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Morris Robert Werner Correspondence

Identifier: MS Group 135

Scope and Content

The correspondence consists of approximately 142 letters from book and magazine publisher and editors, and literary agents regarding books and articles by Morris. There is one copy of a letter by him to an editor protesting the reason for declining to publish one of his books. Principal correspondents include Cass Canfield (Harper and Brothers), Edward Aswell (Atlantic Monthly), M.A. DeWolfe Howe (Atlantic Monthly Press), and other individuals associated with Curtis Brown, ltd., Harcourt, Brace, Forum magazine, the New Republic, Liberty magazine, Doubleday Page Company, Doubleday, Doran and Company, Alfred A. Knopf, Jonathan Cape, and W.W. Norton.

Topics include all his books published during the date of the bulk of the letters, including Barnum (1925), Brigham Young (1925), Tammany Hall (1928), Bryan (1929), Orderly! (Morris's own memoirs of WWI), To Whom It May Concern: the Story of Victor Ilyitch Seroff (1931), Little Napoleons and Dummy Directors: Being the Narrative of the Bank of the United States (1933), and an apparently unpublished book on Japan (written about 1932), and numerous periodical articles.

Correspondence is arranged by name of company (publisher, magazine, or agent), or of individual correspondent.


  • Creation: 1921-1944



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Morris Robert Werner was the author of approximately fifteen books, primarily biographies and historical works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries published between 1923 and 1939. He also contributed to numerous periodicals, including the New Yorker, Fortune, and the New Republic and was a staff member of the New York Herald Tribune and Sports Illustrated.


0.25 Linear feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



Letters from agents and book and magazine publishers and editors regarding books and articles by Werner.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

A Guide to the Morris Robert Werner Correspondence
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November 2004
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America