Alan Steele: Letters to him

Scope and Content

An alphabetical series of letters to Alan Steele regarding the publication and promotion of books, especially fiction (15 files). Most of the letters are from the period 1928-1934, but there are also a few personal letters of a later date. The correspondents include Richard Aldington, H.E. Bates, Stella Benson, A.E. Coppard, Nancy Cunard, Rhys Davies, Norman Douglas, Havelock Ellis, John Gawsworth, Monk Gibbon, Eric Gill, Duncan Grant, Robert Graves, James Hanley, D.H. Lawrence, Percy Wyndham Lewis, W. Somerset Maugham, R.L. Mégroz, John Cowper Powys, T.F. Powys, Dorothy Richardson, Laura Riding, Dame Edith Sitwell, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Humbert Wolfe.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alan Steele (1905-1985), bookseller and publisher, worked for the firm William Jackson Ltd, London, promoting sales of young writers and developing the publishing side, including the series of Furnival books, 1930-1932. He helped to establish the separate publishing firm of Joiner & Steele, and in 1935 joined the printing house of Butler and Tanner, where he eventually became the head of the company.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd, 1987 and 1993.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.