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Alan Redway papers 1

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-GAMMS84
The papers of Alan Redway consist of manuscripts and correspondence relating to his lifelong bibliographic work on British novelist Graham Greene. Included in the collection are letters from Greene,as well as numerous editors, publishers, scholars and writers associated with the bibliography. In addition, Redway had collected newspaper and magazine clippings on Greene and his writings.

The son of Frank Redway, a London dealer in rare and fine books and manuscripts, and the nephew of George Redway, the publisher, Alan Redway continued a family tradition with his 'gentle passion for book collecting and literary scholarship' (Adam, vol. xxxxvi, 1984).

The collection is arranged into 5 series: General correspondence (1949-1987); Graham Greene/Alan Redway correspondence(1949-1983); Manuscripts (c.1949-1983); and Clippings (1924-1983). Scholarship and particularly the love of books was part of the Redway heritage.

Of interest is the correspondence series (boxes 1and 2), which includes original typed letters signed by Greene (with the exception of a few that were transcribed and signed on his behalf by his secretaries, Josephine Reid or Doris Young). The letters, together with the typescripts of articles, commentaries, and many prose and poetry contributions by Greene (box 6), and the news clippings by and about Greene(box 7) accumulated by Redway, comprise an indispensable collection of Greeneiana. It should be noted that the typescripts of Greene's writings are largely carbon copies, some perhaps of originals typed by Greene, some most likely transcribed by a third party for Redway's use. Possibly, Redway obtained these carbons from Greene's sister Elisabeth Dennys who acted in later years as Greene's secretary.

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically. Letters of various correspondents are grouped together if they are directly associated with a particular publisher. Thus, the folder for Oxford University Press correspondence includes letters from Nicholas Barker, John Bell, Kim Scott Walwyn (the latter two being successive editors for Redway's bibliography),all of whom wrote on OUP-related matters. Letters to and from Neil Brennan are included in the correspondence series, along with miscellaneous items relating to the Brennan family.

It should be noted that there was some confusion between Alan Redway and his father's name, Frank. It seems that the former often used his father's letterhead stationery and since he also continued to some some extent with the latter's business after his death, it is understandable that quite a few letters have been addressed in error to 'Frank' when in fact they were meant for Alan Redway. Frank Redway's name has been indexed a few times in this register with an accompanying note to that effect.

An effort has been made to orient indexes in a way that will be useful to those with a special interest in bibliographic research on Graham Greene or in Redway's work itself. Indexes include all the subsections to Redway's bibliography (from 'A' List through 'H' List); Greene book titles covered by Redway (from 'Babbling April' 1925 edition to 'The Great Jowett' 1981),a list of which is provided in the Appendix; names of principle publishers and editors involved in the publication process, as well as other writers and scholars who were associates of Redway's and who corresponded with him about his work.

APPENDIX

The following lists book (and play) titles written by Greene in the order they appear in the drafts for Redway's bibliography ("A" List). Dates are given for publication of first editions (British and American).

1.Babbling April 1925

2.The Man Within 1929

3.The Name of Action 1930

4.Rumour at Nightfall 1931

5.Stamboul Train1932 Orient Express (Amer.)1932

6.It's a Battlefield 1934

7.The Bear Fell Free 1935

8.England Made Me 1935

9.The Basement Room 1935

10.Journey without Maps 1936

11.A Gun for Sale 1936 This Gun for Hire (Amer.)1936

12.Brighton Rock 1938

13.The Lawless Roads 1939 Another Mexico (Amer.)1939

14.The Confidential Agent 1939

15.The Power and the Glory 1940 The Labyrinthine Ways (Amer.)1940

16.British Dramatists 1942

17.The Ministry of Fear 1943

18.The Little Train 1946

19.Nineteen Stories 1947

20.The Heart of the Matter 1948

21.After Two Years 1949

22.The Third Man 1950

23.The Little Fire Engine 1950

24.The Lost Childhood 1951

25.The End of the Affair 1951

26.For Christmas 1951

27.The Little Horse Bus 1952

28.The Living Room 1953

29.The Little Steamroller 1953

30.Twenty one Stories 1955

31.Loser Takes All 1955

32.The Quiet American 1955

33.The Potting Shed 1957

34.Our Man in Havana 1958

35.The Complaisant Lover 1959

36.A Visit to Morin 1960

37.A Burnt Out Case 1961

38.In Search of Character 1961

39.Introductions to Three Novels 1962

40.A Sense of Reality 1963

41.The Revenge 1963

42.Carving a Statue 1964

43.The Comedians 1966

44.May We Borrow Your Husband? 1967

45.Graham Greene: Collected Essays 1969

46.Travels with my Aunt 1969

47.Mr. Visconti 1969

48.A Sort of Life 1971

49.Collected Stories 1972

50.The Pleasure Dome 1972

51.The Virtue of Disloyalty 1972

52.The Honorary Consul 1973

53.Lord Rochester's Monkey 1974

54.The Return of A.J. Raffles 1975

55.A Wedding Among the Owls 1977

56.The Human Factor 1978

57.Dr. Fischer of Geneva or the Bomb Party 1978

58.How Father Quixote became a Monsignor 1980

59.Ways of Escape 1980

60.The Great Jowett 1981

Dates

  • 1924-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1949-1983

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Extent

2.3 Linear Feet (7 Hollinger boxes (4 Document Cases, 3, Slim Document Cases))

Biographical note

Alan Redway was born in Wimbledon, England, on January 6, 1911. He received a classical education at Rutlish, a public school in Merton. On graduation, at the age of seventeen, he joined Barclays Bank where he worked until his retirement. During the Second World War, Redway served in the British Royal Engineers and Intelligence Corps in Karachi. Over the years, Redway continued to some extent with his father's business - the latter died when Alan was four years old, and his mother Agnes carried on the family business until her death in 1940. Redway began collecting Graham Greene first editions after the war, and although still a banker by profession, he devoted a great part of his life to writing a comprehensive bibliography of Greene's works.

The background to the bibliography is explained in a few key letters written by Alan Redway to Philip Stratford, editor of “The Portable Graham Greene,” and to Nicolas Barker; as well as a letter to Redway from John Bell of the Oxford University Press. Briefly, in 1949 Redway suggested to Greene his idea of writing a comprehensive bibliography which the latter approved. In 1953, Greene, who had heard about a similar project by Neil Brennan, professor of English at Villanova University, Pennsylvania, suggested a collaboration to which Redway readily agreed. At this time, it seems Rupert Hart-Davis, founder of the Soho Bibliography Series, was willing to publish an “interim” bibliography - Redway's work could not be included in the Soho series because at that time it only published posthumous bibliographies. A draft of the manuscript was eventually sent to John Hayward in 1956, then editor of “The Book Collector” (Nicolas Barker was to succeed him after his death in 1965), but was judged in need of much revision.

In 1961, Redway invited Cecil Woolf, a London bookseller, to be a third collaborator on the bibliography. It was hoped that Woolf would be able to help in the revision, especially in regard to the 'C' List; however this plan did not move forward. By 1978, the Soho Bibliography Series had begun to publish bibliographies of living authors, as well as having merged with Oxford University Press (OUP), with Nicolas Barker as general adviser. In a letter to Redway, John Bell, senior editor for the academic English and art publications of OUP, expressed interest in publishing the bibliography. In April 1980, a formal memorandum of agreement was signed by OUP, Redway and Brennan as coauthors, for the publication of “A Bibliography of Graham Greene.”

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Mrs. Helen Redway, December 1988.
Title
Alan Redway papers 1
Status
completed
Author
Lisette Matano, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
Date
1989
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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