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CHUR 4/6 Literary: correspondence on offers for WSC's war memoirs, other works and lecture tours.

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CHUR 4/6/165-166

Letter from Marshall Field [President and Director of Field Enterprises Incorporated] (The Chicago Sun, 400 West Madison Street, Chicago, 6 [United States]) to WSC on publication of his war memoirs. Field explains that he had already written to Brendan Bracken to inquire about obtaining the rights, and hopes that WSC would not let anyone else have them without talking to him first. He states that the Chicago Sun and the New York Herald Tribune had joined forces over the American newspaper rights, while he also had an interest in Simon and Schuster and Pocket Books, who were anxious to secure WSC’s book rights. Combining the two, he states that WSC could make up to a million dollars, possibly more with world rights, and assures him that the Chicago Sun would guarantee a substantial part of this. Field also mentions WSC’s property right in his memoirs, which could be sold outright [this has been annotated in red ink with a question mark]. He ends by repeating how much it would mean to the Chicago Sun and New York Herald Tribune to have the honour of printing whatever WSC wanted to write. Signed typescript.

2 folios
19 Sep 1945
CHUR 4/6/174-175

Letter from [Max] Lincoln Schuster [co-founder and Chairman of Simon and Schuster, publishers] (The Inner Sanctum of Simon and Schuster, 1230 Sixth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, New York City [United States]) to WSC on publication of his war memoirs. Schuster states that because of his company’s experience in book promotion and distribution, they would be able to match any offers for the American book rights. He adds that their association with Marshall Field [President and Director of Field Enterprises Incorporated], the Chicago Sun and their affiliated newspapers would also make them an ideal choice for combined book and newspaper rights, or for world rights. Schuster cites non-fiction works such as ‘Mission to Moscow’, ‘Ten Years in Japan’ and ‘One World’, as proof of their success in the last twenty years, and states that Simon and Schuster could obtain the largest distribution, best return and most effective publication for WSC’s work, and match or exceed any other genuine offer. He also suggests other forms of benefit for WSC, such as a trust fund or share of the profits, and describes the extent of Simon and Schuster’s distribution, particularly in conjunction with the Marshall Field group. Signed typescript.

2 folios
06 Jun 1945
CHUR 4/6/178-180

Letter from [Max] Lincoln Schuster [co-founder and Chairman of Simon and Schuster, publishers] (The Inner Sanctum of Simon and Schuster, 1230 Sixth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, New York City [United States]) to Brendan Bracken on the publication of WSC’s war memoirs. Schuster sends Bracken a copy of his letter to WSC (see CHUR 4/6/174-5) and states that they would greatly appreciate any suggestions that he might have in presenting their offer to WSC. Signed typescript.

3 folios
06 Jun 1945