Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

MAUGHAM MSS.

The Maugham mss., 1904-1973, consist of the contracts and correspondence about those contracts for works by William Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, English novelist and playwright who resided in France during most of his career.

The correspondence includes letters written by Maugham, his secretary Alan F. Searle, his literary executor Spencer Curtis Brown, and his literary agents to companies and motion pictures firms located internationally wishing to produce or to publish Maugham's works. Some of the letters are in French, Spanish, and German.

Among the correspondents are Zoe Akins, Guy Bolton, Reginald Golding Bright, Jacques Chambrun, Spencer Curtis Brown, Forbes Dawson, George Campbell Dixon, George Henry Doran, Nelson Doubleday, Ernest Dudley, Pamela Frankau, Harold Freedman, Alexander Stewart Frere, Malcolm Johnson, Messmore Kendall, Charles F. Kindt, J. A. E. Malone, William Somerset Maugham, Albert Hodges Morehead, Jacques Raindre, John W. Rumsey, Richard Samuel Schulman, Alan Searle, Mrs. Mimi Zoff.

The contracts comprising titles for sixty works by Maugham include several which are signed by him, others by his attorneys or his agents. They are: Ah King, 1933, 2 items; Altogether, 1934, 1 item; Ashenden, 1928-1958, 3 items; The Bookbag, 1932, 1 item; The Breadwinner, 1930-1967, 11 items; Caesar's Wife, 1916-1937, 7 items; Cakes and Ale, 1929-1930, 3 items; Caroline, 1916-1965, 21 items; The Casaurina Tree, 1922, 2 items; Catalina, 1947-1948, 2 items; Christmas Holiday, 1938-1939, 3 items; The Circle, 1920-1972, 19 items; The Constant Wife, 1926-1973, 23 items; Cosmopolitans, 1936, 1 item; Creature of Circumstance, 1948, 1 item; Don Fernando, 1935, 1 item; The Door of Opportunity, 1937, 1 item; East of Suez, 1919-1925, 2 items; The Explorer, 1907-1930, 4 items; First Person Singular, 1931-1935, 2 items; Footprints in the Jungle, 1934, 1 item; For Services Rendered, 1932-1966, 11 items; The Fortunate Painter and The Honest Jew, 1971-1973, 4 items; The Gentleman in the Parlour, 1930, 1 item; Grace, 1908-1911, 2 items; Home and Beauty, 1919-1972, 24 items; The Human Element, 1931-1939, 4 items; Jack Straw, 1908-1953, 19 items; Jane, 1936-1973, 9 items; The Land of Promise, 1913- 1928, 12 items; Lady Frederick, 1904-1969, 10 items; The Letter, 1925-1961, 15 items; Liza of Lambeth, 1929-1966, 3 items; The Mask and The Face, 1924-1933, 2 items; The Moon and Sixpence, 1923-1939, 4 items; Mrs. Craddock, 1927, 1 item; Mrs. Dot, 1907-1939. 11 items; The Narrow Corner, 1932, 3 items; The Noble Spaniard, 1908-1910, 5 items; Of Human Bondage, 1935-1938, 2 items; Our Betters, 1915-1933, 10 items; The Painted Veil, 1924-1932, 8 items; Penelope, 1908- 1961, 10 items; Plays, 1931-1966, 2 items; Rain, 1922-1930, 12 items; The Razor's Edge, 1944-1945, 2 items; The Sacred Flame, 1928-1967, 18 items; Seventeen Lost Stories, 1968- 1969, 2 items; Sheppey, 1933-1968, 6 items; Smith, 1937-1960, 2 items; Strictly Personal, 1941, 1 item; The Summing Up, 1938-1945, 2 items; The Tenth Man, 1909-1930, 8 items; Theatre, 1936-1958, 8 items; Then and Now, 1945, 1 item; The Trembling of a Leaf, n.d., 1 item; The Unknown, 1920, 3 items; Up at the Villa, 1949-1970, 3 items; Vessel of Wrath, 1934-1936, 2 items; World's Ten Best Novels, 1946, 3 items. A few contracts are general in nature, covering several titles, 1923-1971, 8 items.

Other materials include financial records, 1925-1965, and a small amount of printed pieces. With the collection is a contract of Hugh Percival Walsh, playwright, for Trust O'Brien, dated February 8, 1927.

Collection size: 1,696 items

Related manuscripts: Maugham mss. II

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