The Harold Norse papers, -2009; undated [bulk 1960s-2006] consist of correspondence, writings, professional papers,
legal papers, personal papers and artworks that chart Norse’s literary trajectory from his time in college to his death.
Harold Norse (his surname a clever rearrangement of birth name Rosen) was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1916, the illegitimate son
of Fanny Albaum, an unwed Lithuanian Jewish immigrant. In 1934 he began attending Brooklyn College. Norse edited the campus
literary magazine Brooklyn College Observer and received his B.A there in 1938. That same year, Norse met Chester Kallman.
The following year, they were to both meet W.H. Auden at a reading event featuring Auden and Christopher Isherwood. Auden
and Kallman quickly became lovers (eventually lifelong companions) and Norse, for a brief time, Auden’s secretary. It was
to be the beginning of Norse’s uncanny ability of meeting and befriending literary and artistic greats.
49 linear feet
(36 cartons, 2 boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 1 portfolio, and 5 oversize folders)
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