Date Published: 1930 to 1973
Alec Waugh was a British novelist and travel writer. He was the son of Arthur Waugh (author, literary critic, and publisher) and elder brother of Evelyn Waugh. Waugh was a successful author of over 50 works, and lived in many exotic places throughout his life which later became the settings for some of his texts.
The collection consists of 17 items dating from 1930 to 1973 specifically, 9 Autographed Signed letters, 5 photos, 2 inscribed books and a signed postcard.
• ALS to Dear Sir (Henry Roe, Librarian at St. Thomas Public Library, Ont.), 17 September 1930, thanking him for his comments on his book: “I haven’t published anything since then, but I’ve a lightish novel `Sir!’ She Said coming out in October and sometime in 1931 another novel rather in the `Hot Countries’ vein with illustrations by Lynd Ward.”
• ALS Welcome Hotel letterhead, addressed Dear Sir, n.d., Villefranche sur-mer, Côte d’Azur, telling his correspondent that he would be pleased to autograph book for him but will have no fixed address for two months, advises him to write A.D. Peters in London. • ALS to Miss Joseph (a book agent), 30 June 1966, says that he will write to Robert Lescher (another agent), at the conference there was a long list of agents on a notice board, suggests four authors for her consideration (Ronald L. Denchfield, Donald Gale, Jack Nelson, and Betty Koch).
• ALS to Dear Ida [Ostro], 5 September 1968, asking her to purchase tickets for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern or Cactus Flower for 2 October when he’ll be in New York City.
• ALS with envelope to Joseph Kover, 28 December 1971, re the Boys Scots.
• ALS on Mark Twain Hotel letterhead dated 1960. Dear Br. Busce, thanking for kindness and hospitality and howing things to him in the store but good not make an evening out.
• ALS to Joseph Kover, 6 March , with envelope and signed b&w photo, in response to a request for a photo.
• ALS to Patrick White?, 9 July 1973, thanking him for the present, wise owl will sit on his desk, how happy he is, glad to know that Patrick is in good shape.
• TLS to Waugh from Annie Lubin with Waugh’s hand-written reply on the same letter, 1973, with envelope (sent from Morocco), re his relationship to Bishop Beverly Waugh in Vermont.
• Waugh in tuxedo, 25 October 1932;
• With Joan Chirnside, his second wife, 24 August 1932, Keystone Press Agency Inc
• Waugh in a suit, 31 October/1 November 1963,
• “The World’s Is His Oyster for Books and Travel”, Detroit Press Press.
• Signed small b&w photo as note above in from the Joseph Kover, 6 March  letter
2 Books inscribed:
• The Coloured Countries (London: Chapman and Hall Ltd., 1933), red cloth in chipped jacket, pocket edition of October 1933, signed on front free endpaper in green ink, “Dear Mrs. Martineau – May I send you this little book as a grateful souvenir of a cricketless but very pleasant match. / Alec Waugh / July. 20. 1939/.”
• Fuel for the Flames, a Novel Set in the Orient (New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1960), grey cloth, in pictorial jacket (second printing), signed, with ALS to William Bresce, 10 February 1960, re Brece’s hospitality at his bookstore, with envelope and b&w photo of Waugh at the bookstore.
1 Post Card signed
• Post card autographed to Ida Ostro, date-stamped 12 March 1958, noting that March 25 is not going to be a good theatre day, will call Monday morning.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.