Date Published: 1936 to 1995
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Rumer Godden was a poet, memoirist, an English author of more than 60 fiction and nonfiction and children’s books. She was born in Sussex, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj. Many of her 60 books are set in India. Nine of her works were made into films, most notably Black Narcissus in 1947.
The collection contains 14 items dating from 1936 to 1995, specifically, nine letters (one on a leaflet), three photos, a movie poster, and a first edition of her first published book-length work.
4 Autographed Signed Letters (ASL):
• ALS to Mr. Blair, 2 August 1974, apologizing for nor replying sooner, her husband’s recent death, moved from Lamb’s House (where Henry James once lived), returning to her novel.
• ALS to Father Allen, 8 May 1977, thanking him for her visit to Iden Manor, “Stanrook’s re-action to Marcella’s reasonable request is most surprising”.
• ALS to Greg Gatenby (founder of the Harbourfront Reading Series and the International Festival of Authors in Toronto), 27 September 1991, with envelope, re her previous speaking engagements in Canada with her “warmest recollections of Canada and its beauty also the kindness of the people.”
• ALS addressed Dear Sandra, Thursday (no date), thanking her for the lovely happening, stocks in the drawing room, delightful having her and Ben previous night.
5 Autographed Typed Letters (ATL):
• TLS to Ernest K. Schwartz, 14 April 1958, thanking him for the card and providing him with an autograph.
• TLS to the children of the Sixth Grade, Thirty-Second Street School, Los Angeles, 19 May 1971, re the children’s responses to story in verse, In Noah’s Ark.
• TLS to William W. Stanhope, 4 January 1979, re signed books.
• TLS to Dan Rentz, 29 November 1983, re her success as a writer.
• Form TLS to Danny Rentz, 7 April 1995, with hand written paragraph about characters in her books that are semi-autobiographical.
1 Ephemera (with a long hand-written note from Godden):
• A leaflet from the Stanbrook Abbey (Prayer Praise Stillness Serenity Wisdom) with a ALS to Judith Lovis,  thanking Lovis for kind remarks which came while she on a book tour for A Time to Dance: No Time to Weep.
2 b&w photos:
• Reference to The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1963)
• The Kitchen Madonna (July 1968), Field Enterprises, Inc. Small colour photo, n.d.
• Chinese Puzzle (London: Peter Davies, 1936), first edition of her first published book-length work, grey black patterned boards, quarter-bound in black cloth, in pictorial jacket (dogs, trees, warrior on a horse; pieces missing from the top of the front and back panels).
• The River, colour poster for the movie (51/484 on bottom right-hand corner), United Artists Corporation, 1952, Godden co-author of the screenplay.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.