Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pearson, J. mss., 1964-1966, consist of interviews by John Pearson, 1930- , author, conducted with some eighty- two persons in order to obtain material for a biography of Ian Lancaster Fleming, 1908-1964, author. The interviews are presented in typed form with frequent holograph marginal notes and occasionally full pages of handwritten notes. One letter with four enclosures from Lady Mary Clive to John Pearson, July 23, 1965, is included.

Those persons interviewed were Eric Ambler, Selby Armitage, Ralph Arnold, Dr. Jack Beal, Chester Beatty, B. Beaumont, John Betjeman, Blanche Blackwell, Clare Blanshard, Henry Brandon, Hilary Bray, Mr. Broccoli, Philip Brownrigg, Ivar Bryce, Lord Caccia, Sir Jock Campbell, Maurice Cargill, Hester Chapman, Richard Chopping, Lady Mary Clive, Miss Julie Cohen, Gerald Coke, Cyril Connolly, Sidney Cotton, Noel Coward, Ernest Cuneo, Dunstan Curtis, Roald Dahl, Sefton Delmer, Admiral Sir Norman Denning, Alban Ernan Forbes Dennis, Tom Driberg, Douglas Fairbanks, Robert Fenn, Amaryllis Fleming, Anne Fleming, Peter Fleming, Richard Fleming, Aubrey Forshaw, Paul Gallico, Admiral John Godfrey, Graham Greene, Beryl Griffie-Williams, Robert Harling, Al Hart, Rupert Hart Davis, Rickatson Hatt, John Hayward, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hill, Adrian House, Sir Ronald Howe, Lawrence Hughes, Tony Hugill, Ralph Izzard, Phyllis Jackson, Alaric Jacob, Philip Kindersley, Rosamund Lehmann, Mrs. Oates Leiter, Anne Marlowe, Edward Merrett, Percy Muir, Wing Commander Nicholson, Ivar Patcevite, Lisl Popper, Stephen Potter, Peter Quennell, Dr. Joan Saunders, Alan Searle, Colonel Shepherd, Mrs. Mary Slater, Hugh Vivian Smith, Sir William Stephenson, Anthony Storr, Graham Sutherland, H. M. Tennant (with B. Beaumont), Richard Troughton, CEHP Warner, Guy Wellby, Mr. Whitley, Sir Solly Zukerman.

Other Notes with the collection are Bond's Spots and Places: New York and Jamaica; Bourgeois Life; Alistair Crowley, Enton Hall; Fleming's Bedroom at Victoria Square; Paraclsus; Pitt House; Richmond Herald; Spinks; Timbrals House.

Also see the Guide to the Collections: Ian Fleming

Collection size: 93 items

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