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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, M-Z., Sep 1946 - Dec 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/17A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Chikao Honda, President of the Mainichi Newspapers, on the Japanese edition of the memoirs; Henry Laughlin, President of Houghton Mifflin Company [publishers] (6); representatives of the New York Times including Chief European Correspondent Raymond Daniell (5), Chief Correspondent Herbert Matthews (9), Gilbert Bailey (London Editor, Sunday Department) (4), and publisher Arthur Sulzberger (29); General George Marshall; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall (3); Lord Mountbatten of Burma on the Dieppe [France] raid; Walter Graebner [London representative of Time-Life International] (5); J H Barrett of the Reprint Society Limited on their editions of the memoirs (4); [George] Gordon Allen; Duncan Sandys on flying bombs; Anthony Moir of Fladgate and Company [WSC's solicitor] on complaints about WSC's coverage of security at the Teheran conference [Iran, earlier Persia] (3); Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet]; 1st Lord Trenchard; 1st Lord Vansittart on the build up to World War II; Henry Luce [owner and editor of Time Magazine] on Henry Wallace's [former Vice-President of the United States] attacks on WSC; William White on United States strategy for defeating Germany and its effect on the post-war world. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: Prime Minister's Private Secretaries John Colville and David Hunt; [literary assistants] Denis Kelly, Charles Wood, and William Deakin; secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Anne Hipwell, Vanda Salmon, and Chips Gemmell; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Field Marshal 1st Lord Montgomery and General 1st Lord Ismay.Other subjects include: obtaining permission to quote Marshall and General Dwight Eisenhower; discussion of other matters covered in the memoirs including the Italian campaign, casualty figures, the Baku oilfields [Soviet Union], the war in Greece, and the bombing of Dresden [Germany]; matters concerning the serialisation of the memoirs, including corrections, photographing WSC at Chartwell [Kent], circulation figures and the timetable; sending WSC copies of the New York Times; requests for WSC to provide autographs, interviews, etc.; the gift of a turkey from Sulzberger; the 100th anniversary of the New York Times (1951).Also includes: draft of jacket flap text for volume 4, "The Hinge of Fate"; copy of pamphlet by Matthews; cuttings including a review of "Their Finest Hour" (volume 2) by Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] and a copy of the New York Times magazine; notes for publishers for volume 3 ("The Grand Alliance"); copy of an address by Sulzberger on the press.


  • Creation: Sep 1946 - Dec 1954

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2 file(s) (319 loose folios)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Folio 68: Copyright holder (Lord Mountbatten) has withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.

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