Edgell Rickword, Literature in society

Scope and Content

Book file containing manuscript and proofs of Edgell Rickword's Literature in society: essays and opinions (II), 1931-1978, edited by Alan Young (Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1978). The book was copy-edited by Robert Wells, the proofs were set by Woodspring Press of Bridgwater, and the book was printed by Billings. A letter from Wells in the Rickword correspondence file at CPA/2/2/98 implies that the book was copy-edited hurriedly, and batches of manuscript sent to Woodspring separately; similarly proofs were returned for correction in batches, which may explain why the manuscript and proofs preserved here are not all complete.


The printing arrangements described above resulted in a book file which was somewhat disorganized, with many separate bundles of incomplete page proofs. Here the archivist has attempted to order these into something resembling a chronological order, showing the progress of the correcting and resetting process.