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Adamic, Louis (1899-1951)

Louis Adamic was an author deeply concerned with American immigrants and their experiences in the "melting pot." His first few books, Dynamite and Laughing in the Jungle, showed the darker side of life as an immigrant, while Native's Return, Grandsons, and Cradle of Life told his own story of returning to his homeland. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant-in-aid from the Rockefeller Foundation for his work in the field of immigrant studies. In 1940, Adamic became director of the Common Council for American Unity and editor of Common Ground, its quarterly magazine.

  • The Manuscripts Division holds the Louis Adamic Papers, 1848-1951, (C0246) which contain a wide variety of material spanning roughly 30 years of Adamic's life. The manuscripts of 15 of his books, many of his short stories, articles, and lectures, as well as sketches, paste-ups, and proofs of Adamic's own journal, as well as a significant body of correspondence with many individuals, among them prominent American literary and political figures of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.

  • The Rare Book Division includes the author's own library, which came to Princeton some years after the fire in his home as a gift of the Louis Adamic Memorial Foundation. The books were dispersed throughout the Library's general stacks and rare book collections and can be located in the library catalog by conducting an author search for Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951.

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