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  • Reference
      GB 133 ANM/1/5/30
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 X; ANM/1/5/30/2, 3, 7 and 8 are from XII.
  • Dates of Creation
      1910-1913
  • Physical Description
      11 pieces.

Scope and Content

Letters from the playwright, Stanley Houghton, who died at the age of 32 in 1913. The letters include discussions of both his own and ANM's work: in ANM/1/5/30/2 he enthusiastically praises a production of Mary Broome he has attended, and analyses the play's characters; in the postscript of this letter he announces that he has been working on a play called Hindle Wakes and comments on the thematic similarity of his play and Mary Broome; later letters chart his progress with the play; in ANM/1/5/30/9 he announces that he has begun a novel [called Life, of which there are 6 chapters extant]. Other topics covered include: articles written for the Guardian; an inaccurate article about himself and ANM in the Daily Mail; the Manchester playwrights; dramatic life in London and Manchester; a party attended in France where he met Monet's daughter and grandson; a glimpse he caught of Monet in his garden at Giverny. In ANM/1/5/30/9 he announces that he has started work on a novel [called Life, of which there are 6 chapters extant]. ANM/1/5/30/10 and 11 were written whilst in hospital in Venice [where he was recovering from an appendix operation; related complications led to his death in Dec 1913].

ANM/1/5/30/2 and 3 are typescript.