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SIR NEWMAN FLOWER PAPERS

The Sir Newman Flower Papers consist of correspondence to Newman Flower from various figures regarding the publishing business at Cassell & Company Limited, the firm Flower directed. Correspondents include such noted writers as Augustine Bissell, Beatrice Harradan, Sheila Kaye-Smith, Max Pemberton, Ernest Raymond, Ethel Mary Savage, and Humbert Wolfe. The bulk of the material was from Beatrice Harradan, Ernest Raymond, and Ethel Mary Savage. The collection is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. The Sir Newman Flower Papers are stored in one small archival box (0.25 linear feet).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH - Publisher, editor, and author (Walter) Newman Flower was born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset on July 8, 1879, the son of John Walter Flower. In 1903, Flower married Evelyn Readwin. He was educated at Weymouth College and privately. In 1906, he joined Cassell publishing house, and in 1927 he bought Cassell & Company Limited. While in charge of Cassell, he published Winston Churchill's "The Second World War." Churchill had said that he wanted his writings about World War II to be published only by Cassell. Flower's own publications include "Red Harvest" (1913), "Crucifixion" (1916), "George Frederic Handel" (1923), "Sir Arthur Sullivan: His Life and Letters" (1927), and "Franz Schubert" (1928). Flower also edited Arnold Bennett's "Journal." Flower was knighted in 1938. He was the father of Desmond Flower, also an important publisher. Sir Newman Flower died on March 12, 1964.

[Sources: "Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians." vol. 2. New York: Schirmer Books, 2001. "Contemporary Authors." vol. 109. Detroit: Gale, 1983. "Who's Who: 1931." London: Macmillan, 1931.]

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ACCESSION DATA:

Status: Open.

Provenance: Gift of Nicholas B. Scheetz, 2004.

Processed by Scott S. Taylor, January 2005.

BULK DATES: 1912 - 1928
SPAN DATES: 1912 - 1946

EXTENT: 1 box (0.25 l.f.)



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