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Collection Number: 12004-z

Collection Title: James Sandoe Correspondence with Mystery Writers, 1963-1968

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Size About 30 items
Abstract James Sandoe was a critic and student of mystery stories. The collection includes scattered correspondence between James Sandoe and mystery writers, including Hillary Waugh and Amanda Cross, concerning their lives, especially their writings, and the selection of the best mystery stories of 1967.
Creator Sandoe, James.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Sandoe Correspondence with Mystery Writers, #12004-z, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Transfer 1968
Sensitive Materials Statement
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James Sandoe received his B.A. from Stanford, M.A. from Columbia, and certificate in librarianship from the University of California. He taught speech and drama at the University of Colorado at Boulder, 1968-1969. As a critic specializing in mystery stories, he wrote many reviews, assays, and introductions, including a section in Howard Haycroft's The Art of the Mystery Story (1974).

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The collection includes scattered correspondence between James Sandoe and mystery writers, including Hillary Waugh and Amanda Cross, concerning their lives, especially their writings, and the selection of the best mystery stories of 1967.

Included are three undated notes from Dorothy Davis and Jennie/Elaine Palmer. Scattered items, 1963-1965, include eight letter to or from Lillian (de la Torre) Bueno McCure, E.T. (Ned) Guymon Jr., Doris Bell (Collier) Ball (Josephine Ball), William Anthony Parker White (Anthony Boucher), and Dorothy B. Hughes. There are four letters March-April 1967 to and from Amanda Cross.

Correspondence December 1967-May 1968 relates to Sandoe's serving on the Mystery Writers' Association committee to select the best mystery and the best first mystery by an American published in 1967. Hillary Waugh was chair of the committee, and most of the correspondence is with him and includes duplicated letters containing the opinions of all of committee members, Richard Martin Stern among them.

In a May 1968 letter, Sandoe discussed sending these letters to Mrs. E.A. Cameron.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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