Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

MAUGHAM MSS. II

The Maugham mss. II, 1899-1970, consist of correspondence and writings by and about novelist William Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, collected by Grenville Cook of Watford, Herts, England. Most of the correspondence is letters from Maugham to various people, 1899-1964, with the largest single group being letters to author Frederick Thomas Bason, 1929-1951. A small number of letters to collector Grenville Cook, 1957- 1970, about Maugham completes the correspondence portion. Correspondents other than Maugham in the collection are Alexander Stewart Frere, Frederick Gerald Haxton, Harford Montgomery Hyde, Sir Gerald Festus Kelly, Sir David Low, Sir Compton Mackenzie, Robin Maugham, Beverley Nichols, Walter Payne, Alan Searle, Gladys Bertha Stern, Frank Arthur Swinnerton, Thomas Fisher Unwin, and John E. Vedrenne.

The writings by Maugham are First Rehearsal, The Letter, For Tammie (portions of A writer's notebook), and a play fragment.

Writings by others about Maugham complete the collection and consist of three manuscripts by Frederick Thomas Bason, one by Maugham's nephew, Robin Maugham, and one by Derek Patmore.

A detailed item by item description of the collection was prepared by Grenville Cook prior to disposing of the material. A copy of that description is in the Public Services Department.

Collection size: 304 items

Related manuscripts: Maugham mss.

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.