Jay Leyda (1910-1988) was a critic, filmmaker, author, editor and educator. Leyda also worked as a technical advisor on Russian
subjects for Hollywood and taught at Yale, York University and New York University. The collection consists of manuscripts
and page proofs with holographic corrections of Leyda's work relating to Herman Melville and Leyda's study
The Melville Log, Sergei Eisenstein, Modest Mussorgsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Leyda was born February 12, 1910 in Detroit; studied filmmaking at State Film Institute, Moscow, with Sergei Eisenstein in
1933; critic, filmmaker, author, editor, educator; translated Eisenstein's theoretical works on cinema; wrote/edited critical
studies/biographies of Melville, Dickenson, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff; lifelong film historian and teacher of cinema; during
1940s was technical advisor on Russian subjects for Hollywood; in 1960s and 70s taught at Yale and York University, Toronto;
was at New York University from 1973 until his death on February 15, 1988 of heart failure.
24 boxes (12 linear ft.)
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