Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Secker mss. II, 1915-1919, consist of letters from British writer Viola Meynell, 1886-1956, to her publisher, Martin Secker, 1882-1978. Many of the letters concern her writings, and frequently detail the arrangements of meetings between the two both for business and social purposes. She also describes the events of her day-to-day life, writing to Secker when she was staying with her family in Greatham or Bristol, England. Few of the letters are dated other than day of the week, but most are accompanied by envelopes so that, where distinguishable, the postmark date has been used to place the letters in order. There is a lengthy gap in the correspondence: from November 1915 through August 1917, there are no letters.

Mentioned in the correspondence are Meynell's parents, Alice and Wilfrid; Henry James, D.H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda, Sir Compton MacKenzie, Lady Ottoline Morrell, air raids during World War I, and Meynell's novels and poems.

Purchase. Adrian Secker, via R.N. MacKenzie, Minneapolis, MN. 1997

Collection size: 121 items

Related manuscripts: Secker mss.

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