Stephen du Sautoy

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 CPA/2/3/131
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 Sequence 2, Box 38 [90]
  • Dates of Creation
      19 Apr 1979-20 Jun 1980
  • Physical Description
      37 pieces; 42 sheets

Scope and Content

Correspondence with and relating to publisher Stephen du Sautoy, who worked at this time for Sidgwick and Jackson. This contains references to the future of PN Review, including: its expansion; plans to publish monthly from 1980; plans to establish a limited company to manage the magazine; du Sautoy's agreement to join the venture; plans for future content; and Schmidt's discussions on the matter with C.H. Sisson and Donald Davie. Other topics include: a trip to America by du Sautoy in 1979, during which Schmidt asked him to publicise Carcanet, look into the possibility of distributing PN Review in America, and investigate the finances of Michael Braziller of Persea (currently Carcanet's American distributor); various matters regarding the Arts Council; [David Arkell's Looking for] Laforgue: [an informal biography (Carcanet, 1979)], which du Sautoy agrees to help publicise; books published in America which du Sautoy suggests as possible Carcanet titles, including a biography of Victoria Ocamp by Doris Meyer and a biography of Elinor Wylie by Stanley Olson; Schmidt's development plan for Carcanet in 1980 which aimed to expand their list and ultimately result in full independence; the submission of this plan to various other publishers suggested by du Sautoy; and an enforced delay in the plan due to Carcanet's financial difficulties and failure to receive their new Arts Council grant. There is also a small amount of correspondence with Michael J. Davis relating to his biography of Alfred Williams which was submitted to Carcanet (after being turned down by Sidgwick); Schmidt declines the volume due to Carcanet's financial difficulties and the commercial failures of their other biographies.

/1 and /22-23 are pieces of correspondence with Peter du Sautoy relating to: Schmidt's dilemma of expand or decline with Carcanet; the fortunes of Faber (where du Sautoy was ultimately Chairman); du Sautoy's belief in the value of what Schmidt is doing with Carcanet; and a planned visit to China by du Sautoy to lecture on copyright.

Stephen du Sautoy's letters dated at: London WC1A and N5; New York, USA; and Kashmir.

Holograph and typescript.