Eric Allen Osborne papers concerning In letters of red
Scope and Contents
The Eric Allen Osborne Papers Concerning In Letters of Red consist of letters and manuscripts documenting the publication of the anthology in 1938. The collection spans the years 1935-38.
The collection is housed in 1 box and organized into two series: Correspondence and Writings.
In Letters of Red was edited by Eric Allen Osborne, author of The Facts about A Christmas Carol (1937), and brings together the work of British poets, novelists, playwrites, scholars, journalists and others in what is described on the book jacket as a "crusade against Fascism." The book included work by both established and emerging authors, at the time of publication, and more than half the material appeared in print for the first time. Authors include: W. H. Auden, John Brownson, Cecil Day Lewis, Lion Feuchtwanger, George de Fiedorowicz, Louis Golding, Geoffrey Grigson, Robert Herring, Herbert Hodge, James Lansdale Hodson, Jeffrey Eardley Jeffrey, Peter Lagger, Louis MacNeice, Kingsley Martin, Siegfried Sassoon, John Strachey, Frank Tilsley, Edward Upward and Rex Warner. There is also a cartoon by David Low.
Series I, Correspondence , consists of correspondence to Osborne from 15 of the 20 contributors. The contributors not represented are Feuchtwanger, Grigson, Hodge, Lagger, and Martin. In most cases correspondence is limited to a single letter and addresses the contribution to the anthology. Letters mention manuscripts, revisions, copyright, and book royalties. All original letters are accompanied by a brief typescript summary of the letter contents.
Series II, Writings , consists of manuscripts from contributing writers. In this case there are roughly an equal number of typescript and printed versions (clippings) for all contributions. There is one holograph poem by Louis MacNeice, and there are holograph and typescript drafts of Osborne's editorial preface. All writings are accompanied by a typescript biographical statement.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Eric Allen Osborne Papers Concerning In Letters of Red are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Libary, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased on the Lord fund from Charles A. Stonehill, 1940.
0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of letters and manuscripts documenting the publication of the anthology in 1938. Contributors include: W. H. Auden, John Brownson, Cecil Day Lewis, Lion Feuchtwanger, George de Fiedorowicz, Louis Golding, Geoffrey Grigson, Robert Herring, Herbert Hodge, James Lansdale Hodson, Jeffrey Eardley Jeffrey, Peter Lagger, David Low, Louis MacNeice, Kingsley Martin, Siegfried Sassoon, John Strachey, Frank Tilsley, Edward Upward and Rex Warner.
Series I, Correspondence, contains letters from 15 of the 20 contributors to Osborne. Letters mention manuscripts, revisions, copyright and book royalties. All letters are accompanied by a typescript summary of the letter contents.
Series II, Writings, consists of typescript or printed versions of manuscripts from all contributing writers and biographical statements.
- Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
- Authors, English -- 20th century
- Authors, Irish -- 20th Century
- Brownson, John
- Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972
- English literature -- 20th Century
- Feuchtwanger, Lion, 1884-1958
- Fiedorowicz, Georges de
- Golding, Louis, 1895-1958
- Grigson, Geoffrey, 1905-1985
- Herring, Robert
- Hodson, James Lansdale, 1891-1956
- Irish literature -- 20th Century
- Jeffery, Jeffery E. (Jeffery Eardley), 1887-
- Low, David, 1891-1963
- MacNeice, Louis, 1907-1963
- Martin, Kingsley, 1897-1969
- Osborne, E. Allen (Eric Allen), 1906-
- Poets, English -- 20th Century
- Poets, Irish -- 20th Century
- Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967
- Strachey, John, 1901-1963
- Tilsley, Frank, 1904-1957
- Upward, Edward, 1903-2009
- Warner, Rex, 1905-1986
- Guide to the Eric Allen Osborne Papers Concerning In Letters of Red
- Under Revision
- by Michael Forstrom
- June 2003
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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