Research papers of Sheila Hodges, partly relating to Daphne du Maurier

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of Sheila Hodges, editor. The following items are included: papers relating to unpublished book on Daphne du Maurier by Noel Welch, 1970s-1980s; material for Hodges' article on Castrati, 1990s; material for Hodges' article on Venanzio Rauzzini, 1980s-1990s; material for Hodges' article on Mozart; material for Hodges' article on Nancy Storace; material for Hodges' article on Susan Burney; material for Hodges' article on biography of Lorenzo Da Ponte (including a copy of the published biography); research material for 'Gollancz: the story of a publishing house', 1920s-1970s; article on C E Hodges (Sheila Hodges' father) and the early years of BBC Children's Hour.

Twelve published works by Daphne du Maurier which were given to Sheila Hodges, her editor, and signed by du Maurier (EUL MS 301 add 1)

Twelve works by Daphne du Maurier which were given to Sheila Hodges, her editor, and signed by du Maurier. The titles are

'Mary Anne'

'The Glass Blowers'

'The Scapegoat'

'The House on the Strand'

'The Rendezvous'

'Not After Midnight'

'The Flight of the Falcon'

'The Golden Lads'

'The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte'

'Castle Dor'

'The Winding Stair'

'Vanishing Cornwall'.

Also two unsigned Pan paperbacks,

'The Loving Spirit'

'The Progress of Julia'.

Includes 4 loose items: postcard, letter and Christmas card from du Maurier and a photograph.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sheila Hodges joined the publishing firm of Victor Gollancz in 1936, becoming Assistant Managing Director in 1943 to take charge of the editorial department. Taking over from Daphne du Maurier's previous editor who had been called up during the war, she edited the works of Daphne du Maurier over a period spanning nearly forty years from 1943-1981. Even from the start of this collaboration, du Maurier was already well-established as a world-famous writer and had published six novels and two biographies. Leaving Gollancz in 1953, Hodges continued to work as a freelance editor and reader for Gollancz and other publishing houses. Author of eight published works herself, these include a biography of the Mozartian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte and histories of Gollancz and Dulwich College. She has also contributed articles to the 'Women's History Review', 'Opera Quarterly' and 'Music Review'.

Arrangement

4 boxes

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply, except to Daphne du Maurier biography (DP restrictions).

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Sheila Hodges

Other Finding Aids

Box listed by Rob Ford, Dec 2006-Jan 2007.

Archivist's Note

Description created by Rob Ford, 2 Jan 2007.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply, except to Daphne du Maurier biography (DP restrictions).

Related Material

The library holds the following papers relating to Daphne du Maurier and her family, EUL MSS 144, 206, 207, 276, 307, 341, 342, 346, 351. Other papers of Daphne du Maurier, particularly her letters, are held at many other repositories including the following: Bath Reference Library; Bodleian Library; BBC Written Archives Centre; British Library Department of Manuscripts; Cambridge University Library; Eton College Library; Manchester University (John Rylands Library); National Library of Scotland; Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division, USA; Rhodes House Library; University of Durham Library; University of Bradford Library; University of Bristol Library; University of Warwick (Modern Records Centre); West Yorkshire Archive Service. Sound recordings of interviews with du Maurier are held at the British Library National Sound Archive. Papers relating to George du Maurier are held at the following repositories: Pierpont Morgan Library, USA; Huntington Library, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum (National Art Library); National Library of Scotland; Dorset County Museum. Papers relating to Guy du Maurier (1865-1915) are held at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA. A duplicate copy of the Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies memorial photograph album (EUL MS 207/3/1) is held at the National Portrait Gallery.

Bibliography

Some of this research material has led to publication (most notably in the books: 'Gollancz: the story of a publishing house', and the biography of Lorenzo Da Ponte).