Allanah Harper Papers, 1931-1993.

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Harper, Allanah, 1904-1992. Allanah Harper Papers, 1931-1993.

Allanah Harper Papers, 1931-1993.

The bulk of Series I., Allanah Harper, is made up of incoming correspondence, but the collection does include seventeen outgoing letters. Harper's incoming correspondence is comprised of letters from her friends, her mother, and various scholars. The greatest quantity of letters are from Sybille Bedford, Harper's close friend, and sometime financial supporter. These letters, which are personal in nature, date from 1946-1991, bulking in the 1950s to 1970s. Some of the other correspondents represented in the approximately 500 letters gathered here are: Cecil Beaton, Jane Bowles, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Lawrence Durrell, T.S. Eliot, Martha Gellhorn, Victoria Glendinning, Brian Howard, Peter Quennell, and Sacheverell Sitwell, among others. Also present are letters and contracts with the London literary agency David Higham Associates, Ltd., relating to Harper's contributions to a book project on her friend Edith Sitwell. There are also several folders of unidentified correspondence, which have either incomplete names or indecipherable signatures. Harper's manuscript of her autobiography All Trivial Fond Records is present, along with some manuscripts and notes for a few short works. Series II, Sybille Bedford, is comprised primarily of incoming correspondence to Sybille Bedford, but also contains some outgoing correspondence, and two manuscripts relating to the work of Aldous Huxley. Her outgoing correspondence is primarily to her longtime friend, Eda Lord, during the 1970s. Incoming correspondence from Anna Bernhardt, Bedford's maternal grandmother, is extensive, numbering 168 letters (40 in German) and dates from 1933-1937.

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