Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Fielden mss., 1979-1980, consist of letters from British novelist Iris Murdoch, 1919-1999, to Gordon Fielden of the Anglo-German Literary Agency in London, as well as carbon copies of his letters to her. The correspondence begins with Fielden introducing himself as the London representative of Ehrenwirth Verlag with whom Murdoch had contracted for the publication of five of her novels in German. Topics discussed in the letters include the possibility of an interview and photographs of her as publicity for the forthcoming works and several exchanges about the appropriate translation of the title of her novel An Accidental Man. Murdoch writes in her letter of April 17, 1980: "My titles are very important to me and to the reader, they are part of the book.... Publishers... seem to think it just doesn't matter about the title!" The book appeared with Ehrenwirth in 1980 under the title Ein Mann unter vielen.

Purchase. 2007

Collection size: 21 items

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