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Jean Rhys archive
Series 2:  Correspondence Wyn - Z, unidentified

Collection 1976-011


  Wyndham, Francis    
13:1 9 May 1957.   “Thank you so much for your letter and the generous things you say about my books...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  14 May 1957.   “I had your letter this morning and was very pleased to hear from you.  I would be quite willing to sell an option on my new book and I think I am free to do so...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  20 May 1957.   “I have heard from Constable’s and they agree that according to my contract with them I am now at liberty to sell the option on my new novel...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  22 May 1957.   “I was very glad to have your letter this morning.  I don’t quite understand why Miss Martha Smith thinks that the position is not clear...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  14 Dec 1957.   “Thank you so much for your letter and good wishes...But you’ll want to know about the book.  It’s unlike anything I’ve attempted before...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s    
       
  27 Mar 1958.   “This is to tell you something about the novel I am trying to write – provisional title ‘The First Mr. Rochester’.  I mean of course the mad woman in Jane Eyre...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  30 Apr 1958.   “I want to thank you so much for your very kind letter and to say how sorry I am that I could not answer it before...There is not much to say except to repeat how glad I am that you like the idea of my book and that Diana Athill likes it too...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  11 Nov 1958.   “I am very sorry to hear that you are leaving the firm of Deutsch - pleased of course that you will read my book but sad all the same...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  22 Jun 1959.   “Thank you so much for your letter.  Yes, I certainly will send the book of short stories and shall be glad to know what you think of them.  The MSS looks battered but has not been offered to anyone else except Constable’s...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  circa Jul 1959.   “I will post the short stories to you tomorrow...Looking at the book again I feel that most aren’t real short stories at all - more like unfinished novels or parts of a novel...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  8 Jul 1959.   “I am so pleased that you liked some of the stories - they are [---] - and it would be most kind of you to send a selection to John Lehmann [---] whichever you think best.  I’ll be very happy if he takes one of course...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  12 Jul 1959.   “You have been so kind about the stories...Thank you for making the alterations, I ought to have done that myself, but only realised it after they were posted...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  1 Sept 1959.   “I heard from John Lehmann at the end of July.  He said that he would like to publish one or two of the stories in the London Magazine...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  4 Sept 1959.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you so much for your letter.  I am enclosing a copy of my article about your work for the London Magazine...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  7 Sept 1959.   “Thank you so much for sending a copy of your article and for writing it.  There isnothing I object to (of course not!) and everything is accurate except that [Marya L---’s] husband was Polish not Italian - and that hardly matters...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  14 Sept 1959.   “This is the long letter but I won’t make it very long...First I must tell you that I liked your article very much indeed and am longing for the printers strike delay to be over...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 4s.    
       
  27 [Sept] 1959.   “My letter was incoherent, I’m afraid and not at all fascinating...I like being called Miss Rhys, and Mrs.  Hamer on the envelope makes it just right...My husband has been ill for some time...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  2 Dec 1959.   “The proofs of ‘Petronella’ arrived from the London Magazine last month.  I corrected them - a word here and there and returned them.  I do hope I’ve done this all right...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 3s.    
       
13:2 7 Jan 1960.   “The London Magazine arrived this morning.  I was delighted of course and liked your article so much.  Max is a good deal better now thank you, and we are going from Bude to Perranporth...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  17 Mar 1960.   “Here is my address.  Perranporth is a small place and the chalet smaller still.  Like a house box painted blue...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  5 Apr 1960  Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I have just had a letter from Geoffrey Grigson whom I have never met, saying: ‘In the January number of the London Magazine I was taken by your note on Jean Rhys....’“ Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  6 Apr 1960.   “I was glad to get your letter this morning.  Of course I am very gratified that Mr. Grigson wishes to include me in the survey he is editing.  I was born in Roseau Dominica August 1894...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 3s.    
       
  12 Apr 1960.   “It would be so kind of you to lend your copy of Good Morning Midnight to the Viking Press.   I enclose Miss David’s letter.  Martha Smith told me that she’d try to find the one at Constable’s...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  17 Apr 1960.   “I posted a copy of Voyage yesterday and I do hope it has some luck.  There’s a battered POSTURES here too - if that’s any good.  POSTURES (QUARTET in America) is the only book of mine that did fairly or really well...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  19 Apr 1960  Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Very many thanks for your copy of Voyage ...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  31 May 1960.   “I was so glad to get your letter and the good news about ‘Outside the Machine’.  Yes I do know ‘Winter Tales’ and have the 1956 collection and like nearly all the stories very much indeed...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 3s.    
       
  5 Jun 1960.   “I have heard from Mr. Maclean and am very pleased about the story of course.  I’m glad too that you like the title WIDE SARGASSO SEA.  Right title is such a help to [me]..."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  5 Jul 1960.   “I had the proofs of ‘The Day They Burned the Books’ from the London today.  The Bude post office delayed them for a month - I can’t think why.   The London also sent on the enclosed letter and I have answered Miss Leiper that you have the only copy...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  7 Jul 1960  Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Many thanks for your letter.  I am glad that Simon and Schuster are interested in seeing the stories, and I certainly think you should send them there...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  14 Jul 1960.   “Thank you for letting me have the stories.  I’ll send them along to Simon and Schuster and hope for the best.  (But not hope too much).  They didn’t do badly with Quartet - Postures over here - maybe there’s a chance...” Handwritten and signed letter, 4s.    
       
  14 Jul 1960  Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I have heard from Maria Leiper of Simon and Schuster, and have written to say I have returned the stories to you - and how good they are...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  Handwritten draft transcription of the song, “Stop Thief,” 1p.    
       
  16 Jul 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Very many thanks for your letter.   You have been kind and forgiving about Tigers.  I am still very distressed about this, but am certain that John L.  must have ‘put it somewhere’...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  21 Jul 1960.   “This is to let you know that we are not leaving the chalet after all.  So the same address goes.  At least - I do trust that nobody will change their minds again! With any luck we will stay put till the new Jerusalem and abode of peace is ready at the end of August...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.     
       
  4 Aug 1960.   “I’d hoped to send along one of the new stories and know what you thought of it.  But the typist, who promised to finish the job several days ago, hasn’t turned up.  Everything is at a standstill...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  31 Sept 1960.   “This is my new address and worth the long wait.  Almost.  I am so very sorry about the stories.  The Perranporth typist could not make them out and gave up I think.  (I did imagine most people had heard of Napoleon - But no!)...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.     
       
  Sept/Oct 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Very many thanks for your letter and address.  I am so glad you are happy in your new home...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  6 Oct 1960.   “Thank you for writing.  I have given Macmillan’s this address and will let the London know too...I will send one of those stories to be typed - there must be something wrong with the other, or the gal at Perranporth would not have made such nonsense of it...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.     
       
  7 Oct 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I am so sorry to hear that your husband was ill for so long...The paperback situation so far is this.  Tony Godwin of Penguins was enthusiastic about Good Morning Midnight  AND Voyage ...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  [14 Oct 1960].   “Thank you for your letter.  It would be a real shot in the arm if I did get into paper backs - a help in many ways and you are so very kind to try...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  Dec 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I send you this from the Times Literary Supplement in case you did not see it...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  6 Dec 1960.   “Thank you for sending the cutting from the Times Lit Supp.   No, I did not see it and was pleased.  The river hasn’t got to the doors of Land Boat Bungalows not yet anyway...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  21 Dec 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I am so terribly sorry that you have not been well...I haven’t yet written my review of ‘Winter’s Tales’...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  Dec 1960.   “Thank you for your kind offer to get the story typed.  I’m about half way through a legible copy now and it will reach you quite soon I trust...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
13:3 1 Jan 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Just in case your missed this nice review in today’s Sunday Times...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  3 Jan 1961.   “Thank you for sending Sunday Times cutting.   What a nice New Year present that review! It’s already had some effect, for a friend who gets annoyed about what he calls my ‘obsession’ - that’s to say two or three hours time by myself - has written a kind letter...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  11 Feb 1961.   “Thank you for the copy of London and your kind review of ‘Outside the Machine’.  I am writing out now the sixth (and positively the last) version of ‘Jazz’...."   1s.    
       
  Feb 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “This is the London Magazine with my review of ‘Winter’s Tales’ -- I wish it were more interesting...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  6 Mar 1961.   “I will post you the story tomorrow - nearly three weeks too late.  The copy I had was very heavily corrected and looked so formidable...."   1s.     
       
  [7 Mar 1961].   “I’m so sorry about this untidy MSS and hope it’s legible, and typist very forbearing.   I thought I had stacks of paper but was wrong, so on the whole preferred to use any old sheets...."   1s.    
       
  17 Mar 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I think the new story is wonderful - I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  20 Mar 1961.   “It was so nice to hear from you this morning.  I was worried about the story - didn’t think I’d managed it very well.  The dialect was a difficulty - I’m not 100 per cent certain of it...."  1s.    
       
  30 Mar 1961.   “I was very happy when I got your letter this morning and can’t thank you enough for the trouble you take to help and encourage me.   I’ll look forward to hearing from Mr. Ross...."   1s.    
       
  23 May 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Do you remember the ‘Jazz’ story - the one you so kindly sent on to The Londoner? Well, I heard from Mr. Ross (who said he liked it and was delighted of course...."   2s.    
       
  6 Jun 1961.   “Thank you for your letter - it cleared up alot.  I hope Mr. Ross got the revised MSS safely and I hope he approved of it.  If not - I have that ‘uneasy’ feeling still - would you please destroy it...."   4s.    
       
  9 Jun 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Very many thanks for your letter which I enjoyed as always - I loved the poem.  To tell you the truth I can’t quite make out if the London Magazine have received the revised MS of the story or not...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  14 Jun 1961.   “It was very kind of you to telephone about that MSS.  It is the original story ‘pulled together’ by me.  I intended to post it to you (I hoped was sure you’d see what I meant) but it looked rather untidy...."   4s.    
       
  11 Oct 1961.   “Every week I have hoped to send you a chapter or more of that book - if you remember it - or me.  But.  Well, but - .  My husband has been rather ill and I have been weary...."   2s.    
       
  [14 Oct 1961].  “I was pleased to hear from you and it’s grand news that the London still thinks of publishing.  I’d given it up! If Mr. Ross can pay me in advance it will be a help of course...."   1s.    
       
  Handwritten draft [fragment] of “They Thought It Was Jazz.”  Alternately entitled, “Selina.” 1p.    
       
  11 Oct 1961.   “Of course your are quite right.  I haven’t a whole copy of the story (In spite of my boast that I had fifteen or something!) only a [---] bits and pieces...."   2s.    
       
  No date.   1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I heard from Alec this morning and am glad you met.  I expect he talked a bit about my difficulties (and advantages).  Peace etc.  Though it’s not as peaceful as all that.  No, I never thought you were annoyed, but I did fear you were disappointed...."   2s.    
       
  No date.   1961.   “Thank you so very much for Colour of Darkness.  Yes I like it, especially the ‘63 Dream Palace’ story...."   1s.    
       
13:4 5 Feb 1962.   “I was so pleased to get your letter.  Flu over now, and [---] flu nearly gone.  The MSS is being typed for me from dictation - isn’t it kind and such a lucky chance, for that is what I’ve always wanted and despaired of arranging here...."   2s.     
       
  20 Feb 1962.   “Your letter got to me yesterday afternoon--a bit late for it had no stamp on and they’d taken it to various other people.  Though the post office ought to know where I live by this time!...."  3s.    
       
  22 Feb 1962.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Apologies about the absence of stamp!...Longing for Part One - and please don’t worry about it.  I expect London Mag will send you proofs of Tigers are Better Looking when the time comes...."    Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  15 Jul 1962.   “I will post the first part of Sargasso Sea to you (at last) early this week.  It looks [---] partly written in an exercise book and partly corrected typescript.   Not at all the beautiful MSS I’d hoped to send.  But legible...."   1s.    
       
  22 Jul 1962.   “I am sorry about the wrong address...I finished Part I yesterday.  I had a free day for once - but cannot send it off till Tuesday as the village post office shuts on Mondays...."   2s.    
       
  25 Jul 1962.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “It was nice to get your letter with the news that you are sending the MS today - I am [longing] to receive it...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  22 Aug 1962.   “This is a belated letter of thanks and I hope you’ve guessed that I didn’t mean it to be late.  Mr. Luke of Mandala Films, a friend of yours, wrote to me about Good Morning Midnight.  You’d sent him the book, he liked it, he said, and he made me an offer for the film rights...."   2s.    
       
  circa Aug or Sept 1962.   “This is much too long of course.  Everything and anything can be cut except the few things I’ve got right.  I am so sorry for elays.  It’s been a bit tough, but if the film thing comes off all will be so much easier...."   1s.    
       
  circa Sept 1962.   “I can’t tell you how much good your letter has done - better than bottle after bottle of champagne.  I see this long delayed book at last and will have the courage to finish it (I trust touch wood).  I won’t thank you any more for I’m sure that you know how I feel...."   3s.    
       
  24 Nov 1962.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I’ve been away - trying to get rid of persistent flu.  I did write to thank you for the typescript but such a dismal letter...."   3s.     
       
  circa May 1963.   “Miss Athill’s letter cheered me much and I’m glad you gave her the MSS I arranged to send you.  Part II and III are written...."   2s.     
       
  circa Aug 1963.   “I liked hearing from you again so much, and you are very encouraging about this book which has dragged for such a long time.  I am still rather worried about anyone judging it unfinished...."   3s.    
       
13:5 6 Sept 1963.   “I am sorry not to have written before.  If you knew the enormous relief I felt when I got your letter and that you’d taken care of the typing inserts, cuts and so on...."   2s.     
       
  11 Oct 1963.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you for sending Voyage in the Dark.  I liked seeing it again.  I’ve not had a copy of ‘Voices’ and would be plesed to have a look at it very much so.  I will write to John Smith of Christy & Moore as you suggest and ask him to get in touch with Miss Athill...."   4s with press cutting.    
       
  16 Oct 1963.   “When I got your letter this morning I did not know whether I was glad or sorry.  Glad because you are so very kind and generous and understanding.  Sorry because I’d set my heart on finishing that book first and cracking up afterwards...."   3s.     
       
  21 Nov 1963.   “I was rather disturbed to hear from Christy & Moore that an unrevised version of Part I of my book had been sent to Sonia Orwell in Paris...Please if you can explain this to Mrs.  Orwell as I do not know her address...."   4s.     
       
  circa Nov 1963.   “I am so glad that Sonia Orwell likes Part I in spite of the middle.  Thank you for doing so much to clear it up...."   3s.      
       
  21 Nov 1963.   “Of course I will send any corrections to Mrs.  Orwell direct.  As you have been through the extract I will not send many alterations - perhaps, probably, none.  I think your introduction will help to make the time and the place clear...."   4s.    
       
  6 Dec 1963.   “Thank you for writing.  I don’t feel so woe begone and hope the hospital can be avoided.   Somehow I’ll get that book done...."   2s.    
       
13:6  [5 Jan 1964].   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thanks for your letter and for sending on the proofs.  I will post them to Sonia Orwell corrected early next week.  Some of the alterations and additions are necessary for the book but not perhaps for the extract...."   1s.    
       
  9 Jan 1964.   “Thank you for sending the proofs and for your letter.  I’m working hard at getting them (proofs) ready to send this week and only trust I’m doing it right...."   1s.     
       
  5 Feb 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I will post the corrected proofs to Sonia Orwell tomorrow the 6th.  I fixed up the mistakes there quickly, the trouble was the additional paragraphs I wanted in.  Some may not be necessary for the contract...."   2s.    
       
  3 Mar 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I sent the corrected proofs, one copy, and additions to Sonia Orwell last month...I did not think the alterations tiresome.  There were a few printer’s errors.  I still have the other proof copy and am anxious to have it typed with additional paragraphs and corrections...."   2s.    
       
  7 Mar 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I heard from Sonia Orwell day before yesterday...I’m sorry the corrections weren’t in time, but of course it would be impossible to alter the set up of the magazine now...."   2s.    
       
  No date.   1964.   “I’m ashamed of this lot.  Such alot.   But I can’t face writing it all out again and I must get on with Part II which with any luck ought to be done this week...."   1s.    
       
  21 Mar 1964.   “I sent a copy of Part I proofs and my corrections to you addressed Trevor Square a fortnight ago - registered (11th March) and am a bit worried about them...I have almost finished Part II which means that the book is nearly ready.  At last...."  2s.    
       
  30 Mar 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Of course you were quite right to hand over the proofs and soon to Andre Deutsch if youthought it best.  They looked formidable (and untidy) andI’d imagined them being sent to some firm of typists to be straightened out...."   3s.    
       
  8 Apr 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you for sending Midnight.  It is so kind of you to lend it and so cheering to hear from you again.  I’ll try to see that you get it back or have another copy - if you wish...."   3s.    
       
  13 Apr 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I enclose a nice thing about you in yesterday’s Sunday Times, in case you didn’t see it...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  14 Apr 1964.   “Thank you for the Sunday Times thing.  No I did not see it though I read your review of The Spire of course.  I have Lord of the Flies and think it very good but nothing else of William Goldings.  I’m now so taken up by Sargasso Sea that I skimmed the Sunday papers...."   4s.    
       
  typed  draft poem, “Obeah Night.” 4p.    
       
  No date.   1964.   “Thank you for typing the poem - it’s a bit ‘Hiawatha’ isn’t it? The swing I mean.  But no matter.  I will not trouble you with the others till typed, if ever...."   4s.     
       
  1 May 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “No I never thought that you were irritated or bored (only a bit perhaps - because the wilder my enthusiasm at this ‘break through’ as I call it, the more untidy my scrawl - and longer too)...."   4s.    
       
13:7 7 May 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you for sending the poem - not quite right yet is it? I will put it away and fix it up sometime - I’ve been working very hard at passionate Mr. Rochester, sitting up to all hours I heard a cuckoo one morning - so realised it was morning not night any more....4s.     
       
  11 May 1964.   “Here is the end of the poem typed out...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  [14 May 1964].   “Your letter cheered me up so much.  I have finished with Mr. Rochester or I hope so.   The problem now is - shall I send him along tidy or untidy.   Probably untidy with corrections and so on visible - for that would be much quicker...."   5s.    
       
  circa May 1964.   “Here (at last) is all I was so anxious for you to see.  The red exercise books are the last chapter of Part II.  The ruled paper is not the start, but nearly so...."   3s.    
       
  [27 May 1964].   “Thank you for the very kind letter and I am glad that you like what I sent - though a bit nervous that it’s been handed over to Deutsch (Miss Athill).  She may not have time for reading before she leaves on the 2nd and three weeks is so long to wait...."   4s.    
       
  [5 Jun 1964].   “I am sending the book I spoke of - not as the writer says very gay but interesting perhaps.  It’s rather battered.   I do hope that your flu is better...."   3s.     
       
  8 Jun 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “So many thanks for sending me Barred which I long to read and will take the greatest care of...."   Handwritten and signed postcard.    
       
  [19 Jun 1964].   “I am glad you liked Barred though it is a grim book in parts.  I do not quite know why I looked at it after years or why I sent it to you...."   5s.     
       
  22 Jun 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I was so fascinated by your lettertelling me more about the author of Barred and your daughter and charming photographs, which I return...."    Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  [28 Jun 1964].   “Thank you for writing, as always, so kindly.  No I’m not a perfectionist - but I lack belief in myself now and though I can see when something is not right - I hesitate and fumble about getting it right...” 3s.    
       
  5 Jul 1964.   “Your letters cheer me alot.  I’m glad that some people wish me luck.  I’m glad somepeople wish me luck - and you’ve done the impossible to help.  It’s a worry that I’ve come to a standstill when one more effort would do the trick...."   4s.     
       
  [17 Jul 1964].   “Thanks for the books - it was nice of you to send them.  Esther Whitby has returned the MSS and says she can come down this month with typewriter.  An enormous help of course but I’d hoped to make it August...."   1s.    
       
  1 Aug 1964.   “Thanks for your card and good wishes.  It cheered me alot.  Yes - if it is not too much trouble I would love something to read paper backs - thrillers, or poetry or - you know.  The library here is kept locked and there is nothing to do but look at old copies of Woman's World etc and wait for the doctor’s visit...."   1s.    
       
  5 Aug 1964.   “How very kind of you to send the books - thank you.  They’ll help to make this place more bearable and I am especially glad to have the negro poetry.” 1s.     
       
  15 Dec 1964.   “I feel that I must send you my good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.  It was so grim at the hospital and I was very woe begone - perhaps I should not have asked to visit me there...."   1s.     
       
13:8 23 Jan 1966.   “Miss Olwyn Hughes and her brother Ted Hughes the poet live near here and came to see me the other day.  Miss Hughes is an agent and I have authorised her to represent me in selling Postures, Mackenzie, and the short stories in England and on the Continent...."   1s.     
       
  28 Jan 1966.   “I hope Miss Hughes has got in touch with you.  Her address is 60 Charmington Street NW.  I don’t think she has copies of all the stories...."   2s.    
       
  25 Feb 1966.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I heard from Olwyn Hughes yesterday.  She said she’d seen you (or written) and that you were willing to introduce them, the stories, if done, on the BBC...."   1s.    
       
  8 Apr 1966.   “Forgive my not answering your letter at once but I’ve been trying to persuade myself that I’d like appearing on BBC.  I cannot.  I’d be petrified with nervousness and probably tongue tied as well...."   2s.     
       
  14 Apr 1966.   “How nice of you to understand.  I tried hard but wasn’t brave enough.  I certainly shan’t say no to the other interview.  On the contrary it’ll be something to look forward to...."   1s.     
       
  26 Sept 1966.   “I had your letter this morning and am so delighted that you think well of the book.  It did cheer me up.  I’ve never thanked you for the preface but do thank you now...."   2s.     
       
  14 Oct 1966.   “I’ll be delighted to see Mr. Hunter Davis and I’m sure he isn’t frightening.  I’ve been trying very hard to get up to London, but that isn’t till the 27th and it looks as though I won’t succeed...."   1s.     
       
  22 Oct 1966.   “I’m so glad Mr. MacInnes likes the book.  Yes I’m coming to London on the 27th - am now in a state of panic but will come all the same...."   1s.      
       
  3 Dec 1966.   “So you have come to my rescue again! How to thank you? I don’t know.  You must imagine my gratitude which is great...."   2s.      
       
  21 Dec 1966.   “This is to wish you a happy Christmas and a lucky New Year.  I have told Mrs.  Orwell how delighted I am about Brighton and how grateful...."   1s.     
       
  7 Jan 1967.   “I’m going to Brighton with an unknown friend of the Greenslades as illness prevents them from coming.  Diana will meet me and all will be well.  As I have told Sonia Orwell the idea of resting is simply heavenly...."   1s.     
       
  [14 Feb 1967].   “This is a delayed letter of thanks for my lovely holiday.  A very lazy holiday but I did enjoy it so much...."   1s.      
       
  12 May 1967.   “It was so nice to hear from you.   Yes - isn’t it good news about the prize - and it’s come just at the right time too...."   2s.      
       
  25 May 1967.   “I had a letter from Sally Williams asking if she could come down here (Evening Standard).  Of course I said yes - on June 1st - if that isn’t too far off...."   2s.    
       
14:1 20 Jun 1967.   “I’m so sorry you’ve been ill and hope you are better.  I don’t know if I should have sent this cheque before or not at all...."   2s.     
       
  22 Jun 1967.   “No I was not embarrassed about that money - only pleased and still am.  And grateful.   But I’ve been looking through letters trying to tidy up and remembered again how kind you were...."   2s.    
       
  6 Sept 1967.   “I was so pleased to get your card  and thanks for selling a copy of Midnight.  Those books aren’t banned in Australia for, as I’ve been telling Sonia , I’ve had an angry letter from a man in Sydney who disliked poor Sasha very much...."   1s.     
       
  11 Sept 1967.   “When I wrote I forgot to tell you my sign of the Zodiac.  It’s Virgo like Sonia’s.  But I usually look at Leo as well.  Have you discovered a good forture teller?...."   2s.     
       
  14 Sept 1967.   “It’s so very nice of you to say you’ll send a copy of Sargasso Sea to the DenverHospital.  I knew that Diana was going away in September and as I haven’t heard from her I think she must have gone...."   2s.     
       
  18 Sept 1967.   “Thank you so much for sending Sargasso Sea to Denver.  I hear from Diana who’s still in London that she sent a copy too.  Perhaps they won’t mind having a second...."   1s.     
       
  23 Sept 1967.   “It is so nice of you to say you’ll have a look at the flat with Sonia when she comes back.  They’ve [---] me a place but I’ll ask her all sorts of questions...” 1s.      
       
  14 Oct 1967.   “Diana wrote to me about a week ago giving me the lovely news that I’d won the W.H.  Smith award.  But she also said that it was a profound secret and that I mustn’t tell a soul...."   2s.    
       
  18 Oct 1967.   “It was so kind of the three of you to look at Chingford for me.  It’s very much what I feared myself so I’ll certainly not think about it any more.  You know I think or believe my wisest plan really would be to stay here...."   3s.    
       
  24 Oct 1967.   “The books arrived from Harrod’s this morning.  Thank you so much.  They look exactly what I wanted...Someone came down from W.H.Smith did I tell you? He was very jovial and wanted to know if I was adamant about coming to the reception...."  2s.     
       
  26 Oct 1967.   “I feel a bit guilty about the reception as I’ve told Sonia.  It all sounds so lovely - but I’m afraid that if I were staying at the Savoy at W.H.  Smith’s expense I could hardly refuse...."   3s.    
       
  [13 Dec 1967].   “Maryvonne is taking you a long letter (and a photograph) which will be too late I know.  I was so surprised to see her.  This is to say thank for the lovely flowers...."   1s.     
       
14:2 24 Jan 1968.   “Thank you so much for [Tatiana] I’m still not very well - flu hangs on or perhaps after flu.  Anyway a book is so welcome...."   2s.     
       
  29 Jan 1968.   “Thank you so much for Out of Africa.  I like it and am glad to have it...As soon as
I’m less sickly I’ll send you ‘Leaving School’...."   1s.
   
       
  31 Jan 1968.   “I was so glad to get your letter.   It cheered me up and that was needed...As soon as I’m better I’ll have a look at ‘Leaving School.  I think it is a bit too flowery and too much total recall which isn’t right, on the other hand a string of facts is very gaunt...."   2s.    
       
  circa Feb 1968.   “I’m so glad that you liked ‘Leaving School.’ But don’t you agree that it is too long and detailed from this London.  Alan Ross has asked me for it but he showed me some other people’s ‘Leaving School’ and they were all as factual as possible...."   1s.    
       
  [6 Feb 1968].   “Thanks for your letter which cheered me up considerably.  I’m so glad about your article - it may lead to something - I hope so...."   2s.     
       
  12 Feb 1968.   “I hear from Diana that you’ve had an offer to televise and interview me down here.  I’ve been trying to explain to her why I dread T.V.  so much and find it a difficult thing to do...."   2s.    
       
  14 Feb 1968.   “I’m so glad that you understandwhy I’m television shy.  I thought maybe you would.  I don’t see Good Morning Midnight as a film exactly but it would be splendid if somebody else did...."   1s.    
       
  15 Feb 1968.   “Will you please thank Miss [McC--y]? Now I’ve a nice lot of thrillers to read me to sleep instead of depending on whiskey...This morning the post brought me a long and clever article about Sargasso Sea...."   2s.     
       
  19 Feb 1968.   “I was so pleased about Maurice Nadeau! No I haven’t heard from John Smith yet.  I’ve written to him.  Sometimes Christy & Moore are a bit slow...."   2s.     
       
  22 Feb 1968.   “Here is ‘Leaving School’ at last.   I still think it a bit too long and not quite right somehow.  I’ve marked with a red pencil what might be left out...."   1s.     
       
  29 Feb 1968.   “Thank you so much for the typescript of ‘Leaving School’ and I’m so glad that you will like it.  Perhaps as you say it would be wiser to keep it as part of an autobiography...."   1s.    
       
  1 Apr 1968.   “Thank you so much for the press cuttings.  I didn’t take out a subscription this time so they were nearly all new to me and very cheering...."   1s.     
       
14:3 12 Apr 1968.   “Thank you so much for the Financial Times cutting.  I didn’t take out a subscription for I thought the book wouldn’t be much noticed...."   1s.     
       
  17 Apr 1968.   “Thank you for the Sunday Telegraph cutting.  It’s so kind of you to have the story typed when it is finished.  I can see it so much better in type of course...."   1s.     
       
  19 Apr 1968.   “This is just to let you know that I’m still struggling with the story.  I can’t quite get what I want and I don’t think it’s good but you will see...."   1s.    
       
  27 Apr 1968.   “Thank you for the cutting from the Listener - very nice! I’ve at last finished the story I was writing and meant to post it to you today...I’m not very pleased with it (the story)...." 
2s.
   
       
  11 May 1968.   “Thank you so much for getting “Mr.Ramage’ typed.  I have not heard from Olwyn for some time but have her address and will write to her.  I’ll tell her to ring you...."   2s.     
       
  14 May 1968.   “Thanks so much for your letter and the cutting.  I saw it in the Sunday Times but it’s nice to have two.  I’m looking forward to seeing yourself and Sonia so much...."   1s.     
       
  16 May 1968.   “Thanks so much for this Guardian review - very cheering...The painter has been here and has gone off in the middle of the job leaving all his tools scattered around...."   1s.    
       
  17 Jun 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...I went to Harrods and finally located a Swizzle Stick in the Glass Department...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  18 Jun 1968.   “The one I meant is made of wood  just a thin stick with, as it were, the spokes of a wheel for frothing up the drink at the end.  Perhaps they don’t use them any more...."   2s.    
       
  20 Jun 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Your idea of a swizzle stick is the same as mine: and the monster which Harrods insists is a swizzle stick is I’m afraid not really one at all...."   Handwritten and signed postcard.    
       
  20 Jun 1968.   “The lovely swizzle stick from Harrod’s arrived yesterday afternoon.  It is as you say not what I remember but it looks as if it would be splendid for mixing drinks...."   1s.     
       
  4 Jul 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I’ve just heard the good news from Olwyn Hughes that your story has been taken for the front page of the Times Saturday Review...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  6 Jul 1968.   “Yes I was so pleased when Olwyn wrote that ‘Mr. Ramage’ was sold and a bit surprised!  Madeline Harmsworth came down to see me and we had a long talk...."   2s.    
       
14:4 30 Jul 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “So glad to hear from you.  The film company is called [Amicus] Productions...and I’ve signed and returned two agreements to Margaret Ramsay - one with the film people one with Selma...."   2s.    
       
  3 Sept 1968.   “It was so nice to hear from you.  I had a letter from Sonia saying that she’d be away till October but that you’d both come down then...."   1s.     
       
  23 Sept 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you so much for sending me the poem.  I liked it very much...A Mrs.  Burnley at Penguin is starting up a new series for short story writers...."   2s.    
       
  27 Sept 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “It seems that a Mrs.  Burnley at Penguins is starting a new series for short story writers - like the Penguin modern poets.  Olwyn says that she has bought or wants ‘Temp Perdi’ and ‘I Spy a Stranger’...."   3s.     
       
  1 Oct 1968.   “Thank you for the Sargasso Penguin and the Observer cutting...I expect Sonia will soon be in London so I’ll write to her today or tomorrow...."   1s.     
       
  7 Nov 1968.   “I’m so glad that you liked Cheriton Fitz and this place - and you can imagine how much I enjoyed your visit...No ‘Perversite’ isn’t one of Carco’s best...."   3s.    
       
  circa Nov 1968.   “When you were here I didn’t thank you properly for the poncho and the scent...I’ve read I Am Mary Dunne twice and am reading it again...."   2s.    
       
  18 Nov 1968.   “We used to hear drums long ago every time the people gave a dance which was often.   Perhaps that is why I found The Distant Drum exciting...I’m so glad that Mr. Naipaul won the W.H.Smith prize - he is very good.  I like Mimic Men...."   1s.    
       
  22 Nov 1968.   “Many thanks for the Agatha Christie.  I meant to keep it for Christmas Day which is very silent and still here - but of course couldn’t resist reading at once...."   1s.     
       
  3 Dec 1968.   “The other day a lovely bottle of whiskey arrived for me from a member of the Wine Society.  No card.  Did you send it?...."   1s.     
       
  7 Dec 1968.   “The bottle of whiskey mystery was solved yesterday.  It came from friends who live near Tiverton...."   1s.    

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  Wyndham, Francis    
13:1 9 May 1957.   “Thank you so much for your letter and the generous things you say about my books...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  14 May 1957.   “I had your letter this morning and was very pleased to hear from you.  I would be quite willing to sell an option on my new book and I think I am free to do so...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  20 May 1957.   “I have heard from Constable’s and they agree that according to my contract with them I am now at liberty to sell the option on my new novel...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  22 May 1957.   “I was very glad to have your letter this morning.  I don’t quite understand why Miss Martha Smith thinks that the position is not clear...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  14 Dec 1957.   “Thank you so much for your letter and good wishes...But you’ll want to know about the book.  It’s unlike anything I’ve attempted before...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s    
       
  27 Mar 1958.   “This is to tell you something about the novel I am trying to write – provisional title ‘The First Mr. Rochester’.  I mean of course the mad woman in Jane Eyre...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  30 Apr 1958.   “I want to thank you so much for your very kind letter and to say how sorry I am that I could not answer it before...There is not much to say except to repeat how glad I am that you like the idea of my book and that Diana Athill likes it too...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  11 Nov 1958.   “I am very sorry to hear that you are leaving the firm of Deutsch - pleased of course that you will read my book but sad all the same...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  22 Jun 1959.   “Thank you so much for your letter.  Yes, I certainly will send the book of short stories and shall be glad to know what you think of them.  The MSS looks battered but has not been offered to anyone else except Constable’s...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  circa Jul 1959.   “I will post the short stories to you tomorrow...Looking at the book again I feel that most aren’t real short stories at all - more like unfinished novels or parts of a novel...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  8 Jul 1959.   “I am so pleased that you liked some of the stories - they are [---] - and it would be most kind of you to send a selection to John Lehmann [---] whichever you think best.  I’ll be very happy if he takes one of course...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  12 Jul 1959.   “You have been so kind about the stories...Thank you for making the alterations, I ought to have done that myself, but only realised it after they were posted...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  1 Sept 1959.   “I heard from John Lehmann at the end of July.  He said that he would like to publish one or two of the stories in the London Magazine...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  4 Sept 1959.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you so much for your letter.  I am enclosing a copy of my article about your work for the London Magazine...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  7 Sept 1959.   “Thank you so much for sending a copy of your article and for writing it.  There isnothing I object to (of course not!) and everything is accurate except that [Marya L---’s] husband was Polish not Italian - and that hardly matters...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  14 Sept 1959.   “This is the long letter but I won’t make it very long...First I must tell you that I liked your article very much indeed and am longing for the printers strike delay to be over...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 4s.    
       
  27 [Sept] 1959.   “My letter was incoherent, I’m afraid and not at all fascinating...I like being called Miss Rhys, and Mrs.  Hamer on the envelope makes it just right...My husband has been ill for some time...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  2 Dec 1959.   “The proofs of ‘Petronella’ arrived from the London Magazine last month.  I corrected them - a word here and there and returned them.  I do hope I’ve done this all right...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 3s.    
       
13:2 7 Jan 1960.   “The London Magazine arrived this morning.  I was delighted of course and liked your article so much.  Max is a good deal better now thank you, and we are going from Bude to Perranporth...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  17 Mar 1960.   “Here is my address.  Perranporth is a small place and the chalet smaller still.  Like a house box painted blue...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  5 Apr 1960  Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I have just had a letter from Geoffrey Grigson whom I have never met, saying: ‘In the January number of the London Magazine I was taken by your note on Jean Rhys....’“ Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  6 Apr 1960.   “I was glad to get your letter this morning.  Of course I am very gratified that Mr. Grigson wishes to include me in the survey he is editing.  I was born in Roseau Dominica August 1894...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 3s.    
       
  12 Apr 1960.   “It would be so kind of you to lend your copy of Good Morning Midnight to the Viking Press.   I enclose Miss David’s letter.  Martha Smith told me that she’d try to find the one at Constable’s...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  17 Apr 1960.   “I posted a copy of Voyage yesterday and I do hope it has some luck.  There’s a battered POSTURES here too - if that’s any good.  POSTURES (QUARTET in America) is the only book of mine that did fairly or really well...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  19 Apr 1960  Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Very many thanks for your copy of Voyage ...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  31 May 1960.   “I was so glad to get your letter and the good news about ‘Outside the Machine’.  Yes I do know ‘Winter Tales’ and have the 1956 collection and like nearly all the stories very much indeed...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 3s.    
       
  5 Jun 1960.   “I have heard from Mr. Maclean and am very pleased about the story of course.  I’m glad too that you like the title WIDE SARGASSO SEA.  Right title is such a help to [me]..."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  5 Jul 1960.   “I had the proofs of ‘The Day They Burned the Books’ from the London today.  The Bude post office delayed them for a month - I can’t think why.   The London also sent on the enclosed letter and I have answered Miss Leiper that you have the only copy...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  7 Jul 1960  Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Many thanks for your letter.  I am glad that Simon and Schuster are interested in seeing the stories, and I certainly think you should send them there...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  14 Jul 1960.   “Thank you for letting me have the stories.  I’ll send them along to Simon and Schuster and hope for the best.  (But not hope too much).  They didn’t do badly with Quartet - Postures over here - maybe there’s a chance...” Handwritten and signed letter, 4s.    
       
  14 Jul 1960  Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I have heard from Maria Leiper of Simon and Schuster, and have written to say I have returned the stories to you - and how good they are...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  Handwritten draft transcription of the song, “Stop Thief,” 1p.    
       
  16 Jul 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Very many thanks for your letter.   You have been kind and forgiving about Tigers.  I am still very distressed about this, but am certain that John L.  must have ‘put it somewhere’...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  21 Jul 1960.   “This is to let you know that we are not leaving the chalet after all.  So the same address goes.  At least - I do trust that nobody will change their minds again! With any luck we will stay put till the new Jerusalem and abode of peace is ready at the end of August...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.     
       
  4 Aug 1960.   “I’d hoped to send along one of the new stories and know what you thought of it.  But the typist, who promised to finish the job several days ago, hasn’t turned up.  Everything is at a standstill...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  31 Sept 1960.   “This is my new address and worth the long wait.  Almost.  I am so very sorry about the stories.  The Perranporth typist could not make them out and gave up I think.  (I did imagine most people had heard of Napoleon - But no!)...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.     
       
  Sept/Oct 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Very many thanks for your letter and address.  I am so glad you are happy in your new home...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  6 Oct 1960.   “Thank you for writing.  I have given Macmillan’s this address and will let the London know too...I will send one of those stories to be typed - there must be something wrong with the other, or the gal at Perranporth would not have made such nonsense of it...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.     
       
  7 Oct 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I am so sorry to hear that your husband was ill for so long...The paperback situation so far is this.  Tony Godwin of Penguins was enthusiastic about Good Morning Midnight  AND Voyage ...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  [14 Oct 1960].   “Thank you for your letter.  It would be a real shot in the arm if I did get into paper backs - a help in many ways and you are so very kind to try...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  Dec 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I send you this from the Times Literary Supplement in case you did not see it...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  6 Dec 1960.   “Thank you for sending the cutting from the Times Lit Supp.   No, I did not see it and was pleased.  The river hasn’t got to the doors of Land Boat Bungalows not yet anyway...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
  21 Dec 1960.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I am so terribly sorry that you have not been well...I haven’t yet written my review of ‘Winter’s Tales’...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  Dec 1960.   “Thank you for your kind offer to get the story typed.  I’m about half way through a legible copy now and it will reach you quite soon I trust...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 2s.    
       
13:3 1 Jan 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Just in case your missed this nice review in today’s Sunday Times...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  3 Jan 1961.   “Thank you for sending Sunday Times cutting.   What a nice New Year present that review! It’s already had some effect, for a friend who gets annoyed about what he calls my ‘obsession’ - that’s to say two or three hours time by myself - has written a kind letter...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  11 Feb 1961.   “Thank you for the copy of London and your kind review of ‘Outside the Machine’.  I am writing out now the sixth (and positively the last) version of ‘Jazz’...."   1s.    
       
  Feb 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “This is the London Magazine with my review of ‘Winter’s Tales’ -- I wish it were more interesting...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  6 Mar 1961.   “I will post you the story tomorrow - nearly three weeks too late.  The copy I had was very heavily corrected and looked so formidable...."   1s.     
       
  [7 Mar 1961].   “I’m so sorry about this untidy MSS and hope it’s legible, and typist very forbearing.   I thought I had stacks of paper but was wrong, so on the whole preferred to use any old sheets...."   1s.    
       
  17 Mar 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I think the new story is wonderful - I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  20 Mar 1961.   “It was so nice to hear from you this morning.  I was worried about the story - didn’t think I’d managed it very well.  The dialect was a difficulty - I’m not 100 per cent certain of it...."  1s.    
       
  30 Mar 1961.   “I was very happy when I got your letter this morning and can’t thank you enough for the trouble you take to help and encourage me.   I’ll look forward to hearing from Mr. Ross...."   1s.    
       
  23 May 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Do you remember the ‘Jazz’ story - the one you so kindly sent on to The Londoner? Well, I heard from Mr. Ross (who said he liked it and was delighted of course...."   2s.    
       
  6 Jun 1961.   “Thank you for your letter - it cleared up alot.  I hope Mr. Ross got the revised MSS safely and I hope he approved of it.  If not - I have that ‘uneasy’ feeling still - would you please destroy it...."   4s.    
       
  9 Jun 1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Very many thanks for your letter which I enjoyed as always - I loved the poem.  To tell you the truth I can’t quite make out if the London Magazine have received the revised MS of the story or not...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  14 Jun 1961.   “It was very kind of you to telephone about that MSS.  It is the original story ‘pulled together’ by me.  I intended to post it to you (I hoped was sure you’d see what I meant) but it looked rather untidy...."   4s.    
       
  11 Oct 1961.   “Every week I have hoped to send you a chapter or more of that book - if you remember it - or me.  But.  Well, but - .  My husband has been rather ill and I have been weary...."   2s.    
       
  [14 Oct 1961].  “I was pleased to hear from you and it’s grand news that the London still thinks of publishing.  I’d given it up! If Mr. Ross can pay me in advance it will be a help of course...."   1s.    
       
  Handwritten draft [fragment] of “They Thought It Was Jazz.”  Alternately entitled, “Selina.” 1p.    
       
  11 Oct 1961.   “Of course your are quite right.  I haven’t a whole copy of the story (In spite of my boast that I had fifteen or something!) only a [---] bits and pieces...."   2s.    
       
  No date.   1961.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I heard from Alec this morning and am glad you met.  I expect he talked a bit about my difficulties (and advantages).  Peace etc.  Though it’s not as peaceful as all that.  No, I never thought you were annoyed, but I did fear you were disappointed...."   2s.    
       
  No date.   1961.   “Thank you so very much for Colour of Darkness.  Yes I like it, especially the ‘63 Dream Palace’ story...."   1s.    
       
13:4 5 Feb 1962.   “I was so pleased to get your letter.  Flu over now, and [---] flu nearly gone.  The MSS is being typed for me from dictation - isn’t it kind and such a lucky chance, for that is what I’ve always wanted and despaired of arranging here...."   2s.     
       
  20 Feb 1962.   “Your letter got to me yesterday afternoon--a bit late for it had no stamp on and they’d taken it to various other people.  Though the post office ought to know where I live by this time!...."  3s.    
       
  22 Feb 1962.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Apologies about the absence of stamp!...Longing for Part One - and please don’t worry about it.  I expect London Mag will send you proofs of Tigers are Better Looking when the time comes...."    Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  15 Jul 1962.   “I will post the first part of Sargasso Sea to you (at last) early this week.  It looks [---] partly written in an exercise book and partly corrected typescript.   Not at all the beautiful MSS I’d hoped to send.  But legible...."   1s.    
       
  22 Jul 1962.   “I am sorry about the wrong address...I finished Part I yesterday.  I had a free day for once - but cannot send it off till Tuesday as the village post office shuts on Mondays...."   2s.    
       
  25 Jul 1962.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “It was nice to get your letter with the news that you are sending the MS today - I am [longing] to receive it...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.     
       
  22 Aug 1962.   “This is a belated letter of thanks and I hope you’ve guessed that I didn’t mean it to be late.  Mr. Luke of Mandala Films, a friend of yours, wrote to me about Good Morning Midnight.  You’d sent him the book, he liked it, he said, and he made me an offer for the film rights...."   2s.    
       
  circa Aug or Sept 1962.   “This is much too long of course.  Everything and anything can be cut except the few things I’ve got right.  I am so sorry for elays.  It’s been a bit tough, but if the film thing comes off all will be so much easier...."   1s.    
       
  circa Sept 1962.   “I can’t tell you how much good your letter has done - better than bottle after bottle of champagne.  I see this long delayed book at last and will have the courage to finish it (I trust touch wood).  I won’t thank you any more for I’m sure that you know how I feel...."   3s.    
       
  24 Nov 1962.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I’ve been away - trying to get rid of persistent flu.  I did write to thank you for the typescript but such a dismal letter...."   3s.     
       
  circa May 1963.   “Miss Athill’s letter cheered me much and I’m glad you gave her the MSS I arranged to send you.  Part II and III are written...."   2s.     
       
  circa Aug 1963.   “I liked hearing from you again so much, and you are very encouraging about this book which has dragged for such a long time.  I am still rather worried about anyone judging it unfinished...."   3s.    
       
13:5 6 Sept 1963.   “I am sorry not to have written before.  If you knew the enormous relief I felt when I got your letter and that you’d taken care of the typing inserts, cuts and so on...."   2s.     
       
  11 Oct 1963.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you for sending Voyage in the Dark.  I liked seeing it again.  I’ve not had a copy of ‘Voices’ and would be plesed to have a look at it very much so.  I will write to John Smith of Christy & Moore as you suggest and ask him to get in touch with Miss Athill...."   4s with press cutting.    
       
  16 Oct 1963.   “When I got your letter this morning I did not know whether I was glad or sorry.  Glad because you are so very kind and generous and understanding.  Sorry because I’d set my heart on finishing that book first and cracking up afterwards...."   3s.     
       
  21 Nov 1963.   “I was rather disturbed to hear from Christy & Moore that an unrevised version of Part I of my book had been sent to Sonia Orwell in Paris...Please if you can explain this to Mrs.  Orwell as I do not know her address...."   4s.     
       
  circa Nov 1963.   “I am so glad that Sonia Orwell likes Part I in spite of the middle.  Thank you for doing so much to clear it up...."   3s.      
       
  21 Nov 1963.   “Of course I will send any corrections to Mrs.  Orwell direct.  As you have been through the extract I will not send many alterations - perhaps, probably, none.  I think your introduction will help to make the time and the place clear...."   4s.    
       
  6 Dec 1963.   “Thank you for writing.  I don’t feel so woe begone and hope the hospital can be avoided.   Somehow I’ll get that book done...."   2s.    
       
13:6  [5 Jan 1964].   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thanks for your letter and for sending on the proofs.  I will post them to Sonia Orwell corrected early next week.  Some of the alterations and additions are necessary for the book but not perhaps for the extract...."   1s.    
       
  9 Jan 1964.   “Thank you for sending the proofs and for your letter.  I’m working hard at getting them (proofs) ready to send this week and only trust I’m doing it right...."   1s.     
       
  5 Feb 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I will post the corrected proofs to Sonia Orwell tomorrow the 6th.  I fixed up the mistakes there quickly, the trouble was the additional paragraphs I wanted in.  Some may not be necessary for the contract...."   2s.    
       
  3 Mar 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I sent the corrected proofs, one copy, and additions to Sonia Orwell last month...I did not think the alterations tiresome.  There were a few printer’s errors.  I still have the other proof copy and am anxious to have it typed with additional paragraphs and corrections...."   2s.    
       
  7 Mar 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I heard from Sonia Orwell day before yesterday...I’m sorry the corrections weren’t in time, but of course it would be impossible to alter the set up of the magazine now...."   2s.    
       
  No date.   1964.   “I’m ashamed of this lot.  Such alot.   But I can’t face writing it all out again and I must get on with Part II which with any luck ought to be done this week...."   1s.    
       
  21 Mar 1964.   “I sent a copy of Part I proofs and my corrections to you addressed Trevor Square a fortnight ago - registered (11th March) and am a bit worried about them...I have almost finished Part II which means that the book is nearly ready.  At last...."  2s.    
       
  30 Mar 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Of course you were quite right to hand over the proofs and soon to Andre Deutsch if youthought it best.  They looked formidable (and untidy) andI’d imagined them being sent to some firm of typists to be straightened out...."   3s.    
       
  8 Apr 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you for sending Midnight.  It is so kind of you to lend it and so cheering to hear from you again.  I’ll try to see that you get it back or have another copy - if you wish...."   3s.    
       
  13 Apr 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I enclose a nice thing about you in yesterday’s Sunday Times, in case you didn’t see it...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  14 Apr 1964.   “Thank you for the Sunday Times thing.  No I did not see it though I read your review of The Spire of course.  I have Lord of the Flies and think it very good but nothing else of William Goldings.  I’m now so taken up by Sargasso Sea that I skimmed the Sunday papers...."   4s.    
       
  typed  draft poem, “Obeah Night.” 4p.    
       
  No date.   1964.   “Thank you for typing the poem - it’s a bit ‘Hiawatha’ isn’t it? The swing I mean.  But no matter.  I will not trouble you with the others till typed, if ever...."   4s.     
       
  1 May 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “No I never thought that you were irritated or bored (only a bit perhaps - because the wilder my enthusiasm at this ‘break through’ as I call it, the more untidy my scrawl - and longer too)...."   4s.    
       
13:7 7 May 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you for sending the poem - not quite right yet is it? I will put it away and fix it up sometime - I’ve been working very hard at passionate Mr. Rochester, sitting up to all hours I heard a cuckoo one morning - so realised it was morning not night any more....4s.     
       
  11 May 1964.   “Here is the end of the poem typed out...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  [14 May 1964].   “Your letter cheered me up so much.  I have finished with Mr. Rochester or I hope so.   The problem now is - shall I send him along tidy or untidy.   Probably untidy with corrections and so on visible - for that would be much quicker...."   5s.    
       
  circa May 1964.   “Here (at last) is all I was so anxious for you to see.  The red exercise books are the last chapter of Part II.  The ruled paper is not the start, but nearly so...."   3s.    
       
  [27 May 1964].   “Thank you for the very kind letter and I am glad that you like what I sent - though a bit nervous that it’s been handed over to Deutsch (Miss Athill).  She may not have time for reading before she leaves on the 2nd and three weeks is so long to wait...."   4s.    
       
  [5 Jun 1964].   “I am sending the book I spoke of - not as the writer says very gay but interesting perhaps.  It’s rather battered.   I do hope that your flu is better...."   3s.     
       
  8 Jun 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “So many thanks for sending me Barred which I long to read and will take the greatest care of...."   Handwritten and signed postcard.    
       
  [19 Jun 1964].   “I am glad you liked Barred though it is a grim book in parts.  I do not quite know why I looked at it after years or why I sent it to you...."   5s.     
       
  22 Jun 1964.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I was so fascinated by your lettertelling me more about the author of Barred and your daughter and charming photographs, which I return...."    Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  [28 Jun 1964].   “Thank you for writing, as always, so kindly.  No I’m not a perfectionist - but I lack belief in myself now and though I can see when something is not right - I hesitate and fumble about getting it right...” 3s.    
       
  5 Jul 1964.   “Your letters cheer me alot.  I’m glad that some people wish me luck.  I’m glad somepeople wish me luck - and you’ve done the impossible to help.  It’s a worry that I’ve come to a standstill when one more effort would do the trick...."   4s.     
       
  [17 Jul 1964].   “Thanks for the books - it was nice of you to send them.  Esther Whitby has returned the MSS and says she can come down this month with typewriter.  An enormous help of course but I’d hoped to make it August...."   1s.    
       
  1 Aug 1964.   “Thanks for your card and good wishes.  It cheered me alot.  Yes - if it is not too much trouble I would love something to read paper backs - thrillers, or poetry or - you know.  The library here is kept locked and there is nothing to do but look at old copies of Woman's World etc and wait for the doctor’s visit...."   1s.    
       
  5 Aug 1964.   “How very kind of you to send the books - thank you.  They’ll help to make this place more bearable and I am especially glad to have the negro poetry.” 1s.     
       
  15 Dec 1964.   “I feel that I must send you my good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.  It was so grim at the hospital and I was very woe begone - perhaps I should not have asked to visit me there...."   1s.     
       
13:8 23 Jan 1966.   “Miss Olwyn Hughes and her brother Ted Hughes the poet live near here and came to see me the other day.  Miss Hughes is an agent and I have authorised her to represent me in selling Postures, Mackenzie, and the short stories in England and on the Continent...."   1s.     
       
  28 Jan 1966.   “I hope Miss Hughes has got in touch with you.  Her address is 60 Charmington Street NW.  I don’t think she has copies of all the stories...."   2s.    
       
  25 Feb 1966.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I heard from Olwyn Hughes yesterday.  She said she’d seen you (or written) and that you were willing to introduce them, the stories, if done, on the BBC...."   1s.    
       
  8 Apr 1966.   “Forgive my not answering your letter at once but I’ve been trying to persuade myself that I’d like appearing on BBC.  I cannot.  I’d be petrified with nervousness and probably tongue tied as well...."   2s.     
       
  14 Apr 1966.   “How nice of you to understand.  I tried hard but wasn’t brave enough.  I certainly shan’t say no to the other interview.  On the contrary it’ll be something to look forward to...."   1s.     
       
  26 Sept 1966.   “I had your letter this morning and am so delighted that you think well of the book.  It did cheer me up.  I’ve never thanked you for the preface but do thank you now...."   2s.     
       
  14 Oct 1966.   “I’ll be delighted to see Mr. Hunter Davis and I’m sure he isn’t frightening.  I’ve been trying very hard to get up to London, but that isn’t till the 27th and it looks as though I won’t succeed...."   1s.     
       
  22 Oct 1966.   “I’m so glad Mr. MacInnes likes the book.  Yes I’m coming to London on the 27th - am now in a state of panic but will come all the same...."   1s.      
       
  3 Dec 1966.   “So you have come to my rescue again! How to thank you? I don’t know.  You must imagine my gratitude which is great...."   2s.      
       
  21 Dec 1966.   “This is to wish you a happy Christmas and a lucky New Year.  I have told Mrs.  Orwell how delighted I am about Brighton and how grateful...."   1s.     
       
  7 Jan 1967.   “I’m going to Brighton with an unknown friend of the Greenslades as illness prevents them from coming.  Diana will meet me and all will be well.  As I have told Sonia Orwell the idea of resting is simply heavenly...."   1s.     
       
  [14 Feb 1967].   “This is a delayed letter of thanks for my lovely holiday.  A very lazy holiday but I did enjoy it so much...."   1s.      
       
  12 May 1967.   “It was so nice to hear from you.   Yes - isn’t it good news about the prize - and it’s come just at the right time too...."   2s.      
       
  25 May 1967.   “I had a letter from Sally Williams asking if she could come down here (Evening Standard).  Of course I said yes - on June 1st - if that isn’t too far off...."   2s.    
       
14:1 20 Jun 1967.   “I’m so sorry you’ve been ill and hope you are better.  I don’t know if I should have sent this cheque before or not at all...."   2s.     
       
  22 Jun 1967.   “No I was not embarrassed about that money - only pleased and still am.  And grateful.   But I’ve been looking through letters trying to tidy up and remembered again how kind you were...."   2s.    
       
  6 Sept 1967.   “I was so pleased to get your card  and thanks for selling a copy of Midnight.  Those books aren’t banned in Australia for, as I’ve been telling Sonia , I’ve had an angry letter from a man in Sydney who disliked poor Sasha very much...."   1s.     
       
  11 Sept 1967.   “When I wrote I forgot to tell you my sign of the Zodiac.  It’s Virgo like Sonia’s.  But I usually look at Leo as well.  Have you discovered a good forture teller?...."   2s.     
       
  14 Sept 1967.   “It’s so very nice of you to say you’ll send a copy of Sargasso Sea to the DenverHospital.  I knew that Diana was going away in September and as I haven’t heard from her I think she must have gone...."   2s.     
       
  18 Sept 1967.   “Thank you so much for sending Sargasso Sea to Denver.  I hear from Diana who’s still in London that she sent a copy too.  Perhaps they won’t mind having a second...."   1s.     
       
  23 Sept 1967.   “It is so nice of you to say you’ll have a look at the flat with Sonia when she comes back.  They’ve [---] me a place but I’ll ask her all sorts of questions...” 1s.      
       
  14 Oct 1967.   “Diana wrote to me about a week ago giving me the lovely news that I’d won the W.H.  Smith award.  But she also said that it was a profound secret and that I mustn’t tell a soul...."   2s.    
       
  18 Oct 1967.   “It was so kind of the three of you to look at Chingford for me.  It’s very much what I feared myself so I’ll certainly not think about it any more.  You know I think or believe my wisest plan really would be to stay here...."   3s.    
       
  24 Oct 1967.   “The books arrived from Harrod’s this morning.  Thank you so much.  They look exactly what I wanted...Someone came down from W.H.Smith did I tell you? He was very jovial and wanted to know if I was adamant about coming to the reception...."  2s.     
       
  26 Oct 1967.   “I feel a bit guilty about the reception as I’ve told Sonia.  It all sounds so lovely - but I’m afraid that if I were staying at the Savoy at W.H.  Smith’s expense I could hardly refuse...."   3s.    
       
  [13 Dec 1967].   “Maryvonne is taking you a long letter (and a photograph) which will be too late I know.  I was so surprised to see her.  This is to say thank for the lovely flowers...."   1s.     
       
14:2 24 Jan 1968.   “Thank you so much for [Tatiana] I’m still not very well - flu hangs on or perhaps after flu.  Anyway a book is so welcome...."   2s.     
       
  29 Jan 1968.   “Thank you so much for Out of Africa.  I like it and am glad to have it...As soon as
I’m less sickly I’ll send you ‘Leaving School’...."   1s.
   
       
  31 Jan 1968.   “I was so glad to get your letter.   It cheered me up and that was needed...As soon as I’m better I’ll have a look at ‘Leaving School.  I think it is a bit too flowery and too much total recall which isn’t right, on the other hand a string of facts is very gaunt...."   2s.    
       
  circa Feb 1968.   “I’m so glad that you liked ‘Leaving School.’ But don’t you agree that it is too long and detailed from this London.  Alan Ross has asked me for it but he showed me some other people’s ‘Leaving School’ and they were all as factual as possible...."   1s.    
       
  [6 Feb 1968].   “Thanks for your letter which cheered me up considerably.  I’m so glad about your article - it may lead to something - I hope so...."   2s.     
       
  12 Feb 1968.   “I hear from Diana that you’ve had an offer to televise and interview me down here.  I’ve been trying to explain to her why I dread T.V.  so much and find it a difficult thing to do...."   2s.    
       
  14 Feb 1968.   “I’m so glad that you understandwhy I’m television shy.  I thought maybe you would.  I don’t see Good Morning Midnight as a film exactly but it would be splendid if somebody else did...."   1s.    
       
  15 Feb 1968.   “Will you please thank Miss [McC--y]? Now I’ve a nice lot of thrillers to read me to sleep instead of depending on whiskey...This morning the post brought me a long and clever article about Sargasso Sea...."   2s.     
       
  19 Feb 1968.   “I was so pleased about Maurice Nadeau! No I haven’t heard from John Smith yet.  I’ve written to him.  Sometimes Christy & Moore are a bit slow...."   2s.     
       
  22 Feb 1968.   “Here is ‘Leaving School’ at last.   I still think it a bit too long and not quite right somehow.  I’ve marked with a red pencil what might be left out...."   1s.     
       
  29 Feb 1968.   “Thank you so much for the typescript of ‘Leaving School’ and I’m so glad that you will like it.  Perhaps as you say it would be wiser to keep it as part of an autobiography...."   1s.    
       
  1 Apr 1968.   “Thank you so much for the press cuttings.  I didn’t take out a subscription this time so they were nearly all new to me and very cheering...."   1s.     
       
14:3 12 Apr 1968.   “Thank you so much for the Financial Times cutting.  I didn’t take out a subscription for I thought the book wouldn’t be much noticed...."   1s.     
       
  17 Apr 1968.   “Thank you for the Sunday Telegraph cutting.  It’s so kind of you to have the story typed when it is finished.  I can see it so much better in type of course...."   1s.     
       
  19 Apr 1968.   “This is just to let you know that I’m still struggling with the story.  I can’t quite get what I want and I don’t think it’s good but you will see...."   1s.    
       
  27 Apr 1968.   “Thank you for the cutting from the Listener - very nice! I’ve at last finished the story I was writing and meant to post it to you today...I’m not very pleased with it (the story)...." 
2s.
   
       
  11 May 1968.   “Thank you so much for getting “Mr.Ramage’ typed.  I have not heard from Olwyn for some time but have her address and will write to her.  I’ll tell her to ring you...."   2s.     
       
  14 May 1968.   “Thanks so much for your letter and the cutting.  I saw it in the Sunday Times but it’s nice to have two.  I’m looking forward to seeing yourself and Sonia so much...."   1s.     
       
  16 May 1968.   “Thanks so much for this Guardian review - very cheering...The painter has been here and has gone off in the middle of the job leaving all his tools scattered around...."   1s.    
       
  17 Jun 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...I went to Harrods and finally located a Swizzle Stick in the Glass Department...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  18 Jun 1968.   “The one I meant is made of wood  just a thin stick with, as it were, the spokes of a wheel for frothing up the drink at the end.  Perhaps they don’t use them any more...."   2s.    
       
  20 Jun 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Your idea of a swizzle stick is the same as mine: and the monster which Harrods insists is a swizzle stick is I’m afraid not really one at all...."   Handwritten and signed postcard.    
       
  20 Jun 1968.   “The lovely swizzle stick from Harrod’s arrived yesterday afternoon.  It is as you say not what I remember but it looks as if it would be splendid for mixing drinks...."   1s.     
       
  4 Jul 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I’ve just heard the good news from Olwyn Hughes that your story has been taken for the front page of the Times Saturday Review...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  6 Jul 1968.   “Yes I was so pleased when Olwyn wrote that ‘Mr. Ramage’ was sold and a bit surprised!  Madeline Harmsworth came down to see me and we had a long talk...."   2s.    
       
14:4 30 Jul 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “So glad to hear from you.  The film company is called [Amicus] Productions...and I’ve signed and returned two agreements to Margaret Ramsay - one with the film people one with Selma...."   2s.    
       
  3 Sept 1968.   “It was so nice to hear from you.  I had a letter from Sonia saying that she’d be away till October but that you’d both come down then...."   1s.     
       
  23 Sept 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thank you so much for sending me the poem.  I liked it very much...A Mrs.  Burnley at Penguin is starting up a new series for short story writers...."   2s.    
       
  27 Sept 1968.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “It seems that a Mrs.  Burnley at Penguins is starting a new series for short story writers - like the Penguin modern poets.  Olwyn says that she has bought or wants ‘Temp Perdi’ and ‘I Spy a Stranger’...."   3s.     
       
  1 Oct 1968.   “Thank you for the Sargasso Penguin and the Observer cutting...I expect Sonia will soon be in London so I’ll write to her today or tomorrow...."   1s.     
       
  7 Nov 1968.   “I’m so glad that you liked Cheriton Fitz and this place - and you can imagine how much I enjoyed your visit...No ‘Perversite’ isn’t one of Carco’s best...."   3s.    
       
  circa Nov 1968.   “When you were here I didn’t thank you properly for the poncho and the scent...I’ve read I Am Mary Dunne twice and am reading it again...."   2s.    
       
  18 Nov 1968.   “We used to hear drums long ago every time the people gave a dance which was often.   Perhaps that is why I found The Distant Drum exciting...I’m so glad that Mr. Naipaul won the W.H.Smith prize - he is very good.  I like Mimic Men...."   1s.    
       
  22 Nov 1968.   “Many thanks for the Agatha Christie.  I meant to keep it for Christmas Day which is very silent and still here - but of course couldn’t resist reading at once...."   1s.     
       
  3 Dec 1968.   “The other day a lovely bottle of whiskey arrived for me from a member of the Wine Society.  No card.  Did you send it?...."   1s.     
       
  7 Dec 1968.   “The bottle of whiskey mystery was solved yesterday.  It came from friends who live near Tiverton...."   1s.    
       
  5 Feb 1969.   “It was nice hearing from you but I’m so sorry you’ve been ill...The crocuses have appeared which is cheerful.  I’m glad about Quartet and Mackenzie too.  I remember getting quite alot of letters about Mackenzie...."   1s.     
       
  17 Feb 1969.   “I thought I’d write and ask how you are.  Chicken pox sounds such a trial...This morning I heard from John Smith of Christy & Moore that they may have sold the film rights of Good Morning Midnight...."   1s.     
       
  4 May 1969.   “I so much liked hearing from you - yes of course I was very pleased about the interview, and relieved.  For it was another photograph they’d enlarged and wanted to publish...."   1s.    
       
  17 May 1969.   “Thank you for Margaret Lane review.  I’d made up my mind to ignore reviews, but nice ones are nice all the same...."   1s.     
       
14:5 4 Jun 1969.  Envelope only.    
       
  15 Jul 1969.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I haven’t written for so long!  But, as I believe Sonia told you, I went to Biafra which was an extraordinary and fascinating experience...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  16 Jul 1969.   “I was so glad to hear from you.   Yes, Sonia told me that you’d gone to Biafra and I’ve thought of you alot - it must have been quite an experience...."   1s.    
       
  27 Jul 1969.   “I had a letter from Sonia telling me that she was going to Algeria...Yesterday I signed a long document giving a film company the option on Sargasso Sea...."   2s.     
       
  30 Jul 1969.  Envelope only.    
       
  5 Aug 1969.   “Thanks for your letter and the press cutting and the Penguin!...I’d seen the SUNDAY TIMES but not the other.  I was pleased about that.  (But I did explain that ‘Temps Perdi’ was a creole patois - not French - perhaps he didn’t get as far as that...”  1s.     
       
  23 Sept 1969.   “Here is the article.  There is no mistake in it or untruth except the ones you have corrected.  Indeed I like it and am very near to thinking that the writer understands what I’m trying to do...."   3s.     
       
  30 Sept 1969.   “I’m glad you got the article...Yes I heard from Christy & Moore (I feel almost wealthy!) and John Smith sent me a list of translations...."   2s.     
       
  4 Oct 1969.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...I’m glad Mary Queen of Scotts arrived - I hope you enjoy it.  I passed on your comments to Bob Friedman...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.    
       
  15 Oct 1969.   “Thank you for writing - I haven’t been well or I’d have answered before...Well tomorrow or day after or day after that I’ll start to work...."  1s.     
       
  20 Oct 1969.   “I’m excited about the French translations and very pleased.  But rather at sea.  For I don’t remember signing any French contracts...."   2s.    
       
  21 Oct 1969.   “I wrote to you yesterday but have no idea if you’ll get the letter...I told you that I was excited and pleased about the French translations but a bit puzzled for I haven’t signed any French contracts - certainly not for Tigers are Better Looking...."   1s.     
       
  27 Nov 1969.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I was so glad to hear from you and that you like the look of the books.  Les Tigres especially attractive don’t you think...."   2s.     
       
  2 Dec 1969.   “I’m answering your letter at once because, to tell you the truth, I’m mystified and not at all certain what I ought to do...It seems that unless a book is copyrighted in America anyone there can ‘pirate’ it and pay me nothing...."   3s.     
       
  4 Dec 1969.   “Thank you for your letter which of course cheered me up.  The copyright business is complicated.  There’s been a change in the laws, it seems since Good Morning  was written...."   2s.    
       
14:6 1 Jan 1970.   “Thank you so much for the telegram you sent.  It cheered me up for I’ve had such an odd Christmas.  I had flu.  But so had everyone else!...."   1s.      
       
  5 Jan 1970.   “Of course I’m delighted about the French reviews and would love to see them.  I’ve had look at one - very interesting - but for some reason there’s a terrible photograph in which I look coal black...."   1s.     
       
  15 Jan 1970.   “Thank you so much for the books...Please do not think that I’ve given up on the autobiography.  I have not...."   2s.      
       
  21 Jan 1970.   “Thank you for Westward to Laughter...I don’t know if you’ll like my other title.  I was remembering ‘Hush a bye baby on the tree top.’ You know.  Then I got very excited because it seemed to me that ‘When the bough breaks’ was perfect or even ‘cradle and all’...."   1s.     
       
  28 Jan 1970.   “Thanks so much for the Les Lettres Nouvelles and the Transatlantic...I’ve been asked to write some extra dialogue for Quartet and am finding it difficult...."   1s.     
       
  6 Mar 1970.   “I was glad to hear from you for it’s very dull lying here...I’ve got to go to the Tiverton Hospital to be X-rayed...I agreed to give an interview to someone representing De Noel and when it turned out to be a T.V.  interview she persuaded me not to cancel it...."   3s.     
       
  14 Mar 1970.   “Thanks so much for Memoirs of Madame de la Tour du Pui...I hear this morning that I’m not to go to hospital after all...  As to the interview I’m really rather glad I shan’t see it...."   2s.    
       
  27 Mar 1970.   “When I had the letter (a copy) enclosed this morning (forwarded by Deutsch) I thought it was an elaborate joke but now have read it again and thought about it and don’t believe it’s a joke at all.   It’s very serious indeed...."   2s with Jean Rhys's handwritten transcription of a letter Marc Varney to Jean Rhys, 1s.    
       
  2 Apr 1970.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I was relieved to get your letter.   Yes of course the sensible thing is to wait till Sonia comes back for she or one her friends may be able to recommend a good lawyer.  That is what Varney asks.  He believes that the book he got hold of was original not a translation...."   2s.     
       
  7 Apr 1970.   “I was so pleased to get your letter, for I too feel strongly that Varney is [genuine].  I’d be happy if he could be helped.  I don’t think that ‘Barred’ was ever translated into French though it may have been without my knowledge...."   2s.    
       
  10 Apr 1970.   “Thanks for your card.  I’ve had a letter from Pierre Leyris the translator of Tigers which has made me feel a good deal happier...."   3s.     
       
14:7 15 Apr 1970.   “I heard from Pierce Leyris this morning.  He has found, through the priest he spoke about a Paris lawyer who is often in Lyon...."   2s.     
       
  21 Apr 1970.   “Yes I hope that Marc Varney will  have a good lawyer now.  He asked Pierre Leyris to thank me...I wanted very much to write to Marc Varney again but I thought there was a hint, just a hint in Pierre Leyris last letter not to mix myself up in a murder case any more...."   1s.    
       
  12 May 1970.   “It seems a long time since I  heard from you and a long time since I wrote...The best thing I know would be to become absorbed in this book I’m trying to write then nothing else matters...."   2s.    
       
  19 May 1970.   “Thank you for your letter which  cheered me up as always...I do agree that as things are it is far better for me to staydown here and that the solution would be holidays in one place or another.  I don’t think that this almost complete isolation is very good for me...."   3s.      
       
  24 May 1970.   “It will be lovely if you can come down and I’m very pleased about the broadcast...About Cheriton Fitzpaine - it’s not perfect I know but I’m used to it or nearly.  So I’ll try to get the best of both worlds...."   2s.     
       
  May 1970.  Envelope only.    
       
  3 Jun 1970.   “I didn’t see the Newsweek review  but a photographer knocked me up after I’d gone to bed to make an appointment for next day...."   1s.      
       
  6 Jul 1970.   “I got on to Radio 4 last night a  little after ten but it’s an old radio not much good (I mean mine is) and by the time I got ‘For My Pleasure’ clearly the programme was about halfway through...."   1s.    
       
  14 Aug 1970.   “No you didn’t send me Taste of Fear and you didn’t leave it here...Yes I am working at the two short stories.  I’m about halfway through the one about Jan...."   2s.     
       
  15 Nov 1970.   “Sonia tells me that you are trying  to find me a hotel in Amsterdam...So when I thought of Holland it seemed a good idea in spite of the cold...."   1s.     
       
  25 Nov 1970.   “Your letter cheered me up so  much.  This and that has been happening rather sad sometimes.  I’ve a great longing to leave Cheriton Fitz for a while...."   2s.     
       
  16 Dec 1970.   “Thank you so much for sending me a  Christmas card.  Sonia has written to say that she is coming down early in the new year to bring me to London...."   1s.     
       
14:8 7 Apr 1971.   “Well we arrived OK nothing  missing...I’m longing to write my story about the super rat...."   2s.      
       
  17 Apr 1971.   “Thanks for sending the Paris Match  cutting.  I thought it exciting and it certainly explains the French title...” 1s.      
       
  22 Apr 1971.   “Could you possibly let me know Esteban’s address?...I’ve looked at all I’ve done of my autobiography and it isn’t bad...Meanwhile I’m anxious to get on with the stories that buzz round my head...."   1s.     
       
  30 Apr 1971.   “Thank you for sending Esteban’s  address.  I’ll write to him at once.  Well I’m still toiling at my horror story.  Not very good I think...” 1s.     
       
  15 Sept 1971.   “I was so very pleased to hear  from you.  It’ll be lovely if you can manage to come down next month.  The weather’s good and I’m hoping it won’t change...."   1s.     
       
  24 Nov 1971.   “It was so very nice to hear from  you again.  About this story: I’d send it like a shot if there was any chance of ever you making any sense of it...The autobiography had to be rather a task...."   2s.    
       
  26 Nov 1971.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...I am thrilled about the stories  - please send them to me as soon as you possibly can...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.      
       
  30 Nov 1971.   “A hurried letter to thank you for  yours.  I had a bad flu cold but it’s much better today.  As soon as the stories are right I’ll send them to you and I’ll write again to wish you a happy New Year.  1s.     
       
  22 Jan 1972.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Welcome back! It’s wonderful that  you’re going to be in London for a bit...."   Handwritten and signed letter, 1s.      
       
  11 Mar 1972.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I was so excited by what you read  me of Echo and by what you told me about how it would end...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  11 May 1972.   “I was so glad to get your letter  and I’ll try to have that story finished [neat] for you to look at very soon.  I think that when you see it you will see what I meant - that it’s hardly worth toiling over.  Still I’ll finish it and try to find a better title...."   1s.     
       
  15 May 1972.   “Thank you so very much for the New York Review and letting me see Mr. Naipaul’s piece about Mackenzie and the other books.  Yes I do think it is marvellous and a nearly complete understanding of my life.  I was touched and moved to tears and of course enormously pleased...."   1s.     
       
  11 Sept 1972.   “It was so nice to hear from you  again.  I’m glad you like the story.  I don’t much - but it’s something to have finished something...I’m trying to write short pieces about my life...."   1s.     
       
  14 Sept 1972.   “Thank you for typing the story.   It arrived yesterday - I’m so glad you like it and really it isn’t as bad as I thought, only a bit jerky and breathless perhaps...."   1s.      
       
  21 Sept 1972.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I very much miss your letters and news of you.  Now that you are the big success I always knew you would be, we have lost complete touch with each other….” ccTyped and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  25 Sept 1972.   “….I don’t often stay with Sonia, but at a hotel she found for me.  I like it and hope to spend some weeks there this winter….” Handwritten and signed letter, 1s with envelope.    
       
  10 Oct 1972.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “At last my move (which I’ve been  making such a fuss about) is over, and I love the new house and the new neighbourhood...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  12 Oct 1972.   “It was so nice hearing from you.  I  am longing to see you both...My Rat story is better and finished really...."   2s.      
       
  17 Nov 1972.   “It will be quite lovely seeing you  all and I’m so excited...I wish I knew more about hotels in Exeter...."   1s.      
       
  28 Dec 1972.   “This is to wish you a very lucky  and happy new year...Don’t give me up, I’m not quite a hopeless case yet.  Only I’ve been trying to write what I ought to, instead of what I want to, which for me is a mistake...."   3s.     
       
  29 Dec 1972.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...Like you, I have been having  flu over the past week.  (This doesn’t mean I caught it from you: there’s an epidemic in London and it’s almost impossible to avoid)...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
14:9 3 Jan 1973.   “Many thanks for typing [‘Looby Li’]  and for your letter which cheered up the end of 1972...."   1s.     
       
  5 Jan 1973.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I am so sorry I messed you up and worried you about my time of arrival….” Carbon copy typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  27 Feb 1973.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “…I told you in my last letter that if I could look like you do at your age I would be well contented; but to be a fashion model at eighty, that I think is the greatest achievement of all!...."   Carbon copy typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  27 Jun 1973.   “Such an age since I wrote or heard  from you.  How are you and what’s the news?...I decided not to bother you with unfinished scraps or with stories any more.  Not fair.  However I’ve finished (after much toil) two or three which I’ll send to Olwyn Hughes though she says that America is the best hope...."   1s.     
       
  30 Jun 1973.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “How lovely to hear from you and  how exciting that you have been writing! If you haven’t already sent the stories to Olwyn do please send them to me first...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  3 Jul 1973.   “So nice to hear from you...I  haven’t sent the stories to Olwyn yet and I can’t send them to you because one is in London being typed...."   2s.      
       
  6 Jul 1973.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “One of the stories ought to reach  me early next week and I’ll send it...Mr. Gottle told me that they were starting work on Good Morning Midnight and mentioned Glenda Jackson...."   1s.      
       
  9 Jul 1973.   “Well, here’s one of the stories.   Read it when you feel in the mood - and remember that I wrote it a long time ago.  The two others will follow...."   1s.      
       
  14 Jul 1973.   “Many thanks for your telegram  which cheered me enormously...The other stories will follow shortly I hope.  I’m so pleased that you like ‘The Insect World.’ I wasn’t sure of it...."   1s.     
       
  22 Jul 1973.  Envelope only.    
       
  23 Jul 1973.   “So delighted and pleased when I  had your letter and excited too, for its a long time since I sold a short story.  The other two are finished...."   1s.      
       
  29 Jul 1973.   “There were no corrections.   It  seems that sending back the MSS wasn’t necessary and I hope that’s right...."   1s.      
       
  9 Aug 1973.   “Thanks for the magazine.   I’m delighted with the story of course.  I think you’ll be getting the others quite soon...."   1s      
       
  10 Sept 1973.   “I loved my birthday celebration  and thank you for helping me so patiently with ‘Night Out’...."   1s.     
       
  25 Sept 1973.   “Nice to hear from you this  morning.  I’d love the Jean Sabbou and Professions.  Forties can be played on mine - at least you put it to 40 [for] small records.  So why not 78s...."   1s.     
       
  4 Oct 1973.   “Someone else told me that my record player was unlikely to take 78s and to be very gingerly about it or something would go wrong...Yes, I’m afraid Voyage in the Dark  depressed me...."   2s.     
       
  18 Dec 1973.   “Happy New Year for I expect this will be too late for Christmas....1s.    
       
  20 Dec 1973.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...I long to know what your house  is like since the improvements: do write and tell me...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  30 Dec 1973.   “A Happy New Year.  And lucky.  Here  I am in Darkest Devon...I am going to sign a contract with Deutsch (and Penguins I think) for a book of short stories.  I’m rather anxious about it...."   2s.    
       
14:10 26 Mar 1974.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...I got a very excited call from the critic A.  Alvarez who quite rightly thinks you’re the greatest living novelist and is saying so at  length...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  29 Mar 1974.   “It was so nice to hear from you.   Yes, I’ve had flu too and it hung on for a long time...And yes I ended up on T.V.  When Tristam first spoke of it I thought I’d be ‘voice over’ reading extracts which was alarming enough...."   2s.     
       
  11 Apr 1974.   “So glad you came across Mizener  and had an argument.  I never met him.  But he wrote twice asking some questions.  It was quite obvious that he’d made up his mind not to believe my answers...."   1s.     
       
  17 May 1974.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I had a lovely time reading your  new stories, etc - What a lot you’ve done recently, it’s too marvelous, you must have been working fantastically hard...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.    
       
  20 May 1974.   “Thank you for looking at my  stories and you are so right in what you say.  Your letter helped me alot to see what’s wrong and I hope to be able to put it right...."   6s.      
       
  25 May 1974.   “Thanks again for reading these  stories so patiently.  I agree with all you say and will try to put them right...."   2s.      
       
  11 Aug 1974.   “It seems a long long time since I  saw you or had news of you...It’s all very bewildering and the copyright business complicated.  I hear differenct versions, work when I can and watch the rain...."   2s.     
       
  17 Aug 1974.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...This has been rather an  exhausting August and I haven’t much news...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  20 Aug 1974.   “I was so glad to hear from you and  will look forward to seeing you and Sonia...Well it’s all very exciting about America - at least it started being exciting...."   2s.      
       
  2 Nov 1974.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “The other day I saw Tristram  Powell’s film ‘The Jean Rhys Woman’ and I want to tell you about it...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  7 Nov 1974.   “I was so glad to hear from  you...Tristram wrote about the broadcast but didn’t seem quite certain I’d approve...As to the stories - only one of them I wrote this year is really finished...."   5s.      
       
  No date.  1974.   “Thank you for ‘[Felix’].  I’ve quite  a collection of [Hicken’s] works now.  If you could access one called [---] think of me.  (It’s out of print long ago I fear.) He is good in parts and was born in the West Indies...."   1s.      
       
  27 Feb 1975.   “An American who wants [to] publish  a limited edition of some of my stories asked me to send his letter on to you.  It’s a long story and I’ve decided not to bother you with it...."   2s.     
       
  7 Mar 1975.   “Here’s Frank Hallman’s letter.  He wrote last year about publishing two stories - ‘The Insect World’ and another - It was to be a limited edition and wouldn’t interfere with my Harpers contract he said...."   2s.     
       
  25 Mar 1975.   “I’m so very glad that you may be  able to come down towards the middle of June.  Gini arrives on the 1st I think and in a fortnight the stories ought to be finished...."   1s.      
       
15:1 May 23 1975.   “I was so glad to hear from you and  to know that you thought the article all right.  I only wish that I’d revised more carefully...."   1s.      
       
  14 Jun 1975.   “I’ll be so delighted to see you and Sonia next month.  If you can have a look at the stories...."   2s.      
       
  17 Jun 1975.   “Thank you for the Somerset Maugham stories.  Just what I wanted...."   1s.     
       
  27 Jun 1975.   “This is to ask you to telephone Gini for me...When she left she took eight of the stories with her...and I understood that she’d [---] copies quickly.  I have no carbons of most of them...."   2s.      
       
  7 Jul 1975.   “There was a thunderstorm last night  and rain...I want to thank you for reading the stories and for cheering me up.  I was rather depressed about them...."   3s.      
       
  17 Jul 1975.   “Thank you for writing to me about  the stories.  No it isn’t easy to be certain what one feels or what is the best thing to be done...."   2s.      
       
  25 Jul 1975.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “I have had a letter from Frank Hallman who is beside himself with delight about ‘Invitation to the Dance’ and the article on old age...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  27 Jul 1975.   “I’m so glad that Frank Hallman likes the stories and 275 [pounds] sounds fine!...Meanwhile I’m toiling (more or less) on Fishy Waters...."   2s.      
       
  6 Aug 1975.   “I had the enclosed from Phyllis yesterday.  When you have time will you look at them?...I think that ‘Dominca’ is unique in its way and I’d be happy if it could be preserved or part of it...."   1s.    
       
  8 Aug 1975.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Thanks for your letter with material from the Allfreys.  Phyllis Allfrey seems to think that I have accused her of being prejudiced against Negroes...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  11 Aug 1975.   “No I’m sure that Phyllis does not think you’re prejudiced againt negroes.  Perhaps she fears you’ll think she is...Or she may have misunderstood something I wrote...."   2s.    
       
  27 Aug 1975.   “Your letter cheered me up in spite of the bad news about the West Indies...About Dominica - one can only hope that as all the islands are very close to the USA someone there is more or less interested in them...."   1s.      
       
  9 Oct 1975.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “Enclosed is the article I have had from Phyllis and her husband.  I like nearly all of it very much indeed...Mr. Hallman came to see me...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
15:2 27 Aug 1976.   “So pleased to hear from you and I liked Antonia’s story.  Of course I’ve always thought Max del Winter a dream of a man...Yes an American girl has offered me her flat while she’s in New York...I’m very excited about it and determined to grab the chance...."   1s.      
       
  25 Oct 1976.   “Thank you so very much for your greetings telegram...I do wish Sleep It Off luck of course though I don’t think all the stories are balls of fire...But I’m excited about my autobiography...."   2s.      
       
  [21 Apr 1978].   “I was so sorry not to see you before I left London.  Sonia explained that you were tied up at the Old Bailey of course...Yes David Plante was very sweet and took alot of dictation...."   1s with envelope.      
       
  28 Jun 1978.   Wyndham to Jean Rhys.   “...Do you remember I brought a Sudanese to see you called Hussein Shariffe who wanted to make a film of Tigers are Better Looking ...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  2 Jul 1978.   “I was so pleased to get your letter.  Of course I remember Mr. Shariffe and the film...About the stories.  I never finished ‘Chinese Vases’...."   3s.      
       
  3 Jul 1978.   “Here is the ‘Chinese Vases’ with it’s new ending.  I’ll send the other story at the end of the week...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  10 Jul 1978.   “Thanks so much for the books you sent, I liked North of South particulary.  I’m sorry not to have sent the stories before but the typist who comes once a week is ill...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s.     
       
  20 Jul 1978.   “I am sorry about the Sunday Times.   As I have told you I’ve written to Anthony Sheil.  I think of keeping ‘Imperial Road’ for my autobiography...."   Typed and signed  letter, 1s with press cutting.     
       
  26 Jul 1978.   “Could you please send the stories on to Anthony Sheil.  He says he hasn’t had them yet.  I do hope this isn’t a bother.” Typed and signed  letter, 1s.      
       
  No date.   “....just to show you - I rewrote ‘Let Them Call It Jazz’ original title ‘Black Castle’ six times - tore up those, three remain to be torn up...."   Fragment, 1s.     
       
  19 envelopes that could not be matched with letters.    
       
  Wyndham to and from others    
15:3 Ace Books Ltd.  1961.    
  Callard, D.  Arthur to Wyndham.  1980-1982.   Includes handwritten bibliographic list for Evelyn Scott, John Metcalfe and others, 1p; typed quote by Frances Linley describing Charles Studin, with handwritten note by Callard, 1p.  (See also: Series 2: Correspondence:  Deutsch Ltd., Andre: Callard, D.  Arthur)     
  Harborough Publishing Co.  Ltd., The.  1960.   Jacobs, Fred Rue.  1980.   Penguin Books Ltd.  (Anthony Godwin).  1960.   Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  1982.   Simon and Schuster, Inc.  Publishers.  1960.    
       
       
15:4 Unidentified.    
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
 

 


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