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Wyndham - The John Wyndham Archive

Photocopied correspondence, mostly between John Wyndham and Frederik Pohl (n.d.)

Reference Wyndham 11/5/5
Physical Description 4 bundles; 223 items; 363pp; letters; ms notes

Scope and Content

Mostly photocopies of letters (with some manuscript notes, presumably by Moore, the depositor of the papers), between Wyndham and Pohl, 1950-1963. Also some correspondence with Stanley Kauffman and other agents. Letters concern payments, rights, film adaptations, contracts, manuscript editing, etc. Includes reference to various Wyndham novels and short stories, including:

  • The Kraken Wakes
  • Secret People
  • The Day of the Triffids
  • The Wheel
  • Esmeralda
  • Pawley's Peepholes
  • Perforce to Dream
  • Pillar to Post
  • Survival
  • Close Behind Him
  • But a Kind of Ghost
  • Plan for Chaos
  • Education for a Martian
  • Uncle Eb
  • And the Walls Came Tumbling Down
  • Affair of the Heart
  • More Spinned Against
  • Chronoclasm
  • Vested Interest
  • Beyond the End of Time
  • Perfect Creature

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From University of Liverpool PhD student Matthew Moore.


Fan Mail (1951 - 1957, 1965)

Reference Wyndham 12
Physical Description 46 items; letters; manuscript and typescript

Scope and Content Note

These letters are were sent by fans of Day of the Triffids and The Kraken Wakes and include some carbon copies of Wyndham's replies. The replies are generally quite detailed and provide an insight into his writings. There is some fanmail also included in the Correspondence with Publishers Wyndham 11


Letters from Mrs Margaret D. Lowe concerning Day of the Triffids (1951 - 1957)

Reference Wyndham 12/1
Physical Description 9 letters;19pp

Scope and Content Note

Mrs Lowe first wrote to Wyndham in 1951and kept in touch at various intervals until 1957. The letters are informal and raise some interesting points about Wyndham's novels and writing in general. The carbon copies of Wyndham's replies provide an insight into the ideas behind the novel and the times in which he was writing.


Letter from Mrs Margaret D. Lowe (30 August ?)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/1
Physical Description 2pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter wishing John Wyndham success with his new book presumably The Kraken Wakes. Mrs Lowe goes on to talk about her own attempts at writing science fiction. There is a pencil note at the bottom of the page that says "answered 6 September".


Letter from Mrs Margaret D. Lowe concerning Day of the Triffids (16 October 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/2
Physical Description 1 letter; ribbon typescript

Scope and Content

Mrs Lowe has some criticism about the novel. She doubts whether chaos would have ensued so quickly. In particular she thinks that the medical profession would have tried to remain calm, and that the government would have appealed to sight volunteers to tour the streets with loud-speaker vans.

She says that she does not normally read novels so closely, but that there were warnings present in Day of the Triffids that reflected the times in which they were living. " Man's insane preparations for his own destruction, are a grim warning of what may face us if we cannot reach some sort of international understanding."


Reply to Mrs Margaret D. Lowe (22 October 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/3
Physical Description 4pp;letter; carbon typescript

Scope and Content

In this letter Wyndham answers the questions posed by Mrs Lowe Wyndham 12/1/2He provides an explanation for the Doctor's suicide and he says that it was the early failure of the telephone system that left the authorities isolated and helpless and speeded up the onset of the chaos.

He mentions the shock element of the novel saying that

It would have been easy to litter the place up with decomposing bodies, crawling skeletons of famished men, bloated victims of stings, etc.. but a lot of gruesome detail of that kind is a trap. It usually fails in its effect, beyond one or two shocks of the kind it is apt to become merely disgusting, or, even worse, boring.

He closes the letter by recommending that Mrs Lowe reads The Silver Locusts by Ray Bradbury


Letter from Mrs Margaret D. Lowe (25 October 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/4
Physical Description 2pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from Margaret Lowe in reply to Wyndham's letter above Wyndham 12/1/3. The letter is written in a friendly manner and enquires whether Wyndham is planning another book.


Letter from Mrs Margaret D. Lowe after reading The Kraken Wakes (16 October 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/5
Physical Description 2pp;letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Mrs Lowe had just read The Kraken Wakes whilst she had found it to be a good novel, she did not feel it was as good as Day of the Triffids. She goes on to makes some observations and in particular she notes that his style of writing has changed. She describes it as more subtle and more allusive.


Reply to Mrs Margaret D. Lowe (18 October 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/6
Physical Description 3pp; letter; carbon typescript

Scope and Content

Copy of a letter to Mrs Lowe in reply to the above. Wyndham provides an explanation as to why it is a "poorer story". The main reason was that the story had to be written differently to Day of the Triffids. He felt that he should not follow one world cataclysm with another.


Postcard from Mrs Margaret D. Lowe (? March 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/7
Physical Description 1pp; letter; typescript and manuscript

Scope and Content

A postcard inviting Wyndham to see a play called The Burning Glass by C. L. Morgan, Lowe's employer. A note has been added on the reverse saying that he need not feel obliged to attend with her, she can send two tickets if he prefers.


Letter from Mrs Margaret D. Lowe (18 March 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/8
Physical Description 2pp;letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter referring to the play The Burning Glass which Mrs Lowe went to see again as she thought it was so good. The letter continues on a friendly note, mentioning Mrs Lowe's weekend away and her writing.


Christmas Card from Mrs Lowe (December 1957)

Reference Wyndham 12/1/9
Physical Description 1 Christmas card;

Scope and Content

Card thanking Wyndham for recommending The Silver Locusts by Ray Bradbury. She goes on to say that she took her two young children to see the film The Day the Earth Stood Still her verdict being that it was far too meddling.


Miscellaneous Fan letters after the publication ofDay of the Triffids (1951 - 1954, 1965)

Reference Wyndham 12/2
Physical Description 37 items; letters; typescript and manuscript

Scope and Content

These include some carbon copies of Wyndham's replies

Scope and Content Note

These letters are from fans of Day of the Triffids of different ages in Britain and the United States. They vary in the types of questions they ask: some ask about a sequel, for an autograph and so on, whilst others go into more detail about some of the themes and issues raised by the novel. They are all very positive about Wyndham's work.


Letter from Mr G. G. Smith (August 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/1
Physical Description 2pp; letter;

Scope and Content

Letter from Mr G. G. Smith of Sheffield congratulating Wyndham on Day of the Triffids


Letter from Ronnie Adams (31 August 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/2
Physical Description 1 letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter addressed to Triffid Harris praising Wyndham on Day of the Triffids


Letter from Mr and Mrs Miller (18 October 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/3
Physical Description 1 letter;

Scope and Content

Letter from George and Patricia Miller of Transvaal asking for Wyndham to write a "squeal" to Day of the Triffids


Reply to Mr and Mrs Miller (20 November 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/4
Physical Description 1p;letter; carbon typescript

Scope and Content

Reply to Mr and Mrs Miller referring to a sequel to Day of the Triffids. He says that he finds most sequels are a disappointment and that every avenue from the novel seems to "Lead off into a very dull bog of sociological dissertations sooner or later".


Letter from A. Bertram Chandler (Jack) (3 December 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/5
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

The letter comments on the unfavourable reviews that Day of the Triffids had received. As far as he was concerned it was "streets ahead of the space operas between stiff covers that have been appearing lately."


Reply A. Bertram Chandler (Jack) (20 December 1951)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/6
Physical Description 1p; letter; carbon typescript

Scope and Content

Reply to Jack thanking him for his kind words. Wyndham says that he has read the American reviews and feels that science fiction novels have been unfairly treated by "the magazine-minded".

My feeling is that the reasonable success as a serial (Colliers) indicated that there was a public there, but that it never reached out to them as a book because it was labelled "Science Fiction Series " - a term which, I imagine, is rapidly becoming more of a warning than an inducement in many circles.


Letter from Eva Johnson concerning Day of the Triffids (4 February 1952)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/7
Physical Description 3pp; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Eva Johnson of Wetherby saying how much she had enjoyed Day of the Triffids. What troubled her was that the surviving group appeared to be an atheist one.


Letter from Ben ? (21 February 1952)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/8
Physical Description 2pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

The letter is informal and friendly and points out some printing errors in Day of the Triffids. He goes on to write that

the man we thought might be interested in the Triffid film rights has returned the book with the comment very suitable, but it would need a Cecil B. de Milleto do it justice: too big a job for me.


Letter from Donald Crawford (15 May 1952)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/9
Physical Description 1pp; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Mr Donald Crawford of Arlington, Virginiaasking about the ending of the novel. He makes reference to the novel by Elspeth Carey and what happened to the people in the book


Reply to Donald Crawford (23 May 1952)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/10
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Wyndham answers questions posed by Donald Crawford relating to the colony on the Isle of Wight. He explains that the colony developed and eventually produced a parasite fatal to Triffids, so that they were able to begin the work of reclaiming the mainland. He says that the publication of Elspeth Carey's History had to be postponed through lack of the necessary materials.


Letter from Kay Parrish (14 June 1952)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/11
Physical Description 1p; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Kay Parrish saying that she knew nothing of England, but what emerged from the novel was a strikingly clear picture of the country.


Letter from Thorleif Orde (3 February 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/12
Physical Description 2pp; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter asking for details of American magazines and periodicals that might be interested in his articles and/or short stories or even semi-critical essays.


Letter from P. Story? (1 February 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/13
Physical Description 1p;letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from P. ?Story from West Ella, East Yorkshirerequesting the address of Mr Green, as he wishes to send in a short story.


Letter from Mary ?Jayle (1 February ?1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/14
Physical Description 2pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from Mary ?Jayle of London writing as "an unsuccessful to a successful author" asking for advice concerning agents. She also refers to the problems of being a female author.


Letter from Aubrey Cash (2 February 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/15
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from Aubrey Cash of Hampstead . Mr Cash was a free-lance writer wishing to break into the fiction market and asking whether Wyndham can recommend an American agent who will sell stories that fall inbetween the popular and highbrow magazines.


Letter from A. R. Pirie (3 February 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/16
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from A. R. Pirie of Purley in Surrey congratulating Wyndham on the "forthrightness" of his letter published in the Observer on Sunday.


Letter from Mary ?Jayle (12 February ?1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/17
Physical Description 2pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from Mary ?Jayle of London thanking Wyndham for his reply and advice. Wyndham had advised her to immerse herself in magazines etc, but she writes that it is very difficult to find time to do this as she works full time, manages the house and looks after an elderly parent. She closes the letter by thanking him for his suggestions and that she will do her best to follow some of them up.


Letter from Mrs Alice James (15 February ?1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/18
Physical Description 1p; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Mrs Alice James of Sussex asking whether or not it is possible to get a short story of about 3 - 4000 words into an American magazine if you are an unknown writer.


Letter from Miss W. M. Broom (4 September 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/19
Physical Description 2pp; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Miss W. M. Broom of London after hearing the radio version of Day of the Triffids. Miss Broom asks about the ending of the book where it says that the history of the colony will be written by Elspeth Gray. She asks whether Wyndham intended to write a sequel under this name.


Letter from John Pinches (10 September 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/20
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from John Pinches of London concerning an article written by himself in the Brewers' Guardian. Mr Pinches also mentions that he tried to purchase a copy of Day of the Triffids in Victoria, but the bookshops were sold out.


Letter from Phyllis Brampton (19 September 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/21
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from Phyllis Brampton of Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire after meeting Wyndham at summer school. She had just read Day of the Triffids and described it as a well-written novel with quite excellent characterisation and graphic description. She goes on to say that she has put her name down for a copy of The Kraken Wakes in her local library, but that there is a long waiting list at present.


Letter from Phyllis Brampton (30 September 1953)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/22
Physical Description 2pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from Phyllis Brampton of Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire thanking Wyndham for his reply to her earlier letter. Mrs Brampton says that " science fiction is so obviously the coming thing" and that Wyndham has the imagination to exploit the situation as well as the literary gifts and background to interest the educated reader rather than worrying about writing a "novel of good character".


Letter from Robert Richter (22 January 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/23
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from Robert Richter of Michigan asking for Wyndham's autograph.


Letter from William Woodgate (6 January 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/24
Physical Description 1p; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from William Woodgate of Walsall in Staffordshire highlighting an anomalous point he found in chapter 14 of Day of the Triffids


Letter from Robert Conquest (22 March 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/25
Physical Description 1p; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Robert Conquest of London concerning the publication of an article written by Wyndham in the New Statesman


Letter from Alice James (4 April ?1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/26
Physical Description 2pp; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Alice James thanking Wyndham for his informative reply to her letter.


Letter from Adam Kelso (19 March 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/27
Physical Description 2pp; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Adam Kelso of Isle of Arran, Scotland after having read Day of the Triffids. Mr Kelso says he had speculated upon the economic and moral problems for practically half a century in an academic fashion and that this book brought them to the forefront.


Reply to Adam Kelso (14 April 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/28
Physical Description 3pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Wyndham comments on being a writer and how he found it difficult to stand back from his work as perhaps a painter would. He again refers to what he terms a "constructive fantasy". See also the letter to Lionel Gough below Wyndham 12/2/30. Wyndham highlights 1914 as a cardinal point in popular thinking

Before then, it was possible to prophesy, or, at least, printedly to hope for, some kind of Utopia. Man appeared to have the world pretty well in hand: since then it has grown increasingly clear that he has not. And so, the idea of Utopia has become more insubstantial as the years have passed until now, when it seems to the majority of people little more than a childish dream, to be dismissed as `wishful thinking'


Letter from Lionel Gough (28 May 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/29
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Letter from Lionel Gough, Senior English Master at Marlborough College Wiltshire praising Day of the Triffids. He says that he found it " more fun than Wells's War of the Worlds - and that from me is the highest praise."


Reply to Lionel Gough (13 June 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/30
Physical Description 2pp; letter; carbon typescript

Scope and Content

Wyndham thanks Lionel Gough for the praise, in the light of the criticism he had received by many reviewers. He writes that he usually finds that sequels are not as good as the first story, this tied with the mood of the times are the reasons for not writing a sequel. He explains that a sequel would have to be constructive, a tract of some kind of inevitability results: and people do not like tracts anymore. He blames this on years of propaganda teaching people to be sharp for tracts. "It is difficult to utter a sentiment which they cannot attribute to an ism. of which they disapprove." See also the reply to Adam Kelso above Wyndham 12/2/28


Letter from Brian J. Wareing (14 June 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/31
Physical Description 1p; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Brian J. Wareing of Preston in Lancashire, asking whether Wyndham would give him permission to adapt Day of the Triffids for publication as a serial in either Rover or Wizard.


Reply to Brian J. Wareing (16 June 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/32
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Reply to Brian J. Wareing saying that serialised version already exists and is in the hands of his agents. Unfortunately there would be no possibility of it being serialised in either Rover or Wizard.


Letter from Betty Lou Smalley (14 September 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/33
Physical Description 2pp;letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter from Betty Lou Smalley, a polio victim in Ohio, USA. After reading Day of the Triffids, Mrs Smalley says that she has become a science fiction fan. Prior to this, her interest in this type of literature had been rather indifferent. She had just finished reading Out of the Deep. (This was the title for the American version of The Kraken Wakes). and found it just as entertaining as Day of the Triffids. She goes on to comment on the way Wyndham takes his characters out of the crisis in a practical and realistic manner. She greatly admires the optimism and faith in the human race.


Reply to Betty Lou Smalley (10 October 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/34
Physical Description 4pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

Reply to Betty Lou Smalley of Ohio , USA. Wyndham begins by describing in some detail his surroundings and that this is a partial explanation of how a certain amount of Triffid action came to be located where it was. Wyndham writes that it is pleasant to see that his audience is not entirely male. He was flattered by Miss Smalley's comment about the characters and the fact that they usually intend to go on and be positive rather than focus on the destructive side to the story.


Letter from Esdras Lubin (2 November 1954)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/35
Physical Description 1p; letter; manuscript

Scope and Content

Letter addressed to "Mr Triffid" from Esdras Lubin, son of Isabella Fey. He says that he has read Day of the Triffids seven times and it is his favourite science fiction book. He finds the titles of Wyndham's novels very "snazzy" and intends to read The Kraken Wakes so that he can call Wyndham "Mr Kraken".


Part of a letter re Web (19 May 1965)

Reference Wyndham 12/2/36
Physical Description 1p; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

The note is written on paper headed John Beynon Harris saying that Peter [Hebden?] has advised against it as the customers would consider it a let down. It is not clear what the note refers to.


Transcript of Conference ([1960?])

Reference Wyndham 12/2/37
Physical Description 2pp; letter; typescript

Scope and Content

This is a transcript of a fictional conference, the subject being I aim at the stars. It is a conversation between three people and initialled J.W. A satire.


Vivian Beynon Harris Related Material (undated, 1968 - 1986)

Reference Wyndham 13
Physical Description 313 items; letters, drafts, notes; manuscript and typescript, some photocopies

Scope and Content Note

These are items that have clearly been added after Wyndham's death in 1969, presumably by his brother.

Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds the papers of John Wyndham's brother, Vivian Beynon Harris. Vivian was one of the literary executors of his brother's estate therefore his papers mainly consist of business correspondence relating to the literary estate. The call number for the collection is VBH


Note

Vivian himself had several novels published:

  • Vivian Beynon Harris Trouble at Hanard London Partridge 1948
  • Vivian Beynon Harris Confusion at Campden Trig London Museum Press 1948
  • Vivian Beynon Harris One Thing Constant London Museum Press 1949
  • Vivian Beynon Harris Song for a Siren London Museum Press 1951

Unpublished Novels (undated)

Reference Wyndham 13/1
Physical Description 1 item; novel; typescript

Three New Roses by Vivian Lucas (undated)

Reference Wyndham 13/1/1
Physical Description 1 item; 296pp; unpublished novel; Bound volume ribbon typescript

Scope and Content

The title page reads " Three New Roses by Phoebe Aitch" this has been crossed out and replaced with "I am Sir Drach by Vivian Beynon Harris"


Correspondence with Publishers after Wyndham's death (1968 - 1986)

Reference Wyndham 13/2
Physical Description 310 items; letters; typescript and manuscript

Correspondence shortly after Wyndham's death (December 1968 - 1982)

Reference Wyndham 13/2/1
Physical Description 65 items; letters; manuscript and typescript

Scope and Content Note

Although many of these letters were written to Wyndham, Vivian Beynon Harris had dealt with them on his brother's behalf, as he was not sure whether Wyndham had replied or not. This section includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence. There are one or two letters to publishers, concerning Wyndham's works, but they are not complete in their coverage. For letters concerning Wyndham's literary estate after March 1969 see also the Papers of Vivian Beynon Harris reference VBH2/3. The letters are interesting from a biographical perspective and were clearly written at a very distressing time for Vivian.

One of the letters was written in response to an article in the Daily Express concerning John Wyndham. The writer, Mr Cyril H. Robinson, believed he had met the father of Wyndham and Vivian somewhere between 1910-1912. Their father, George Beynon Harris had given him a copy of a book he had written entitled When I was a Boy as by Lucas Beynon. Although the book was not signed, it was dedicated to "Wyndham and Vivian". Mr Robinson, then aged 69, enquired about the family and wondered if they would like to have the copy of the book. In his reply of 10 April 1969 , Vivian sent what details he could to Mr Robinson about his father's life.

There is some correspondence which relates to the last of Wyndham's novels, Web and a letter from Aiden Chambers dated 26 January 1969 asked for a book for the Topliners series.

Arrangement

The original order of this correspondence has been preserved.


Correspondence with Laurence Pollinger Ltd. Authors' Agents (1969 - 1970)

Reference Wyndham 13/2/2
Physical Description 60 items; letters; manuscript and typescript

Scope and Content

Several letters relate to the story Random Quest and plans to make it into a film. The film was released in 1971 as Quest for Loveand directed by Ralph Thomas. It starred Joan Collins, Tom Bell, Denholm Elliot and Laurence Naismith. There are also some letters relating to a stage version of Day of the Triffids. Vivian wrote on 25 May 1969 that he did not think that Wyndham would have approved of a stage presentation. He also did not see how it could be done

unless of course, somebody such as John Lennon has produced a musical Triffid.

Arrangement

The original order of the letters has been preserved. They are arranged chronologically.


Correspondence with Laurence Pollinger Ltd. Authors' Agents (1970 - 1977)

Reference Wyndham 13/2/3
Physical Description 99 items; letters; manuscript and typescript

Scope and Content

This is a collection of letters between Laurence Pollinger Ltd. and Vivian Beynon Harris, Brian Bowcock and others. Most of the letters concern the management of the estate and there are two letters to Vivian from Grace.

Some of the works that are mentioned are

  • A Long Spoon
  • The Chrysalids
  • Chocky
  • Random Quest
  • Quest for Love
  • Web
  • The Wheel

A letter from Laurence Pollinger enclosed three newspaper reviews of the film Quest for Love. The reviews were not very favourable.

Laurence Pollinger had evidently written to Vivian wondering

whether [he] ought to pursue [Vivian] as a writer.

Vivian replied to this on 26 July 1970 giving some biographical details. He said that all the men in his family were writers. Their father had written a novel When I was a boy and a legal textbook called The Law of Tender. The information focuses mainly on Vivian himself and his attempts at writing, rather than John. He refers to the two humorous science fiction novels that he wrote Son of the Morning and Happiness Music. Wyndham had sent Son of the Morning to Richmond Towers and Benson Ltd. (authors' agents) see Wyndham 11/2/3 for the original letter. However they were unsuccessful at finding a publisher.

There is a photocopy of an unsigned contract dated 23 September 1974 between Universal Television and the Estate of John Wyndham.

Arrangement

The original order of the letters has been preserved. They are arranged chronologically.


Correspondence, Biographical and Bibliographical information (undated, 1969 - 1970, 1982)

Reference Wyndham 13/2/4
Physical Description 15 items; letters, drafts, notes; manuscript and typescript, some photocopies

Scope and Content

There are only two letters in this section, the remainder of the material is biographical information about Wyndham and bibliographical notes about his works. Included is a checklist of magazine appearances by John Wyndham, compiled by Mike Ashley. There is also a photocopied typescript of an article for the Times dated March 1968 entitled Talking to John Wyndham under the byline Pooter and a photocopied typescript of an obituary, possibly written by Vivian Beynon Harris. There is a typescript Bibliography of Wyndham's works and a photocopied version can be viewed as part of the collection of papers of Vivian Beynon Harris, see VBH2/3/12 and also as part of the Wyndham related items Wyndham 13/3/2In a very moving letter to Brian Bowcock of 15 March 1969 Vivian described the circumstances of his brother's death.

Arrangement

The original order of the letters has been preserved. They are arranged chronologically.


Correspondence with Walter Gillings (1970 - 1973)

Reference Wyndham 13/2/5
Physical Description 28 items; letters; carbon and ribbon typescript

Scope and Content

The letters mainly concern Wyndham's literary estate and in particular the ownership of rights for his works. Several versions of the introduction to Stowaway to Mars by Walter Gillings are included. References are made to proposals for publishing a collection of Wyndham's early works and also to the novel Web.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged in reverse chronological order, thus preserving the original order of the collection. The letters were originally in a cardboard folder which has been discarded to prevent damage to the letters. The title from this folder has been retained.