Catbird Press mss., ca. 1983-2003

Creator: Catbird Press
Title: Catbird Press mss.
Collection No.: LMC 3003
Dates: ca. 1983-2003
Quantity:

Quantity: 22 Boxes

Abstract: The Catbird Press mss., ca. 1983-2003, consists primarily of the files of small, independent book publisher Catbird Press.
Location: ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility)
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu
URL: https://libraries.indiana.edu/lilly-library

Historical Note

The Catbird Press was founded in 1987 by Robert Wechsler for the purpose of publishing Czech literature in translation and sophisticated prose humor in the classic American tradition. American fiction was added to the line-up in 1991 and British fiction in 1999. Other titles include two non-fiction works relating to charitable giving and improving public schools, as well as Rob Wechsler's book about translating and translation: Performing Without a Stage: The Art of Literary Translation. Catbird Press books are distributed to bookstores and wholesalers by Independent Publishers Group, some records for which are present in the collection.

Scope and Content Note

The Catbird Press mss., ca. 1983-2003, consists primarily of the files of small, independent book publisher Catbird Press. The Publications series includes correspondence with authors, translators and illustrators; drafts of books; promotion, sales and marketing, subsidiary rights and production materials; notes; reviews; as well as manuscripts of translations submitted to the Press that Catbird did not publish. The Personal series contains manuscripts and some correspondence relating to Wechsler's own writings such as book reviews, translations of Czech poems, and a long unpublished novel titled In Succession . Also present are his To Do sheets, vitae, and notebooks. The Business/Office series contains additional materials regarding general distribution, warehousing, trade shows, and other post-publication matters.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Publications; II. Personal; III. Business/Office.

Restrictions

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Indexed Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Catbird Press mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information

Gift. 2006, 2007

Collection Inventory

Box 1

Series:

Publications

Scope and Contents: Concerns books published by Catbird Press.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by author.

Box 1
Bander, Edward J., ed. The Breath of Unfee'd Lawyer: Shakespeare on Lawyers and Law illustrated by Jerry Warshaw , (1996)

Physical Description: (9 folders)

Box 1
Čapek, Karel. Apocryphal Tales translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada, cover designed by Christopher Lione , (1997)

Physical Description: (10 folders)

Box 1
Čapek, Karel. Cross Roads translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada, illustrated by Paul Hoffman, cover designed by Christopher Lione , (2002)

Physical Description: (13 folders)

Box 2
Čapek, Karel. Cross Roads (cont.)

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 2
Čapek, Karel. The Makropulos Secret translated by Yveta Synek Graff and Robert T. Jones. Unpublished

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 2
Čapek, Karel. Tales from Two Pockets translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada, illustrated by Karel and Josef Čapek, cover designed by Christopher Lione , (1994)

Physical Description: (10 folders)

Box 2
Čapek, Karel. Talks with T.G. Masaryk translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim, cover designed by Christopher Lione , (1995)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 2
Čapek, Karel. Three Novels: Hodubal, Meteor, An Ordinary Life introduction by William Harkins; Toward the Radical Center: A Karel Čapek Reader edited by Peter Kussi; and War with the Newts , by Karel Čapek. Multiple translators, covers designed by Christopher Lione , (1990), (1990)

Physical Description: (10 folders)

Box 3
Čapek, Karel. Three Novels:... (cont.)

Physical Description: (8 folders)

Box 3
Čapek, Karel. Various books: reviews, subsidiary rights, miscellaneous

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 3
Cook, Joseph. Untitled. Unpublished, unwritten book about privatization and the new culture of capitalism in post Communist Czechoslovakia

Physical Description: (6 folders)

Box 3
Douglas, Lawrence and Alexander George. Unpublished, untitled, unfinished volume of humorous essays on academic topics
Box 3
Fischerová, Daniela. Fingers Pointing Somewhere Else translated by Neil Bermel , (2000)

Physical Description: (6 folders)

Box 4
Fischerová, Daniela. Fingers Pointing... (cont.)

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Box 4
Gibian, George, ed. The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert translated by Ewald Osers, with an introduction by George Gibian , (1998)

Physical Description: (16 folders)

Box 4
Hansen, Barbara J. and Philip English Mackey Your Public Schools: What You Can Do to Help Them cover designed by Janet Parker , (1993)

Physical Description: (11 folders)

Box 4
Kanter, Arnold B. Advanced Law Firm Mismanagement illustrated by Paul Hoffman , (1993)

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 5
Kanter, Arnold B. Advanced Law Firm... (cont.)

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 5
Kanter, Arnold B. The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement illustrated by Paul Hoffman , (1990)

Physical Description: (8 folders)

Box 5
Kanter, Arnold B. The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement for the 21st Century illustrated by Paul Hoffman , (2003)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 5
Kanter, Arnold B. The Ins & Outs of Law Firm Mismanagement illustrated by Paul Hoffman , (1994)

Physical Description: (6 folders)

Box 5
Kanter, Arnold B. Was That a Tax Lawyer Who Just Flew Over? illustrated by Paul Hoffman , (1996)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 5
Kemske, Floyd. Human Resources: A Corporate Nightmare , (1995)

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 6
Kemske, Floyd. Human Resources:... (cont.)

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Box 6
Kemske, Floyd. Labor Day , (2000)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 6
Kemske, Floyd. Lifetime Employment cover designed by Christopher Lione, with photograph by John Paul Kowal , (1992)

Physical Description: (9 folders)

Box 6
Kemske, Floyd. The Third Lion: A Novel About Talleyrand , (1997)

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 6
Kemske, Floyd. The Virtual Boss cover designed by Christopher Lione, with photograph by Adam Chinitz , (1993)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 7
Klima, Ivan. Karel Čapek — Life and Work translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada , (2002)

Physical Description: (14 folders)

Box 7
Kliment, Alexandr. Living Parallel translated from the Czech by Robert Wechsler, preface by Ivan Klima , (2002)

Physical Description: (16 folders)

Box 7
Kovtun, George. The Masaryk Reader Unpublished
Box 7
Kundera, Milan. Immortality translated by Peter Kussi. Unpublished

Physical Description: (1 folder)

Box 8
Kundera, Milan. Immortality... (cont.)

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 8
Lappin, Elena, ed. Daylight in Nightclub Inferno: Czech Fiction from the Post-Kundera Generation multiple translators, cover design by Adrian Taylor, with photograph by Maxim Biller , (1997)

Physical Description: (29 folders)

Scope and Contents: Titles include:

General:

  1. Animals, by Pavel Řeznček, translated by Jason Pontius and Malynne Sternstein. Excerpt
  2. The Bottle, by Vaŝek Koubek, translated by Caleb Crain
  3. The Chinese Dragon, by Pavel Grym, translated by David Powelstock. Excerpt
  4. Dance on the Square, by Pavel Brycz, translated by Julie Hansen
  5. How Did Max..., by Michal Viewegh, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from Sightseers
  6. I Had a Dream, y Jáchym Topol, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from City Sister Silver
  7. A Letter for President Eisenhower, by Daniela Fischerová, translated by Neil Bermel. Story from Fingers Pointing Somewhere Else
  8. Lord of the Slab, by Jáchym Topol, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from Angel Station
  9. The Mask, by Ewald Murrer, translated by Julie Hansen
  10. Max's Personality Is Tragically Split! by Michal Viewegh, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from Sightseers
  11. Miss John, by Daniela Hodrová, translated by Tatiana Firkun and Veronique Firkušný-Callegari. Excerpt from Perun's Day
  12. Ode to Joy, by Marta Kadlečková, translated by Dana Loewy
  13. The Other City, by Michal Ajvaz, translated by Tatiana Firkušá and Veronique Firkušný-Callegari. Excerpt
  14. Portrait of a Landscape, by Alexandr Kliment, translated by Andree Collier.
  15. Quail, by Tereza Boučková, translated by Caleb Crain
  16. The Sorrows of a Devoted Scoundrel, by Alexandra Berková, translated by Jonathan Bolton. Excerpt
  17. The Story of King Candaules, by Jiří Kratochvil, translated by Jonathan Bolton
  18. Thank You for Each New Morning, by Halina Pawlowská, translated by Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya. Excerpt
  19. What Made My Heart..., by Jáchym Topol, translated by Alex Zucker. Excerpt from City Sister Silver
Box 8
Lappin, Elena, ed. Jewish Voices, German Words: Growing Up Jewish in Postwar Germany and Austria translated from the German by Krishna Winston, cover design by Christopher Lione , (1994)

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Box 8
Lappin, Elena, ed. Jewish Voices,... (cont.)

Physical Description: (13 folders)

Box 8
Longstreet, Stephen. Jazz from A to Z: A Graphic Dictionary cover designed by Susan Riley , (1990)

Physical Description: (6 folders)

Box 8
Mackey, Philip English. The Giver's Guide: Making Your Charity Dollars Count cover designed by Janet Parker , (1990)

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Box 10
Mackey, Philip English. The Giver's Guide:... (cont.)

Physical Description: (9 folders)

Box 10
Páral, Vladimír. Catapult translated by William Harkins, cover design by Stacy Wszola , (1989)

Physical Description: (9 folders)

Box 10
Páral, Vladimír. Fair of Dreams Fulfilled (aka A Trade-Fair Named Desire) translated by Kača Polčková. Rejected submission
Box 10
Páral, Vladimír. The Four Sonyas translated by William Harkins, cover designed by Janet Parker , (1993)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 10
Páral, Vladimír. Generální Zázrak translated by Vladimir Halawa (sp?). Rejected submission.
Box 11
Páral, Vladimír. Lovers & Murderers translated from the Czech by Craig Cravens , (2002)

Physical Description: (6 folders)

Box 11
Páral, Vladimír. A Trade-Fair Named Desire , (aka Fair of Dreams Fulfilled) , translated by David Short (first chapter). Rejected submission
Box 11
Páral, Vladimír. Photographs
Box 11
Platt, Randall Beth. The 1898 Base-Ball Fe-As-Ko , (2000)

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 11
Platt, Randall Beth. The Cornerstone , (1998)

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 11
Platt, Randall Beth. The Four Arrows Fe-As-Ko cover illustration by Tom Bloom, cover designed by Christopher Lione , (1991)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 11
Platt, Randall Beth. The Royalscope Fe-As-Ko , (1997)

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Box 12
Platt, Randall Beth. Miscellaneous correspondence

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 12
Poláček, Karel. What Ownership's All About translated by Peter Kussi, cover designed by Poul Lange and Ivy Kwan , (1993)

Physical Description: (11 folders)

Box 12
Raphael, Frederic. All His Sons cover illustration by his daughter Sarah Raphael , (2001)

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Box 12
Raphael, Frederic. Coast to Coast cover illustration by his daughter, Sarah Raphael , (1999)

Physical Description: (6 folders)

Box 12
Raphael, Frederic. A Double Life cover illustration by his daughter, Sarah Raphael , (2000)

Physical Description: (8 folders)

Box 12
Shaffer, Jeffrey. I'm Right Here, Fish-Cake illustrated by Paul Hoffman , (1995)

Physical Description: (9 folders)

Box 12
Shaffer, Jeffrey. It Came With the House illustrated by Paul Hoffman , (1997)

Physical Description: (folders)

Box 12
Shaffer, Jeffrey. General correspondence; materials concerning humor columns and cartoons to be published in book form, as a premium, by the Christian Science Monitor, where the columns and cartoons originally appeared; clippings

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 12
Slavitt, David R. Aspects of the Novel: A Novel , (2003)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 12
Slavitt, David R. Get Thee to a Nunnery: A Pair of Shakespearean Divertimentos , (1999)

Physical Description: (11 folders)

Box 12
Topol, Jáchym. City Sister Silver translated from the Czech by Alex Zucker, cover design by Clare Manias , (2000)

Physical Description: (11 folders)

Box 14
Wechsler, Robert, ed. All in the Same Boat: The Humorists' Guide to the Ocean Cruise cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel , (1988)

Physical Description: (8 folders)

Box 14
Wechsler, Robert. Columbus á la Mode: Parodies of Contemporary American Writers cover illustration by Gerry Gersten, cover designed by Christopher Lione , (1992)

Physical Description: (11 folders)

Box 14
Wechsler, Robert, ed. Here We Are: The Humorists' Guide to the United States cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel , (1991)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 15
Wechsler, Robert, ed. Here We Are:... (cont.)

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 15
Wechsler, Robert, ed. In a Fog: The Humorists' Guide to England cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel , (1989)

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 15
Wechsler, Robert. Performing Without a Stage: The Art of Literary Translation cover drawings by Josef Čapek , (1998)

Physical Description: (14 folders)

Box 16
Wechsler, Robert. Performing Without a Stage:... (cont.)

Physical Description: (11 folders)

Box 16
Wechsler, Robert, ed. Savoir Rire: The Humorists' Guide to France cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel , (1988)

Physical Description: (8 folders)

Box 16
Wechsler, Robert, ed. When in Rome: The Humorists Guide to Italy cover illustration by Mircea Vasiliu, cover design by Leonard Ringel , (1989)

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 17
Wechsler, Robert, ed. When in Rome:... (cont.)

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 17
Wechsler, Robert. Reviews of humorists' guides
Box 17
Westphalen, Joseph von. Diplomatic Pursuits translated by Melanie Richter-Bernburg , (1995)

Physical Description: (10 folders)

Box 17
White, Daniel R., ed. Trials and Tribulations: Appealing Law Humor cover photo by Andrew Eccles, cover designed by Christopher Lione , (1990)

Physical Description: (9 folders)

Box 18
White, Daniel R. Trials and Tribulations:... (cont.)

Physical Description: (5 folders)

Box 18
Yurkievich, Saúl. Background Noise=Ruido de fondo and In the Image and Likeness translations by Cola Franzen , (2003), (2003)

Physical Description: (9 folders)

Series:

Personal Papers

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 18
ALTA (American Literary Translators Association)Chiefly relating to Wechsler's chaired panel at conference , 1994-1999, 1999
Box 18
Čapek, Karel. Reading notes concerning works of Čapek , 1987
Box 18
Correspondence. Miscellaneous
Box 18
Gass, William. Reading Rilke. Wechsler's review, published in The Washington Post , 1999
Box 18
Harden, Vern. Humor manuscript. Correspondence, concerning attempt to get published, Wechler acting as literary agent. , 1994-1995
Box 18
Humor award proposal (unrealized) , 1991-1992
Box 18
Job and distribution hunting correspondence , 1990-1995
Box 18
Kafka, Franz. Das Schloss. Draft translation by Robert Wechsler , 1983
Box 18
Kemske, Floyd. Coolidge College. Notes concerning possible publication
Box 18
Rilke, Theodore. Translations Notes , Dec. 1, 1993
Box 18
Slavitt, David. Essay on Frederic Raphael
Box 18
To Do sheets , Sept. 1988 - Dec. 1994

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Box 19
Translations from Czech: Story by Michal Ajvas; two stories by Karel Čapek for Toward the Radical Center: A Karel Čapek Reader and essay Karel Čapek in America ; two poems by Milan Kundera and correspondence with Peter Kussi; an excerpt from a travel book by Josef Ŝkvorecký for Wechsler's Here We Are: The Humorists' Guide to the United States .

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Box 19
Translation Seminar proposal (to teach in Yale Universitys Residential College Seminar program) , 1983
Box 19
Vitae
Box 19
Writings: In Succession (unpublished novel). Partial drafts; complete draft; miscellaneous notes; notes on characters; Last Version; typed pages

Physical Description: (15 folders)

Box 20
Writings: On Deaf Ears: A Novel (unpublished). Includes notes by Catbird author Floyd Kemske in margins and a few pages of his notes inserted in the front corrected by Wechsler , 2003
Box 20
Notebook. Notes for first four travel humor anthologies, The Humorists Guides, to France, the Ocean Cruise, England, and Italy , (1987)
Box 20
Notebook. Notes for travel humor anthologies The Humorists Guide to England and The Humorists' Guide to Italy , as well as for Daniel R. Whites legal humor anthology, Trials and Tribulations: Appealing Legal Humor , (1987-1988)
Box 20
Notebook. Notes for Daniel R. Whites legal humor anthology Trials and Tribulations: Appealing Legal Humor , (1988)
Box 20
Notebook. Notes for Here We Are: The Humorists' Guide to the United States , (1990)
Box 20
Notebooks (2). Research notes for Humorists' Guides
Box 20
Microcassettes: interviews for the book Performing Without a Stage: The Art of Literary Translation

Scope and Contents: Interviews with Richard Pevear, Richard Wilbur, Richard Sieburth, Peter Glassgold, Harry Zohn, Eliot Weinberger, Anthony Rudolf, Breon Mitchell and Willis Barnstone, Arthur Goldhammer, Barbara and Benjamin Harshav, Gregory Rabassa, Krishna Winston, David Ball, William Weaver, Katherine Washburn, Karen Brazell, Barbara Wright, Ronnie Apter, Gordon Fielder, Frank Günther, Jilly Paver, Klaus Reichert, Martin Hilsky, Jean-Michel Déprats.

Speeches and panels at American Literary Translators Association conferences in 1994 and 1995: Carol Maier, Breon Mitchell, Michael Heim, Magda Bogan, Susan Harris, David Kornacker, John Felstiner, Burton Watson, Marian Schwartz, John Biguenet.

PEN translation panel, May 1997: Everett Fox, Kenneth Yasuda, Bronislava Volkov, Edith Grossman, William Weaver, Umberto Eco, Glayfra Ennis, Heda Kovaly, Guido Waldman.

Series:

Business/Office

Arrangement: Files arranged alphabetically as Wechsler identified them

Box 20
Advertising
Box 20
Agents
Box 20
Articles and features concerning Catbird Press
Box 20
Associations
Box 20
American Book Association Show
Box 20
Book Clubs
Box 20
Čapek. Correspondence, notes, and other materials relating primarily to Karel Čapek works in translation. Includes talks on Čapek as a writer, translation of Čapek works and research materials about him

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 20
Catalogs - Catbird
Box 21
Catalogs - miscellaneous

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 21
Copyright, foreign and other rights, and wholesaler books filings

Physical Description: (6 folders)

Box 21
Czech literature. Correspondence, notes, and other materials relating to: Czech bookstores; Czech Center and Embassy; Czech translators; Czech Writers Conference, 1990; SVU (Czech Society of Arts and Sciences in the U.S.

Physical Description: (7 folders)

Box 21
Czech Trade show
Box 21
Distribution
Box 21
E-books
Box 21
Frankfurt Book Show
Box 21
Grants
Box 21
Independent Publishers Group (distributor), Correspondence , Mar. 1997 - Jan. 2000
Box 21
International Humor. Unpublished anthology
Box 21
Internet Promo
Box 21
Lists (relating to Humorists' Guide research)
Box 21
News Series. Unpublished series
Box 21
Organizations
Box 21
Order forms
Box 21
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
Box 21
Paperback Rights
Box 21
P.E.N
Box 22
Periodicals
Box 22
Press releases and blurbs: general; Čapek; Fischerová; Kanter; Kemske; Kliment; Lappin; Páral; Platt; Raphael; Shaffer; Slavitt; Topol; Wechsler; Westphalen

Physical Description: (15 folders)

Box 22
Promotion: correspondence

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 22
Promotion: notes & miscellaneous

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Box 22
Publishers Weekly ads
Box 22
Recycling
Box 22
Remaindering
Box 22
Sales & Marketing notes
Box 22
Serial Rights
Box 22
Shoe String Press
Box 22
Small Press ads
Box 22
Submissions, ca.Book submissions and related correspondence , 1988-2003

Physical Description: (2 folders)

Box 22
Tikkun Magazine . Relating to unsuccessful talks for a book imprint , 1992
Box 22
Trade Shows (mostly regional)
Box 22
Unpublished. Information and correspondence concerning books not published

Physical Description: (4 folders)