Date Published: 1950 to 1980
Binding: No binding
Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow was an English physical chemist, a civil servant, government advisor, novelist, and social critic. He is best known for his series of novels known collectively as Strangers and Brothers, and for The Two Cultures. In 1950 he married Pamela Hansford Johnson, Lady Pamela Snow, an English novelist writing 27 novels, a playwright, poet, literary and social critic.
The collection has 21 items dating from 1950 to 1980, specifically, 17 letters and 4 photos.
• 6 TLS from Snow to Gilbert Phelps (educationist and author), 11 October 1966, 13 October 1971, 21 November 1971, 21 January 1980, 31 January 1980, and 29 February 1980, re irritated by Phelps’s news, “money given to people who will never in any circumstances write any decent books”, sorry about Parsons, Phelps’s Tenants in the House, Snow’s migratory arthritis (“This prevents sleep, but is not specially depressing”), long illness (“acutely painful and depressing”), unable to do extra work or reading except his duty for the Financial Times, cannot guarantee when he’ll read Phelps’s book, feeling better, returns manuscript, Pam recovered and starting a new book, and having a drink with Phelps and Bailey-White.
• TLS to from Snow to Lásló Magyar, 23 December 1971, very busy and cannot write at length, last year published the final volume of his “Stranger and Brothers” novels, his essays on public and scientific themes called Public Affairs, and next summer The Malcontents to be published, suggests that Magyar say something about himself and he’ll try to obtain some of these books.
• TLS from Jon Linden Wynne-Tyson (English author and publisher of the Centaur Press) to Johnson, 11 June 1968, re her letter in The Times about public morality, she is on the point of going to the hospital, public voices terrified of being square, getting a letter signed by protesting publishers. With a news clipping about John Calder (Johnson referred to as an old liberal)
• TL to Wynne-Tyson, 10 June 1968
• 2 TLS from Johnson (signed Pamela Snow) to Cadness Page (agent and librarian and book buyer at Harrods), 19 January 1967 and 11 February 1967, re his invitation for her to speak at a literary lunch in Oxford, not possible for her however, going to Sweden in May, in June a brief trip to the USSR as well as a longer one in August and September, USA in October.
• 4 TL from Page (unsigned), 18 January 1967, 1 February 1967, 10 February 1967, and 15 February 1967.
• 2 TLS from Johnson to Gilbert Phelps, 28 January 1958, and 2 October 1980, re leaving Suffolk in October 1957, look forward to reading the book “which has a singularly interesting theme”, Philip recovering from bronchitis, Charles in bed with the flu, she has to gives prizes “at a wretched school in Folkestone”, going to the USA on 13 February 1958 (Charles lecturing at universities, sorry not to have seen him, good of him to come, she and young Philip chose the readings, “The kindness of your letter moved me to the core.”
4 b& w photos:
• “Literary Wedding”, Snow with Johnson, Keystone Press Agency Ltd., 15 July 1950;
• Snow, January 1965, AP News Features Photo;
• “British Writers”, Snow smoking a cigarette, drink in hand, 12 January 1979, John Whitman Camera Press;
• Announcing Snow’s death, Laserphoto AP AAA Wire, 1980
Collection on consignment with LDRB.