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Looking for a Memoir

1varielle
Redigeret: maj 20, 2023, 8:41 pm

I’ve been reading the memoir of newspaperman and screenwriter Ben Hecht called Child of the Century. In it he references that his early mentor Sherman Reilly Duffy wrote a memoir. He was a late 19th and early 20th century reporter in Chicago. This would have been prior to 1920. No one on LT has it. I’ve searched Abe Books, EBay, Powell’s, Bookfinder, and Alibris and can’t find a mention of this book anywhere. Any ideas? I’m not sure of the title. ETA Hecht said Duffy sent him the manuscript. It’s possible it never made it into print.

2LynnB
maj 21, 2023, 9:21 am

There are various online book finder sites....some are linked to stores, but some are more generic. Just google "how to find a book". Also, don't forget the Library of Congress. They seem to have everything. Good luck!

p.s. post here again if you find it

3varielle
Redigeret: maj 21, 2023, 9:45 am

>2 LynnB: I’ve tried all those but thanks. Hecht’s papers were deposited at the Newberry Library so it’s possible the manuscript was included.

4lilithcat
maj 21, 2023, 10:00 am

>3 varielle:

Found this reference in the inventory of Hecht's papers at the Newberry:

Title (Other Writers) Duffy, Sherman Reilly - Autobiography
Box 51
Folder 979-980
Date n.d.

https://explore.chicagocollections.org/ead/newberry/72/wd3q59s/

5varielle
Redigeret: maj 21, 2023, 10:08 am

>4 lilithcat: Thank you! If I ever make back to Chicago I’ll have to pay them a visit.