Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Blair, E. mss., 1935-1945, consist of letters of Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950, novelist, known under the pseudonym of George Orwell, to his literary agent, Leonard Parker Moore, 1876-1959. They deal with the publication of Blair's writings, including books, contributions to periodicals, book reviews, and dramatic criticisms; his contracts with Victor Gollancz, Ltd., and other publishers; reprints of his books; translations of his works into French, Polish, and other languages; lecture engagements; broadcasting; reviews of his books; the progress of current writing; plans for future writings; his participation in 1937 in the Spanish Civil War; his finances; his health; and other personal matters.

A few of the letters, 1937-1938, are written by Blair's wife, Eileen Maud (O'Shaughnessy) Blair, -1945, who took care of her husband's business affairs while he was fighting in Spain in 1937 and during his illness in 1938.

Collection size: 99 items

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