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Vincent Starrett Collection

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Correspondence

Articles

The Step Ladder (photocopies)

Miscellaneous

The Double Dealer (photocopies)



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Collection Overview

Title: Vincent Starrett Collection

ID: RBSC/SPX/008

Extent: 0.0

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of Starrett's novels, bibliographies, essays, poems, correspondence and letters, biographies, autobiographies, and miscellaneous odds and ends such as greeting cards and book plates.

Collection Historical Note

Vincent Starrett was a book collector, author, bibliographer, and a Sherlock Holmes scholar. He has been referred to as part of Chicago's "literary renaissance” and has written or edited more than 50 books of essays, criticism, fiction, biography, poetry, and bibliography. It has been said that Starrett's bibliographies on authors such as Arthur Machen, Stephen Crane, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Ambrose Bierce revived their popularity.

Born in Toronto, Starrett moved to Chicago with his family early on and eventually became a crime reporter, feature writer, political analyst, and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News. His work at the Chicago Daily News ended with the publication of his first novel, "Seaports in the Moon" (1928), which was said to be a dominant bid for literary recognition. He also wrote a weekly column called "Books Alive" in the Chicago Tribune for 25 years, influencing the reading habits of millions. During this time he continued to write detective novels, literary essays, poetry, and more.

One of his greatest claims to fame was his fascination with and knowledge of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. In 1933 he wrote an imaginative biography on the fictional character called "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes." He was one of the founders of the Bakers Street Irregulars, a Sherlock Holmes society, and he was a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society in London.

The Starrett Collection at Northern Illinois University Library's Rare Books and Special Collections began as a modest collection of Chicago Renaissance material many years ago. Items in the collection have been purchased over the years by the library or donated by collectors and other libraries. The collection consists of Starrett's novels, bibliographies, essays, poems, correspondence and letters, biographies, autobiographies, and miscellaneous odds and ends such as greeting cards and book plates.


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Series I: Correspondence
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence to Jay Finley Christ (photocopies), 1944 - 1956
Folder 2: Correspondence with Basil Rathbone (photocopies), 1947 - 1967
Folder 3: Correspondence with Walter Klinefelter 1930-1960 (photocopies), 1930 - 1964
Folder 4: Correspondence with Harry Hansen (photocopies), James B. Stronk (photocopies), Catherine Barth (photocopies), and Mrs. Ira Nelson Morris, 1947 - 1969

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence],
[Series II: Articles],
[Series III: The Step Ladder (photocopies)],
[Series IV: Miscellaneous],
[Series V: The Double Dealer (photocopies)],
[All]


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