Letter from Norman Leys to Leonard Woolf (23/07/1924)




[[MS 2750/255/9]]


23rd July 1924


Dear Woolf,


Everything about the book 'Letters of Stephen Reynolds" seems to me excellent. Unfortunately my daughter got hold of it before I knew and began to read it and cut some of the pages. Please let me know its cost and I will send it.


T. Jones telegraphed that I was to send him some of the mss of





my book. I sent him five chapters. He writes that he is reading them and will write in two days. Unwin writes to explain that he made proposed 12/6 though from the size of the book it should be 16/- because he understood it was intended as a good deed in a naughty world, not as a commercial proposition. I have written to ask what difference, in his opinion,







publication at 15/- would make to sales, and how he would propose to dispose of the extra half crown.


I now feel strongly in favour of your offer. But my wife is the kind of person who dislikes my always being in a minority and wants me to publish with someone of established position. Why shouldnt [sic] I help to establish your position? And why should not you, in







return, show less capacity than publishers hardened to their trade?


Seriously, it all depends on T. Jones, as I promised Unwin I would follow his advice. But I am getting very impatient about the delay.


Yours | Norman Leys [signature]


It is cheering to know that Unwin obviously wants the job. He seems to think the book quite good which I understand is rare in a publisher.

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Letter from Norman Leys to Leonard Woolf (23/07/1924)



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Norman Leys writes about the book he was sent: 'Letters of Stephen Reynolds' and that he likes it. He is still in discussion with Allen and Unwin, though he strongly favours the Hogarth Press, he explains that his wife thinks he should choose the publisher with a more established position, but questions why he shouldn't want to improve the position of The Hogarth Press. He states that he awaits his friends advice, finishing the letter cheered to know Allen and Unwin want to publish his book.


Handwritten letter with Norman Leys signature.