Blassingame Correspondence 1940s, Part 3

Blassingame Correspondence 1940s, Part 3
Blassingame Correspondence 1940s
 

File Number
CORR331-01, 02, 03
Box Number
331
Title
Blassingame Correspondence 1940s
Category
Correspondence/Agents
Type
 
Dates, approximate
1940s
Pages
628
Description
Part 1, 140 pages – Business correspondence from Nov 1945 to Oct 1947. Various dates in no particular order.  Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Saturday Evening Post re "Space Jockey" and other rejected submissions. "Flight into the Future" article for Colliers.   Rejection letters for "How To Be a Politician" (aka "Take Back Your Government!"), Reference to contracts for "Beyond This Horizon". First contacts with Alice Dagliesh from Scribners. Reference to an article  by Leslyn Heinlein re rocket launching that appeared in a local newspaper and was subsequently translated and republished in France, pg65, in a letter from Forry Ackerman to Lurton. Correspondence with SEP re publication of "Green Hills of Earth". Various references to Leslyn submitting stories to Lurton on behalf of author science fiction author Vida Jameson. Leslyn to Lurton, pg 95, re upcoming first meeting with Alice Dagliesh of Scribners. Letter from Robert to Lurton, pg 101,  Aug 1946, instructing him to not sell to Street & Smith (Astounding) except as last resort due to restrictive copyright policies. Various correspondence re "Young Atomic Engineers" (aka "Rocket Ship Galileo")
 
Part 2, 227 pages – Business correspondence from Nov 1945 to Dec 1947. Generally chronological. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Letter from Lurton Blassingame to L. Ron Hubbard thanking him for "telling Bob Heinlein about me", pg 4.  Robert's first long letter to Lurton familiarizing him with the current state of his literary affairs, and given direction on his future ambitions, including "crack slick and book publication", pp  5-7. Proposed sequels to "Young Atomic Engineers" (aka "Rocket Ship Galileo"), pg 42. Robert to Lurton, pg 76, re sale of "Green Hills of Earth" to Saturday Evening Post. Correspondence concerning what became "Flight into the Future" at Colliers with Cal Laning. Long letter from Robert to Lurton re "Young Atomic Engineers" discussing the plot and characters, pp 149-157.  First proposal of "Young Atomic Engineers" to Blassingame, Jan. 1946, pp 188-193.
 
Part 3, 261 pages - Business correspondence from Jan 1948 to Dec 1949. Generally chronological. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. First Shasta publishing discussions with Erle Korshak for book publication of previously published magazine stories. Early Gnome Press contacts with Martin Greenberg as well.  Correspondence concerning "Space Cadet".  Letter from Robert to Lurton, pg 46, announcing his marriage to Ginny and offering the opinion that the difficulties of the past behind him that he will be able to produce more and better copy than ever before. References at pp 85-110 & 163-165 to work on and completion of "Red Planet", and controversy with Alice Dagliesh at Scribners regarding it --Blassingame gently steers Heinlein to resolution with references to the respect that Scribners and Dagliesh are held in the juvenile field. Blassingame sagely comments that with juveniles that each one may sell as well ten years later as the original publication. First mention of Ned Brown as Heinlein's probably Hollywood agent at pg 173. Payment for scriptwriting on Destination Moon recorded, as well as scheduling for primary shooting schedule (Nov 7 to Dec 1, 1949). References to work on "Farmer in the Sky". 
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