Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of Thomas Bohen's papers regarding Grace Paley and her work from 1956-1989, primarily concerning the publication of her book The Little Disturbances of Man in 1959. The bulk of the papers include correspondence between Bohen and publishers in New York and London. There are also numerous MCA (Music Corporation of America) inter-office memos regarding publishing and contracts as well as correspondence with an MCA office in London regarding British publicity and reviews.
The correspondents include Ken McCormick, the editor-in-chief of Doubleday & Co, Inc. which first published The Little Disturbances of Man in 1959 and Aaron Asher of Meridian Books, Inc. which published the book in paperback in 1960. The few letters between Bohen and Paley are generally informal, usually regarding contract agreements or enclosing new manuscripts. The remainder of correspondence is comprised of assorted letters to and from Bohen about further reviews, publications, and adaptations of the book for Broadway, CBS Films, the Theatre Guild, the Atlantic Monthly Press, and others. The collection also includes photographs of Paley, proposed jacket designs for the book, and two short story typescripts, "A Gloomy Tune" and "An Irrevocable Diameter." In addition, there are many newspaper clippings of reviews of The Little Disturbances of Man in Britain and the United States and stories about her receipt of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1961.