Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Adams, R. mss., 1968-1984, consist of the papers of publishing firm Rex Collings Ltd. relating to the publication of several novels by author Richard Adams, 1920- . Most of the papers concern the bestselling children's classic Watership Down (1972), including correspondence, contracts, publicity and production materials, royalty statements, clippings, a radio script, and materials regarding the illustrated edition and the film. There also is a press release and clipping for his The Girl in a Swing (1980); a contract with Penguin Books for The Plague Dogs (1977); and production materials, a press release, and contract materials with Penguin Books for Shardik (1974), as well as correspondence relating to all three of these titles: in particular is a letter from Adams to Rex Collings dated Apr. 29, 1977 concerning a perceived attack on civil servants and parliamentarians in The Plague Dogs. In a July 3, 1973 letter to Collings, Adams discusses the concept and imagery behind the story of Shardik.

Correspondents include: Richard Adams, Rex Collings, Gilbert B. Cross, Alec Ellis, Dorothy Mary Emmet, Richard Findlater, Henry Forbes Summers, John Rowe Townsend, Kaye Webb and Kenneth J. Zahorski.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 1991

Collection size: 2,000 items

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