, Simon Michael Bessie, Jennie Bradley, Poppy Cannon, and Bernard Fay.

Box: 3 Fold: 9 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: November 29, 1958

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. With news that she has asked Simon Michael Bessie to forward a copy of "The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook" (1954) to Simone Brown. Includes references to Poppy Cannon, Bernard Fay, and to Denise Aime Azam.

Box: 3 Fold: 10 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: February 12, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. (Note: Postage stamps removed.) Reference to Edward Taylor, Frederica and Francis Rose. She speaks of her spring travel plans, the highlight of which will be a Picasso exhibition.

Box: 3 Fold: 11 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: April 11, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. (Note: Postage stamps removed.) With news that she is preparing to travel to Rome. References to Janet Flanner and Max White.

Box: 3 Fold: 12 Alice B. Toklas
Postmarked June 21, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Expresses gratitude for the visit from John and Simone Brown the day before. News of Virginia Knapik's travels in Chambery.

Box: 3 Fold: 13 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: June 28, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. With thanks for visiting with friend Jacqueline Bernard. Anticipates Brown's newbook of poetry, as well as his other writings on Ernest Hemingway and Stendhal. References also to Bernard Fay, Denise Azam, Pablo Picasso and Fr. Edward Taylor.

Box: 3 Fold: 14 Alice B. Toklas
Postmarked July 22, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ACS postcard from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Relates news of Harold and Virginia Knapik who are returning to London. References also to Bernard Fay, Joseph Barry, Janet Flanner, and Noel Murphy.

Box: 3 Fold: 15 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: September 14, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. With thanks for the latter's postcards. Comments on his and her own nomadic lifestyles. Reference to Virginia Knapik. Mentions that she wishes to visit in November, and requests the address for John Lucas in Rome.

Box: 3 Fold: 16 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: September 27, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Reference to Virgil Thomson's visit to the Browns. Also reference to Sylvia Beach's new book on Shakespeare and Company; to Gil Harrison; and to a new book on Stravinsky.

Box: 3 Fold: 17 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: October 9, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to Simone Brown. With thanks for an invitation to visit, which she nevertheless must decline due to health.

Box: 3 Fold: 18 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: November 6, 1959

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. 2 pages. With news of Harold and Virginia Knapik. Also mentions that she is sending Denise Azam to him in Rome as the latter knows no one there except the French ambassador and the Pope. Other news: John Malcolm Brinnin, biographer of Dylan Thomas, is going to write a life of Gertrude Stein, eventually published as "The Third Rose: Gertrude Stein and Her World" (Grove Press, c.1959, 1961). Also mentions that aileen Hennessy has visited, and that Helen Lay (?), friend of Madame Bille de Mat (?) of Brussels, has sent a message to him.

Box: 3 Fold: 19 Alice B. Toklas
Postmarked February 16, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to Simone Brown. She is sorry to hear that John Brown has not yet recovered from his illness. She wishes to visit at Easter, however will postpone until convenient.

Box: 3 Fold: 20 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: March 15, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ACS postcard from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Postcard shows Picasso's "Absinth Drinkers." Reports on her health and competency of her doctor. Reference to Harold Knapik.

Box: 3 Fold: 21 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: April 24, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. With thanks for the Easter letter. Reports that her health has prevented her attending Easter mass. References also to Janet Flanner and Harold Knapik.

Box: 3 Fold: 22 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: May 30, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. News that Fr. Edward Taylor is leaving France. She regrets that her circle of friends is dispersing. Refers to Harold and Virginia Knapik and Bernard Fay.

Box: 3 Fold: 23 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: July 5, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. With news that Bernard Fay is in town and would like to arrange a tea party. Other news is that Virgil Thomson is also visiting in conjunction with a performance of one of his pieces, and that he will attend a celebration of his 86th birthday to be held by the Queen of Belgium.

Box: 3 Fold: 24 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: October 18, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to Simone Brown. 2 pages. Compares the beauty of autumn in New England and Rome. Mentions that Janet Flanner invited her out for an exquisite meal.

Box: 3 Fold: 25 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: October 23, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Reference to visit from William Pepper. Also mentions Eugene ("Genia") Berman, recollecting that Gertrude Stein used to collect the latter's paintings.

Box: 3 Fold: 26 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: November 12, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. 2 pages. Written to the latter in Amherst, with remarks on Emily Dickinson. Reference to luncheon with Janet Flanner.

Box: 3 Fold: 27 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: December 28, 1960

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Includes calling card for the Belgian ambassador to France, P.Y. de Vleeschauwer -- Toklas had dined with the latter, as mentioned in the letter. Reference to Bob Sweet who had arranged to take Toklas and Gertrude Stein in a bomber to Germany just after the liberation of France. Mentioned that she dined out with a friend and used Mary Pickford's gold fork and spoon.

Box: 3 Fold: 28 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: May 13, 1961

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Reference to Xavier Fourcade.

Box: 3 Fold: 29 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: October 16, 1961

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. References to Virgil Thomson and Madame Dilkusha de Rohan.

Box: 3 Fold: 30 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: November 22, 1961

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Reference to the latter's lecture on Ernest Hemingway, attended by many friends including Janet Flanner, Sylvia Beach and Joseph Barry.

Box: 3 Fold: 31 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: August 17, 1962

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown, re the latter's prospective visit.

Box: 3 Fold: 32 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: October 26, 1962

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. 3 pages. Includes news of friends Janet Flanner, Harold and Virginia Knapik, Virgil Thomson and Carl van Vechten.

Box: 3 Fold: 33 Alice B. Toklas
Postmarked March 18, 1963

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Includes comment on "The Playboy of the Western World," by John Millington Synge (1871-1909), whom she considers the best of the modern Irish writers.

Box: 3 Fold: 34 Alice B. Toklas
Postmark obscured: c.May 1963?

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Letter is undated. Postmark shows only day and year; month obscured. Based on circumstances referred to, the letter was possibly written sometime in May 1963. Refers to Toklas' eviction from her residence in the Rue Christine in Paris in May 1963, and her eliciting the help of friends such as Joseph Barry, Andre Malraux and Denise Azam.

Box: 3 Fold: 35 Alice B. Toklas
Letter dated: January 10, 1965

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS + postmarked envelope from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. 2 pages. Reports on her health -- she has been bedridden for a year since surgery on a broken hip. Includes news of Harold and Virginia Knapik, as well as of Jane Climans.

Box: 3 Fold: 36 Alice B. Toklas
undated

DESCRIPTION: 1 ACS postcard (undated) from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Postcard shows Picasso's "Violin." Conveys good wishes and news of Xavier Fourcade and Virgil Thomson.

Box: 3 Fold: 37 Alice B. Toklas
undated

DESCRIPTION: 1 ACS postcard (undated) from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Reference to Xavier Fourcade and to Gertrude Stein's art collection, which had been removed, in Toklas' absence, by relatives to the bank for safekeeping.

Box: 3 Fold: 38 Alice B. Toklas
undated

DESCRIPTION: 1 ACS postcard (undated) from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown. Reference to Harold Knapick and "a strange letter" from Max White.

Box: 3 Fold: 39 Alice B. Toklas
undated

DESCRIPTION: 1 ACS postcard (undated) from Alice B. Toklas to John L. Brown, with Easter greetings.

Box: 3 Fold: 40 Alice B. Toklas - Photograph
c.1957

DESCRIPTION: 1 black-and-white photograph of Alice B. Toklas. Undated, no caption. Dated by John L. Brown: Brussels 1957.

Box: 3 Fold: 41 Alice B. Toklas - Postmarked Envelopes (empty)
Postmarks: 3/28/1959 & 8/9/1960

DESCRIPTION: 2 empty postmarked envelopes addressed to Mrs. and Mr. John L. Brown in the hand of Alice B. Toklas.

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