Letters From Famous People and Publishers

Scope and Content

Comprises letters from:

  • John Berger: signed autograph letter re Peake's drawings, 2 November 1950 (1 leaf).
  • Maurice [Temple Smith] at Eyre & Spottiswoode Publishers: signed typewritten letter re Titus Alone, 29 July 1958 with annotations [in Maeve Gilmore's hand] (4 leaves).
  • Graham Greene: signed autograph letter re Titus Groan, undated [1943: see G Peter Winnington, Mervyn Peake's Vast Alchemies (London: Peter Owen, 2009), pp.195-196] (1 leaf); signed typewritten letter re Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 10 September 1954 (1 leaf).
  • Peter Hall at the Arts Theatre: typewritten letter (signed by his secretary) re Peake's plays 'The Wit To Woo' and 'A Horse of Air' ['Mr Loftus'], 26 March 1955 (1 leaf).
  • Augustus John: signed autograph reference and letter re obtaining work for Peake as a war artist, 28 December 1939-28 July 1942 (2 leaves).
  • Laurie Lee: signed autograph letter re The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb, 16 May 1962 (1 leaf).
  • C S Lewis: two signed autograph letters re Titus Groan and Gormenghast and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 10 February 1958-20 June 1959 (2 leaves, 2 envelopes).
  • W[alter] de la Mare: eight signed autograph and typewritten letters, 3 May 1941-29 January 1954 (8 leaves, 1 envelope).
  • Laurence Olivier: seven signed autograph and typewritten letters re 'The Wit To Woo', 2 August 1950-8 March 1952 (9 leaves).
  • [Anthony Quayle] of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre: signed typewritten letter re 'The Wit To Woo', 14 January 1952 (1 leaf);
  • Matthew Smith: signed autograph letter [re Titus Groan], 13 March 1946 (1 leaf).
  • [James Stephens]: autograph note and drawing, 1938 (1 leaf).
  • Dylan [Thomas]: signed autograph letter and note asking to borrow Peake's coat and trousers, both undated [note is probably from 1938 - see G Peter Winnington, Mervyn Peake's Vast Alchemies (London: Peter Owen, 2009), p.112, p.280] (2 leaves).
  • Orson Welles: signed typewritten note [re 'The Wit To Woo'], 11 April 1952 (1 leaf).


UCL arrangement: alphabetical

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For a transcript of Maurice Temple Smith's letter and further discussion of the editing of Titus Alone see G Peter Winnington, 'On the Editing of Titus Alone', Peake Studies, 1 iv (1990), 19-28