Finding-aid for the Guy Patterson Chapman Papers (MSS025)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Letters Dec. [1924] - Dec. 1925,

Proofs

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Descriptive Summary

TitleGuy Patterson Chapman Papers
Identification: MSS025

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Biographical Note

Guy Patterson Chapman, who began his editing career in 1920, was involved in publishing in London for 20 years, working for several firms including his own. He later turned his attention to scholarship and served for several years as Professor of Modern History at Leeds University. He wrote several books in the fields of fiction, history, and sociology.

C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1889-1930, was born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh University. After service in France in World War I, he spent some time in London working as a journalist. In the early 1920's he moved to Italy, where he lived until his death in 1930. He is best known as a translator, particularly of Proust's novel, A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.

George Moore, 1852-1933, Irish novelist and essayist, wrote numerous books including Esther Waters and Confessions of a Young Man.

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Scope and Contents Note

Accession: 1364

Correspondence from C.K.Scott-Moncrieff and George Moore. Chapman, Guy.

The collection consists chiefly of letters from C.K. Scott Moncrieff to Guy Patterson Chapman, 1923-25 and 1929, 19ALsS, 31 TLsS, 3 auto postcards, 1 typed postcard and 2 ts. [carbon] letters from Chapman and 2 letters from Lloyd's Bank. Many letters deal with Moncrieff's translation of The Letters of Abelard and Heloise for Chapman. Moncrieff discusses the difficulties of translation, of finding the books he needs, and of finding time for work between periods of ill health. In addition to the Letters, Moncrieff writes of his work on Stendhal, Proust, his meeting with and interest in translating Pirandello, and the possibility of publishing an anthology of the Scottish poets. Passing references are made to life in the British expatriate colony in Italy and to various individuals including Norman Douglas, Orioli, Vyvyan Holland, D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Seltzer. Mention is also made of “the Sitwell Story,” a satire by Moncrieff published pseudonymously as a Cayme Press Pamphlet in 1926, titled The Strange and Striking Adventures of Four Authors in Search of a Character. Also included are carbons of 2 letters from Chapman to Moncrieff dealing with the publication of the Letters.

Total: 72 items

1 box

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Restrictions

USE, RESTRICTIONS

Open

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Administrative Information

SOURCE

Purchase, 1972

Processing Information

Processed: September, 1974. RT

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Letters, Dec. [1924] - Dec. 1925,

Twelve letters, 5 ALsS, 7 TLsS,concerning the prefatory letter Moore is to write to the Moncrieff translation of the Letters.

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Proofs,

The last folder contains galley proofs of pp. ix-xviii of the Letters, being proofs of Moncrieff's letter to Moore and Moore's letter to Moncrieff. The latter has extensive auto. revision in the hand of a secretary and a revised passage in typescript attached. The proofs are stamped 25th June 1925.

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