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The following is a list of FBI Files for many authors & journalists that have been released.

Edward AbbeyAbbey, Edward Paul - [ 151 Pages, 11.12MB ] - Jane Addams (1860-1935) was an internationally known social worker, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. This release concerns a treason investigation opened in 1924 involving the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Addams was a founding member of the organization.
Ray BradburyBradbury, Ray - [ File #1 ] - Ray Douglas Bradbury (1920-2012) was an award-winning science fiction author. In 1968, the FBI briefly investigated him for possible travel to Cuba, which had been banned by U.S. law. The investigation was very limited and was closed when the Bureau determined that Bradbury did not plan to travel Cuba.
 Bertolt Brecht Brecht, Bertolt - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 ] - 1940's internal security investigation of Bertolt Brecht, author and poet, due to his affiliation with Soviet officials and other known communists.
 William FaulknerFaulkner, William - [File #1] - The FBI investigated a possible extortion violation in 1957 when the wife of the famous author received several phone calls asking for $500 for certain information about her husband.
 Carlos FuentesFuentes, Carlos - [ 170 Pages, 9.33 MB ] - Carlos Fuentes Macias (1928-2012), aka Carlos Fuentes, was a noted Mexican writer. The material in this file concerns his proposed travel and subsequent visa issues with the U.S. State Department between 1962 and 1983.
Ernest Hemmingway Hemmingway, Ernest - [ 122 Pages, 8.88 MB ] - Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a noted American author and journalist. This release consists of one FBI main file on Hemingway with documents ranging from 1942 to 1974. The bulk of it concerns Hemingway’s intelligence work on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba between 1942 and 1944.
Norman Mailer Mailer, Norman - [ 166 Pages, 9.30 MB ] - Norman Kingsley Mailer (1923-2007)— an American writer and director—was the author of the bestselling novel The Naked and the Dead. This release consists of one section of an FBI domestic security investigative file on Mailer. The file begins in 1962 and ends in 1974.
 Harry Overstreet Overstreet, Harry - [ File #1 25.18MB | File #2 9.82MB | File #3 30.86MB | File #4 21.99MB | File #5 20.55MB | File #6 24.27MB |  ] [ 940 Total Pages ] - Harry Allen Overstreet (October 25, 1875 – August 17, 1970) was an American writer and lecturer, and a popular author on modern psychology and sociology. His 1949 book, The Mature Mind, was a substantial best-seller that sold over 500,000 copies by 1952. From 1911 to 1936, he was chair of Department of Philosophy and Psychology at City College of New York. He lectured and worked frequently with his second wife, Bonaro Overstreet. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
 Westbrook Pegler Pegler, Westbrook - [ 772 Pages, 113MB ] - Francis James Westbrook Pegler (August 2, 1894 – June 24, 1969) was an American journalist and writer. He was a popular columnist in the 1930s and 1940s famed for his opposition to the New Deal and labor unions. Pegler criticized every president from Herbert Hoover to FDR ("moosejaw") to Harry Truman ("a thin-lipped hater") to John F. Kennedy. He also criticized the Supreme Court, the tax system, and labor unions. In 1962, he lost his contract with King Features Syndicate, owned by the Hearst Corporation, after he started criticizing Hearst executives. His late writing appeared sporadically in publications that included the John Birch Society's American Opinion. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
 William Lewis Safire Safire, William Lewis- [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 ] - On April 7, 2010, the FBI released six files totaling 345 pages on William L. Safire, a Pulitzer Prize winning political columnist and a speechwriter for President Nixon who died on September 27, 2009.

Over the course of his journalistic and political career, Mr. Safire came to the attention of the FBI in several matters. The main files released document four separate investigations between 1965 and 1994. Only one of these investigations concerned a potential criminal matter involving leaks of classified material to newspaper reporters. No evidence of improper or illegal leaks by Safire was found by the Bureau.

Howard Zinn Zinn, Howard - [ 403 Pages, 13.3 MB ] -  Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University for 24 years and taught history at Spelman College for 7 years. Zinn wrote more than 20 books, including his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States. He wrote extensively about the civil rights and anti-war movements, and labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn's life and work.  

 

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