Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Mackenzie mss. II, 1913-1971, consist of the letters and writings of Sir Compton Mackenzie, 1883-1972, concerned chiefly with matters relating to The Society of Authors in London.

In 1919 he commented on the application of composer Ottorino Respighi for membership in the Society; in 1929 he was concerned about British International Pictures' treatment of his scenario for "Carnival"; in 1954 he submitted his application for membership in the Radiowriters Association and prepared an open letter to William Somerset Maugham on his eightieth birthday. In 1927 and again throughout the 1950's and 1960's he wrote about problems in connection with an author's royalties and the Inland Revenue authorities. Matters of copyright in titles, Gerald Kersh's use of the title Fairy Gold, and Mackenzie's own photographs were noted in 1946, 1949, and 1953. In three instances he submitted pieces to The Author for publication: one the open letter to Maugham (noted above) and the other two, about royalties and The Society of Authors.

Three of the letters are from Lady Faith (Stone) Mackenzie, 1878?-1960, writing for her husband.

Recipients of the letters include George Delavan Astley, Mary Elizabeth Barber, Rosamond Nina Lehmann, Denys Kilham Roberts, and George Herbert Thring.

Collection size: 62 items

Related manuscripts: Mackenzie mss.

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