This collection contains two groups of papers relating to Delderfield's last two novels, To Serve Them All My Days and the posthumously published Give Us This Day (1973) (the final part of the ambitious Adam Swann trilogy, God is an Englishman (1970), Theirs was the Kingdom (1971), and Give Us This Day). The papers ofTo Serve Them All My Days, form a particularly full archival record of composition, including four parts which demonstrate the development of the novel over three years, 1970 to 1972. These are an autograph and typed early version of the novel, a bundle of autograph and typescript working papers, a heavily annotated virtually complete typescript, and an uncorrected proof of the novel. The value of the papers lies both in their demonstration of Delderfield's working methods and in the significant changes of dedication between the novelist's working copies, which include a lengthy tribute to his friend the writer James Hilton (1900-1954), author of Goodbye Mr Chips (1934), and the final version for publication, which lacks Delderfield's tribute to Hilton.
The group of papers relating to Give Us This Day consist of an early draft of parts 4 and 5 of the novel, with associated working papers, dated c.1971-72; a complete typescript of the novel, with extensive autograph revisions, dated c.1971-72; a first edition of the novel in its original dust jacket; and a group of miscellaneous autograph and typescript papers mainly relating to God is an Englishman (1970).