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Theodore Pratt Collection

Theodore Pratt Collection Finding Aid

Florida Atlantic University Libraries is the designated repository of the personal papers and manuscript archives of Florida author Theodore Pratt. The collection includes the author's personal copies of first and foreign editions of his works, original typescripts of his fiction and screenplays, correspondence, research notes, illustrative artwork for dustcovers and paperbacks, in addition top personal mementos and photographs. Theodore Pratt came to the state in 1934, and made it his home until his death in 1969. Fourteen of Mr. Pratt's thirty-five novels are set in Florida, including The Barefoot Mailman (1943) and The Big Bubble: A Novel of the Florida Boom (1951).

These novels were thoroughly researched and scrupulously portrayed the history of Florida people, institutions and events. He also kept detailed documentation on the practical and tedious aspects of making a living as a writer. His correspondence and photographs illustrate his unique character and provides a glimpse into the old Florida lifestyle.


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