Date Published: 1951 to 1952
Binding: No binding
Charles Morgan was a British playwright, novelist and essayist, noted for his dedicated craftsmanship to English prose. He was awarded the French Legion of Honour in 1936 and was elected a member of the Institut de France in 1949. From 1953 to 1956, he was the President of PEN International. He enjoyed an immense reputation during his lifetime, and was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction in 1940.
The collection contains 18 items dating from 1951 to 1952, specifically, 16 letters, 1 telegram, and 1 colour cigarette photo card
13 Typed Letters Signed (TLS) and 3 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) plus 1 telegram:
• 2 TLS to Count Giancarlo Camerana (1909-1955), Associazione Culturale Italiana, 27 February 1951 and 24 March 1951.
• 14 letters (11 TLS, 3 ALS), and a telegram to Irma Antonetto (1920-1993). She founded the Associazione Culturale Italiana in 1947. Letters are dated, 23 April 1951, 26 May 1951, 21 August 1951, 10 September 1951, 29 September 1951, 5 November 1951, 26 November 1951, 24 December 1951, 10 January 1952 (written by Margaret Lowe, Morgan’s secretary), 18 February 1952 (TLS and telegram), 20 February 1952, 19 March 1952, 9 May 1952, and 3 May 1956. Morgan was invited to give lectures for the Associazione Culturale Italiana in February and March 1952. In his correspondence, Morgan discusses his travel arrangements to Turin, Genoa, Milan, and Rome, expenses incurred, and possible topics of his lectures (aesthetics, aspects of contemporary life, liberty of mind, “Browning’s Poem `Andrea del Sarto’ and the Relation between Craftsmanship and Genius”, “Shakespeare’s `Antony and Cleopatra’ and the Nature of Passion and Love”). He provides a photo of himself, states that he will speak in English with a smattering of Italian in his introductory remarks, says that he could speak in French but it would only be appropriate to do so for a French audience, thanks Antonetto for her gift (probably her book of Italian poems), sends good wishes from his wife (the novelist Hilda Vaughan), says that he has completed a novel called Challenge to Venus (which has a scene in an imaginary hill town in Italy), expresses the hope that Antonetto might visit him in London, and notes that Count Camerana and the Scottish wife of Prince Doria have died.
1 colour cigarette photo card:
• Will’s cigarette colour photo card of Morgan, W.D. & H.O. Wills, issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company, n.d.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Very Good. Item #8290