Correspondence between William Plomer and Chris Kohler

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 GRG/2/1/9
  • Dates of Creation
      31 Jul 1968-10 Mar 1972
  • Physical Description
      16 items; 18 pieces.

Scope and Content

Correspondence between William Plomer (1903-1973), poet and novelist, and Chris Kohler.

  • /1: Copy typescript letter from Chris Kohler to William Plomer, dated 31 July 1968, asking for any titles for sale in the field of English literature, with Plomer's reply (2 sheets);
  • /2: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, dated 29 May 1971, thanking him for sending the interesting and important catalogue;
  • /3: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, dated 1 July 1971, in which he offers Kohler: "two interesting letters written to me in 1946 by a lady signing herself R.W. (whom he [Coustillas] was able to identify) and giving an account of meeting Gissing and Wells in Rome in 1898, & a separate account of meeting Wells in England." (2 sheets). For these letters by Rosalind Williams see GRG/2/1/13/1-2  below;
  • /4: Typescript copy letter from Kohler to Plomer, 6 July 1971, expressing an interest in purchasing the Williams letters;
  • /5: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, dated 9 July 1971, regarding an offer for the letters;
  • /6: Typescript copy letter from Kohler to Plomer, 12 July 1971, making an offer of £30 for the letters;
  • /7: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, dated 14 July 1971, accepting the offer and adding: I do wish more old or ageing people would take the trouble to write down what they remember - or to record on tape what they remember - of famous people they have encountered. So many valuable details get lost;
  • /8: Typescript copy letter from Kohler to Plomer, 15 July 1971;
  • /9: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, dated 16 July 1971;
  • /10: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, dated 24 February 1972, offering another letter for sale: I came across a letter to me from Mrs Belloc Lowndes, dated 24 Feb: 1946, in which she recalls having known Gissing... I would rather offer it you than to anybody else; for the letter see GRG/2/1/13/3  below;
  • /11: Typescript copy letter from Kohler to Plomer, 29 February 1972, wishing to make an offer;
  • /12: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, 2 March 1972, providing further details of the Belloc Lowndes letter;
  • /13: Typescript copy letter from Kohler to Plomer, 6 March 1972, making an offer of £10 for the letter;
  • /14: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, dated 7 March 1972, accepting the offer and a book of Belloc Lowndes letters;
  • /15: Typescript copy letter from Kohler to Plomer, 9 March 1972;
  • /16: Letter from Plomer to Kohler, dated 10 March 1972.