||This addition to the papers of author Sybille Bedford contains materials that were
Bedford's possession at the time of her death in 2006. The papers are arranged
three series: I. Works, 1978-2005; II. Correspondence, 1979-2006; III. Personal
||Series I. contains several drafts of articles, a small amount of material relating
the publication of Bedford's final book, Quicksands: A
Memoir, and a eulogy for Amalia Elguera.
||The correspondence in Series II. includes letters from Bedford's publishers and
agents, as well as friends and acquaintances such as Bill and Chloe Blackburn,
Byrne, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Francis Henry King, Richard and Mary Ollard, and
Patchett. There are also two postcards from Bedford's close friend Allanah Harper.
||The bulk of Series III. is comprised of the extensive wine books kept by Bedford and
containing notes regarding wine tastings and purchases. Career-related materials
consist of royalty statements, contracts, and reviews for various Bedford works.
file includes Bedford's birth certificate, marriage certificate providing Bedford
with English citizenship in 1935, and correspondence from Prime Minister Thatcher's
office regarding the OBE awarded in 1981.