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David Alexander papers, circa 1955-1966

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Finding aid prepared by Amanda M. Reeve

Title

David Alexander papers

Date

circa 1955-1966

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

56M309: [Identification of item], David Alexander papers, circa 1955-1966, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.68 Cubic feet

2 boxes

Abstract

The David Alexander papers (dated circa 1955-1966; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise final drafts of Alexander's works, including novels, short stories and non-fiction.

Biography/History

Author and journalist, David Alexander (1907-1973) was born in Shelbyville, Kentucky, but grew up in Louisville. He attended the University of Kentucky (1926-1928) and Columbia University (1928-1929). He worked at the Louisville Courier-Journalas an office worker and at the Lexington Herald as a writer. After attending Columbia, Alexander worked as the managing editor of The New York Morning Telegraph until 1940 when he returned to Lexington, Kentucky. He wrote for The Bloodhorse and Thoroughbred Record. In 1945, he worked as the "turf editor" for the New York Herald Tribune. After graduating from the New York Institute of Criminology in 1950, he wrote murder mysteries, publishing fifteen novels, numerous short stories, and a book about Thoroughbred horse racing.

Scope and Content

The David Alexander papers (dated circa 1955-1966; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise final drafts of Alexander's works, including novels, short stories and non-fiction. The papers include: Die Little Goose, The Murder is Whistler's Brother,and Shoot a Sitting Duck, all novels in the Bart Hardin Murder Mystery Series; two short stories entitled Uncle Tom and The Man who went to Taltavul's; and a non-fiction work entitled A Sound of Horses-The World of Racing from Eclipse to Kelso.

Subjects

  • Alexander, David, 1907-
  • Detective and mystery stories.
  • Horse racing.
  • Kentucky--Fiction.
  • Short stories, American.

Collection Inventory

Die, Little Goose, circa 1955
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains 204 pages.

Shoot a Sitting Duck, circa 1955
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains 211 manuscript pages. This book was published by Random House in November 1955.

The Man Who Went to Taltavul's, circa 1955
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Scope and Content Note:

This short story contains 18 pages with 2 pages of notes to the editor. It won 2nd prize in the 1955 Elley Queen Mystery Story Contest.

The Murder of Whistler's Brother, circa 1956
[Box: 1, Folder: 4-5]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains 194 manuscript pages. The book was published by Random House in October 1956. Signed by the author.

A Sound of Horses, circa 1966
[Box: 1, Folder: 6-7, Box: 2, Folder: 1-2]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains 399 manuscript pages with an additional 50 pages of acknowledgements and an index. Printed in 1966.

Uncle Tom, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains 20 pages of manuscript pages. Note attached to the manuscript states: We have the printed version of this in the James T. Farrell papers. The story was published in MANHUNT.

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