Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Norman mss. II, 1943-1970, consist of correspondence and writings of Frank Norman, 1930-1980, author. The correspondence concerns literary matters and agents, publishers, financial affairs, radio and television work, lecture engagements, fan letters and domestic arrangements. The fan letters compose a strong response to his books, such as Banana Boy, which in turn relate to the writer's prison or orphanage experiences. A box of personal correspondence contains letters from close friends, his daughter Sally, and from Ole, Lizzie Kamp and Georg Gjedde. The earliest material is a photocopy of a letter from Norman's mother dated August 20, 1943; a document of his arrest in 1951; and a letter from Barbara in 1955. The bulk of the correspondence begins in 1957.

Among the correspondents are Nelson Algren, Kenneth Allsop, Lindsay Gordon Anderson, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Lionel Bart, Max Beloff, Oscar A. Beuselinck, John Edward Boulting, Mary Cecil, A. J. Clissold, Archibald Colquhoun, Harold Conway, Noel Pierce Coward, Mrs. Elizabeth (Feagles) Day, Peter Lauderdale Daubeny, Len Deighton, Andre Deutsch, Louis Diamond, Edgar Duchin, Bertha I. Epstein, Bryan David Farrer, Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, William Gaskill, Mrs. Penelope (Conner) Gilliatt, Georg Gjedde, Graham Greene, Mrs. Helga Greene, Herb Greer, Peter Reginald Frederick Hall, Gerald Hamilton, Cecil Rolph Hewitt, Harold Hobson, Jean Howard, Kenneth Hughes, David Jones, Miriam Karlin, Bernard Kops, Michael Korda, Melvin Jonah Lasky, Joan Maud Littlewood, Nicholas Luard, Colin MacInnes, Wolf Mankowitz, Eric Newby, Anthony Newley, Philip O'Connor, Tony Parker, John Richard Schlesinger, Margerie Scott, Milton Shulman, Pamela Sinclair, Stephen Spender, Beryl Hallam Augustine Tennyson, Leslie John Thomas, Kenneth Tynan, Richard Watts, Jr., Eric Walter White, Herbert Wilcox, Cecil Woolf, Irene Worth, Francis Wyndham.

The writings comprise four notebooks, a collection of shorter articles and book reviews, and the following longer or published works: Banana Boy, Barney Snip--Artist, Fings Ain't Wot They Use T'Be, The Guntz, In the Nick, Insideout, Just Call Me Lucky, A Kayf Up West, The Lily-White Boys, The Minder, The Monkey Pulled His Hair, Not a Coffee House, Strawberries and Cream, Soho Night and Day, The Sufferings of Peter Obnizov, Wardour Street, The Winter Gaff, Wot Goes Up. Proofs of some of the works are located in a box of printed materials.

Collection size: 2,328 items

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Related manuscripts: Norman mss., Norman mss. III

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