PCL MS 027 Millen Brand Collection
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Millen Brand was a novelist, screenwriter, juvenile author, poet, and contributor to various literary magazines and anthologies. His most popular works dealt with the care of mental patients. Book jacket manuscripts form the core of the collection.
In 1969, Millen Brand first began transferring his manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research, but the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in June 1986 and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.
Millen Brand was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on January 19, 1906. He married Pauline Leader, an author, in 1932. They had three children. In 1943 he married Helen Mendelsohn and they had one daughter. Both marriages ended in divorce. Brand was a graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism, 1929, with a B.A. and B. Lit.
He worked for the New York Telephone Company as a writer from 1929-1937. From 1940-1950, he was a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire and the Writing Center, New York University. He worked as an editor for Crown Publishers, New York, New York, from 1953-1974. He also worked as a psychiatric aide in treatment centers and with private physicians for a year and a half. Some of his poems have been published in the New Yorker. He and Frank Partos wrote the screenplay for The Snake Pit, 20th Century-Fox, 1948.
In 1953 Brand refused to tell a hearing of the United States Senate Investigation sub-committee, under the late Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, whether he had engaged in what were termed by the sub-committee as "treasonable activities". Later that year, he was one of sixteen authors named in a confidential State Department directive banning their works in United States Information Service libraries abroad.
Earlier plans to make a movie of his 1947 novel, Albert Sears, did not come about; RKO Pictures dismissed Adrian Scott, writer-producer, and Edward Dmytryk, director, for refusing to tell a Congressional Panel whether they were members of the Communist Party. They formed a corporation to film the novel, but went to prison for their refusal to cooperate with the committee.
The Snake Pit, 1948, was nominated for an Academy Award for best script and best picture. Brand was co-recipient of the Robert Meltzer plaque and Screenwriters Guild award for The Snake Pit.
Millen Brand died after a short illness in New York City on March 19, 1980.
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The Millen Brand Collection houses the book jacket manuscripts for twenty books. Included are related materials such as book review correspondence to John Dodds, for Listen to the Silence by David Elliott and promotional one-liners. Two pages of miscellaneous manuscripts are housed at the end of the collection.
Researchers specifically interested in the process of book jacket writing will find this collection of research value.