Speaight, Robert (1904-1976)

The collection of Robert Speaight includes manuscripts, printed material, and both personal and professional correspondences.

Manuscripts in the collection include book reviews, magazine and journal articles, essays, lectures,  and transcripts of radio broadcasts. There are many of short pieces written for several different literary publications such as The Tablet, The New York Times, In London Now, as well as several radio broadcast scripts for the BBC.  The collection also contains some translations and broadcast adaptations of several stories and foreign plays.

Printed material in the collection includes bound proof copies of several of Speaight’s books including The Life of Eric Gill (1966), The Property Basket (1970), Teilhard de Chardin (1967), and Vanier (1970). The collection also contains the printed versions of many short pieces such as book reviews, articles and essays and published in journals and magazines such as Drama Survey, The Month, and A Review of English Literature among others. Materials are extensive for Shakespeare Quarterly from 1960 to 1969.  In addition, the collection contains transcripts of BBC radio shows Speaight was involved with and several other published articles on music and drama. 

The collection also contains a substantial amount of correspondence dating fro 1930 to 1970, most of which is accompanied by explanatory notes in Speaight’s hand. Letters in the collection detail professional and personal relationships between Speaight and several publishers, agents, authors, teachers, politicians, as well as family and friends. Notable correspondents include Carleton Allen, Joseph Baird, Maurice Baring, Martin Brown, Martin d’Arcy, Pierre Emmanuel, Lane D Kilburn, Augustus Muir, Lenord Woolf,  David Scott, William Poel, Edith Olivier, Nigel Nicolson, Rene MacColl, David Michael Jones, John Rothenstein, Simon Yves, and John Trewin among several others.

Notable Figures
1. Speaight, Robert, 1904-1976
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Radio Subject Guide
4. History and Biography Subject Guide
5. Motion picture actors and actresses -- England
6. Motion picture industry – United States
7. English literature – 20th century
8. Authors, English