Rosanne Klass Papers
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Acquisition and Processing Information: Gift of Rosanne Klass, January 2008.
Photographs: Box 3
Scope and Contents
The collection is comprised of draft manuscripts of Land of the High Flags, notes, reviews, illustrations and photographs for this book. Correspondence from Klass to her family from the East and correspondence with Random House also form part of this collection. Also included are copies of articles Klass wrote.
Rosanne Klass was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She received a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin and her M.A. at Hunter College. In the early 1950s she went with her husband to Afghanistan to teach English. In 1964, she published Land of the High Flags about her experiences in Afghanistan and in the sixties she returned to Afghanistan as a journalist. In 1978 she published Afghanistan: The Great Game Revisited. After the Soviet invasion, she helped establish the Afghan Relief Committee which provided humanitarian aid to the country, and she served as vice-president for programs for the Committee from 1980 to 1996. In the 1980s she managed the Afghanistan Information Center at Freedom House, a clearinghouse for human rights information about Afghanistan for the international media.
She has written essays for many publications, including Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Asia, and Les Nouvelles d'Afghanistan. She lectures widely in the United States and Europe. Living in New York, Klass edited Spotlight for some time.
In 2007, Land of the High Flags was reissued with the subtitle Afghanistan When the Going Was Good.
Ms. Klass has placed the bulk of her material at the The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Box Contents List
Random House, including correspondence with Bennett Cerf and Albert Erskine
Contract for teaching in Afghanistan
Philip Klass (Rosanne's brother and famous "debunker")
Triegle tribute concert
Gul Baz Khan's account book. Gul Baz was her house manager in Kabul and the notebok reflects the costs and methods of running a household in Kabul in the 1950s.
"In the Tents of Kabul"
Ms about living in Kabul
"Missing in Action"
"Pakistan's Costly Delusion"
Land of the High Flags
Outline and first submission
Early versions. 2 folders
Author's first proofs
Author's second proofs. 2 folders
Setting copy. 2 folders
Plate proofs. 2 folders