Document ReferenceLa E
TitleEditorial papers of Cambridge University Press relating to the CUP edition of 'The Letters and Works of D.H. Lawrence'
Extent150 boxes; 4 card index boxes
AbstractMainly comprising files of editorial correspondence, research papers relating to D.H. Lawrence, proofs of volumes in the CUP Lawrence edition, and copies of original D.H. Lawrence manuscripts
Access ConditionsThe bulk of the collection is accessible to all readers. However, access to some items is restricted under current Data Protection legislation. Please see our Access Policy or contact us for further advice.
Admin HistoryThe project to publish the complete letters of D.H. Lawrence began with a meeting at the University of Nottingham in Jun. 1972. Attendees were Michael Black of CUP, James T. Boulton, Keith Sagar, Harry T. Moore, F. Warren Roberts and and Gerald Lacy. Black recommended to syndics of CUP that they take on the project, and an agreement was made with Laurence Pollinger Ltd, as literary trustees of the Lawrence Estate. Black's decision publish a critical or scholarly edition of Lawrence's complete works came the following year in 1973, although it took a further 18 months before Pollinger agreed to the project. Lawrence's publishers Heinemann and Viking declined involvement in the project, leaving the door open to CUP. Pollinger eventually agreed to the undertaking, prompted by the imminent expiration of copyright in Lawrence's works in 1980. The first volume in the Letters series was published in 1979, and the first volume of the Works series in 1980. The project was concluded in 2014.

In 1973 The Editorial Board for the Letters project comprised: James T. Boulton, George Zytaruk, Harry T. Moore, Warren Roberts, David Farmer, Gerald M. Lacy and Keith Sagar.

In 1978 the Editorial Board for the Works project comprised: Michael Black as representative of Cambridge University Press, James T. Boulton (with assistance from Andrew Robertson), Warren Roberts (with assistance from David Farmer), and Carl Baron acting as textual consultant.

Mermbership of the Editorial Board/s has changed over time, with the notable addition of Lindeth Vasey and John Worthen in 1983, replacing Carl Baron, David Farmer and Andrew Robertson.
Custodial HistoryThe papers were transferred to the University of Nottingham in four separate deposits during the period 1997-2004 via Prof. John Worthen, acting as member of the Editorial Board for the Cambridge University Press Lawrence edition
DescriptionEditorial papers created by Cambridge University Press during the project to publish the complete Letters of D.H. Lawrence and a critical edition of The Works of D.H. Lawrence. Comprising correspondence between the CUP Editorial Board, volume editors and owners of original D.H. Lawrence manuscripts, as well as research papers, proofs of volumes in the CUP Lawrence edition, and copies of original D.H. Lawrence letters and literary manuscripts held elsewhere.

General papers relating to the CUP Lawrence edition (La E 1)
Files relating to specific volumes within the CUP Lawrence edition (La E 2)
Copies of original manuscripts and correspondence used for research and reference purposes (La E 3)
Other publications and research papers, comprising essays, theses, newspaper articles, interviews, finding aids, book lists, sales catalogues and other provenance papers, as well as non-CUP book proposals and proofs (La E 4)

Readers should also consult related material within the papers of James T. Boulton (La R 2).
MgtGroupLiterary and cultural records
MgtSubGroupD H Lawrence
ArrangementPartial arrangement was undertaken shortly after acquisition of the main bulk of the collection in the late 1990s. Papers were arranged into three categories: General CUP papers relating to the Lawrence edition, papers relating to individual volumes in the series, and copies of original material held elsewhere.
Although attempts have been made to maintain this arrangement during cataloguing work undertaken as part of the 'Unlocking the D.H. Lawrence Collection' project (an ARC funded project undertaken in 2020-2022), papers acquired after the first acquisition of material in the 1990s have necessitated the addition of a fourth category: Other publications and research papers.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialResearch papers of Professor James T. Boulton (1924-2013) relating to D.H. Lawrence; 1967-2009 (La R 2)
Research papers of John Worthen on D.H. Lawrence; 1967-2003 (La R 8)
Papers of L D Clark (1922-2014) relating to his edition of D H Lawrence's 'The Plumed Serpent' published by Cambridge University Press in 1987; 1975-1993 (La R 11)
Related RecordLa/R/2
Publication Note'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence: Prospectus and notes for volume editors' (Cambridge University Press, 1973)

'The Cambridge edition of the Works of D.H. Lawrence: Prospectus and notes for volume editors' (Cambridge University Press, 1978)

Robert B. Partlow Jnr and Harry T. Moore (eds.), 'D.H. Lawrence: The Man Who Lived. Papers Delivered at the D.H. Lawrence Conference at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale April 1979' (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1980)

Charles L. Ross and Dennis Jackson (eds.), 'Editing D.H. Lawrence: New Versions of a Modern Author' (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1995)

Michael Black, 'Editing a Constantly-revising Author: the Cambridge Edition of Lawrence in Historical Context', in Mara Kalnins (ed.), D.H. Lawrence: Centenary Essays' (Bristol: Bristol Classical Press, 1986)

Michael Black, 'Getting the Cambridge Edition Started', in 'The D.H. Lawrence Review', vol.26 nos.1/3, pp.305-325

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