[ilds] Letters

PETER BALDWIN delospeter at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 1 02:00:35 PDT 2016

Much more pressing is an single volume bibliography following the Brigham/Thomas model as used by Grove Koger [so far up to 2002]

Would the ILDS consider some sort of sponsorship for such a work?


From: ILDS <ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca> on behalf of James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com>
Sent: 31 October 2016 21:19
To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
Subject: Re: [ilds] Letters

Hi Brewster,

That's a daunting project, but clearly one that would be team-driven and
covering many years...  A first challenge, however, would be securing a
press and rights, followed by actually acquiring the mountain of materials.

I've spent a good deal of time looking into the smaller archival
holdings for Durrell, mainly because most people don't so that's where
the surprises are, and there's quite a lot of Durrell spread out across
Europe & America.  The workload would be enormous.  And then there's so
much still in private hands.


On 2016-10-31 2:06 PM, Brewster Chamberlin wrote:
> Bruce,
> Take a look at the four-volume edition of Beckett's letters and you will
> see what an edition of LD's letters would look like. The project would
> take years for a team (not one or two persons) to complete. The sources
> are dauntingly multiple and all the libraries and archives housing the
> papers of LD's friends and acquaintances to whom he may have written
> must be ransacked. The catalogues of auction houses which deal with
> literary papers would need to be reviewed. The depositories where LD
> materials are located (Southern Illinois U, the collection curated by
> Corinne Alexandre-Garner at the Nanterre branch of the Univ. of Paris,
> the collection at the University of Alberta, and so on. See the general
> editors' introductions to the Beckett, Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence editions
> of letters and Ian MacNiven's list of sources in his biography and
> Richard Pine's in The Mindscape to give you an idea of the parameters of
> such a project. To be complete the edition would reprint the letters in
> the Miller-Durrell, LD-Aldington volumes and the letters to Franchette,
> which Richard mentioned somewhere recently. Do not, however, bother with
> the Picasso-Gertrude Stein or the Sylvia Beach letters volumes; they are
> travesties and should not have been published as they exist.
> Hope this helps.
> Brewster
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