Joe Schaumburger papers, 1954-1986 and undated

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Joe Schaumburger's collection of correspondence and early writings by Lin Carter.
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Materials in English
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Scope and content:

This archive mostly shows Carter's humorous side and includes 18 different original drawings that most likely date to the late 1950s. Includes Carter's illustrated creation of the "Genito-Urinary Book Club" that mocks get-rich-quick schemes and self-help books. It involves becoming a member of the "Royal Order of the Purple Bladder" and buying books such as "How to Cash in on Your Kidney Stones".

Other highlights include a number of inscribed greeting cards and invitations, apparently unpublished book reviews and humor essays, original handwritten poetry and a rare issue of Carter's fanzine, The Saturday Evening Toad, issued with Schaumburger in 1957.

There are also several letters between Schaumburger and Carter, including a moving letter from Carter in his final years where he describes his dire financial straits and inability to get medical care because he cannot afford it.

Biographical / historical:

This collection from the estate of science fiction author and editor Joe Schaumburger (1930-2011) sheds light on the personal life of prolific science fiction writer Lin Carter. Schaumburger became close to Carter in 1948, about a year after Carter's letters and poems began appearing in science fiction magazines. They bonded over their shared passion for science fiction, ultimately working together as writers at Prentice-Hall. Schaumburger finished his career at Daw Books where he was managing editor.

Acquisition information:
The Joe Schaumburger Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as purchase in 2017.
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Processed by Ben Saalfeld, Feb. 2017.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2017-0011

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