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West Family Correspondence

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H. G. Wells letters

Anthony West correspondence



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Collection Overview

Title: West Family Correspondence, 1923-1924Add to your cart.

ID: 01/02/02/POST-1650 MS 0502

Primary Creator: Macleod, Alison (1920-)

Other Creators: Wells, H. G. (Herbert George) (1866-1946), West, Anthony (1914-1987), West, Rebecca (1892-1983)

Extent: 19.0 Items

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in two series. The H. G. Wells letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondents' surnames and then by date, with undated items placed at the end. The Anthony West correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the authors' surnames and then by recipients' surnames.

Subjects: Education - Great Britain - History - 20th Century, Ill Persons, Sick - Family relationships, Victims of bullying, World War, 1939-1945

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The West Family Correspondence consists of 19 items. The first series, H. G. Wells letters, consists of letters written by H. G. Wells about or to his son, Anthony West.  The second series, Anthony West correspondence, consists of correspondence from Rebecca West to Anthony West, her son; correspondence from Anthony West to his aunts, Lettie Fairfield and Winnie Macleod; and several sketches.

Link to catalog record: https://i-share-uiu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CARLI_UIU/gpjosq/alma99656180612205899

Collection Historical Note

Anthony "Panther" West (1914-1987) was the son of Rebecca West and H. G. Wells.  West was a well-respected English author with novels such as On a Dark Night, Another Kind, and The Vintage.  West based many of his novels' characters off of his own life, most notably in his fictionalized autobiography, Heritage.  In addition to Heritage, West also wrote a biography of his father; H. G. Wells: Aspects of a Life explores the relationship between H. G. Wells and Rebecca West.  West was a dairy farmer before becoming a journalist for the BBC Overseas Service, 1943-1947 and then an essayist and critic for The New Yorker, 1950-1972.

Anthony West had a close relationship with his mother's two older sisters, Letitia ("Lettie") Fairfield and Winifred ("Winnie") Macleod.

Alison Macleod Selford is a TV critic and novelist.  She is the daughter of Winifred and Norman Macleod and niece to Rebecca West.

Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, screenwriter, and political figure and is considered to be the father of modern science fiction through works such as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds.  Wells had a decade-long relationship with Rebecca West from 1912-1923.

Sources

Hodson, L. (1983). "Anthony (Panther) West." In B. S. Oldsey (Ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 15: British Novelists, 1930-1959. Online Edition, 2007.

Parrinder, Patrick. "Wells, Herbert George (1866-1946)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edition. 2011. doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/36831

Subject/Index Terms

Education - Great Britain - History - 20th Century
Ill Persons
Sick - Family relationships
Victims of bullying
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

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This collection is the physical property of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, may reside with the materials' creator(s) or their heirs.

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Related Materials: The Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds many additional collections related to H. G. Wells, including manuscripts, books, and artifacts. Please search the library's finding aids or contact the library for more information.

Preferred Citation: West Family Correspondence, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Series 2: Anthony West correspondenceAdd to your cart.
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Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Note from Anthony West, Maidenhead, to Aunt, 1924 June 8?Add to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed "Dear Aunty." Discusses his conversion to Catholicism and the school's new buildings.
Item 2: Note from Anthony West, Maidenhead, to Aunt, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed "Dear Aunty." Informs his aunt that visiting day is canceled due to a measles outbreak.
Item 3: Note from Anthony West, Maidenhead, to Aunt, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed "Dear Aunty." Discusses his progress in school.
Item 4: Note from Anthony West, Maidenhead, to Aunt, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed "Dear Aunty." Discusses the upcoming term and the potential arrival of "Panther" (Rebecca West).
Item 5: Note from Anthony West to Aunt, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed "Dear Aunty." Requests more school books.
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 6: Postcard from Anthony West, Harlyn Bay, to Letitia Fairfield, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed to "Lettie." Wishes Lettie better health and updates her on "my butterflys."
Item 7: Note from Anthony West, Maidenhead, to Letitia Fairfield, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed to "Aunt Lettie." Discusses the masters at school, church, and his swimming.
Item 8: Note from Anthony West, Maidenhead, to Letitia Fairfield, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed to "Aunty Letty." Discusses his conversion to Catholicism and a strange dream he had.
Item 9: Letter from Anthony West to Letitia Fairfield, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Addressed to "Lettie." Discusses the bombs and the safety of his children.
Item 10: Letter from Anthony West, Ecchinswell, to Letitia Fairfield, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (2 pages): typescript. Addressed to "Letty." Discusses the harvesting for Chapel Farm and World War II troop strategy, specifically with regard to Russia.
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Item 11: Postcard from Rebecca West, Capri, Italy?, to Anthony West, 1923?Add to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Signed "Panther." Describes the fisherman Spadaro, who is featured on the front of the postcard.
Item 12: Postcard from Rebecca West, Capri, Italy?, to Anthony West, 1923?Add to your cart.
1 item (1 page): manuscript. Signed "Panther." Discusses the letters he sent her and describes the photograph on the front of the postcard.
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Item 13: Drawing, undatedAdd to your cart.
1 item (2 pages): A sheet of paper with several sketches.

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