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Victor Gollancz, Ltd
Victor Gollancz Author Files
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of the British publisher Victor Gollancz's author files on Miguel Ángel Asturias, Edith Sitwell, and Richard Wright.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the British publisher Victor Gollancz's author files on Miguel Ángel Asturias, Edith Sitwell, and Richard Wright.

The Miguel Ángel Asturias files regard his book El Señor Presidente (1946), and contain the original contract signed by Asturias; several readers' reports by A. L. Lloyd, J. Garcia Pradas, Gwyn Thomas, and Harriet de Onis; a 3-page typed author's questionnaire/biography; correspondence with potential translators, including several letters from Gwyn Thomas, letters and a signed contract from Frances Partridge, and postcards from V. S. Pritchett; as well as copious correspondence with Asturias's agent, Luisa Daniel. Also included are post-Nobel Prize correspondence regarding reprints and an author jacket photograph.

The Richard Wright files deal with four books: Uncle Tom's Cabin (1939), including the original contract with Harper & Brothers (not signed), 2 reader's reports, and a letter from Curtis Brown; Native Son (1940), including the original contract with Harper & Brothers (not signed), 2 reader's reports, and a letter from Curtis Brown; Black Boy (1945), including the original contract signed by Wright, reader's report, and libel correspondence with Rubinstein; and American Hunger (1978), including the original contract (not signed), reader's report, and original dust jacket photograph.

The Edith Sitwell files consist of correspondence, primarily from Edith Sitwell to Victor Gollancz Ltd., regarding her works issued under the firm's imprint, which include I Live under the Black Sun (1937), Edith Sitwell's Anthology (1940), To the Dark Tower (alternatively titled Spring Torrents, unpublished), Look! The Sun (1941), and The Atlantic Book of British and American Poetry (1958), which she edited. In addition to correspondence, the files also contain contracts and other correspondence with Sitwell's literary agent, American publishers, legal advisors, and others.


The files are organized by author name, then arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Victor Gollancz, Ltd

The British book publishing house Victor Gollancz Ltd. was founded in 1927 by Victor Gollancz (1893–1967) and specialized in the publication of high quality literature, nonfiction and popular fiction, including science fiction. Upon Gollancz's death in 1967, ownership passed to his daughter, Livia, who sold the imprint to Houghton Mifflin in 1989.

Collection History


Files on Miguel Ángel Asturias and Richard Wright were purchased in 2013 (2014-58). Files on Edith Sitwell were purchased in 2015 (2015-80).


Nothing was discarded or transferred in the processing of this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney in December 2013. Finding aid written by John Delaney in December 2013. Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in April 2015.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Victor Gollancz Author Files; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1