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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Max Goodman letters
    Dates: 1932-1935
    Collection Number: Consult repository
    Creator/Collector: Goodman, Max
    Extent: 11 letters
    Repository: Sonoma State University Library
    Rohnert Park, California 94928
    Abstract: The collection consists of eleven letters exchanged between Max Goodman, a Philadelphia pharmacist, and Charmian London. The correspondence was a 1976 gift to the Sonoma State University Library by Milo Shepard, grand-nephew of Jack London and grandson of Eliza Shepard. Max Goodman initiated the correspondence in 1932, in the form of a fan letter to Charmian London. London responded with details about life on her ranch and discusses the Nazi banning of some of Jack London’s books. The last letter to Charmian London was written in March 1935 by Max Goodman.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research by appointment

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    Max Goodman letters. Sonoma State University Library

    Biography/Administrative History

    During an inventory of the Jack London collection at Sonoma State University, an un-cataloged file folder containing forty-two pages of correspondence between Max Goodman, a Philadelphia pharmacist, and Charmian London was discovered. Eleven letters are in the folder, six hand-written by Max Goodman, and five typed letters by Charmian London. These letters reveal information about Charmian which has not been reported by any of her biographers. Charmian, Jack London’s widow, was 61 years old when the correspondence began. Unfortunately, Max Goodman does not reveal his age, but we estimate he was in his late 20s or early 30s.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection consists of eleven letters, six hand-written by Max Goodman, and five typed letters by Charmian London.

    Indexing Terms

    London, Charmian