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Benjamin Appel (Lafayette College Class of 1929) was the author of over forty books and hundreds of short stories. He wrote several books that were included in the “We Were There” series of historical fiction books as well as a number of other historical books for children. The Benjamin Appel Papers consist of the galley proofs of four of his books as well as typed and revised copies of some of his other works and short stories. The bulk of the papers are comprised of revisions of the books Life and Death of a Tough Guy and The Devil and W. Kaspar. In addition to his writings, the papers contain a speech Appel gave at Bard College’s 1975 commencement.