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Charles Morgan letter to Mademoiselle Engel

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0928

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British writer Charles Morgan (1894-1958) wrote to Mademoiselle Engel concerning the French publication rights to some of his work.

In his lengthy letter, Morgan noted that although he only wished to publish his books with the Paris publisher Stock, he would consider it an honor to contribute to the French publication, La Semaine. He offered to send literary articles, previously published by The Sunday Times, for consideration. Morgan would sell them to La Semaine for a one third of the price paid by The Sunday Times, on the condition that La Semaine arrange for the translation of the published article.

Morgan apologized to Engel for the elaborate message and that this was all he could offer at the moment. He closed the letter by hoping to see Mademoiselle Engel in Geneva.


  • Creation: 1946 May 29


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Materials entirely in English.

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Charles Langbridge Morgan (1894-1958)

British writer Charles Langbridge Morgan (1894-1958) wrote several plays, eleven novels, and numerous essays.

Charles Langbridge Morgan was a cadet in the Royal Navy and later attended naval colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth. From 1911-1913, he served in the Atlantic and China before resigning to pursue a literary career. However, at the outbreak of World War I, Morgan volunteered for re-enlistment in the Royal Navy, joining the Naval Brigade forces at Antwerp. In the fall of 1914, Morgan was taken prisoner in Holland. During his internment he began writing his first novel, The Gunroom (1919) in which he was critical of the British Navy. Morgan again volunteered for service during World War II, and he served in the British Admiralty from 1939-1944.

After studying at Oxford, beginning in 1921 Morgan worked as a drama critic for The Times of London. In 1926 he became the paper’s principal drama critic, a post he held until 1939.

In the 1930s and 1940s, when Morgan’s success as a writer was at its peak, he won three important literary prizes for his novels: the Prix Fémina-Vie Heureuse (1929); the Hawthornden Prize (1932); and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1940).

Morgan was one of the few foreigners to become an Académicien in the Institut de France. He also received honorary doctorates from St. Andrews University (LL.D., 1947), Université de Caen (1948), and Université de Toulouse (1948). Morgan died in London, on February 6, 1958.

This letter suggests that Mademoiselle Engel was known to Morgan and may have been connected to the French publication La Semaine. It is possible that this may be Claire Éliane Engel, French literary critic, translator and writer, who specialized in the history of mountaineering, particularly in the Alps.

Morgan, Charles. Selected Letters. Ed. Eiluned Lewis. London: Macmillan, 1967."Charles Morgan." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed July 2011).

"Claire Éliane Engel." Wikipédia. (accessed February 2013).


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British writer Charles Morgan (1894-1958) wrote to Mademoiselle Engel concerning the French publication rights to some of his work.


Purchase, July 2012.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

MSS 0397, Charles Morgan letters to Ronald Armstrong.

MSS 0099, F0850, Charles Morgan letters to Mrs. Hotson.

MSS 0099 F0889, Charles Morgan letter to unidentified recipient.

MSS 0099, F0891, Charles Morgan letters to Edith Koch.

MSS 0099, F0929, Charles Morgan letter to Mademoiselle.

Shelving Summary

Box 63, F0928: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, February 2013. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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