Davis, Sir Rupert Charles Hart, 1907-1999 (Knight, author, editor and publisher)
- Existence: 1907 - 1999
Sir Rupert Hart-Davis (1907-1999) was a London-born publisher, editor, and man of letters, and founder of the publishing company Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd, established in 1946. As Siegfried Sassoon's literary adviser, he published selections of Sassoon's war poetry, 'Siegfried Sassoon: The War Poems' (1983, Faber and Faber), his 'Letters to Max Beerbohm' (1986), and three volumes of his diaries, 'Siegfried Sassoon, Diaries 1915-1918; 1920-1922; 1923-1925' (1981-1985).
Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:
There were 5 editions in Carter's lifetime: 1952-1972.
Hassall died intestate. His working papers were taken to the Royal Society of Literature by his assistant Gillian Paterson, who arranged and (presumably) listed them. They were bought by CUL from Bloomsbury Book Auctions in 1992. They were housed in paper box files 1 25 and cartons A D, as listed. They have now been re boxed, in 28 boxes and one packet, which has involved some reorganisation of the material and hence some rearrangement and re numbering of the original list.
The correspondents include the editors, Charles Batey, Rupert Hart-Davis, Vita Sackville-West (who wrote the introduction to the volume), Reynolds Stone, and the publisher Jonathan Cape. At the end of the sequence are letters of thanks from recipients of presentation copies. The correspondence includes each editor's choices of essays and poems for inclusion.
Correspondents include Brooke Crutchley, Rupert Hart-Davis, Ernest Ingham, Seán Jennett, Robert Leighton, George Macy, Stephen Potter, E. H. Visiak In the same sequence is correspondence between Meynell and the Nonesuch Press (Monica Herring, Robert Leighton).
Correspondents include Julia R. Broun, Draeger Frères (the date is estimated), Felix Gluck, Rupert Hart-Davis, Monica Herring, Lynton Lamb, Robert Leighton, George Macy, McKenna and Co. (V. E. C. Harriss), Stefan Mrozewski, National Book League (Elizabeth Edmondston), Peter O'Brien, Odhams Press Ltd (F. W. Heath), Reading Christian Arts Festival, and Martin Zander. With the letters is a Certificate of Registration for 'The Nonesuch Press'.
Chiefly letters of thanks to Meynell for presentation copies. Among the writers are John Arlott, Sydney Cockerell, Alfred Fairbank, Rupert Hart-Davies, Richard De la Mare, and Osbert Sitwell.
Used as a label or bookmark for the journal, perhaps indicating he intended to publish Sassoon's diaries beyond 1922. This item was removed from MS Add.9852/1/25 folio /125.
Used as a label or bookmark for the journal, presumably whilst creating an edited version for publication. This item was removed from the front cover of MS Add.9852/1/4.
Marked 'Notes for Siegfried's Journey'; used as a label or bookmark. Removed from back cover of MS Add.9852/7/1/1.
Single sheet of headed notepaper showing the company logo of a fox against a background of oak leaves. It appears to have been used as a bookmark. On the reverse is a brief note [by Hart-Davis?] on the main contents of the notebook in which it was enclosed (MS Add.9852/6/7).
Letter from Rupert [Hart-Davis] (The Old Rectory, Marske-in-Swaledale) to Geoffrey Keynes, 30 Apr. 1976
Is glad Keynes has salvaged 'Vigils'; requests the titles and first lines of the unpublished poems; has requested that purchasers of Sassoon manuscripts be informed of his interest in them.
Letter from Rupert [Hart-Davis] (The Old Rectory, Marske-in-Swaledale) to Geoffrey Keynes, 13 Oct. 1980
Enclosing a copy of Keynes' note about the 'Vigils' manuscript (see MS Add.8491/3).
Letters and related items, mostly addressed to the editors of the Cambridge Review, and predominantly to Peter Hawkes. Some letters were intended for publication; most of the others concern the contribution (or otherwise) of articles and book reviews.
Letters from Rupert Hart-Davis, (b.1907), publisher, (Henley and Marske-in-Swaledale) to Siegfried Sassoon re literary and personal news, 1946-1967 (1946-8; 1967)
The collection largely comprises letters addressed to Sassoon although there are few other recipients such as Glen Byam Shaw and Georgiana Theresa Thornycroft, Siegfried Sassoon's mother. There are also some postcards; draft and unpublished copies of poems; bills; and other related papers.
Notes of conversations with E. Bagnold, Lord Boothby, Sir R. C. Hart-Davis, Sir M. M. Postan, Lord Ritchie-Calder and others, 1980-1981
They are: John Hadfield, Desmond Harmsworth, Wilfred Harrison, Rupert Hart-Davis, H. W. Häusermann, Godfrey Hayman, Ambrose Heal, Maurice Healy, G. Bruno Hicks, Laura Z. Hobson, Ralph Hodgson, C. G. Hookway, and Ellic Howe.
Research correspondence with Sir R. C. Hart-Davis (46-53), R. W. Keyserlingk (54-60) and others, 1979-1982
Miscellaneous letters, cards and photographs, which Sassoon sent to Mother Margaret with some of his letters. These items have become separated from their covering letters (section /1-345). Identifying the appropriate covering letter might allow the researcher to date the item more accurately.
Including letters about his death and appreciations of him and of his work.
Typescripts of Sassoon's diaries made by Rupert Hart-Davis.
These notebooks, loose drafts, letters and diaries of Siegfried Sassoon were purchased by Cambridge University Library in March 2006 from Roy Davids Ltd, acting on behalf of their owner George Sassoon, son of Siegfried Sassoon. They had formerly been in the possession of Sir Rupert Hart-Davis, who accumulated them in the process of editing Sassoon's diaries, letters and poems for publication.