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Literary: correspondence on publishing WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War"), mainly with representatives of Time-Life International, including Daniel Longwell [editor of Life Magazine], Walter Graebner [London representative], Andrew Heiskell [publisher], Monica Owen Horne, Constance Babbington-Smith, and Renee Harmer., Aug 1945 - Jan 1953

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/15A-C

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Other correspondents include: Henry Laughlin [President of Houghton Mifflin Company, publishers] (2); William Edwards, [Assistant Director] Federation of British Industries; Anthony Moir of Fladgate and Company [WSC's solicitor]. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Chips Gemmell, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Grace Hamblin, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Anne Hipwell, and Kathleen Hill; [literary assistants] William Deakin and Denis Kelly.Subjects covered by the file include: matters concerning the serialisation of the memoirs in Life Magazine, including the timetable, illustrations including photographs of WSC at Chartwell [Kent] and in the south of France, 1st Lord Camrose's [earlier Sir William Berry, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph] role, and apologies for errors; requests for WSC to sign copies of his books; comments on the proofs and reaction to the publication of the memoirs by various individuals including Joseph Kennedy and on various subjects including WSC's treatment of American figures and the war in the Far East; WSC's arrangements for writing the memoirs, including Time-Life and the New York Times paying for his working holidays abroad; Time-Life providing WSC with copies of various books from the United States; gifts from Longwell and Graebner; an article in Life by the Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward Prince of Wales and Edward VIII] (1947); various suggestions for articles by WSC; WSC's nomination as Man of the Half-Century by Time Magazine; WSC attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [United States] convocation (1949); reaction to WSC's speeches at the Hague [Netherlands] (on Europe) (1948) and Fulton [United States] (1946); world affairs including tensions with the Soviet Union; matters concerning the provision of complimentary copies of the memoirs to various individuals; WSC's comments on the Japanese Treaty (1951).Also includes: various cuttings, including US reviews of the memoirs and Life articles, (1) by Harold Nicolson on WSC and (1) featuring WSC's paintings; details of proofs sent to Longwell; various photographic prints including WSC with Marshal Stalin and others in Moscow [Soviet Union] 1942, WSC's paintings of Marrakesh [Morocco], the secretaries' office at ?Chartwell, and a colour negative of WSC at Sandown [Surrey]; details of captions for illustrations; a dollar bill; text of a report by Averell Harriman [Special Assistant to President Harry Truman].


  • Creation: Aug 1945 - Jan 1953

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3 file(s) (3 files (648 loose folios))

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