Letter from Norman Leys to Leonard Woolf (12/07/1924)



[[MS 2750/255/2]]


[embossed letterhead] BRAILSFORD. NR DERBY.


12th July 1924


Dear Woolf,


Will you be so very kind as to advise me about this? I am utterly ignorant of the whole subject. I only know that the book must be published, whatever the cost to me, and presume it is too late to send the mss.[manuscripts] to any other publisher in time for the autumn season.


On the points the letter raises I





may add, first, that I hope to make cuts totalling 5000 words but cannot do more, second, that as an aunt of mine died last year and left me my first legacy of £600, the first alternative in the letter is not out of the question.


In view of the first appointed Royal Commission the book ought to have a fair chance of success. Please return attached.


Yours sincerely | Norman Leys [signature]





P.S. I have written to A. & U. (to whom Gilbert Murray sent me) asking what price they propose the book should be sold at, the date they propose for publication, and other particulars.


I realise I am laying a heavy burden on you and if you would rather not have the responsibility of advising any particular course first return the enclosures in this envelope. I had hoped that if the book was a success and I made,





say, £200, I could spend these profits in bringing out a cheap edition for use by W. E.A. I.L.P rc.[?]  But neither of these offers of A. & U. give any hope of profit, it appears.


Norman Keys [signature]

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Source: MS 2750/255/2

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Letter from Norman Leys to Leonard Woolf (12/07/1924)



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Norman Leys asks Leonard Woolf for advice regarding publishing, and that he has written to Allen & Unwin for publishing dates. He also discusses using other profits toward a cheap edition.


Handwritten letter signed by Leys