Bogarde, Dirk (1921-1999)

The Dirk Bogarde collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, audio, and other items.

Manuscripts by Bogarde in the collection include his books A Postillion Struck by Lightning: A Memoir (Holt, 1977); Snakes and Ladders (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1979); A Gentle Occupation (Knopf, 1980); Voices in the Garden (Knopf, 1981); An Orderly Man (Knopf, 1983); West of Sunset (Viking, 1984); Backcloth (Viking, 1986); A Particular Friendship (Macmillan, 1990); Jericho (Viking, 1992); Great Meadow: An Evocation (Viking, 1992); A Period of Adjustment (Viking, 1994); A Short Walk from Harrods (Penguin,1994); Cleared for Take-Off (Penguin, 1995); and Closing Ranks (Viking, 1997). Other manuscripts by Bogarde include his screenplay May We Borrow Your Husband?, an adaptation of the Graham Greene short story (1986); his stage play, A Postillion Struck By Lightning (1996); a poem titled “At Santa Monica,” on the death of Robin Fox; “Notes for Research on Book on Visconti”; and “Coming to Terms,” a short item dictated in 1999.

Manuscripts by others in the collection include a play by Tom Stoppard titled “The Merry Widow,” for the Glyndebourne Concert at Festival Hall, July 1993; “A Look at a Particular Man,” a thesis on Bogarde by Margaret Christie (1993); a work for the stage titled “Saki,” by Jaremy Raison (1994); and page proofs of John Coldstream’s Dirk Bogarde: The Authorized Biography (George Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2005).

Correspondence in the collection includes letters grouped into specific subjects as well as general correspondence. Subject areas include the film The Night Porter (1974); the J. Arthur Rank Organization (1950s) and his contractual severance from them (1960-1961); Bogarde’s acceptance of an honorary degree from the University of St. Andrews (1984-1985); and publishing correspondence, primarily with Chatto and Windus (1971-1983). General correspondence includes numerous notable figures, including Princess Alexandria of Kent, Lord Richard Attenborough, Alan Ayckbourn, Ingrid Bergman, Ellen Burstyn, Noel Coward, George Cukor, Roald Dahl, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, John Gielgud, Alec Guinness, Rex Harrison, Olivia de Havilland, Pauline Kael, Nigella Lawson, Alan Jay Lerner, Joshua Lockwood Logan, Henry Moore, Laurence Olivier, Harold Pinter, Charlotte Rampling, Vanessa Redgrave, Alain Resnais, Neil Simon, Anthony Snowdon, Tom Stoppard, and Luchino Visconti. A significant portion of the correspondence consists of letters between Bogarde and his friend Penelope Mortimer, dating from 1971 through the 1990s. This series also includes a file containing correspondence to Bogarde from 1964 to 1994.

Printed material in the collection includes files regarding Bogarde’s work, including Closing Ranks; Dirk Bogarde: The Complete Autobiography (1988); Great Meadow; and Jericho, among other titles. This series also includes proofs of an article by Bogarde on Dilys Powell; a travel article by Bogarde titled “The Bay of the Little Lost Sheep,” printed in The Guardian (1979); and publicity and book reviews (1958), among other items.

Audio recordings in the collection consist of readings of Bogarde’s writings on audio cassettes. Titles include Snakes and Ladders, A Gentle Occupation, Voices in the Garden, An Orderly Man, Jericho, Great Meadow, A Period of Adjustment, and A Short Walk from Harrods (read by Bogarde).

Other material in the collection includes four publicity photographs for A Postillion Struck by Lightning; research material for Closing Ranks; photographs; and Bogarde’s word processor.

Notable Figures
1. Bogarde, Dirk, 1921-1999
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. LGBT Subject Guide
3. Motion picture industry
4. Motion picture actors and actresses
5. Memoirs
6. Screenplays
7. Motion pictures – Production and direction
8. Motion pictures – Great Britain
9. Motion picture producers and directors