Blassingame Correspondence 1950s

Blassingame Correspondence 1950s
Blassingame Correspondence 1950s
 
File Number
CORR331-04 - 11
Box Number
331
Title
Blassingame Correspondence 1950s
Category
Correspondence/Agents
Type
 
Dates, approximate
1950s
Pages
1694
Description
Part 1, 196 pages – Business correspondence from Jan 1950 to Dec 1950. Generally chronological. Smattering of 1947-1949 early. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Some discussion of Detonation Moon working its way through post-production to release. Mention of television version of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. Mentions of work on "Farmer in the Sky" and acceptance by Scribners and serialization in Boy's Life. References to radio sales of several Heinlein shorts. Multiple references to construction of their house in Colorado Springs, CO. Reference to finishing and delivering "The Puppet Masters" in Dec 1950.
 
Part 2, 234 pages – Business correspondence from Jan 1951 to Dec 1951. Generally chronological. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Correspondence concerning "Puppet Masters" and serialization in Galaxy. Reference to progress on "The Rolling Stones". Evidence of the deteriorating relationship with Erle Korshak at Shasta Press, pp 31-34.  References to beginning "Between Planets". Exchange with Theodore Sturgeon re proposed TV show of the best of science fiction. Heinlein's complaints re Gold's heavy handed editing of "The Puppet Masters" in Galaxy, pp 144-145
 
Part 3, 198 pages – Business correspondence from Jan 1952 to Dec 1952. Generally chronological. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Regular noting of TV royalty payments from Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. Robert and Lurton on the painful process of trying to discover if Destination Moon has made a profit, pp 4-5. References to preparation and appearance on Edward Murrow's "This I Believe" radio program.  References to work on what would become "Stranger in a Strange Land".. Correspondence re "On the Writing of Speculative Fiction".  References to Lurton coming west for a hunting trip, the first extended personal interaction between Heinlein and Blassingame. Letter from Rockhill Productions advising that Kellogg’s sponsorship of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet had ended and advised of their intention to find new sponsors.
 
Part 4, 180 pages – Business correspondence from Jan 1953 to Dec 1953. Generally chronological. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. First letter is March 1955 and appears to be announcing completion of what would become "Double Star".  More deterioration of the Shasta/Korshak relationship. Fred Pohl re anthology rights. More pains writing "Stranger". References to progress on "Starman Jones". "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" sponsorship picked up on an alternate week basis by International Shoe Company. References to work on "The Star Beast".  Discussion of preparation for trip that would eventually become the basis for "Tramp Royale".
 
Part 5, 174 pages – Business correspondence from Jan 1954 to Dec 1955. Generally chronological. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Discussion of writing of "Tramp Royale".  Discussion of delivery of what would become "The Star Beast".  Letter from Alice Dagliesh re proof reading of "Star Beast" pp 28-30.  First "Dear Ginny" letter from Lurton, pg 32. "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" loses sponsorship again, but Rockhill expresses confidence for 1954-1955 season. First letter from Ginny to Lurton, pg 36-37.. Rejections for "Tramp Royale". Robert to Lurton re disillusionment with Alice Dalgliesh re her tepid  "defense" of criticism of "Starman Jones", pp 74-76.  Discussion of progress on "Schoolhouse in the Sky" (aka "Tunnel in the Sky").  "Tom Corbett" back on the air with Kraft as sponsor for 1954-1955. References to work on "Double Star".  More Shasta unpleasantness. References to progress on "Time for the Stars".
 
Part 6, 197 pages – Business correspondence from Jan 1956 to Dec 1956. Generally chronological. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Discussion of suggested changes to "Tunnel in the Sky" and progress on "Door into Summer". More Shasta Press exasperation. References to progress on "The Menace from Earth".  Discussion of Blassingame visiting the Heinlein's in Colorado.
 
Part 7, 192 pages – Business correspondence from Jan 1957 to Dec 1960. Generally chronological in the first half of the file; second half much more disordered. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. After vacationing together on a hunting trip the previous year, the correspondence between the Heinleins and Blassingames becomes much more filled with personal anecdotes than previously. References to completion of "Citizen of the Galaxy". References to prying ms for "Methuselah’s Children" from Shasta Press. References to a trip to Chicago and lecture at the University of Chicago that became the basis for "Science Fiction: Its Nature, Faults, and Virtues" published in "The Science Fiction Novel: Imagination and Social Criticism". References to more unhappiness with Alice Dagliesh over minor requested changes in "Citizen of the Galaxy",  including Robert raising the possibility that this may be the last juvenile he submits to Scribners. References to undertaking a rewrite of "Methuselah’s Children" before offering it for novel sale. Correspondence with a lawyer re trying to recover monies associated with "Destination Moon" from Pal Productions. Robert discusses hubbub over Sputnik and implications for Russians ability to deliver H bombs anywhere on the planet, pp113-114. Discussion of delivery of "Have Space Suit Will Travel". Discussion of principles behind "Patrick Henry League" and prediction of the end of the US by 1972, pp 129-130. Correspondence concerning the movie "The Brain Eaters" and legal action (eventually successful) to find it plagiarized Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters", pp 136-176.  Robert delivers "Man From Mars" (aka "Stranger in a Strange Land") for Putnam's first look, and describes it as his attempt to "break free" from perception of him as a "leading children's author", pp181-182. Some discussion of delivery of "Starship Troopers".
 
Part 8, 323 pages – Business correspondence from Jan 1957 to Dec 1960. Generally chronological in the first half of the file; second half much more disordered. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. After vacationing together on a hunting trip the previous year, the correspondence between the Heinleins and Blassingames becomes much more filled with personal anecdotes than previously. References to completion of "Citizen of the Galaxy". References to prying ms for "Methuselah’s Children" from Shasta Press. References to a trip to Chicago and lecture at the University of Chicago that became the basis for "Science Fiction: Its Nature, Faults, and Virtues" published in "The Science Fiction Novel: Imagination and Social Criticism". References to more unhappiness with Alice Dagliesh over minor requested changes in "Citizen of the Galaxy",  including Robert raising the possibility that this may be the last juvenile he submits to Scribners. References to undertaking a rewrite of "Methuselah’s Children" before offering it for novel sale. Correspondence with a lawyer re trying to recover monies associated with "Destination Moon" from Pal Productions. Robert discusses hubbub over Sputnik and implications for Russians ability to deliver H bombs anywhere on the planet, pp113-114. Discussion of delivery of "Have Space Suit Will Travel". Discussion of principles behind "Patrick Henry League" and prediction of the end of the US by 1972, pp 129-130. Correspondence concerning the movie "The Brain Eaters" and legal action (eventually successful) to find it plagiarized Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters", pp 136-176.  Robert delivers "Man From Mars" (aka "Stranger in a Strange Land") for Putnam's first look, and describes it as his attempt to "break free" from perception of him as a "leading children's author", pp181-182. Some discussion of delivery of "Starship Troopers".
 
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