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Elinor Glyn and Alfred C W Harmsworth (Lord Northcliffe) correspondence

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL358
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Elinor Glyn and Alfred C W Harmsworth (Lord Northcliffe) correspondence
Date(s): 1915
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 items (3 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Glyn | Elinor | 1864-1943 | née Sutherland | novelist and screenwriter


Administrative/Biographical history:

Elinor Glyn was born in Jersey and brought up in Canada and in Jersey. She married Henry Clayton Glyn in 1892. Her first novel, based on her experiences as a child and young woman, was published in 1900 and became a bestseller. Glyn travelled widely in Europe and the United States and her later writings continued to be influenced by her unconventional experiences and opinions. Her most famous work, the explicit Three Weeks (1907) was made into a film in 1923 and Glyn herself worked for several years as a writer for the Hollywood film industry.

Alfred Charles William Harmsworth was born in County Dublin, Ireland, brought up in London and educated at schools in Lincolnshire and London before becoming a journalist. In his early 20s he founded his own publishing business with backing from his brother Harold; as well as several successful magazines, he purchased the Evening News in 1894 and launched the new Daily Mail (1896) and Daily Mirror (1903) newspapers. He also owned The Observer between 1905 and 1912 and purchased The Times in 1908. Harmsworth was made a baronet in 1904, Baron Northcliffe of the Isle of Thanet in 1905 and a viscount in 1917. Lord Northcliffe was proud of his independence from politicians and, through his newspapers, was very influential. After the First World War, his physical and mental health deteriorated rapidly until his death in 1922. Both during his lifetime and subsequently, he was regarded as one of the greatest figures in modern journalism.


Scope and content/abstract:

(1) Address: Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly. From Glyn to Lord Northcliffe. 'You were kind enough to say that I might let you know when I was again going to cast a fly over the Fleet river! Well on 14th I am publishing a little set of papers called 'Three Things' ... there is an argument in the first paper on marriage which I feel sure you, and all men, will agree with me about! Just as I know all women will be enraged at it!' (8 October 1915). Autograph, with signature. (2) No address. Carbon copy of Northcliffe's reply. 'I will see that the book is dealt with in "The Times" and the "Daily Mail" ...' (12 October 1915). Typescript, unsigned.

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Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

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Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the Library's Harmsworth Collection.

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

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