Guide to the Geoffrey Wells (Geoffrey West) Papers 1928-1942
Cage 745

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
West, Geoffrey, 1900-
Title
Geoffrey Wells (Geoffrey West) Papers
ID
Cage 745
Date [inclusive]
1928-1942
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.25 Linear Feet of Shelf Space
Language
English
Abstract
Geoffrey Wells, who wrote under the name Geoffrey West, was an English novelist, literary critic and biographer. The collection consists of correspondence from Geoffrey Wells to the American essayist, critic, and naturalist Henry Chester Tracy. Wells wrote on a variety of subjects in these letters, but often focused on literary subjects.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Geoffrey Wells papers, 1928-1942

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Geoffrey Wells, who wrote under the name Geoffrey West, was an English novelist, literary critic and biographer. His best-known work, H.G. Wells: Sketch for a Portrait, was published in 1930.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of correspondence from Geoffrey Wells to the American essayist, critic, and naturalist Henry Chester Tracy. Wells wrote on a variety of subjects in these letters, but often focused on literary subjects. The correspondence begins in 1927 with a letter to Tracy as part of his research for his biography of Annie Besant; later letters mention his other writing projects, and Tracy's comments on them, and Wells's responses to many of Tracy's writings. Other topics include the review and promotion of Tracy's books in England, and matters concerning many of their acquaintances in literary and publishing circles, including Middleton Murry, Leonard Woolf, Desmond McCarthy, A.R. Orage, Stanley Unwin, Christopher and F. V. Morley, and Fredric Warburg. He also discussed politics and the impending world war, and, occasionally, personal matters.

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Arrangement note

The items are arranged in a single chronological sequence.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was purchased in 1984 from Serendipity Books.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Cheryl Gunselman in 2009.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Tracy, Henry Chester, 1876- -- Correspondence.
  • West, Geoffrey, 1900- -- Correspondence.

Subject(s)

  • Authors, English -- 20th century -- Archives.
  • Literature
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • Publishers and publishing -- England.
  • Publishers and publishing -- United States.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence from Wells to Henry Chester Tracy 

Box Folder

1927-1928 

1 1

1929 

1 2

1930 

1 3

1931 (includes photograph of Wells) 

1 4-5

1932 

1 6

1933 

1 7

1934 

1 8

1935-1936 

1 9

1942 

1 10

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Box Folder

Miscellaneous items, 1932 and undated 

1 11

Administrative file 

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