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Seymour Krim Papers

Identifier: MsC0367

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Scope and Contents

The Seymour Krim papers are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence. Included are drafts of his articles, essays, and reviews. There are also typescripts and reviews from his published collections, among which are: The Beats; Views of a Nearsighted Cannoneer; You and Me; Shake It for the World; Smartass; and others. His unfinished book, Chaos, is also represented. The collection contains over three boxes of correspondence arranged chronologically, including letters from Jim Burns, Malcolm Crowley, Charlotte Curtis, Fielding Dawson, James Dickey, Robert Duncan, Elinore Eisinger, Charlotte Gafford, Ralph Gleason, Irving Grossber, Pete Hamill, Daryl Hendersen, Milton Hindus, Richard Hugo, J.R. Humphreys, Alan Kapelner, William Kennedy, Milton Klonsky, Arthur Krim, Norman Mailer, W.H. Manville, David Markson, Harvey Matusow, John Nichols, Gerald Nicosia, Anthony Powell, Dan Propper, Dotson Rader, Dachine Rainier, Morris Renek, Alan Ross, Francis Schwartz, Michael Seide, Mark Schechner, C.P. Snow, Irving Stettner, Gay Talese, H.L. Van Brunt, Dan Wakefield, Richard Walton, Tom Wolfe, and Richard Yates. An index to the correspondence is available in the repository. Series 13 contains an index to the correspondence in Series 1. The capital letters refer to the box numbers, small letters refer to the folder number, and arabic numbers in parentheses refer to the number of letters by a particular author in a particular folder.


  • Creation: 1950-2012


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Seymour M. Krim (1922 -- 1989) was born in New York City. He spent one year attending the University of North Carolina and then had a wartime job with the Office of War Information. He moved to Greenwich Village and began working as a writer. He edited Nugget magazine, was a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and contributed essays and reviews to many publications, including the Village Voice. Krim was closely associated with the literary "Beats". He is regarded as one of the fathers of "new journalism" or "creative non-fiction." He taught at a number of institutions including the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University. In 1986, while teaching in Haifa, he suffered a major heart attack. On August 30, 1989, after becoming almost completely disabled, he ended his own life.


4.75 Linear Feet

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Journalist and essayist. Correspondence, typescripts, notes, reviews, published copies, etc. relating to his literary career and his contributions to beat literature and the new journalism movement.

Method of Acquisition

The Seymour M. Krim Papers were purchased from Mr. Krim.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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