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Samuel Hoffenstein (1889-1947) graduated from Lafayette College is 1911. He had a successful career as a journalist, poet, and screenwriter. His humorous writing was featured in many newspapers, including the New York Herald Tribune. He published several popular books of poetry, and co-authored fifteen screenplays. Hoffenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards, one in 1932 for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and another in 1944 for Laura. The papers are comprised of over 150 handwritten and typed pages of Hoffenstein’s poetic works. The bulk of the collection consists of manuscripts and typescripts of poetry that appeared in two of Hoffenstein’s books, Poems in praise of practically nothing and Year in, you’re out. The papers also contain annotated newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, and correspondence.