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Correspondence, papers, photographs of William Charles Chapman-Mortimer, which include letters to his wife, illustrated stories and poems

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-1789

Content Description

The collection is composed of letters between Mortimer and his first wife Frances, dating from 1940 to 1945. These are often illustrated with pen and ink illustrations. Among the letters from Mortimer are a few manuscript poems and stories including a hand-sewn typescript booklet, The Poet and the Hippopotamus. And Other Works. There are also letters to R. M. Rice, 1960s.
There are 4 x bound manuscripts, news-clippings extracted from an accompanying volume A stranger on the shore, from the bound ms The Runner, and from a 'spring-back' binder, and also 2 x gelatin silver print photographs of William Charles Chapman-Mortimer.
The bound manuscripts are:
Mediterraneo, Chapter 1, pp35., Christmas 1953
The Runner, pp73., Barcelona 1952,
Dream-like illustrated story [incomplete] about Sir John Owl and his squire Bluey and their drunken imaginary adventures. Sir John Owl is a companion or perhaps alias of Mortimer in his wartime letters.
Volume with three illustrated poems, each about an exotic animal, the Slow Loris, the Okapi, and the Flying Phalanger.
The letters are, 14 x folders of correspondence, covering:
August 1940 onwards
Period 1940-1941
January - April 1942
May - October 1942
October 1942 - July 1943
December 1942 - May 1943
June 1943 - September 1943
January - July 1944
July 1944 onwards
October 1944 onwards
January 1945 onwards
March 1945 onwards
May 1945 onwards
Letters to R. M. Rice, 1960 - 1963 from various correspondents
Also in the collection are a few manuscript poems and stories including a hand-sewn typescript booklet, The Poet and the Hippopotamus. And Other Works, and A work in progress. A famous tale not by James Joyce. There is also a hand-illustrated cover for John Owl and his Bluey squire.
The news-clippings are dated and undated reviews of Chapman Mortimer works:
Time and Tide, 25 March 1950, pp.297-298 - Review of 'A stranger on the stair', by Gerard Hopkins
Sunday Times, 26 March 1950, Review of 'A stranger on the stair', by Desmond MacCarthy
Observer, 9 April 1950, Review of 'A stranger on the stair', by Francis Wyndham
Jeruslaem Post, 21 June 1950, p.7, Review of 'A stranger on the stair', by Olivia Manning
Herald Tribune, 15 October 1950, Review of 'A stranger on the stair', by Thomas Sugrue
The Listener, 27 November 1952, p.905, Review of 'Young men waiting', by Stephen Spender
Sunday Times, [undated], Review of 'Young men waiting', by J. W. Lambert
Times Literary Supplement, [undated], Review of 'A stranger on the stair'
[Untitled], [undated], Article on Afghanistan, by Neil McLean, MP
Additionally, there is a folder of copies of letters 1940s to Mrs Chapman Mortimer, postcards to Mrs Chapman Mortimer, and a telegram 1947.
There is an empty 'spring-clip' folder which contained 1960s R. M. Rice correspondence and an undated review clipping.
Material added subsequently, acquired in May 2018 (ref. SC-Acc-2018-0090): Sketchbooks, and typescripts of William Chapman-Mortimer, and one printed booklet. Typescripts are entitled 'In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I forget...' (unbound), and 'Narayan and the Little White Gopi'. Two sketchbook, one of which is empty (only inscription: 'Captain W. C. Chapman-Mortimer - 90 Grindlay's Bank, Bombay, India), and pages have been cut off; and the other one has only a few drawings. The printed booklet is entitled 'The Lures'.

Dates

  • 1940-1945

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Generally open, but some material is subject to data protection legislation. Please contact the repository in advance if you would like to see the material.

Extent

0.32 linear metres (2 x boxes)

2 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bulk of the archive purchased in November 2016 (accession no SC-Acc-2016-0170). Additional material purchased in May 2018 (accession no SC-Ac-c-2018-0090).
Title
Correspondence, papers, photographs of William Charles Chapman-Mortimer, which include letters to his wife, illustrated stories and poems

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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