Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Mackenzie mss., 1912-1970, consist of correspondence and essays of Sir Compton Mackenzie, 1883-1972, author. The letters are to and from poets, novelists, publishers, and journalists. They deal primarily with literary figures and requests for articles on particular subjects. Many of the sixty letters to Martin Secker, 1882-1978, publisher, are of a personal nature.

Included is also the agreement with James Brand Pinker appointing him as his literary agent accompanied by a letter of March 25, 1912, in which Pinker expresses the hope that this may be "the beginning of a long and prosperous alliance"; The Grindstone, opening chapter of a novel never completed, 1914; a collection of photographs; and a few printed items. Among the photographs are two of his wife, Faith (Stone) Lady Mackenzie; four of Mrs. Christine (Humphreys) Mavrogordato (Mrs. John Mavrogordato); and fifteen of Sir Compton Mackenzie from his childhood through his Oxford period, World War I, and Capri.

Correspondents represented in the collection are Sir Arthur Beverley Baxter, Francis Victor Blackwell, George Blake, Mrs. Elsie Thornton Cook, Caradoc Evans, Faith (Stone) Lady Mackenzie, Lilian (MacSween) Lady Mackenzie, James Milne, Thomas Power O'Connor, James Brand Pinker, Herbert Greenhough Smith, Sewell Stokes, George Malcolm Thomson, Frank Whitaker, Wilfrid Whitten, Pearkes Withers, Barbara Frances (Adam) Wootton, Baroness Wootton.

Collection size: 189 items

Related manuscripts: Mackenzie mss. II

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