Skip to main content

Prokosch, Frederic, 1908-1989 (poet and novelist)



  • Existence: 1908 - 1989


Frederic Prokosch (1908-1989), poet and novelist, was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on 17 May 1908. He spent his childhood in the United States, Germany, France and Austria, and attended Haverford College and Yale. His most famous work is his first novel, The Asiatics (1935). He also wrote poetry, translations and an autobiography. From the early 1930s, Prokosch printed copies of his own work and that of other writers. He was involved in a forgery scandal following the Sotheby's sale of his pamphlets in 1972, after it was discovered that he had arranged for the printing of additional titles with false imprints during 1968-1970. He died at Plan-de-Grasse, France, on 6 June 1989.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


Prokosch (Frederic): Copies of poems by himself and others

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8071
Scope and Contents Hand-illustrated pamphlet copies, made by Frederic Prokosch, of poems by various authors. On the inside cover of each pamphlet is the bookplate of Prokosch's library. Each pamphlet includes a handwritten note by the author recording that it was made by him at Fountain Street, New Haven, Connecticut, 1932-1933. However, owing to the scandal surrounding the 1972 sale of his pamphlets, the provenance of the pamphlets in this collection must be uncertain. The poems are accompanied by photocopies...
Dates: 1932-1933
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (