Letter from Leonard Woolf to John Hampson Simpson (30/07/1930)



[[MS 2750/153/5]]


John Hampson Simpson Esq 
Four Ashes, 
Dorridge, Birmingham


30 July, 1930


Dear Mr Simpson,




Many thanks for your letter.  My wife and I both think that O PROVIDENCE IS is really much the better book, though there are considerable merits in SATURDAY NIGHT.  From the business point of view, we do not think that either is likely to sell very well, and O PROVIDENCE has much less chance than the other.  Indeed, if it were published as your first novel, it might quite easily be a complete failure.  We feel therefore that it would be more sensible to publish SATURDAY NIGHT first, which might attract some attention and so give O PROVIDENCE a better chance.  What we suggest is that we should publish SATURDAY NIGHT in the early spring, paying you a royalty of 10 per cent on the first 2000 copies sold and 15 per cent above that number, and that you give us an option of [illegible characters crossed out] accepting the other book on the same terms, the option to last for 12 months from the date of publication of SATURDAY NIGHT.  If we take up the option and accept O PROVIDENCE, we will undertake to publish it within 6 months of signing the agreement.


Yours sincerely | Leonard Woolf [signature]


[*Posted by me*] 
[*LSW 30/7*]

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Reproduced with permission from Penguin Random House UK Archive and Library owner of the Hogarth Press archive collection, held by the University of Reading Special Collections. With thanks to the Society of Authors.

Source: MS 2750/153/5

Letter from Leonard Woolf to John Hampson Simpson (30/07/1930)


University of Reading, Special Collections

Leonard Woolf writes to provide his opinions on John Hampson novels, 'Saturday Night at the Greyhound' and 'O Providence' he suggests in which order they ought to be published. He also discusses what royalties he would receive and time frames for publishing. Letter contains handwritten annotation


Typescript letter signed by Woolf