Episode 7. Rejection Letters

Various iterations of the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Borzoi dog

– Read more about this famous logo in Amy Root’s article, “Designing the Borzoi.”
– If you’re in Austin, Texas, come visit the Harry Ransom Center and the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. archive.

Langston Hughes

– Langston Hughes’ personal archive is at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
– Read Montage of a Dream Deferred in collections of Langston Hughes’ poetry. Select passages are also available online.
– Learn more about Hughes’ life in this special episode of “Meet the Past” on PBS or by checking out Laurie Leach’s biography.
– Google commemorated Hughes’ birthday with a Doodle in 2015.

Ray Bradbury

– If you happen to be in Indianapolis, check out the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.
– Read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick for free through Project Gutenberg.
Moby Dick was not the only Bradbury manuscript rejected by Knopf. Check out these other rejection letters at the Harry Ransom Center!
– Read Becoming Ray Bradbury by Jonathan R. Eller.
– See Don Gongdon’s obituary in The New York Times.

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