Koestler. Papers relating to Arthur Koestler, bequeathed by Harold Harris

Scope and Content

The Koestler papers bequeathed by Harold Harris - Koestler's literary executor - contain some personal files that are restricted until 2045. There is manuscript material relating to The fall of Dr. Icarus and correspondence on Stranger on the square and Thieves in the night, in addition to copyright agreements and film and drama rights to Arrival and departure, Astride the two cultures, Darkness at noon, and Dialogue with death. The papers also include letters relating to the archive, correspondence about a Koestler biography, correspondence about the Arthur Koestler Chair of Parapsychology, correspondence about contracts and rights after Koestler's death 1984-1988, and material relating to the Koestler Award Trust and the Koestler Foundation. There are also obituaries and press cuttings, royalty statements covering the period 1976-1993, cheque book and cheque book stubs, pay-in book, bank statements, bank correspondence with and about literary executor, Barclay's Bank correspondence relating to the primary account, financial correspondence, and correspondence about VAT and income tax. There is also correspondence with and about Arthur and Cynthia Koestler relating to wills, last message, sale of houses, and the winding up of the estate.

Conditions Governing Access

Personal files at MSS 2462/1-3 are restricted until 2045.