Bundle of correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/199
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDH44-52.
  • Dates of Creation
      4 Feb 1936-28 Jun 1938
  • Physical Description
      9 pieces.

Scope and Content

With James Hilton (1900-1954), novelist, who wrote the novel on which Goodbye, Mr Chips was based. Includes one original letter from Hilton, an original letter from John Hilton (James's father), and an original copy letter from RD's secretary to John Hilton. The rest of the correspondence is in photocopied form and covers 30 May 1938-2 March 1940.

Topics covered in the correspondence include: the huge success of The Ghost Goes West in America; Hilton's pleasure that RD is to act in [Knight] Without Armour; RD's request for a picture of the original 'Mr. Chips'; Hilton's response that the character is made up of a combination of various schoolteachers he knew, including his own father, and naming the original of Brookfield School as The Leys School in Cambridge; Hilton's congratulations on RD's performance in Mr. Chips; the response to the film in England, which RD considers to have been "rather guarded, not to say in some cases very churlish!" (/8); and Hilton's congratulations on RD's Oscar (/9).

Manuscript, typescript and photocopy letters.