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DL/A-Z//RIT - [Correspondence with Harry Ritchie]

Reference code
Level of description
[Correspondence with Harry Ritchie]
Quantity & Format
2 Letters (typescript)
Ritchie, Harry
Lessing, Doris May, 1919-2013
Scope and content
2 items, highlighted below. Discusses the literary scene of the 1950s.

DL/A-Z//RIT/001 [from Harry Ritchie to Doris Lessing, 02/07/1986]

Letter, 1 leaf, typed.
Writes that he has been commissioned to craft a piece on the literary scene of the 1950s. Asks if Lessing could provide him with some background information about her career and the careers of some of her contemporaries. Mentions Colin Wilson, Kingsley Amis, Alan Sillitoe and Angus Wilson. References a piece written by Lessing for 'Declaration' and her novel, Retreat to Innocence.

DL/A-Z//RIT/002 [from Doris Lessing to Harry Ritchie, 12/07/1986]

Letter, 2 leaves, typed.
Replies with the reasons she wrote for 'Declaration', mentioning Tom Maschler. Discusses the other writers for 'Declaration', and how they were essentially divided into two categories: "lefties" and "mystics". Mentions Colin Wilson.
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