The collection contains material sent by John B. Sanford to Robert W. Smith, including correspondence, typescript drafts of
articles/shorter works, and photocopies of reviews of Sanford's books from various newspapers, as well as other materials
Smith had collected regarding Sanford.
John B. Sanford, born Julian L. Shapiro in New York in 1904, studied to become a lawyer until his friend, the author Nathanael
West, encouraged him to take up writing. In the summer of 1931, they retreated to a cabin in the forests of the Adirondacks,
where Shapiro completed his first novel, The Water Wheel. Following its publication in 1933, he adopted the name of the book's protagonist as his pen name, which he then made his
legal name in 1940. The critical success of his second novel, The Old Man's Place (1935), led to a script-writing job in Hollywood, where he met his wife, screenwriter Marguerite Roberts. Having already
established a successful career for herself, Roberts offered to support Sanford so he could return to writing novels.
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