de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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1938-1989 [1970-1989]
5.80 cu.ft. (22 boxes)

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Materials received from Sonia Levitin in 1986 and 1992.


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Biographical Sketch

As a Jewish child born in Berlin in 1934, the odds were against Sonia Levitin's surviving to become the award-winning children's author she is today. Her father, Max Wolff, was a tailor and garment manufacturer. As the Nazis' campaign of terror against the Jews increased, the Wolff family escaped to Switzerland in 1938 when Sonia was three years old. The family was destitute because they had been forced to leave practically all of their money and possessions behind. Levitin, her mother, and her two older sisters waited in Switzerland as refugees for nearly a year while the father went to the United States to look for work and arrange accommodations for his family.

The first years in the United States were hard ones for the Wolff family. Levitin's father initially sold neckties for a living while her mother worked as a cleaning woman. The family settled in Los Angeles, where Mr. Wolff eventually succeeded in establishing a small garment manufacturing business. Since her parents' busy schedules left them little time for their children, Levitin was largely raised by her teenaged sister Eva.

As a small child, Levitin felt drawn to animals and had numerous pets. She became an avid reader once she went to school and particularly enjoyed the books of Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder, leading her at the age of twelve to decide she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Other childhood interests were painting and playing the piano.

In 1952 Levitin began classes at the University of California at Berkeley. Early in her first semester there she met Lloyd Levitin, a fellow student whom she married a year later. Levitin continued at Berkeley until 1954, when the couple moved to Philadelphia. While her husband attended graduate school, Levitin completed the requirements for the bachelor of science degree in education, which she received from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956. Soon after her graduation the couple returned to California and settled in the San Francisco Bay area, where she took a job teaching junior high. A year later she became pregnant with her first child, Daniel, and quit teaching to devote her full time to being a mother.

It was at this time Levitin seriously began to write. She took classes at San Francisco State College, where one of her teachers was Walter Van Tilburg Clark, author of The Ox-Bow Incident. While studying with Clark, Levitin began writing publicity pieces for various charities and volunteer organizations. She eventually had several articles published in magazines and also wrote columns for local newspapers. Once established as a newspaper columnist, Levitin began to teach creative writing classes. Success in selling fiction, however, still eluded her.

After the birth of her daughter Shari in 1962, Levitin began to write down her memoirs of the Wolff family's escape from Germany. What began as a personal narrative, intended only to be read by her children, evolved into the fictionalized account of her own family's exodus from Europe, Journey to America (1970). The book met with immediate commercial and critical success, receiving the Jewish Book Council of America award for best juvenile fiction that year.

Levitin has since published more than twenty other books, all but two of them for children. These range from picture books, such as A Sound to Remember (1979) and Nobody Stole the Pie (1980), to murder mysteries such as Incident at Loring Groves (1988). Still other books are humorous in nature, such as Rita, the Weekend Rat (1971) and The Mark of Conte (1976). Courage, independence of thought, and personal freedom are frequent themes in Levitin's more serious young adult novels, whether they are set in the past (Roanoke, 1973; and The No-Return Trail, 1978) or the present (Smile Like a Plastic Daisy, 1984; and A Season for Unicorns, 1986). In novels such as these, characters change and mature by realizing that they must make their own decisions and stand by their beliefs. Reigning Cats and Dogs (1978), Levitin's only non-fiction book to date, is an account of her family's experiences with their pets. What They Did to Miss Lily (1981) is an adult novel, published under Levitin's maiden name of Sonia Wolff.

Many of Levitin's books have won awards, though Journey to America, The Return (1987), and Incident at Loring Groves have garnered the most acclaim. In 1981 the Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People gave her an award for her entire body of work. For a complete list of Levitin's awards through 1991, researchers should consult the sources listed below.

Sonia Levitin and her husband reside in southern California. She has a variety of interests besides writing, including history, Judaic studies, music, painting, and travel.


  • Control file, "Sonia Levitin," de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection, McCain Library and Archives.
  • Fifth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators, pp. 191-193.
  • Something About the Author, vol. 68, pp. 130-134.
  • Something About the Author Autobiography Series, vol. 2, p. 111-126.
  • Twentieth-Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., pp. 577-578.

    Scope and Content

    The collection has been sorted into seven series: autobiographical, biographical and personal material; correspondence; speeches and public appearances; books; articles; and unidentified.

    The biographical and personal information contains two biographical data sheets about Levitin, three newspaper articles about her, and a promotional item. Of particular interest are the photocopies of pages from Levitin's journals. These date from as early as 1959, and in them the author expresses her personal views on writing. She alludes to discussions with Walter van Tilberg Clark in some entries. There is also a document related to Levitin's father's application for immigration to the United States in 1938. This is the 1938 legal deposition of A. Walter Socolow, testifying that Max Wollf should be issued a visa allowing him to immigrate to the United States. Socolow was a New York attorney who helped immigrants obtain affidavits enabling them to become U.S. citizens; he met Levitin's father through the Jewish Aid Committee. Socolow is mentioned as "Mr. Sokoloff" in Levitin's translation of her mother's autobiographical memoir "Auswanderung," held with the Journey to America materials. Researchers interested in more biographical information on Levitin should also consult the materials for Journey to America (1970), her semi-autobiographical first novel.

    The correspondence series has been arranged chronologically, and contains letters to the de Grummond Collection, personal letters and fan mail. Correspondence which relates to public appearances or specific book titles has been retained in those series.

    Book-related materials are arranged alphabetically by title and within title according to the probable order in which they were created. When there is correspondence related to a title, the correspondence has been placed first in order.

    The diversity of Levitin's writing can be seen from the types of books represented in this collection. For Journey to America there are numerous fan letters, general correspondence, a carbon copy of a typescript, galleys, and articles and reviews about the book. The general correspondence includes letters to and from Levitin's publishers, rejection notices and correspondence relating to the Jewish Book Council Award. Also included is the fragment of a memoir apparently written by Levitin's sister Eva, the real-life counterpart of Lisa Platt, the main character of Journey to America. Of special interest is another memoir, written in German by Levitin's mother Helene Wolff, which contains a firsthand account of her family's flight from Germany to the United States. Levitin's English translation of this document is also contained in the collection. Readers will recognize many of the events in these factual accounts as incidents which were later written into the novel. In addition to these materials, the collection also contains notes for a speech about the book and one complete typescript of a speech.

    Levitin's personal interest in history is reflected in two of her novels. In Roanoke; A Novel of the Lost Colony (1973), which was nominated for three awards, the author presents her theory of what may have happened to the doomed settlers on Roanoke Island, told through the eyes of a young colonist. For this title the collection holds fan letters and several versions of type- scripts, including early drafts from 1967 and 1968. These early drafts are quite different from the published novel. The No-Return Trail (1978) is based on the true story of Nancy Kelsey, a seventeen-year-old wife and mother who, as a member of the 1841 Bidwell-Bartleson Expedition, became the first white woman to survive the overland trip from Kentucky to California. Levitin originally researched the Bidwell-Bartleson Expedition for a magazine article, "Conquest of the California Trail," which was published under a different title in the November 1971 issue of Smithsonian magazine. Years later she used her research notes for this article to create this fictionalized account of Nancy Kelsey's experiences. The novel was well-received by critics and won the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award in 1978, as well as a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. For this title the collection includes correspondence, research notes, a typescript of the "Conquest of the California Trail" article, two of Levitin's journals, two short presentation typescripts for the publisher, a complete typescript, and a set of galleys.

    The Mark of Conte (1976) is a comic novel about a teenage boy who finds a way to receive four years' credit for two years of high school by tampering with the school's computer. This book, which received a Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Award for fiction, was based in part on the high school experiences of Levitin's own son Dan. For this title the collection includes fan mail, two journals from 1973 and 1974, notes, galleys, and several typescripts and typescript fragments. One journal contains notes on an unidentified work entitled "Nine Lives," and the other contains personal observances and thoughts as well as notes for an untitled small children's book.

    Beyond Another Door (1977) is the story of Daria, a thirteen-year-old girl who suddenly becomes aware that she has psychic powers. Levitin conducted a great deal of research into extra-sensory perception while writing this novel, even interviewing spiritualists and mediums. For this title the collection holds fan letters, a journal/notebook, research notes, two typescripts (one incomplete), and design materials. In A Season for Unicorns (1986), a girl's discovery of her father's marital infidelity leads her to the painful realization that the only life she can fully control is her own. This title is represented by correspondence, two journals, notes, four typescripts, galleys and a dust jacket. The journals are especially interesting in that they document the development of the novel and lend insight to the personalities and motivations of characters in the novel.

    Smile Like a Plastic Daisy (1984) tells of a high school senior who, in a spontaneous protest for women's rights, removes her top at a school swim meet and thus causes a storm of controversy in her community. For this title there are research materials, four journals, notes and outlines, and numerous typescript fragments. In the journals, Levitin's notes further explain what she was trying to convey in the novel. The Year of Sweet Senior Insanity (1982) is a young adult novel about the changes in family and social life experienced by a girl in her senior year of high school, not the least of which is her first serious romance. For this title the collection includes a fan letter, notes, an early typescript draft, revised typescript pages, and a complete later typescript.

    Reigning Cats and Dogs (1978) is different from Levitin's other books in that it is not a novel but a memoir of her family's experiences with several of their beloved pets, notably the aged German Shepherd Baron and the impossible-to-train puppy Barney. The collection holds correspondence, research materials, notes, materials related to Barney's obedience training, several typescript fragments, a complete typescript, and one promotional item for this title. Of special interest is Levitin's holograph account of Baron's last day, written on the day of his death.

    The collection holds only fan letters for four of Levitin's books: The Fisherman and the Bird (1982), Jason and the Money Tree (1974), Rita, the Weekend Rat (1971), and Who Owns the Moon? (1973).

    Representing Levitin's role as a magazine contributor, the collection holds two letters related to articles she wrote for American Baby Magazine in 1964 and a photocopy of an article written by her for the San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle in 1970.

    Related Collection


    Series and Subseries

    A. Autobiographical, Biographical, and Personal Material (1938-ca. 1978, undated)

    B. Correspondence (1970-1986)

    C. Speeches and Public Appearances (1971-1979, undated)

    D. Books (1970-1989)

    E. Articles by Levitin (1964, 1970)

    F. Unidentified (undated)

    Box Inventory


    A. Autobiographical, Biographical, and Personal Material

    1/1 Journal pages, photocopied, 1959, 1968, undated, 27 items. 1/2 Biographical data sheets, [ca. 1971, ca. 1978], 2 items. Newspaper articles, photocopied, 1966, 1971, 3 items. Promotional item, undated. 1/3 Deposition of A. Walter Socolow, relating to Levitin's father Max Wolff, 12 July 1938, 2 pp.

    B. Correspondence

    1/4 To the de Grummond Collection, 1986, 2 items. 1/5 General, incoming and outgoing, 1970-1983, 8 items. 1/6 Fan mail, 1976-1983, undated, 16 items.

    C. Public Appearances

    1/7 Correspondence, 1970-1971, 1973, 12 items. 1/8 "Sonia Levitin's `Journey from Fact to Fiction,' " Friends of the Orinda Library newsletter, Winter 1971. "Hooray It's May," School and Public Librarians' Association of Monteray Bay Area Author/Illustrator Festival, 1 May 1971, 2 items (one autographed by Beverly Cleary, the other autographed by Morrie Turner). Receipt for consultant services at elementary reading workshop in Sacramento, CA, 11 May 1971. Flyer announcement of speaking engagement for senior chapter ORT, 12 October 1971, Piedmont, [CA]. Agenda for appearance at Samuel Kennedy Elementary School, Sacramento, CA, 24 May 1973. Press release, speaking engagement at Beth El Temple Sisterhood, San Pedro, CA, 18 April [1979?]. Newspaper articles, photocopied, 1978-1979, undated, 4 items. Sonia Levitin Luncheon, The Barbetta, undated, 2 pp.

    D. Books

    BEYOND ANOTHER DOOR by Sonia Levitin (New York: Atheneum, 1977). 1/9 Fan mail, 1978, 2 items. 1/10 Holograph journal, 1975. 1/11 Notes, holograph and typescript, 21 pp. 1/12 Holograph notes, 9 pp. 2/1 - 4 Typescript, corrected and annotated, irregular pagination, incomplete, 2/1 chapters 1-4, 43 pp.; 2/2 chapters 5-8, 51 pp.; 2/3 chapters 9-12, 51 pp.; 2/4 chapters 13-16, 58 pp. 2/5 Typescript notes, 9 pp. 2/6 Holograph notes, 19 pp. 2/7 Holograph revisions, 46 pp. 2/8 Typescript pages, 2 items. 2/9 - 12 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 2/9 front matter, chapters 1-4, 40 pp.; 2/10 chapters 5-8, 54 pp.; 2/11 chapters 9-12, 53 pp.; 2/12 chapters 13-16, 56 pp. 2/13 Typescript, front matter, marked for typesetter, 2 pp. Design layout for chapter opening, text spread, and title page photocopy, annotated with designer's notes, 5 pp. THE FISHERMAN AND THE BIRD by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by Francis Livingston (Oakland, CA: Parnassus Press, 1982). 2/14 Fan letter, 22 March 1984. JASON AND THE MONEY TREE by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by Pat Grant Porter (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974). 3/1 - 2 Fan mail, 3/1 1976-1979, 14 items; 3/2 1980-1985, 16 items. JOURNEY TO AMERICA by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by Charles Robinson (New York: Atheneum, 1970). 3/3 General correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1965-1973, 79 items. 4/1 - 5 Fan mail, 4/1 1970-1972, 13 items; 4/2 1973-1975, 14 items; 4/3 1976-1977, 16 items; 4/4 1978-1979, 15 items; 4/5 1980-1986, undated, 37 items. 5/1 Typescript photocopy, memoir by [Levitin's mother, Helene Wolff], in German, undated, 9 pp. Typescript photocopy, "Auswanderung," English translation of original German memoir by Helene Wolff, undated, 15 pp. Typescript photocopy, fragment, memoir by [Levitin's sister, Eva?], undated, 1 p. 5/2 - 3 Typescript carbon copy, Journey to America, 5/2 chapters 1-5, 56 pp.; 5/3 chapters 6-11, 68 pp. 5/4 Reviews, 1970, 2 items. Newspaper articles, photocopied, 1969, 1971, 4 items. 5/5 Notecards for speech, holograph and typescript, undated, 4 items. Typescript of speech, undated, 4 pp. 5/6 Galleys. THE MARK OF CONTE by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by Bill Negron (New York: Atheneum, 1976)." 5/7 Fan mail, 1978-1984, 8 items. 5/8 Holograph journal, 1973. Holograph journal, 1974. 5/9 Holograph notes with scattered typescript notes, 41 pp. 6/1 Typescript pages, corrected, 10 items. 6/2 Typescript pages, corrected and annotated, 48 items. 6/3 Typescript carbon copy, fragment, corrected and annotated, irregular pagination, 48 pp. 6/4 - 5 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 6/4 title page, chapters 1-8, 92 pp.; 6/5 chapters 9-16, 102 pp. 6/6 - 7 Typescript carbon copy, corrected, 6/6 chapters 1-8, 93 pp.; 6/7 chapters 9-16, 102 pp. 7/1 Illustrations, photocopied, title page spread, pp. 20/21, 31, 50/51, 91, 108/109, 140/141, 152/153, 180/181, 191, 208. 7/2 Galleys, "marked set." THE NO-RETURN TRAIL by Sonia Levitin (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978). 8/1 General correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1970-1971, 1975-1979, undated, 29 items. 8/2 Call slip, University of California-Berkeley library, undated. Holograph notes, 3 pp. Typescript list of sources on Bidwell-Bartleson Expedition, 1p. Typescript notes, 16 p. 8/3 Research materials 8/4 Photographs, black & White, 17 items. 8/5 Typescript carbon copy of article "Conquest of the California Trail," minor corrections, June 1970, 24 pp. Published as "First Heroic Trek Across the Wild Land to California," in Smithsonian magazine, November 1971, pp. 68-73. Typescript carbon copy, captions for photographs used for article "Conquest of the California Trail," corrected, 2 pp. Smithsonian magazine, November 1971. 8/6 Holograph notes, [20?] October 1974, 4 pp. 8/7 Holograph journal, 1975. 8/8 Holograph journal, 1976. 8/9 - 10 Manuscript research notecards, 131 items. 9/1 Typescript outline, corrected and annotated, 7 pp. 9/2 Typescript, "first presentation," chapters 1-3, minor corrections, January 1975, 32 pp. 9/3 Typescript, "second presentation," chapters 1-2, minor corrections, 35 pp. 9/4 - 5 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 9/4 front matter, chapters 1-10, 105 pp.; 9/5 chapters 11-18, 90 pp. 9/6 Galleys, incomplete set, edited and marked for typesetter. REIGNING CATS AND DOGS by Sonia Levitin, drawings by Joan Berg Victor (New York: Atheneum, 1978). 10/1 Personal correspondence, incoming, 1978, 2 items. 10/2 Fan mail, 1979, 22 items. 10/3 Research materials, 1962, 1974, undated, 3 items. 10/4 Materials related to Barney's obedience training, 9 items. 10/5 Holograph account of Baron's last day, 9 December 1976, 3 pp. Holograph notes, 10 pp. Typescript notes, 2 pp. 10/6 Typescript fragments, chapters 9, 12, 14, 17, 18, corrected, 39 pp. 10/7 Typescript fragments, chapters 10, 11, 16, minor corrections, 16 pp. 10/8 Typescript fragments, chapters 2-6 and 11, corrected, 34 pp. 10/9-10 Letter, carbon copy, from Sonia Levitin to Judith T. Kern, editor for Atheneum Publishers, 27 December 1977, 1 p. Typescript carbon copy, minor corrections, 10/9 chapters 1-10, 68 pp. 10/10 chapters 11-18, 55 pp. 10/11-12 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 10/11 chapters 1-10, 73 pp.; 10/12 chapters 11-18, 55 pp. 10/13 Letter from Sonia Levitin to Judy Kern, editor for Atheneum Publishers, 8 October 1977. Typescript and manuscript addenda to chapter 17, 6 pp. 10/14 Promotional item, 1 p. RITA, THE WEEKEND RAT by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by Leonard Shortall (New York: Atheneum, 1971). 11/1 - 2 Fan mail, 11/1 1977-1980, 14 items; 11/2 1981-1983, undated, 8 items. ROANOKE; A NOVEL OF THE LOST COLONY by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by John Gretzer (New York: Atheneum, 1973). 11/3 Fan mail, 1979, undated, 2 items. 11/4 - 6 Typescript, carbon copy, 1967, 11/4 front matter, chapters 1-5, 100 pp.; 11/5 chapters 6-10, 62 pp.; 11/6 chapters 11-15, epilogue, 88 pp. 11/7 Typescript carbon copy fragment, 1968, 82 pp. 11/8 Typescript carbon copy pages, 6 items. 11/9 Typescript carbon copy pages, corrected, 8 items. 11/10 Typescript pages, corrected, 9 items. 12/1 - 2 Typescript carbon copy page revisions, minor corrections, 1971, 83 pp. 12/3 - 5 Typescript carbon copy, corrected, 1971, 12/3 chapters 1-5, 31 pp.; 12/4 chapters 6-10, 75 pp.; 12/5 chapters 11-15, epilogue, 48 pp. 12/6 - 9 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 1973, 12/6 front matter, chapters 1-5, 69 pp.; 12/7 chapters 6-10, 64 pp.; 12/8 chapters 11-14, 54 pp.; 12/9 chapters 15-19, epilogue, back matter, 75 pp. A SEASON FOR UNICORNS by Sonia Levitin (New York: Atheneum, 1986). 13/1 General correspondence, incoming, 1985, 3 items. 13/2 Holograph journal, 1983. 13/3 Holograph journal, 1985. 13/4 Holograph notes, 1985, 26 pp. 13/5 - 7 Typescript photocopy, first draft, 13/5 chapters 1-7, 61 pp.; 13/6 chapters 8-12, 63 pp.; 13/7 chapters 13-17, 55 pp. 13/8-10 Typescript photocopy, second revision, corrected, 13/8 chapters 1-7, 61 pp.; 13/9 chapters 8-12, 50 pp.; 13/10 chapters 13-17, 70 pp. 14/1 - 2 Typescript photocopy, third revision (final), May 1985, 14/1 - 2 Letter from Sonia Levitin to Jean Karl, Editor of Children's Books for Atheneum Publishers, 3 May 1985, 1 p.; Typescript photocopy, third revision (final), May 1985, 14/1 chapters 1-10, 94 pp.; 14/2 chapters 11-18, 87 pp. 14/3 - 4 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 14/3 front matter, chapters 1-10, 97 pp.; 14/4 chapters 11-18, 87 pp. 14/5 Galleys, edited and marked for typesetter. 14/6 Dust jacket. SMILE LIKE A PLASTIC DAISY by Sonia Levitin (New York: Atheneum, 1984). 15/1 Research materials, 1981, undated, 13 items. High school newspapers, 1981, 5 items. [Stored separately] 15/2 Holograph journal, "Test-case of Tracy Durant; Notes for Conte at College," undated. 15/3 Holograph journal, "Daisy," entries for 28 July 1981 - 13 August [1981], undated. 15/4 Holograph journal, "Smile Like a Plastic Daisy," entries for 12 June 1981 - 10 November [1981], undated. 15/5 Holograph journal, "Daisy," entries for 23 December 1981 - 29 March [1982], undated. 15/6 Notes and outlines, holograph and typescript, 38 pp. 15/7 Typescript list of characters, 1 p. Typescript outline, fragment, 1 p. Typescript fragment, corrected and annotated, 12 pp. 16/1 Typescript fragment, corrected and annotated, 15 pp. 16/2 Typescript, chapters 1-2, corrected and annotated, 19 pp. 16/3 Typescript fragment, corrected, irregular pagination, 25 pp. 16/4 Typescript, chapter 5, corrected, 4 pp. 16/5 Typescript, chapter 7 [i.e., chapter 6], corrected, 10 pp. 16/6 Typescript, chapter 6, corrected, 15 pp. 16/7 Typescript, chapter 6, corrected, 9 pp. 16/8 Typescript fragment, chapter 6, corrected and annotated, 5 pp. 16/9 Typescript fragment, chapter 7, corrected, 7 pp. 16/10 Typescript, chapter 7, corrected, 13 pp. 16/11 Typescript, chapter 8, corrected, 11 pp. 16/12 Typescript, chapter 9, corrected, 6 pp. 16/13 Typescript page revisions, chapter 9, corrected, 4 pp. 16/14 Typescript revisions, chapter 10, corrected, 19 pp. 16/15 Typescript, chapter 10, corrected, 12 pp. 16/16 Typescript fragment, chapters 11-12, corrected, 10 pp. 16/17 Typescript, chapter 16, corrected, 9 pp. 16/18 Typescript fragment, chapters 17, 18, 19, corrected and annotated, 56 pp. 16/19 Typescript page revisions, 7 pp. 16/20 Photocopies of page proofs, annotated with [designer's?] notes, 4 items. WHO OWNS THE MOON? by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by John Larrecq (Berkeley, CA: Parnassus Press, 1973). 17/1 Letter to Sonia Levitin from Jean Karl, Editor of Children's Books for Atheneum Publishers, 26 June 1970, 1 p. THE YEAR OF SWEET SENIOR INSANITY by Sonia Levitin (New York: Atheneum, 1982). 17/2 Fan letter, 16 October 1985, 1 item. 17/3 Holograph notes, 35 pp. 17/4 - 7 Typescript, corrected, 17/4 chapters 1-4, 51 pp.; 17/5 chapters 5-9, 72 pp.; 17/6 chapters 10-14, 82 pp.; 17/7 chapters 16-19 [i.e., 15-18], 92 pp. 17/8 Typescript pages "removed from original # 1 revision," corrected, 27 items. 18/1 Typescript pages "removed from 2nd copy, # 1 revision," corrected, 27 items. 18/2 Typescript pages "taken out and replaced," corrected, March 1981, 7 pp. 18/3 - 6 Typescript, original, carbon and photocopy mixed, corrected, 18/3 chapters 1-4, 48 pp.; 18/4 chapters 5-9, 61 pp.; 18/5 chapters 10-14, 69 pp.; 18/6 chapters 15-19 [i.e., 15-18], 77 pp.

    E. Articles by Levitin

    18/7 Correspondence, 1964, 2 items. Article, photocopied, "Life in a Landmark" by Sonia Levitin, San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle, 6 December 1970, pp. 62-64.

    F. Unidentified

    18/8 Typescript fragment of short story or novel, corrected, undated, 12 pp.


    INCIDENT AT LORING GROVE by Sonia Levitin (New York: Dial, 1988). 19/1 Holograph journal. Holograph journal, revisions. 19/2 - 4 Typescript, with corrections, 19/2 chapters 1-7, 77 pp.; 19/3 chapters 8-12, 65 pp.; 19/4 chapters 13-20, 100 pp. 19/5 - 7 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 19/5 front matter, chapters 1-6, 62 pp.; 19/6 chapters 7-12, 67 pp.; 19/7 chapters 13-20, 78 pp. 20/1 - 3 Galleys, 20/1 chapters 1-8; 20/2 chapters 9-14; 20/3 chapters 15-20. THE RETURN by Sonia Levitin (Atheneum, 1987). 20/4-5 Typescript, with corrections, 20/4 chapters 1-7, pp. 1-99; 20/5 chapters 8-15, pp. 100-224. 20/6-21/2 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 20/6 Correspondence; front matter, chapters 1-5, pp. 1-73; 21/1 chapters 6-12, pp. 74-170E; 21/2 chapters 13-15, pp. 171-226, back matter. SILVER DAYS by Sonia Levitin (New York: Atheneum, 1989). 21/3 Holograph notebook, 1986. 21/4 Correspondence, 1988, 1 item. 21/4 - 7 Typescript, with corrections, 21/4 chapters 1-4, pp. 1-50; 21/5 chapters 5-8, pp. 50-104; 21/6 chapters 9-12, pp. 105-155; 21/7 chapters 13-17, pp. 156-219. 22/1 - 4 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 22/1 front matter, chapters 1-4, pp. 1-50; 22/2 chapters 5-9, pp. 50-116; 22/3 chapters 10-12, pp. 117-155; 22/4 chapters 13-17, pp. 156-219.

    Processed: July 1992
    Revised: June 2001

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