|Creator:||Jennings, John, 1906-1973.|
|Title:||John Jennings Papers|
|Inclusive Dates:||1938 (circa)-1963|
|Quantity:||3.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American novelist (primarily historical fiction). Also used pseudonyms Bates Baldwin and Joel Williams. Collection includes original typescript novels with revisions, including an unpublished first effort, Sirocco, as well as thirteen other novels. Typescript of one work of non-fiction, Our American tropics.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
John Edward Jennings (1906-1973) was an American historical novelist and author of numerous nautical works. Born in Brooklyn, New York, his sea-going experience began at the age of 19 when he worked as a mate on a tramp steamer. He later studied engineeering and literature at Columbia University and graduated from the Washington Diplomatic and Consular Institute. During World War II he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander and was head of the Naval Aviation History Unit.
Jennings began his writing career with short stories, articles, and travel narratives; his first novel, Next to Valor, was published in 1939 and proved very popular, being translated into seven languages. His books were noted for their attention to nautical and historical detail and thirteen were best-sellers.
His historical fiction includes The Coasts of Folly (1942), written under the pseudonym Joel Williams; The Sea Eagles (1950), set during the early days of the U.S. Navy; Banners Against the Wind (1954), about abolitionist and physician Samuel Gridley Howe; and The Raider (1963), chronicling the adventures of a World War II German naval vessel. His non-fiction includes the young-adult history Clipper Ship Days (1952) and Tattered Ensign (1966), about "Old Ironsides" (the USS Constitution) and the early American navy.
[Portions of this biographical sketch adapted from the article "Jennings, John Edward, Jr." in Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes, edited by Jill B. Gidmark (Greenwood Press, 2000).]
The John Jennings Papers consists entirely of his writings in manuscript form; some items are accompanied by related correspondence.
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Both Rare Books and the regular circulating collection have copies of Jennings' novels and non-fiction. Please search the Classic Catalog for more information.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
John Jennings Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of John E. Jennings, 1965, 1967.
Created by: --
Date: ca. 1965
Revision history: 3 Jul 2008 - converted to EAD (MRC)
|Box 1||Candy Kid (published 1955) - various versions, also related correspondence|
|Box 1||Chronicle of the Calypso Clipper (published 1955)|
|Box 1||The Coasts of Folly (published 1942) - as Joel Williams; first published as Where Angels Fear to Tread|
|Box 1||Gentleman Ranker (published 1942) - Parts I and II|
|Box 1||Our American Tropics (published 1938)|
|Box 1||The Raider (published 1963)|
|Box 1||River to the West (published 1948) - published version|
|Box 2||River to the West - Parts I and II, original version|
|Box 2||Rogue's Yarn (published 1953)|
|Box 2||The Salem Frigate (published 1946)|
|Box 2||The Sea Eagles (published 1950)|
|Box 3||Shadows in the Dusk (published 1955)|
|Box 3||Sirocco (unpublished)|
|Box 3||The Strange Brigade (published 1952)|
|Box 3||The Sultan's Warrior - as Bates Baldwin; original and revised versions|
|Box 3||The Tall Ships (published 1958) - original version|
|Box 3||Tattered Ensign (published 1966)|