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1982, January-December 1982

 File — Box: 4, Folder: 2

Collection level scope and contents note

From the Collection:

The collection consists of letters and manuscripts related to the English translation and publication in Britain by Peter Owen Limited, of two works by the Japanese Catholic author Shusaku Endo: "The Samurai," and "Stained Glass Elegies." The first series relating to "The Samurai" includes correspondence between Endo's English translator Van C. Gessel and editor Dan Franklin, as well as publisher Peter Owen. The second series includes correspondence by Gessel and Antonia Owen.

Material from the early 1990s includes Endo's letters to Owen, pertaining to the filming of his novels "Silence" and "Samurai," international editions of "Scandal," Owens' visit to Japan, etc. Also includes letters dictated by Endo to his assistant, Mako Kawashima, drafts of Endo's book recommendations for Christmas presents for publication in "The Daily Telegraph," and letters from Gessel to Owen.


  • January-December 1982

Conditions Governing Access note

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.


From the Collection: 1.7 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger Document Cases )

Language of Materials


Container Summary

13 TLS. Reference to Graham Greene, Julian Green, Armando Janeira, John Updike, Sawako Ariyoshi, translations of Endo's works, "Sea and Poison," "Volcano," and "Life of Christ."

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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