Diana Britt Franklin
The Good-bye Door and Gold Medal Killer

Diana Britt Franklin has enjoyed a distinguished career as a journalist, public relations executive, and author. Born in England but raised in the United States, she began her career with the New York Herald Tribune. Subsequently, she served in various editorial posts - from reporter and columnist to section editor and managing editor - at two other daily newspapers, the San Antonio (Texas) Light and the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. Franklin's public relations positions included press relations director for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and director of public relations for Avis Rent A Car Inc. She presently heads Franklin & Son, a corporate consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio. For 30 years, Franklin wrote "Cookbook Nook," a syndicated column that Universal Press Syndicate distributed to more than 250 daily newspapers. In recent years, she also has authored or co-authored a dozen books under the name Peter D. Franklin. The Good-bye Door was her first true-crime book. Franklin resides in Ohio.


  Geoff Smith
Head of the OSU Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

Geoffrey D. Smith earned his undergraduate degree at Tufts University and his doctorate in American Literature and Textual Studies at Indiana University.� The Textual Studies program, which involved Dr. Smith with the collections of the Lilly Library and the operations and procedures of the William Dean Howells scholarly edition, was profoundly influential to his future career in rare books, bibliography and textual editing.� Dr. Smith was appointed the first Curator of the William Charvat Collection of American Fiction at The Ohio State University Libraries in 1983 and was appointed Head of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library in 1992.� He earned the rank of full professor in 1999.�� Dr. Smith's American Fiction, 1901-1925:� A Bibliography was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997.� He has written critical articles on Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Dean Howells in addition to numerous publications on rare book and textual studies topics.� Dr. Smith is currently working on American Fiction, 1926-1950, the successor volume to his earlier bibliography, and he is a general editor for a series of textual editions of William S. Burroughs under contract with the Ohio State University Press.� The first volume of the Burroughs series, Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebooks of William S. Burroughs, was released in January 2008.� He is active in local, regional and national bibliographical and scholarly associations and is a founding member and first president of The Aldus Society, a Columbus based bibliophilic society.


  rare books
Rare Books and Manuscripts
University Libraries

The Peter D. Franklin Cookbook Collection, 8,000 strong,
resides in top flight literary company, includes Jim Thurber

The Rare Books and Manuscripts (RBMS) collection contains primary source materials and supporting published works that do not circulate, but are available for advanced study and research in the Jack and Jan Creighton Special Collections Reading Room.

RBMS has a number of collection strengths.� The Talfourd P. Linn Cervantes collection is an historical collection of editions of Don Quixote through the ages in various languages from the first Madrid printing to contemporary editions. RBMS' English Renaissance holdings include the Stanley Kahrl seventeenth-century drama collection; a rich, historical collection of multiple copies of different editions of John Foxe's Book of Martyrs; and, Anglican, Puritan and Catholic religious books. The Harold Grimm History of Reformation Collection contains important writings of early Protestant reformers, especially Luther and Melanchthon. Other named collections include The Peter D. Franklin Cook Book Collection with an historical focus on Ohio, midwestern, German-American, and fish, fowl and game cooking, in addition to contemporary cook books; The Emanuel Rudolph Children's Science Collection, containing over 8,000 volumes of nineteenth- and twentieth-century children's science books;� The Donald B. Cooper Brazilian Medicine Collection, covering public health issues in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and� The Lillian Feldman Schwartz Collection and Archive, documenting the career of one of the pioneers of computer animation. Additional collecting areas include voyages and travels of the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys; UFO materials; and Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.� RBMS is also home to an extensive collection of 19th and 20th century photographs.

The James Thurber Collection is the world's richest repository of the writings of Ohio State's most noted literary author. In addition to extensive holdings of first and subsequent printings of Thurber books, the collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, et al. RBMS also has strong literary archives of Nelson Algren, Samuel Beckett, William S. Burroughs, Frederick Busch, Lin Carter, Raymond Carver, Karen Harper, William Bradford Huie, Jessica Mitford, James Purdy, Helen Hooven Santmyer, William T. Vollmann, and the literary journal Conjunctions.

The William Charvat Collection of American Fiction is the strongest research book collection at the Ohio State University Libraries, containing first printings of American authors from the late eighteenth century to the present day. The newly formed Avant Writing Collection, a growing collection of small press poets and fictionists, enriches RBMS' late twentieth and early twenty-first-century holdings. Genre fiction is represented through an extensive science fiction collection, nineteenth-century paperbacks, and magazine fiction. Major British authors are amply represented in RBMS. Recently, RBMS has begun the development of a contemporary Irish collection to augment its strong holdings of earlier twentieth-century Irish authors such as Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and William Butler Yeats.

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