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Pittsburgh Authors: Literary Degrees of Separation, Spring 2013 @ Pitt Special Collections: Degrees of Separation

Exhibit of documents from the Mary Roberts Rinehart Papers (1831-1970), Hervey Allen Papers (1831-1965), Lawrence Lee Papers (1920-1978), Walter and Martha Leuba Collection, Nixon Theatre: Pittsburgh Theatre Collection, and Special Collections

Exibit Case 2: Mutual Relationships

Mary Roberts Rinehart and Hervey Allen 

Mary Roberts Rinehart’s sons Stanley M. Rinehart Jr. and Fredrick R. Rinehart were also Hervey Allen’s publishers at Farrar & Rinehart.  Farrar & Rinehart also handled much of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s publications up until 1949, when John Farrar left the company to form Farrar Straus & Giroux.  After 1946, Farrar & Rinehart became Rinehart & Co. and continued to publish Allen and Rinehart’s novels.  

Hervey Allen and Lawrence Lee

Hervey Allen and Lawrence Lee seemed to have known each other on a professional basis.  Various manuscripts of Lee’s were reviewed favorably by Allen.  Furthermore, both shared mutual acquaintances with other well-known literary figures including Robert Frost, E.A. Robinson, and William Rose Benét. As exhibited, a manuscript exists in the Hervey Allen Papers that suggests a planned collaboration between Frost and Lee in compiling selected Allen poems, however the manuscript was never published.

Lawrence Lee and Walter Leuba

As editor of various publications that featured Leuba’s poetry, Lee enjoyed a professional relationship with Walter Leuba as well.  Leuba was published in at least two of Lee’s publications.

Images below clockwise from left: Letter of FARRAR & RINEHART to Hervey Allen and his wife, December 1942; Mary Robert Rinehart with her three adult sons; business letter from Rinehart & Company.