Lillian Smith - Norman Cousins correspondence

Lillian Smith - Norman Cousins correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966
Title: Lillian Smith - Norman Cousins correspondence
Dates: 1946-1966
Quantity: 0.025 Linear feet (1 folder housed with minor collections MS 2066-MS 2156)
Abstract:The collection consists of xeroxed copies of correspondence between Lillian Smith and Norman Cousins of the Saturday Review. The collection includes some correspondence between other staff members of the Saturday Review and one letter from Paula Snelling to Norma Cousins.
Coll. Number: ms2142(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Lillian Smith was born in 1897 and died in 1966. She was an author, lecturer, and human rights advocate. She was born in Jasper, Florida and resided in Rabun County, Georgia. She is well known for her novels "Killers of the Dream" and "Strange Fruit." She criticized racial segregation in the South and attempted to dismantle many Jim Crow laws.

Paula Snelling was the longtime partner of Lillian Smith. Snelling was a school counselor who assisted Smith with running Laurel Falls Girls Camp.

Norman Cousins was an American essayist and editor, long associated with the Saturday Review. From 1942-1972 he was editor of the Saturday Review. Following his appointment as executive editor in 1940, he introduced essays that drew a connection between literature and current events, whereupon circulation of the magazine increased 50 percent. Unafraid to criticize, Cousins was outspoken and his articles sometimes bitter. At times he criticized the U.S. government, but he felt strongly that a unique potential for greatness existed in America; he wrote The Good Inheritance: the Democratic Chance (1942) to explore this idea. Cousins felt that modern problems stemmed from the absence of a collective voice and from Americans' inability to see their social and political dilemmas clearly. In 1972 Cousins left the Saturday Review but returned the following year. In 1980 he was named "editor emeritus." In his final years he was adjunct professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral science at the University of California at Los Angeles. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (Retrieved February 20, 2009)

Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Civil rights workers--Georgia--Correspondence.
Cousins, Norman -- Correspondence
Human rights workers--Georgia--Correspondence.
Periodical editors--United States--Correspondence.
Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966 -- Correspondence
Snelling, Paula -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lillian Smith - Norman Cousins correspondence. MS 2142. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials found in the following collections of this repository: Lillian Eugenia Smith - letters to Ashley Montagu, 1956-1966; Lilllian Smith letters; Lillian Eugenia Smith papers (ca. 1920-1980); Lillian Smith Laurel Falls Camp Papers; Liilian Eugenia Smith - letters to and from Paula Snelling, 1943-1955.

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