Guide to the Josephine ver Brugge Zeitlin Aldous Huxley Collection, 1936-1971

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Josephine ver Brugge Zeitlin Aldous Huxley Collection
Dates: 1936-1971
Identification: SC/AHC
Creator: Zeitlin, Josephine Ver Brugge, 1915-2005
Physical Description: 0.21 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), a British author best known for his novel Brave New World, immigrated to the United States in 1937, where he remained until his death. He began working with Jacob Zeitlin shortly after coming to the US, and corresponded with him over many years. The collection deals primarily with the writing career of Aldous Huxley, including writing samples in the form of pamphlets, reviews of his utopian novel Island (1962), and correspondence between Zeitlin and Huxley from 1937-1961.

Biographical Information:

Jacob Zeitlin (1902-1987) moved to Los Angeles from Wisconsin via Texas in 1925, and began his career as a bookseller shortly thereafter. He owned a number of different shops through the years but is best remembered in the Pennsylvania Dutch-style building on La Cienega Boulevard often referred to as "the red barn." He and Josephine ver Brugge (1915-2005) married in 1939. Josephine, originally from Kansas, graduated from Park University in Missouri. Jacob died in his West Hollywood home following heart bypass surgery in 1987. Josephine died of respiratory failure at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center in 2005.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author best known for his novel Brave New World, immigrated to the United States in 1937, where he remained until his death. He was represented by Zeitlin and corresponded with him over many years.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Justine ver Brugge Zeitlin Aldous Huxley Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Scope and Contents

The collection deals primarily with the writing career of Aldous Huxley, including writing samples in the form of pamphlets, reviews of his utopian novel Island (1962), and correspondence between Zeitlin and Huxley dating from 1937-1961. The correspondence largely deals with book transactions including catalogs, sales inquiries, and printings, as well as Zeitlin’s attempts to sell Huxley’s work to the entertainment industry. At least one note is in shorthand.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

"100,000 Say No! Aldous Huxley and 'Dick' Sheppard Talk about Pacifism", 1936

Box 1, Folder 2

"The Armour of the Polymath," Times Literary Supplement book review

Box 1, Folder 3

Bevedit, Champlin, "Huxley", 1962 March 1

Box 1, Folder 4

Huxley, Aldous, "1936...Peace?", 1936

Box 1, Folder 5

Huxley, Aldous, correspondence with Jacob Zeitlin and others, 1938-1955

Box 1, Folder 6

Mackier, Jerome, "Shakespeare and Aldous Huxley," from Shakespeare Quarterly, Spring 1971

Box 1, Folder 7

Meckier, Jerome, "The Hippopotamian Question: A Note on Aldous Huxley's Unfinished Novel," from Modern Fiction Studies 16:4, 1970-1971

Box 1, Folder 8

R. Piper & Co. Vier Bedeutende neue Essaybände publishing catalog

Box 1, Folder 9

Zeitlin, Jacob. Correspondence with Aldous Huxley, 1937-1955