Finding-Aid for the Muriel Spark Papers (MSS107)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Box and Folder Listing


Collection Outline

I. General Correspondence.

II. Business Correspondence

III. Manuscripts by Muriel Spark

IV. Manuscripts, Typescripts, and correspondence related to Derek Stanford

V. Miscellany

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Descriptive Summary

CreatorSpark, Muriel
TitleMuriel Spark Papers
Quantity: ca. 200 items
Identification: MSS107

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Biographical Note

Muriel Spark is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland who has been a professional writer since the 1940's. She has written 15 novels, three volumes of poetry, several nonfiction studies, and numerous short stories, essays, and reviews. Her earliest work was for the British political intelligence office at the end of the Second World War and by the early 1950's, Spark was recognized as a poet and critic, although she had not yet produced any serious fiction. The winning of a fiction-writing contest in 1951 and the encouragement of her publisher led to her career as a novelist. Her first novel, The Comforters, was published in 1957. Since then she has written 17 novels, many of which are influenced by her religious views (she converted to Roman Catholicism in the early 1950's) and most of which have been well-received by public and critics. Several of her novels have been adapted for the stage, film, and television, the best-known being The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) which appeared on Broadway and in a film version.

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Scope and Contents Note

The bulk of the Spark Papers consist of correspondence between Spark and British poet Derek Stanford, and correspondence between Spark and her literary agent. Correspondence with other literary figures is also included, as well as drafts of several poems and essays by Spark. Also present are two small notebooks bearing Spark's autograph notes which include drafts of poems.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restrictions

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright to large portions of the collection held by Muriel Spark

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Muriel Spark Papers, Washington University in St. Louis

Processing Information

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff ca. 1990. EAD encoded finding-aid complete December, 2001

Accruals

Interfiled within collection or by accession at end of collection.

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Box and Folder Listing

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I. General Correspondence.,

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I.1 Correspondence with Derek Stanford,
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1948: March, 7 (ALS, 1p; TD)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1948: March, 11 (TLS, 1p; TD)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1948: March, 16 (ALS; TD)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1948: July, 22 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, [1949] (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1949: April, 20 (ALS, 4pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, [1950] (ALS, 4pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1952: February, 17 (ALS, 6pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1953: July, 13 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1953: August, 27 (ALS, 17pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1957: November, 19 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1957: December, 4 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, [1958] (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, [1958] (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1958: February, 19 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1958: May, 27 (ALS, 4pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1958: July, 1 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1958: July, 10 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1958: September, 9 (ALS, 8pp)
Enc: Autograph poem by Derek Stanford
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Spark, Muriel to Stanford, Derek, 1960 (TLS)
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I.2 Correspondence with John Smith,
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1/7Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1954: June, 3 (TLS, 2 pp)
Encloses the Patrick Bronte ms. by the Rev. W.T. D
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1954: June, 4 (ALS, 1 p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1954: June, 15 (TLS, 2 pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1954: June, 16 (ALS, 2 pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1954: July, 28 (TLS, 1 p)
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1/8Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, [1960?] (TLS, 1 p)
n.d. c.Summer 1960?
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, [1960?] (ALS, 4 pp)
n.d., c.late Oct. 1960
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: January, 11 (TLS, 2 pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: February, 6 (ALS, 2 pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: August, 6 (TLS, 2 pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: August, 11 (TLS, 1 p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: August, 21 (TLS, 1 p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: August, 25 (ALS, 1 p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: August, 29 (TLS, 1 p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: September, 7 (TLS, 1 p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: September, 10 (ALS, 2 pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: September, 10 (ALS, 3 pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: October, 1 (ALS, 2 pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: October, 30 (ALS, 1 p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: November, 13 (TL, 1 p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: November, 20 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: November, 21 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: November, 30 (ALS, 3pp)
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1/9Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: December, 1 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: December, 3 (ALS 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: December, 13 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: December, 20 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1960: December, 21 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: January, 4 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: January, 13 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: January, 13 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: January, 21 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: January, 28 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: February, 11 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: February, 25 (ALS, 4pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: March, (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: March, 18 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: March, 25 (ALS, 7pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: April, 6 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: April, 25 (ALS, 4pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: April, 30 (ALS, 1p)
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1/10Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: May, 2 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: May, 6 (TLS, 3pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: May, 12 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: May, 28 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: June, (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: June, 3 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: June, 16 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: June, 29 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: July, 3 (ALS, 11pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: July, 12 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: July, 28 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: August, 13 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: August, 25 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: September, (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: September, (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: September, (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: September, (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: September, 15 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: September, 16 (ALS, 2pp)
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1/11Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: October, (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: October, 14 (TLS, 4pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: October, 18 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: October, 28 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: November, 2 (AL, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: November, 2 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: November, 22 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: November, 26 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1961: December, (ALS, 2pp)
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1/12Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: January, 16 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: January, 29 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: February, 5 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: March, 6 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: March, 22 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: April, 2 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: April, 4 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: April, 4 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: April, 12 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: April, 26 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: May, 3 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: May, 6 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: May, 9 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: May, 26 (TLS, 1p)
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1/13Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: June, 2 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: June, 12 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: June, 15 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: June, 21 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: July, 24 (ALS, 7pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: July, 25 (ALS, 3pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: July, 28 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: August, 12 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: September, (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: September, 2 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: September, 6 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: September, 20 (TLS, 2p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: October, 4 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: October, 12 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: October, 28 (ALS, 4pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: November, 7 (ALS, 4pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: November, 16 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: November, 23 (ALS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1962: December, 28 (ACS)
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1/14Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: January, 2 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: January, 14 (TLS, 3pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: January, 18 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: January, 19 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: January, 28 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: February, 9 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: February, 9 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: February, 16 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: February, 23 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: March, 3 (ALS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: March, 3 (TLS, 2pp)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: March, 13 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: March, 23 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: October, 5 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: December, 15 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: December, 16 (TLS, 1p)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1963: December, 30 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1964: January, 16 (ACS)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, 1965: September, 13 (ALS, 2pp)
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1/15Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ALS, 7pp)
Discusses contract arrangements with Macmillan and strategy with Macmillan and Lippincott.
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (TLS, 1p)
Asks Smith to return enclosure and keep contents secret.
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ALS, 2pp)
Thanks him for cheque.
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ALS, 1p)
Note accompanying a tape.
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ALS, 2pp)
Encloses letter from Maurice [Macmillan?).
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ALS, 1p)
Note accompanying a letter from Paul [Scott?]
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (TLS, 1p)
Discusses contract arrangements with BBC.
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ALS, 1p)
Encloses signed contract.
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ALS, 1p)
Encloses revisions (to a contract?)
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (TLS, 2pp)
Encloses copy of letter to Books and Bookment concerning unauthorized publication.
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ALS, 1p)
Note accompanying a copy of letter to Macmillan.
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Spark, Muriel to Smith, John, n.d. (ACS)
Encloses copies of a letter.

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II. Business Correspondence, (65 items)

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II.1 Correspondence with Publishers, (65 items)
Correspondence between Derek Stanford and Muriel Spark and various publishers concerning proposals for reprints of Elizabeth Gaskell, Dorothy Wordsworth, Jane Austin, and Mary Shelley. Includes proposals

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III. Manuscripts by Muriel Spark, (13 items)

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III.1 Typescript Essays and Reviews, (11 items)
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III.2 Notebooks, 1949-1950 (2 items)
Two journals from 1949-50.

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IV. Manuscripts, Typescripts, and correspondence related to Derek Stanford, (11 items)

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V. Miscellany, (10 items)

Clippings, tearsheets, photos, galleys, etc.

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