Blassingame Correspondence 1970s

Blassingame Correspondence 1970s
Blassingame Correspondence, 1970s
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Blassingame Correspondence, 1970s
Correspondence: Agents
Dates, approximate
1946-1979, most are 1970-1974
Part 1, 300 pages, Business correspondence from the 1970s, mostly (but not exclusively) in the 1971-1973 range. Predominately in a descending date order (i.e. more recent first). Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame. Correspondence regarding TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE. Letter noting permission for University of Oregon to include correspondence with Heinlein's in Blassingame collection. Discussion of response to Alexei Panshin re HEINLEIN IN DIMENSION and other matters in a letter from Robert to Lurton Blassingame, Sep 16, 1973 pp 94-102; letter also contains Robert's first mention of GRUMBLES FROM THE GRAVE. Discussion of arrangements for Forrestal Lecture at Annapolis and subsequent publication in Analog. 1970-1974
Part 2, 152 pages, Business correspondence from 1970s, August 9, 1972 to Dec 21,1971 in primarily (but not exclusively) descending order.  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame. And various publishers. Correspondence with David Gerrold re "Trouble with Tribbles". Blassingame to Ginny re unknown "unpublished short" at pg 54.. Occasional progress reports on writing of TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE. Review of STARMAN JONES play at Goodman Theater. Fred Pohl re "illegal" shipments of Heinlein books to England. 1970-1974
Part 3, 282 pages, Business correspondence from 1970s, Variety of dates from late 1973 into 1975. Majority are Spring/Summer of 1974. .Primarily (but not exclusively) descending order.  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame. And various publishers.  Letter from Ginny to Lurton talking about Robert writing a long letter to a biographer of Admiral E. J. King on his memories of King. Discussion of Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven visit to celebrate publication of MOTE IN GOD'S EYE. Discussion of dinner with cartoonists, including Charles Schultz.  Various references to revised and expanded "Paul Dirac, Anti-matter, and You".  Robert to Lurton on trying to force publishers to take responsibility for informing authors of books going out of print for future generations of authors, including several personal anecdotes, pp114-120, 1970-1974, 1975-1979
Part 4,263 pages, Business correspondence from 1969 and 1970, .Primarily (but not exclusively) descending order.  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Robert (still signing "Bob") to Lurton Feb 4, 1969, various business matters and "Stranger" fans, pp 8-11.  Robert Silverberg re inclusion of "Roads Must Roll" in SFWA Hall of Fame anthology. Would appear that transition to "Robert" from "Bob" was well in progress in 1969. Letter from Robert to Lurton, June 4, 1969, proposing famous "postcard replies" method to replying to fan mail that is overwhelming them. Also includes Robert fretting (unnecessarily as it turned out) about being excluded from North American Rockwell Apollo 11 events, and other matters, pp 57-61. Robert to Lurton, June 13, 1969, continuing to worry about fan mail but (temporarily) putting postcard response method aside. Robert to Lurton, Nov 12, 1969 (marked "Day 116, Year One", i.e. post moon landing), describing Houston trip for moon landing, Playboy payment to Ed White Memorial Fund arranged by Robert and Virginia, and other matters. pp 92-96. Various correspondence re progress on I WILL FEAR NO EVIL and serialization in GALAXY. Letter from Lurton Aug 25, 1969 that "STRANGER is selling more rapidly than ever". Various references to Robert's near-fatal bout of peritonitis in January 1970 and recovery. References to Playboy interview (later published in Oui) difficulties. Ginny to Lurton,  Jan 16, 1970 re refusing to discuss STRANGER in relation to Tate murders by Manson family as some press outlets had speculated. Offers to refund Playboy payment, pp 240-243. 1965-1969, 1970-1974
Part 5, 297 pages, Business correspondence from Aug 1970 to Nov 1971,  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Continuing reports on Robert's slow recovery from the early 1970 peritonitis episode.  Don Wollheim re pirated ACE editions appearing at cut-rate prices in the UK. Letter from Ginny to Lurton June 12, 1971 mentioning she used to dye her hair "for Robert's benefit" at first, but now was anxious to have it go pure white "as she'd earned it"; very reminiscent of "The Tale of the Adopted Daughter" in TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE, p196. Mention of visit of Arthur C. Clarke in Spring 1971. Blassingame visit in Fall 1971. Further surgery on Robert in late October. 1970-1974
Part 6, 293 pages, Business correspondence from Jan 1976 to Nov 1973, predominately in descending order.  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Some discussion of STARSHIP TROOPERS board game. Discussion of progress on the  Rare Blood article.  Proposal and rejection by Robert of special "Heinlein edition" of F&SF magazine at pp172-173. Discussion of Robert and Ginny's trip to New York City in spring 1975. Discussion of trying to put Phillip K. Dick together with Lurton as his agent. Mss for unauthorized play for GLORY ROAD at  pp274-285. 1970-1974, 1975-1979
Part 7, 197pages, Business correspondence for 1976, predominately in descending order.  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers.  Ginny reports to Lurton that there is a rumor going around in science fiction circles that Robert has died, pg 1603.  Ginny reports on 1976 Kansas City Worldcon, where Robert was Guest of Honor. Mentions blood drive at the convention the Heinleins helped to organize which collected 500 pints, and her hope that such drives become traditional at science fiction conventions, pp 15-16. Ginny instructs Lurton on Robert's orders to decline Science Fiction Research Association reprint request for 'Year of the Jackpot'.  Multiple passing references to Robert and Ginny being at  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for Mars Viking landing in July. References to negotiations over the Caedmon "Green Hills of Earth" album as read by Leonard Nimoy. Ginny reports stipulating Nimoy in the contract language. References to a New Zealand trip in the spring of 1976. 1975-1979
Part 8, 309 pages, Business correspondence for late 1976 and early 1977.. Some 1978 mixed in.  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers.  Report by Ginny of visit by Carl Sagan and family (pg 1848). Mid 1978 correspondence dealing with transition from Lurton Blassingame to Kirby McCauley and Eleanor Wood as Blassingame began to move towards retirement. McCauley's introduction to the Heinleins and Ginny's report to McCauley and Blassingame on Robert's carotid bypass surgery at pp 208-212. 1975-1979
Part 9, 204 pages, Business correspondence for 1977, predominately in descending order.  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. References to trip by Robert and Ginny to New York City in November 1977. Correspondence on the preparations for publication of illuminated version of "Notebooks of Lazarus Long". Several references to attendance at an extended multi-city tour of blood drives. Trip report by Ginny on the 1977 Worldcon in Miami, FL at pp 100-101. Ginny reports at pg 119 on Robert's attitude re the "books on tape" concept/industry: "Let them learn to read."  Various mentions of progress on the first version of what eventually became "The Number of the Beast". Reference to trading certificates for 50 pints of blood donated to a local blood bank for a speech by Robert at a Libertarian Party meeting in Phoenix at pg 183. References to the interviews with J. Neil Schulman that eventually became "The Heinlein Interview", the longest published interview of Heinlein in his own voice. 1975-1979
Part 10, 317 pages, Business correspondence for 1978, predominately in descending order.  Two major sections, April-Jan, pp 1-104 and Dec-May, pp 104-317. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers.  Lurton reports to Ginny in April 1978 his plans to merge his business with Kirby McCauley (and McCauley's partner, Eleanor Wood) as he transitions towards retirement, pg 8. Original plan to merge with Ned Brown abandoned due to health concerns with Brown. Discussion of preparation for the carotid bypass operation that  would allow Robert to become more active again. Lurton asks, and Ginny denies, rumor that Robert has two finished unpublished novels tucked away as an insurance policy. This sounds like the rumor mill mangling the status of How to Be a Politician and Tramp Royale. List of Robert's short stories prepared by Ginny for Caedmon (the album people) includes check marks next to her personal favorites for "Robert's best work" amongst the shorts, pp 56-57 (explained at pg 70).  Letters from Isaac Asimov at pg 125 & 128 attempting to straighten out a business misunderstanding between Kirby McCauley and Martin Greenberg impacting the Heinleins, Asimov, and Don Wollheim. Robert's reply at pp 129-130, referencing phone call as well. Letter includes Robert's list of the most important basic theorists on the Art of War. Includes possibly Robert's first major contact with Eleanor Wood, who would become his agent after Blassingame and the short McCauley interlude, at 131-138. Discussion of Ginny's unhappiness with the transition from Blassingame to Blassingame, McCauley, and Wood (BMW), and subsequent decision to focus on Eleanor Wood as their personal contact with the firm as Lurton continued his transition towards retirement. Copy of 1957 temporary Power of Attorney at pp 152-153. Robert to Lurton at pp158-168 reporting shelving the first version of "The Number of the Beast" (written pre-carotid bypass) as "not up to my best work", and including more detail on the Blasingame-to-Wood transition. Letter by Robert to "The Sword" magazine at pp 204-205, discussing en passant the inspiration for "Lady Vivamus" sword from Glory Road. Discussion of addition of Ralph Vicinanza to represent foreign rights, which Ginny estimates as roughly 1/3 of their income, pp 258-259. 1975-1979
Part 11, 62 pages, Handwritten notes on royalties received for various titles and timeframes. 1946-1949, 1950-1954, 1955-1959, 1960-1964, 1965-1969
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