ADAMS, R. MSS.
The Adams, R. mss., 1968-1984, consist of the papers of publishing firm Rex Collings Ltd. relating to the publication of several books by author Richard Adams, 1920- . Most of the papers concern Adams Watership Down, including correspondence, contracts, publicity and production materials, royalty statements, clippings, a radio script, and materials concerning the illustrated edition and the film. There is also a press release and clipping for his The Girl in a Swing; a contract with Penguin Books for The Plague Dogs; and production material, a press release, and contract materials with Penguin Books for his Shardik, 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 his perceived attack on civil servants and parliamentarians in The Plague Dogs. In Adams July 3, 1973 letter to Collings, he 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.
There is a brief inventory in the Vertical File.
Collection size: 2,000 items