Blassingame Correspondence 1960s

Blassingame Correspondence 1960s
Blassingame Correspondence 1960s
 
File Number
CORR331-12 - 17
Box Number
331
Title
Blassingame Correspondence 1960s
Category
Correspondence/Agents
Type
 
Dates, approximate
1960s
Pages
979
Description
Part 1, 192 pages – Various business correspondence from Jan 1967-Dec 1968. Generally chronological over the period. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Discussion of building Bonny Doon house in Santa Cruz. Scattered references to Alexei Panshin and "Heinlein in Dimension". References to the Heinlein's first meeting with Frank Herbert (author of "Dune") at pg 93. References to David Gerrold working on a draft of a screenplay for "Stranger in a Strange Land" at pg 115. Scattered references to difficulties with "policing" Putnam's royalties statements. Correspondence with British publisher re renaming Heinlein's "The Rolling Stones" to "Space Family Stone" for the UK market due to the potential that Mick and the lads lawyers might possibly cause troubles. References to spending time with literary appraiser, Dr. Robert Metsdorf, re what would become the donation of the Heinlein archives to UC Santa Cruz, pg 173 & 178.
 
Part 2, 225 pages – Various business correspondence from Jan 1961-Dec 1962. Generally chronological over the period; some early 1961 letters at end of file.. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers.  References to editing of  "Man From Mars" (aka "Stranger in a Strange Land"). References to Guest of Honor appearance at the 1961 World Science Fiction convention in Seattle. References to completion of the bomb shelter at their home in Colorado Springs. References to work on and completion of "Podkayne of Mars".. Several references to the mystery illness of Ginny (altitude sickness) that would eventually force them out of Colorado. References to work on and completion of "Glory Road". Scattered references to the ending of the relationship with Gnome Press. References to Robert's participation in a  Playboy symposium of s-f authors later published in the magazine. Robert provides some thoughts at length re "Podkayne of Mars" at pp189-190. Discussion of agreeing to publish "Stranger in a Strange Land" with the Science Fiction Book club to ensure Putnam's made a profit, and discussion of proposed titles at pg210.
 
Part 3, 94 pages – Various business correspondence from Jan 1963-Apr 1964. Generally chronological over the period. Smattering of 1966 correspondence at end of file. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Discussion of Heinlein's "All Aboard the Gemini" appearing in Popular Mechanics. References to "Farnham's Freehold". Multiple references to Ginny's continuing mystery illness (undiagnosed altitude sickness). References to editing of "Glory Road".
 
Part 4 95 pages – Various business correspondence from Jan 1966-Oct 1966.  Generally chronological over the period. Smattering of 1966 correspondence at end of file. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Some discussion of the process of elimination whereby the Heinleins chose Santa Cruz for their new home, pp60-64
 
Part 5, 129 pages – Various business correspondence from Jan 1963-Dec 1964. Generally chronological over the period. Smattering of 1966 correspondence at end of file. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. Scattered References to "Farnham's Freehold". Multiple references to Ginny's continuing mystery illness (undiagnosed altitude sickness). References to editing of "Glory Road". Multiple references to the Heinleins support of Barry Goldwater in the presidential campaign of 1964. Robert has a fine rant at Doubleday's expense, pp107-110 giving in passing an interesting view of the science fiction publishing market of the mid-1960s. Robert claims a "new public relations policy" of not allowing strangers to waste his time at pp114-116.
 
Part 6, 244 pages – Various business correspondence from Jan 1965-Dec 1967. Generally chronological over the period. Highlights include: Agent Lurton Blassingame and various publishers. References to shopping "The Brass Cannon" (aka "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress").. Robert remarks on the passing of E.E. Doc Smith at pg 79. Multiple references to building the house at Bonny Doon. References to a letter (possibly the first) from Leon Stover at pg 163. Multiple references to tussles with Walter Minton at Putnams over contractual issues. Robert calls Lurton his "closest friend" at pp 232-233. Letter continues on to discuss the importance of Ginny's happiness to his own and closes with an admission that both Jubal Harshaw of "Stranger in a Strange Land" and Rufo of "Glory Road" were used by the author to say things on his behalf.
 
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