Selected Papers of Alan M. Cohn
Articles and notes from Southern Illinois University librarian Alan Cohn's work on maintaining the bibliography for the James Joyce Quarterly as well as Cohn's correspondence with Joyce scholars comprise most of this large holding. Running from 1955 to 1989, the correspondents include Joyce collector Harley K. Croessmann and many Joyce scholars and enthusiasts, among them Joseph Campbell, Richard Ellmann, Clive Hart, Richard Kain, Fritz Senn, Ruth Von Phul, Henry Moore, and Sylvia Beach. Also in these files are dust jackets of books, brochures, and newspaper clippings about Joyce that were collected by Cohn.
This collection reveals much about Alan Cohn and his fellow Joyceans that is useful and interesting, because it provides a chronological history of the "Joyce industry" for the thirty-five years beginning in 1955. As the major Joyce bibliographer, Cohn was the respected watchdog of the developing interest in Joyce studies. Of special value is the large correspondence with Richard Ellmann, for whom Cohn was a constant resource as Ellmann composed his definitive biography of Joyce. There are many such scholarly exchanges in these papers, since so many Joyceans relied on Cohn's bibliographic expertise. The evolution of much seminal criticism of Joyce is documented in the Alan M. Cohn Papers.