Druon-Astley Correspondence

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Maurice Druon with the translator, George Astley. Also includes some letters written by Mme Madeleine Druon. Topics include the death of Humphrey Hare (translator), French honour presented to Astley (1970), mutual friends and meetings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Author and politician. Born in Paris, 23 April 1918. Educated at Lycee Michelet, Ecole des Sciences Politiques, Faculte des Lettres de Paris. War correspondent 1944-1945. Publications include 'Lettres d'un europeen' (1943), 'Alexandre le Grand' (1958), 'Paris, de Cesar a Saint Louis' (1964), 'La parole et le pouvoir' (1974), 'La culture et l'etat' (1985). Member of the Academie Francaise from 1966 and Perpetual Secretary from 1986. Minister for Cultural Affairs 1973-1974, member of the French parliament 1978-1981, member of the European parliament 1979-1980. Recipient of numerous honours in France and abroad.

Reference: International who's who, London, 1998

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme ( see the Centre's home page ), which is compatible with the General International Standard Archival Description ( ISAD(G) ).

An authority file exists for Maurice Druon (GB 152 AAR1149).

Custodial History

The letters were purchased by the University of Warwick Library, with presentation copies of some of Druon's works, in 1997.

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