The Manning mss., 1965, consist of letters from nine prominent British writers to author Olivia Manning concerning the campaign to obtain a "high honor" from the British government for writer William Gerhardie. Manning headed the campaign, with detailed advice and instruction from author C. P. Snow. Though very successful in getting the support of Gerhardie's fellow writers, the "high honor" apparently was not bestowed.
Correspondents in the collection are Edward Morgan Forster, Graham Greene, Leslie Poles Hartley, Pamela Hansford Johnson, Anthony Powell, John Boynton Priestley, Charles Percy Snow, Philip Toynbee, and Evelyn Waugh. A typescript copy of Manning's letter to the writers soliciting their support and two acknowledgements for receipt of such documents by the Prime Minister's Office complete the collection.
Collection size: 15 items