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CP/1/10 - Graham Greene

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Level of description
Graham Greene
Quantity & Format
307 items
Personal name
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991
Greene, Graham,
Scope and content
Contains mainly general correspondence between publishers and Greene. Topics include publishing rights, royalties, licences, agreed sales figures, copyright, jackets, stock, agreements between publishers, etc.

From 1929 to 1961 Heinemann published all of Greene’s books. In a letter to Heinemann’s Chairman, A.S. Frere (16.10.62) Greene explains his reasons for severing his connection. Later in 1965 he writes to Sir Geoffrey Eley, of Thomas Tilling Ltd (22.1.65) and asks how much it would cost to buy back his copyright in order to form a collected edition under one imprint. In a letter addressed to Peter Ryder of Thomas Tilling Ltd. (9.2.65) Greene describes the “wrangle” between his former publisher, Heinemann, and himself.

Correspondents beyond 1962 include CP and Max Reinhardt of The Bodley Head Ltd, Laurence Pollinger of Laurence Pollinger Ltd, Heron Books Ltd, Penguin Books, etc.

In 1968 a Collected Edition of Greene’s works was published. Details of the arrangements, the share in profits and distribution, and the shared imprints of the publishers, William Heinemann Ltd and The Bodley Head Ltd, are supplied in a letter from CP to Laurence Pollinger (19.6.68). There are numerous other letters which also deal with this joint publication arrangement.

Two letters from 1968 congratulate CP on “negotiating the sale of the remaining Graham Greene titles with Penguin.”

Includes a portrait photograph of Greene by Tara Heinemann.

See also CP/2/3/5.
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