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Literary: various correspondence., 04 Jan 1939 - 11 Dec 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 8/624

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Correspondents include: Edward Martell on a proposed "Biographical Dictionary of the British Empire" (3); Sir Roger Keyes asking WSC to write the forward to his book and advocating WSC taking over responsibility for air defences (2); John Gloag; Louis [Edward Spears] (2) on subjects including writing the preface for his book "Doomed Enterprise"; 1st Lord Lee on WSC's method of printing his manuscripts; representatives of Jonathan Cape Limited including G Wren Howard and Rupert Hart-Davis; Clarence Streit on WSC endorsing his book "Union Now"; Robert Prew, Acting Editor of the Daily Mail, and Charles Eade, Editor of the Sunday Dispatch, on WSC reviewing "Warnings and Predictions" by 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth]; representatives of MacMillan and Company including Harold MacMillan [later 1st Lord Stockton] on reissuing "Lord Randolph Churchill" (2); Sir Charles Petrie and Sir Newman Flower and Desmond Flower, Directors of Cassell and Company, (6) on subjects including WSC writing the forward to Petrie's book on Sir Austen Chamberlain; representatives of George G Harrap and Company (3); C E Bechofer Roberts; Sir Walter Layton and Gerald Barry, Editor of the News Chronicle, on WSC writing for the News Chronicle; Reeves Shaw, Editor of the Strand Magazine, on WSC writing an article on Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] (4); representatives of Frank C Betts Limited (3); Mary Spears on WSC sending a signed copy of "My Early Life" to the library of an unemployed centre in South Wales; Sir Frederic Kenyon inviting WSC to become a Fellow of the British Academy; Olive Harrington (3), E R Widgery (3) and Mary Fox [earlier Mary Penman] on secretarial work; Hugh Cudlipp, Editor of the Sunday Pictorial, on an article about WSC; Sir John Anderson, Lord Privy Seal, on an article by WSC in the News of the World on ARP; Hamish Hamilton; Allen Lane of Penguin Books Limited; Brigadier-General Thomas Price on WSC's "How the War Began" for Picture Post; Ralph Barnes, Chief London Correspondent of the New York Herald Tribune, on meeting WSC; Leonard Crocombe, Editor of Tit-Bits; Adam Marshall Diston; Charles Scribner.Other subjects include: appreciation of WSC's articles and books; requests for assistance from WSC in procuring writing and publishing work; quoting from WSC; offers of work from various publishers and newspapers; WSC endorsing and receiving complimentary copies of various books; the abridgement of "While England Slept" ["Arms and the Covenant"] in Omnibook magazine; accounts written by WSC of four battles for jigsaw puzzles by John Waddington Limited; publishing a 1919 spoof letter to The Times by WSC under the pseudonym "Scorpio".Also includes: proof introduction to Keyes' book on his early life; a statement by WSC on the value of literature and a cutting from the Sunday Times of a similar statement by the Poet Laureate, John Masefield, for the National Book Council; details of the regional and world-wide syndication of WSC's articles for 1937-8; a cutting from the Daily Telegraph of an article by 1st Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry] on his paper's sales figures; a curriculum vitae of a French academic, Ferdinand Lot; off-print introduction to Spears' book.


  • Creation: 04 Jan 1939 - 11 Dec 1939

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