Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Richards mss., 1904-1922, consist of letters to London publisher Grant Richards, 1872-1948, or to his secretary, Miss P. Hemmerde. Richards began his publishing career in the late 1890's and among his first titles were A.E. Housman's A Shropshire lad (1898) and George Bernard Shaw's The Perfect Wagnerite (1898). Other authors published by Richards from time to time included Frank Norris, Alfred Noyes, the Sitwells, Joseph Thorp, Percy Withers, and Thomas Wright. Richards' autobiographical works, Memories of a Misspent Youth (1932) and Author Hunting (1934), relate his intense interaction with the authors and books he knew and published.

The correspondents in the collection are three English writers all of whom had at least one book published by Grant Richards. They are Joseph Peter Thorp, Percy Withers, and Thomas Wright. Included in the letters from Thomas Wright is an autograph copy of Wright's "Agreement with R.A. Everett" concerning the publishing and selling of his The Life of Sir Richard Burton.

Collection size: 152 items

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