Harry Whittington manuscripts
Scope and Contents
Three typrescript drafts of books by H. Whittington: 'Trouble Rides Tall' (1958), 'Play for Keeps' (1957), and 'Strangers on Friday' (1959).
- Creation: 1957-1959
- Creation: Date acquired: 01/06/1961
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Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to all researchers.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Biographical or Historical Information
Harry Benjamin Whittington was born in Ocala, Florida on February 4, 1915. He married Kathryn L. Lavinia Odom and father two children, Harriet Kathryn Beebe and Howard Hardee.
Whittington has been called the "king" of paperback fiction. Between 1951 and 1963, he produced 85 books, primarily crime fiction but also westerns and other genres as well. He was educated in the Florida public schools and took night classes in English. He worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency, a postal worker, an editor, a freelance writer, a screenwriter, and an editor and writer for US Department of Agriculture. He wrote under a variety of pseudonyms and seemed to select his name to match his genre. For example, he chose Ashley Carter as a nom de plume for a series of pre-Civil War plantation novels. Other pseudonyms he used include Tabor Evans, Whit Harrison, Kel Holland, Harriet Kathryn Myers, Blaine Stevens, Clay Stuart, Hondo Wells, Harry White, and Hallam Whitney.
5.00 folders (5 folders.)
0 Linear Feet
Source of Acquisition
Donated by Harry Whittington
Method of Acquisition
Items were sent to FSU Libraries by Abelard-Schuman, publishers.
Genre / Form
- Harry Whittington manuscripts MSS 0-313
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