||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 in
series: I. Works, 1978-2005; II. Correspondence, 1979-2006; III. Personal and
||Series I. contains several drafts of articles, a small amount of material relating
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,
well as friends and acquaintances such as Bill and Chloe Blackburn, John Byrne, Elizabeth
Jane Howard, Francis Henry King, Richard and Mary Ollard, and Ann Patchett. There
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
royalty statements, contracts, and reviews for various Bedford works. One 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