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Newman Flower Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS300

Scope and Contents

The Sir Newman Flower Papers consist of correspondence to Newman Flower from various figures regarding the publishing business at Cassell and Company Limited, the firm Flower directed. Correspondents include such noted writers as Augustine Bissell, Beatrice Harradan, Sheila Kaye-Smith, Max Pemberton, Ernest Raymond, Ethel Mary Savage, and Humbert Wolfe. The bulk of the letters are written by Beatrice Harradan, Ernest Raymond, and Ethel Mary Savage.


  • 1912-1946
  • Majority of material found within 1912-1928


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Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Publisher, editor, and author (Walter) Newman Flower was born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset on July 8, 1879, the son of John Walter Flower. In 1903, Flower married Evelyn Readwin. He was educated at Weymouth College and privately. In 1906, he joined Cassell publishing house, and in 1927 he bought Cassell & Company Limited. While in charge of Cassell, he published Winston Churchill's "The Second World War." Churchill had said that he wanted his writings about World War II to be published only by Cassell. Flower's own publications include "Red Harvest" (1913), "Crucifixion" (1916), "George Frederic Handel" (1923), "Sir Arthur Sullivan: His Life and Letters" (1927), and "Franz Schubert" (1928). Flower also edited Arnold Bennett's "Journal." Flower was knighted in 1938. He was the father of Desmond Flower, also an important publisher. Sir Newman Flower died on March 12, 1964.


- "Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians." vol. 2. (New York: Schirmer Books, 2001).

- "Contemporary Authors." vol. 109. (Detroit: Gale, 1983).

- "Who's Who: 1931." (London: Macmillan, 1931).


0.20 Linear Feet (1 Slim Document Case)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations


The collection is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nicholas B. Scheetz

Newman Flower Papers
Scott S. Taylor
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023: Edited for DACS compliance by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057