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Baker, E. mss., ca. 1958-2003

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
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Baker, Elliott

Baker, E. mss., ca. 1958-2003

Collection No.
LMC 2386

ca. 250 items

Materials are in English

The Baker, E. mss., ca. 1958-2003, consists primarily of the correspondence and writings of Elliott Baker.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Born December 15, 1922, in Buffalo, New York, Elliott Baker graduated from Indiana University in 1943 with a B.S. in business. Following a short professional baseball appearance with the Cincinnati Reds, Baker joined the United States Army and served as an infantry rifleman until discharged in 1946. His writing career began with playwriting, eventually having a number of plays produced in the new medium of television on both CBS and NBC. His first novel, A Fine Madness, was published in 1964 by G.P. Putnam. It was subsequently made into a film with the screenplay by Elliott Baker and starring Sean Connery and Joanne Woodward.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Photographs and video tape; III. Printed; IV. Writings by E. Baker; and, V. Writings by others.

Scope and Content Note

The Baker, E. mss., ca. 1958-2003, consists primarily of the correspondence and writings of Elliott Baker. Correspondents in the collection include Elliott Baker, Tom Bethell, Charles Davenport Champlin, Edward T. Chase, Claud Cockburn, Bryan Forbes, Claude Gallimard, Harvey Slom Ginsberg, Peter Israel, Irvin Kershner, Norman Mailer, Charlton Ogburn, Margaret Rutherford, Gary Taylor, Gore Vidal, Ivan von Auw, William Carlos Williams and Elizabeth (Springer) Wrigley.

Other items in the collection include three photographs: Elliott Baker in London, Elliott Baker with Robert Frost, 1958, and Elliott Baker with Sean Connery and Joanne Woodward while shooting the film, A Fine Madness October, 1965; and a video taped interview with Baker by Skip E. Lowe for his program "Skip Lowe Looks at Hollywood."

Writings present include: And We Were Young; Clark and Myrna; Confectionaries; Delia; Doctor Lopez; Ebenezer; Klynt's Law; The Movies, The Monks and Colonel Mix; The Penny Wars; Pocock & Pitt; Unhealthful Air; Unrequited Loves; and When the Flowers Died. Also present are a couple of talks given by Baker at various meetings, and an essay on Baker and his novels by Warren Hope.

Related Material

Baker, E. mss. II; also located at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired. 1972-2003.
Usage Restrictions
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Preferred Citation
[Item], Baker, E. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 Correspondence

General, 1958-1993 

Baker, Elliott, 1922-

To Hellman, Jerome; 1965, Nov. 12, 26.

To Kershner, Irvin; 1966, Jan. 29

To Ogburn, Charlton; 1993, Oct. 8


Bethell, Tom, 1940- to Baker, Elliott; 1992, Apr. 6

Champlin, Charles Davenport, 1926- to Baker, Elliott

1992, Mar. 30 

1993, Sept. 25;  Oct. 5 (enclosure),  Oct. 20. 

Chase, Edward T., 1912-1988 to Baker, Elliott; 1979, Apr. 30

Cockburn, Claud, 1904-1981 to Baker, Elliott; 1963, Feb. 7; July 2

Forbes, Bryan, 1926- to Baker, Elliott 1993, May 28

Gallimard, Claude, 1914-1991 to Baker, Elliott; 1963, Oct. 16

Israel, Peter, 1933- to Baker, Elliott; 1963, Oct. 16; Nov. 14

Kershner, Irvin, 1923- to Baker, Elliott; 1966, Jan. 25

Mailer, Norman, 1923- to Baker, Elliott; 1979, June 1

Ogburn, Charlton, 1911-1998 to Baker, Elliott

1992, Apr. 16 

1993, Oct. 15 (postcard)

Ogburn, Charlton, 1911-1998 to Champlin, Charles Davenport; 1993, Oct. 2 (copy - enclosed in Champlain to Elliott Baker, Oct. 5, 1993)

Rutherford, Margaret, 1892-1972 to Baker, Elliott; 1962, June 12

Taylor, Gary, 1953- to Baker, Elliott; 1992, May 18

Vidal, Gore, 1925- to Baker, Elliott; undated

Von Auw, Ivan, 1903-1991 to Baker, Elliott

1962, Nov. 5 

1964, Jan. 31 

Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 to Baker, Elliott; 1958, June 6


Wrigley, Elizabeth (Springer), 1914-1997 to Baker, Elliott; 1993, Dec. 15

Harvey Ginsberg, 1962-1974

Lisabeth Scott, 1972-1988 (all photocopies). Includes one photograph of Scott.

Series: Photographs and Video Tape

Box 1 Photographs

Baker with Robert Frost, Nov. 1958

Baker with Sean Connery and Joanne Woodward during filming of A Fine Madness, New York City, Oct. 1965

Baker alone with cityscape in background, undated

Video tape: Skip Lowe looks at Hollywood, guest Elliott Baker

Series: Printed

Box 1 By or about Elliott Baker, 1967-1985. Includes copy of BBC interview, 1964; off-print of Elliott Baker entry in First Printings of American Authors, 1977;  etc.

A Fine Madness. Jacket copy, ads, reviews, etc.

A Fine Madness. Movie reviews

Series: Writings by E. Baker

Subseries: Short Works

Box 1 "And the Winner is..." Typed document, 24 p. Published in Blue Satellite, vol. 6, no. 2, Feb. 2000

(2 copies)

"The Man Who Would Be Tampax." Typed document, 6 p.

"More Home Thoughts from Abroad..." Typed document, 9 p. Apr. 7, 1997

"The Movies, the Monks, and Colonel Mix." Typed document, 54 p. in gray covers. Part published in The Saturday Evening Post, Sept. 14, 1964

"The Unpopular Novel and the Popular Film." Typed document, 15 p. Talk given at the Fifteenth Annual Writers' Week at Pasadena City College, May 6, 1969

Subseries: Box 2 Full-Length Novels, etc.

And We Were Young. Typed document, 272 p. in black covers. (London: Michael Joseph, 1980)

And We Were Young. Ads, reviews, etc., 1979-1980

Klynt's Law. Typed document, 311 p. Original title: "The Death of Probability" (London: Michael Joseph, 1976)

Klynt's Law. Reviews, etc., 1976

Klynt's Law. Screenplay, adapted by Elliott Baker from his novel. 110 p. in plastic binder (includes 1 p. of photocopied reviews, 1976)

The Penny Wars: A nostalgic novel. Typed document, 344 p. in blue binder (London: Michael Joseph, 1968)

The Penny Wars: A nostalgic novel. Ads, reviews, etc., 1968-1969

The Penny Wars: A nostalgic novel. Stage adaptation. Typed document, 135 p. in plastic binder (Produced by David Merrick; premiere performance, New York, Royale Theatre, Oct. 15, 1969)

Pocock and Pitt. 2 drafts; printer's copy, 2 sets of galleys (London: Michael Joseph, 1974)

(6 folders)

Pocock and Pitt. Ads, reviews, etc., 1971-1974

Box 3 Unhealthful Air. Typed document, 287 p. (New York: Viking, 1988)

(3 folders)

Unrequited Loves. Typed document with many revisions, 243 p. (London: Michael Joseph, 1974)

(2 folders)

Unrequited Loves. Galleys

Unrequited Loves. Ads, reviews, etc., 1973-1974

Portraits. Adapted from his autobiography, Unrequited Loves, (screenplay) typed document, 110 p. 1998, in yellow covers

Clark and Myrna. Typed document, 96 p. Play in two acts, premiered July 1972.

2 copies - one in plastic binder; one in yellow covers (2 folders)

Delia: A Novel. Typed document, 235 p. in gray covers

Delia: A Novel. Typed document, 237 p. in plastic binder

"In Defense of Delia" Typed document with penciled revisions, 22p. London, Sept. 1989.  Published in Elliott Baker's Bardolatry (London: Holofernes, 1992)

The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded, by Delia Bacon; abridged by Elliott Baker. Typed document (photocopy), 280p. Foreword by Elliott Baker, London, 1993, in plastic binder. Published as Shakespeare's Philosophy Unfolded (Phila., PA: Xlibris Corp., 2000)

Doctor Lopez: A Novel. Typed document 227 p. in plastic binder (London: Holofernes, 1995) 

Doctor Lopez. Screenplay by Elliott Baker (adapted from his novel) 2002. Typed document (photocopy), 120 p. in lavender covers

Percy, Bob and Assenpoop: Memories of Wyndham Lewis, Robert Frost and Ezra Pound. Typed document, 125 p. (London: 1994)

When the Flowers Died: a potboiler novel. c.1997 Typed document, 222 p.

Ebenezer. "Novel in progress - as of May 2000" Typed document (photocopy), 56 p. May 2000

Box 4 Ebenezer. Typed document (copy), 177 p.

Confectionaries. Typed document contents: Percy, Bob and Assenpoop, "And the Winner is...," Bardolatry, and Variations on the Theme of the Kreutzer Sonata. Includes copy of letter from Elliott Baker to "Lillian" (typist?) dated Nov. 21, 2002

Confectionaries. Photocopy/proofs?

Series: Writings by Others

Box 4 Hope, Warren. "Saplings for the Sahara: Some novels by Elliott Baker" Typed document (copy), 8 p.