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David Alexander papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
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56M309: [Identification of item], David Alexander papers, circa 1955-1966, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
0.68 Cubic feet
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.
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.
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.
Contains 204 pages.
Contains 211 manuscript pages. This book was published by Random House in November 1955.
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.
Contains 194 manuscript pages. The book was published by Random House in October 1956. Signed by the author.
Contains 399 manuscript pages with an additional 50 pages of acknowledgements and an index. Printed in 1966.
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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