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Literary: correspondence on the serialisation of WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War") with representatives of the New York Times [United States], and correspondence on foreign editions of the memoirs and other miscellaneous matters, A-L., Apr 1947 - Sep 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/16

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: representatives of the New York Times including General Manager Julius Adler (6), publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Chief Correspondent Herbert Matthews (5), and Chief European Correspondent Raymond Daniell (5); Daniel Longwell [editor of Life Magazine]; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall (6); William Deakin (12); Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz] (12); Jacques Pirenne, Secretary to King [Leopold of Belgium]; French Defence Minister Paul Ramadier; General Pierre Billotte on criticism of his father, General Gaston Billotte; Anthony Moir of Fladgate and Company [WSC's solicitor]; Eliahu Elath [Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom]; Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet] on Canadian shipping losses; Henry Laughlin [President of Houghton Mifflin Company, publishers]; Lieutenant-General Sir Ian Jacob; Sir Alan Lascelles [Private Secretary to King George VI] (2). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Doreen Pugh, Chips Gemmell, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], and Elizabeth Gilliatt; [literary assistant] Denis Kelly; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to General 1st Lord Ismay and R V Jones.Subjects covered by the file include: US publishers discussions with WSC in Britain in 1947; comments on the proofs; requests for WSC to provide autographs; the Hebrew edition of the memoirs; errors, deletions and corrections; matters covered by the memoirs including an anti-tank ditch in Britain and German entry into Austria; requests for interviews with WSC; producing an abridged version of the memoirs; French and Belgian reaction to the memoirs; the source for the name Downing Street; arranging to photograph WSC to illustrate the memoirs.Also includes: an invitation to Adler's son's wedding; cuttings, the front page of the New York Times and a copy of Le Figaro; table of contents for volume 6 ("Triumph and Tragedy"); texts in English and French for the preface to French and Belgian editions of volume 2 ("Their Finest Hour"); draft letters from Ismay to Billotte and General Prioux; extract from the diary of Major-General Edmund Osborne; copy of a May 1940 letter from Prioux.


  • Apr 1947 - Sep 1955

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1 item(s) (1 file (282 loose folios))

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