File 7 - "American letters re The Ascent of Man"

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"American letters re The Ascent of Man"


  • 30 December 1974-12 June 1975 (Creation)

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Comprises correspondence regarding 'The Ascent of Man' television series and book, and requesting information on Bronowski's life and work, with replies from Kathleen Verlander (secretary) and Sylvia Fitzgerald (editorial associate). Letters are mainly from the general public in the United States, but also from the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Germany, Australia and Tanzania.

Subjects include: asking Bronowski's views on the possibility of extra-terrestrial life; Bronowski's poem that was recited by Anthony Hopkins as an introduction to one of 'The Ascent of Man' films when shown on television in the United States; the beginnings of agriculture in programme 2 'The Harvest of the Seasons' and inviting Bronowski to visit A. Perilli-Minetti & Sons wine producers; the 'Freedom for Rudolf Hess' association; inviting Bronowski to be a guest lecturer for a course on 'The Contemporary World: A Humanistic Perspective' (Division of Continuing Education at Kansas State University) and in Hingham-Hanover Public Schools Special Education series; sending Bronowski articles and papers for comment; an artist (Michael Wisniewski) wanting to produce a posthumous sculpture of Bronowski and Rita Bronowski asking him not to; and studies of animal behaviour in 'The Ascent of Man'.

Also includes: a paper on a theory of 'New Dimensions of Information' by Kristian Karjalainen (University Turku, Finland); copies of articles about A Perilli-Minetti & Sons wine producers; letters thanking Sylvia Fitzgerald for sending copies of reprints and books by Bronowski; copies of letters sent to Dr Robert Livingston (University of California at San Diego Extension College) about a course he taught using 'The Ascent of Man' films; correspondence with Minnie Loewenthal on her planning to have a tree planted in Bronowski's honour in Israel (then changing her mind), Bronowski's work and Sylvia Fitzgerald sending her reprints.

Letters from Magda Rauh on 'Freedom for Rudolf Hess' association are partly in German.

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This file was originally in a ring binder.

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Binder 52

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