WINSTON CHURCHILL DISCUSSES WITH HIS EDITOR, DESMOND FLOWER, THE EDITING, PRINTING, AND PUBLICATION DETAILS OF ONE OF HIS MOST ENDURING WORKS: A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES
WINSTON CHURCHILL (1874-1965) TYPED LETTER SIGNED, "Yours Sincerely, Winston S. Churchill", 1 pg., 7.5 x 9.5, Hyde Park Gate letterhead, May 25, 1955. Letter to editor and publisher Desmond Flower, in full: "Your letter to Mr. Moir of May 19: I am very glad you like the new division. I am sure it will be better to bring the first volume down to the end of the Plantagenets. I am in favor of sub-titles for each of the volumes, but they require a lot of thought. There are already sub-titles for each of the books. I see no reason why both processes should not be combined." Churchill adds the date and salutation in his own hand. Churchill remained meticulous in his approach as a writer and editor, which this letter plainly shows; such an astute attention to detail led to his well-deserved receipt of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." In fine condition, with one filing hole & secretarial notations to left margin.
Desmond Flower (1907-97) was the longtime editor and director at London's Cassell & Co., a publishing house that released numerous collected speeches by Churchill, in addition to two of his most enduring works: the six-volume The Second World War, and the four volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, with the latter undoubtedly the very subject of this letter.
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples is a four-volume history of Britain and its former colonies (America included) and possessions throughout the world, written by Winston Churchill, covering the period from Caesar's invasions of Britain to the end of the Second Boer War: It stands as one of Winston S. Churchill's most magnificent literary works. It was started in 1937 and finally published in 1956-58 and all were best sellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Volume one mentioned in this letter was titled, The Birth of Britain.