Special Collections Department
Julian Symons Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 204
Accessioned: Purchases, 1990-1999.
Extent: 3 linear ft.
Content: Letters, books, essays, poems, book reviews, short stories, and addresses.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: July 1999 by Anita A. Wellner.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
I. Material written by Julian Symons, 1944-1994
- Material toward books, 1978-1994
- Essays, reader reports, introductions, 1973-1990
- Poetry, 1987-1988 and [n.d.]
- Short stories, [n.d.]
- Addresses, radio programs, conference papers, interviews, 1979-1984
- Reviews of movies and television, theater, or radio programs, [n.d.]
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1 Series I. Material written by Julian Symons, 1944-1991 Series I.1. Material toward books, 1978-1994 Manuscripts are autograph drafts with revisions unless otherwise noted and are arranged in alphabetical order by title, or subject when untitled. If a copy of the book is available in Morris Library, the call number is listed. F1 "The Agatha Christie Story," [n.d.] Notes and text for a book on Agatha Christie, included in a notebook with other material. 36p. F2 "The Angry Thirties," [n.d.] Notes and captions for a book. 43p. F3 "Bedside Book of British Crime Stories," [n.d.] Introduction and list of titles. 5p. F4 The Blackheath poisonings: a Victorian murder mystery. New York: Harper & Row, c1978. Morris PR6037.Y5 B56 1978. Photocopies of reviews. F5 Bloody Murder: from the detective story to the crime novel: a history. New York: Viking, c1985. Morris PN3448.D4 S87 1985. Notebook with autograph additions to revised edition (39p), plus a typescript (carbon) page of footnotes. F6 [British poetry], 1982 Aug Three-page typescript (carbon) draft titled "Outline for a book on British Poetry 1900 to Present." Crime and Detection Quiz,  London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited, 1983. F7 Copy of the book F8 Includes a letter from John Curtis of Weidenfeld & Nicolson to Symons concerning the introduction to this book, a typescript list of quiz subjects, one page of proof, and an autograph draft of the text. 199p. F9 Criminal Practices: Symons on crime writing 60s to 90s. London: Macmillan, 1994. Morris PN3448 .D4 S94x 1994. Typescript draft of a chapter on P. D. James, bearing extensive autograph revisions. This draft differs from the version originally published in The New York Times. Symons noted in the introduction to Criminal Practices that he preferred this version. Critical Observations,  London: Faber & Faber, 1981. U. S. edition: Morris PN771 .S93 F10 Galley proof with corrections. Removed to oversize section. 54 leaves. F11 Autograph with revisions, [n.d.] Introductory note and postscript. 4p. F12 Drafts of chapters, [n.d.] Three typescript (carbon) drafts and one autograph draft of chapters from the book. Chapters include: "Ruthven Todd 1914-1978," "Hart Crane," "Postscript, 1980," and Geoffrey Grigson. Each chapter was originally published in another format. 35p. F13 The General Strike; a historical portrait, 1987 Jan 29 [London]: Cresset Press, 1957. Morris HD5366 .S9. Autograph draft of a preface to a new edition. F14 Great detectives: seven original investigations,  New York: Abrams, 1981. Morris PR6037.Y5 G7 1981 Autograph draft of the introduction. 4p. The Name of Annabel Lee,  London: Macmillan, 1983. Morris PR6037.Y5 N27 1983 F15 Typescript (photocopy) with yellow wrappers and one sheet of corrections marked "to be made in Penguin edition." 171p. F16 Typescript (carbon) with autograph corrections. 170p. F17 Page proofs with autograph corrections. 98 leaves. F18 [1940s],  Autograph notes of plot and text for a novel set in the 1940s. Also includes a clipping, typescript material, and a letter from the British Department of Trade to Symons concerning import licensing in the 1940s. 57p. [1930s], [n.d.] Chronology and notes for a book about the 1930s. Included in a notebook with other material (see F85). Possibly for The Thirties and the Nineties. 18p. F19 The Tell-tale Heart: the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Harper & Row, c1978. Morris PS2631 .S95 Typescript (carbon) notes regarding Poe's stories. 25p. F20 Tigers of Subtopia and Other Stories,  Tiptree: The Anchor Press Limited, 1982. Uncorrected page proofs, plus a photocopy of an advertisement for the book. 114p. Series I.2. Essays, reader reports, and introductions, 1973-1990 All items are autograph manuscripts with revisions, unless otherwise noted. [American and British writers and publishers], [n.d.] Untitled essay comparing British and American writers and publishers, included in a notebook with other material (see F85). 4p. F21 "Bert Stubbs and Rudi Picabia," [n.d.] Biographical essay. 21p. F22 [Blast], [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) titled "Notes for Frances about Blast." 2p. F23 [Borowitz, Albert], 1979 Aug Typescript (carbon) titled "Julian Symons Report on The Woman Who Murdered Black Satin: The Bermondsey Horror by Albert Borowitz." 3p. F24 "The Case For the Double Standard," [n.d.] Essay on journalism, with deleted titled "Journalism, Higher and Lower." 7p. F25 "Change and Decay," [n.d.] Essay regarding current publishing practices. 4p. F26 "Charlie and Liz Paradon," 1989 Aug Biographical essay. 21p. Christie, Agatha Introductions or prefaces to books written by Christie. F27 The ABC Murders, [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) introduction. 3p. F28 The Hollow, [n.d.] Autograph draft of the preface and postface. 5p. F29 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, [n.d.] Autograph draft of the introduction. 11p. F30 "Christopher Isherwood," 1985 Autograph biographical essay written for the Sunday Times and signed by Symons. 3p. F31 "Cliques, Groups and Movements," [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) and autograph drafts. 15p. F32 "A Communist to Others," 1987 Jun Essay regarding Auden and his poem, "A Communist to Others." 4p. F33 "Conan Doyle," 1989 Jun Biographical essay. 3p. F34 "The Crime Collector's Cabinet of Curiosities," [n.d.] Autograph draft and two different typescript (carbon) drafts, one bearing autograph revisions, of an article for The Times. 25p. F35 "Crime Congress Article," [ca. 1977] Typescript (carbon) draft. 8p. F36 [Crime writing], [n.d.] Typescript drafts of series of brief essays on topics related to crime writing. Topics include: "The Police Story," "The Tough Guys," "Ian Ousby," "Simenon," "The Spy Story Upbeat and Downbeat," "The Short Story and the Format," and "The Ladies." 15p. F37 "Criminal activities," [n.d.] Signed essay concerning writing detective stories and reviewing related books by Len Deighton, Raymond Hawking, Steve Champion, Patricia Highsmith, and Gavin Lambert, written for The New Review. 8p. F38 "The Critic," [n.d.] Essay concerning Geoffrey Grigson. 4p. F39 "Deconstruction and the English Language," 1987 Feb Essay. 3p. F40 "The Detection Club," [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) of a historical sketch of the Detection Club, of which Symons became president in 1976. 5p. F41 "Diaries and Journals," [n.d.] Article written for The Times Literary Supplement regarding diaries and journals. 9p. F42 "Edgar Allan Poe," [n.d.] Autograph and typescript (carbon) drafts of this essay on Poe. 7p. F43 "Edgar Wallace," [n.d.] 10p. F44 "Edgar Wallace," [n.d.] 3p. F45 "Edgell Rickword," [n.d.] Biographical essay. 2p. F46 "Encounter," [n.d.] Response to an article on George Orwell written by Leopold Labedz, 5p. F47 "Evelyn Waugh," [n.d.] 3p. "The First Concentration Camp," [n.d.] Included in notebook with other material (see F85). 8p. F48 "Geoffrey Grigson," 1986 Oct Autograph biographical note written for The Dictionary of Literary Biography. 3p. F49 [Geoffrey Grigson], [n.d.] Untitled essay regarding Geoffrey Grigson and New Verse. 2p. F50 "George Orwell," [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) essay. 3p. F51 "How to Revive a Literary Corpse," [n.d.] Autograph and typescript (carbon) copies of an essay on American writer John Franklin Bardin. 11p. 1 Series I. Material written by Julian Symons (cont'd) Series I.2. Essays, reader reports (cont'd) F52 "Imaginary Biographies - Introduction," 1990 Mar Introduction for a series of biographies of imaginary characters. 3p. F53 "Is Effing Good for Literature?" [n.d.] Essay regarding the use of obscene language in media and writing. 3p. F54 [Linsley, Rupert], [n.d.] Biographical essay. 19p. F55 "Lionel Trilling," 1986 Autumn Article for The Times Literary Supplement. 10p. F56 "Little Magazines," [n.d.] Essay regarding little magazines, particularly the New Review. 5p. F57 Macbeth, [n.d.] Untitled essay on Act I, Scene 5 of Macbeth. 9p. F58 "Malcolm Muggeridge," [n.d.] Biographical sketch. 3p. F59 "Memoirs of a Cricketeer," [n.d.] 10p. F60 "Mr. Jacob the Hairdresser," 1989 May Biographical sketch. 9p. F61 "My Favorite Private Eye - Sam Spade," 1990 Oct Essay. 1p. F62 "The Nobel Award," 1970 Oct Signed essay written for The Sunday Times concerning Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the Nobel Award. 3p. F63 [The Novel], [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) draft of "Julian Symons Reply to Questionnaire about the Novel." 1p [Orwell, George]. See F78. F64 "Our Friend, Cyril Y. Snaggs," [n.d.] Biographical sketch. 14p. F65 "Patricia Highsmith," [n.d.] Article for London Magazine. 8p. F66 "The Penguin First Ten," [n.d.] Article for the Sunday Times. 5p. F67 "The Police of To-morrow," [n.d.] Autograph and typescript (carbon) drafts regarding British police. 7p. F68 "A Portrait of Agatha Christie," [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) draft of a biographical essay on Christie. 7p. F69 [Powell, Anthony], [n.d.] Essay. 2p. F70 [Public Lending Right], [n.d.] Essay. 3p. F71 "Readers and Writers," [n.d.] Signed essay about detective stories. 8p. F72 [Rechy, John], [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) of "Report on The Sexual Outlaw by John Rechy by Julian Symons." 3p. F73 "The Remarkable Daniel Dunglas Home,"  Typescript (carbon) with corrections of an essay on Home, written for an anthology which was published by Reader's Digest. Includes a letter (1981) to Symons from Reader's Digest about revisions. 144p. F74 "The Remarkable Daniel Dunglas Home,"  Autograph manuscript in a notebook. 71p. F75 [Richardson, Maurice], [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) of Symons's introduction to Richardson's Fits and Starts. 2p. F76 "The Riddle of the Sands," [n.d.] Critical study of Erskine Childers's novel The Riddle of the Sands. 11p. F77 "Robert Graves," [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) draft of an essay on the poetry of Robert Graves. 3p. F78 "Ross MacDonald," [n.d.] Written on the verso of Typescript (photocopy) pages of an essay on Orwell. 9p. F79 [Rosten, Leo], [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) draft of "Report on Silky by Leo Rosten by Julian Symons." 3p. F80 "Roughead Introduction," [n.d.] Autograph with revisions and Typescript (carbon) copies of an introduction to the American edition of William Roughead's essays on crime. 21p. F81 "Rupert Brooke," [n.d.] Biographical sketch. 3p. [Sherlock Holmes Stories], [n.d.] Chronological list of stories about Holmes, included in notebook with other material (see F85). 3p. "A Short History of Eden," [n.d.] Included in notebook with other material (see F1). 7p. F82 [Sinclair, Andrew], [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) draft of "Reader's Report on The Facts in the Case of E. A. Poe by Andrew Sinclair." 3p. F83 "Something about a Namesake," 1973 Jun 23 Newspaper pages for Symons's article about his brother, A. J. A. Symons. Removed to the oversize section. 2p. F84 "Stephen Spender," [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) essay. 3p. Trollope, Anthony Introductions for books written by Anthony Trollope. F85 Doctor Thorne, [n.d.] Introduction for Trollope's Doctor Thorne, contained in a notebook with other notes and page proofs. ca. 30p. F86 Framley Parsonage,  Page proofs for Symons's introduction. 9p. F87 "Trollope's Short Stories - Introduction," [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) draft. 5p. F88 "An Unusual Friendship," [n.d.] Typescript (carbon) essay regarding the friendship and letters between A. J. A. Symons and Wyndham Lewis. 2p. F89 "The Vision of Norris Tibbs," 1990 Feb Biographical essay. 18p. 1 Series I. Material written by Julian Symons (cont'd) Series I.3. Poetry, 1987-1988 and [n.d.] F90 Autograph poems, 1987-1988 and [n.d.] Includes eleven poems, some bearing extensive autograph revisions. Titles include "After the Event," "The Way It Is," and "Breughel in Prado." There are eight untitled poems. 13p. F91 "The Cat," [n.d.] Two galley proofs of this poem. 2p. Series I.4. Short stories, [n.d.] All items are autograph manuscripts with revisions unless otherwise noted. F92 "The Birthmark," [n.d.] Autograph manuscript with revisions and two sets of page proofs. Proofs removed to oversize section. 38 leaves. F93 "E. F. Bastable and the Poet of the Era," [n.d.] 19p. F94 "Ella, a Success Story," [n.d.] 21p. F95 "The Flaw," [n.d.] Page proofs. 20p. "A Genuine Corot," [n.d.] Included in a notebook with other material (see F85). 10p. F96 "Georgie Boy," [n.d.] 14p. "A Theme for Hyacinth," [n.d.] Included in notebook with other material (see F1). 28p. F97 "Value For Money," [n.d.] Story related to George Bernard Shaw. 22p. F98 "Waiting For Mr. McGregor," [n.d.] 19p. F99 [Untitled story], [n.d.] Autograph drafts of several parts of a story, as well as notes, possibly for a novel. 20p. 1 Series I. Material written by Julian Symons (cont'd) Series I.5. Addresses, radio programs, conference papers, interviews, 1979-1984 F100 "Art of the Whodunit," 1979 Aug Mimeographed typescripts of the four part series of British Broadcasting Corporation program on detective stories. Julian Symons is interviewed for each segment. 31p. F101 "Brother Speculator - A. J. A. Symons," 1984 Oct 18 Printed invitation and program for Julian Symons paper regarding his brother, A. J. A. Symons, presented at The Double Crown Club. 2 items. F102 [First Crime Writers Association Conference address], [n.d.] Autograph with revisions and signed. 1p. F103 "Freedom and Order in 1984," 1983 Oct 18 Printed flyer for Symons's lecture which was part of Queen's University's Dunning Trust Lectures 1983-1984, "1984: George Orwell's and Ours." 1p. F104 [George Orwell], 1983 Aug-Sep Typescript (carbon) draft, bearing extensive autograph revisions, and a second typescript draft which incorporates the revisions of the first section of the radio program on George Orwell. Also includes a typescript list of questions for the speakers. 11p. F105 "1948 and 1984 - The George Orwell Memorial Lecture, " 1983 Feb 25 Printed flyer for a lecture by Symons at the University of London. 1p. F106 "Orwell and Huxley on Law and Order: Prophecies of Doom Re-examined," 1983 Printed program for the Dalhousie University 1983 Killam Lecture Series, which included Symons. 1p. F107 "Some Aspects of Modern Poetry," [n.y.] Nov 24 Printed flyer for a lecture by Symons. On the verso is an autograph note from Symons to "Clark" which outlines, with diagram, recent moves for a chess game, as well as remarking on a recent issue of The Militant. 2p. 1 Series I. Material written by Julian Symons (cont'd) Series I.6. Reviews of movie, television, theater, or radio programs, [n.d.] All manuscripts are autograph with revisions. F108 Animal Farm, [n.d.] Review of a stage version of George Orwell's Animal Farm, as produced by Peter Hall. 3p. F109 "Murder Most English," [n.d.] Untitled signed review of a series of television plays titled "Murder Most English," which feature the work of Colin Watson. Written for "Radio Times." 4p. F110 Reds, [n.d.] Movie review. 3p. F111 The Road to 1984, [n.d.] Review of a documentary-style biographical movie about George Orwell, as scripted by Willis Hall. 3p. F112 "Simenon," [n.d.] Signed review of radio programs featuring Georges Simenon's fictional Inspector Jules Maigret. Written for "Radio Times." 4p. F113 "We, the Accused," [n.d.] Review of the television version of Ernest Raymond's "We, the Accused." 6p.
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