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Eugene L. Burdick Papers

Identifier: MsC0574

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains a typescript of Burdick's book The Blue of Capricorn and the serialized version of his story Fail-Safe that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1962.


  • Creation: 1962


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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The author and political scientist Eugene Burdick was born in 1918 in Sheldon, Iowa, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 4. Burdick attended Stanford University and Oxford University where he earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. In 1956 his critically acclaimed novel The Ninth Wave was published and in 1958 his controversial bestseller The Ugly American appeared, which he co-authored with William J. Lederer. In the following years Burdick continued to publish books and articles, including the 1962 Fail-Safe, co-authored with Harvey Wheeler. In 1965 he died of a heart attack at the age of 46.


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Language of Materials



Author and co-author of such books as The Ugly American and Fail-Safe. This collection contains a manuscript for the book The Blue of Capricorn, and the serialized version of Fail-Safe, as well as clippings relating to Burdick. Iowa Author Ms.

Method of Acquisition

The typescript of The Blue of Capricorn was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Eugene Burdick in 1961.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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