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Literary: correspondence with consultants (mainly volumes 5 and 6) and publishers and printers on WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War"), A-F., Sep 1946 - Apr 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/24A-B

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Correspondents include: [George Gordon] Allen (8); William Deakin (21) including (1) recommending Keith Feiling for work on "A History of the English speaking peoples"; Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet from 1947] (9); Robert Marshall [Private Secretary to Norman Brook]; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall (4); representatives of Cassell and Company particularly directors Desmond Flower and Sir Newman Flower, and [Chief editor] Arthur Hayward (66); representatives of the Chiswick Press (7); Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre; Anthony Moir of Fladgate and Company [WSC's solicitor]; Henry Laughlin, President of Houghton Mifflin Company [publishers] (10). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Vanda Salmon, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Chips Gemmell, Grace Hamblin, and Anne Hipwell; [literary assistants] Denis Kelly and Charles Wood; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to 1st Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph].Other subjects include: discussion of matters arising from the memoirs, including arctic convoys, Lord Mountbatten of Burma's appointment as Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, Harry Hopkins' [Special Assistant and Advisor to the President of the United States] influence, and relations with General Charles de Gaulle; matters concerning production and printing including corrections and amendments, Cassell's and Houghton Mifflin's involvement, obtaining permission to publish correspondence, the organisation of the text, producing bound presentation copies, titles, conventions of style and punctuation, illustrations, and publication dates; WSC providing signed copies; government publication of various wartime despatches; WSC's payment from Cassell's; WSC receiving a Sunday Times' award and the Nobel Prize; sales figures; the price of the volumes.Also includes: drafts, corrections, and comments by Allen, WSC, Brook, Deakin, Marsh, and Hayward; various galley proofs; copies of August 1943 telegrams from WSC to King George VI and the Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee]; specimen page and crest; copy of "A Thousand Years of French Books"; cuttings from the Bookseller.


  • Creation: Sep 1946 - Apr 1954

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