The collection contains approximately 400 b/w publicity photographs of literary figures whose books were sent for review by
Robert Kirsch. They are arranged alphabetically by surname. In a few instances, a photograph's credits may refer to a given
author but the image may be the book's subject(s) rather than the author. Most of the photographs are undated. Those that
are dated mainly are from the latter 1970s.
Robert R. Kirsch (1922-1980) was the Los Angeles Times book critic for many years and a Santa Barbara area resident. He produced thousands of columns, book reviews, and essays,
and also wrote fiction, sometimes under pseudonyms of Robert Dundee and Robert Bancroft. His works include: In the Wrong Rain (1959), Madeleine Austrian (1960), Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963, An Address at a Memorial Meeting Held in the School of Library Service, February 27, 1964,with Lawrence Clark Powell and Jacob Zeitlin (1964), The Wars of Pardon (1965), West of the West: Witnesses to the California Experience, 1542-1906; The Story of California from the Conquistadores to the
Great Earthquake (1967), Lives, Works, & Transformations: A Quarter Century of Book Reviews and Essays (1978), and
Casino: A Novel of Las Vegas (1979). Kirsch died in Santa Barbara, CA on Aug. 16, 1980.
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on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.