Literary: correspondence on the United States publication of WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War") in book form, mainly with representatives of Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston [United States], particularly President Henry Laughlin and others including Paul Brooks.

Reference code: CHUR 4/14A-B

Part of: CHUR 4
Next record: CHUR 4/15A-C
Previous record: CHUR 4/13

Date: Nov 1946 - May 1954

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Other correspondents include: William Deakin (3); [George] Gordon Allen; Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz] (4); Sir Edward Spears on his ancestry; Desmond Flower, Director of Cassell and Company. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Grace Hamblin, Chips Gemmell, and Anne Hipwell; [literary assistants] Denis Kelly and Charles Wood; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to (sending on complimentary copies of books) Consuelo Balsan [earlier Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough], President Harry Truman, the Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward Prince of Wales and Edward VIII], Bernard Baruch, General George Marshall, General Dwight Eisenhower, 1st Lord Alexander [of Tunis], Thomas Dewey, and Mackenzie King.

Subjects covered by the file include: "Triumph and Tragedy" (volume 6) winning a literary award; matters concerning the production of the books, including corrections, the transport of chapters to Boston, illustrations, and indexes; publication dates; matters concerning the text including Harry Hopkins' [Special Assistant and Advisor to the President of the United States] influence and the U-boat war; Sir Norman Brook's [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet] comments; sales of the books; acknowledging Samuel Morison's work; permission to quote Eisenhower and Marshall; deletions suggested by the State Department; a British printers' strike (1950); reaction to the books; details of other books published by Houghton Mifflin; WSC's trip to Boston (1949).

Also includes: lists of people to receive complimentary copies; photograph of WSC with Stalin (Moscow [Soviet Union], 1942); proofs of maps and mocked-up dust jacket for "The Hinge of Fate" (volume 4); text of a 1941 address by then United States Ambassador to Argentina Norman Armour; printer's proofs of the preliminaries for "The Gathering Storm" (volume 1).

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