Papers for 'The firstborn'. Two essays on the birth and early months of his ... 

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Papers for 'The firstborn'. Two essays on the birth and early months of his daughter Jesse Frances Lee (known as Jessy). Part 1 was first published as 'My child. No. 1: Laurie Lee on the wonder of the first born' in Evening Standard, 2 Dec. 1963, as 'Miss Jessie Lee' in Woman's Journal, Aug. 1964 and as 'The firstborn' in Mademoiselle, Dec. 1964. Part 2 first published as 'What I would like to give my child' in Housewife, Apr. 1964 and in Mademoiselle, Jan. 1965. Published in an updated and expanded version as a separate volume London: Hogarth Press, Dec 1964. Re-published in I can't stay long, see below. Also includes a photocopy of an extract from the essay, credited to I can't stay long in The Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 1976. Autograph and typewritten drafts, two sets of proof copies, printed cuttings and correspondence with the Hogarth Press relating to the text.

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