A.E. Coppard papers, 1932-1952.


Coppard, A. E. (Alfred Edgar), 1878-1957. A.E. Coppard papers, 1932-1952.

A.E. Coppard papers, 1932-1952.

Consists primarily of autograph letters from Coppard to the novelist Don Suddaby on a wide variety of personal and professional matters. Coppard makes reference to or discusses a large number of the important writers of the day, including D.H. Lawrence, George Moore, H.G. Wells, Roy Campbell, T.S. Eliot, E.F. Benson, and P.G. Wodehouse. Political subjects are also somewhat discussed, with references to many political figures, among them Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, and Adolf Hitler. Coppard also comments at length on Suddaby's novels. Many of the letters are signed with Coppard's nickname, "Flynn." There is also a small number of letters (autograph and typescript) concerning a dinner to be held for Coppard on his 75th birthday. Writers of these letters include Jonathan Cape, Leonard Woolf's secretary, Robert Gibbings, Christopher Sandford, and T.S. Eliot's secretary. All of these letters are addressed to David Posner of Wadham College Oxford, who appears to have organized the event. The collection also includes an 11 page autograph manuscript by Coppard of the short story "Chinfeathers". The manuscript is on lined paper and heavily corrected in Coppard's hand. The first page of the manuscript is dated November 3, 1939.

140 items (.5 linear ft.)

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