Letters to William Blackwood and David S. Meldrum

Letters to William Blackwood and David S. Meldrum

Letters to William Blackwood and David S. Meldrum

Letters to William Blackwood and David S. Meldrum

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The following letters to William Blackwood comprise, I believe, the only extensive correspondence between Joseph Conrad and a British publisher. Their survival is owing first of all to the strong historical sense of the firm, as well as to the happy accident of geography, namely, that the House of William Blackwood and Sons is to be found at 45 George Street, Edinburgh. The files of many London publishers, including those in Blackwood's London office, went up in flames when Paternoster Row was leveled in the great fire raid of 29-30 December 1940. Other London publishers of Conrad, not situated on Paternoster Row, have felt obliged to get rid of their old correspondence for lack of storage space. But in Edinburgh the vast correspondence addressed to the firm since its inception in 1804 or to the editor of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (Maga) since its beginning in 1817 has escaped the ravages of time and circumstance.

In 1942 the late George Blackwood and his brother the late James Blackwood--the "Mr. George" and "Mr. James" of this . . .

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