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Angus Stewart correspondence and publishing files


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Angus Stewart (1936-1998) was an Australian-born British writer known for the novels

Sandel (1968) and Snow in Harvest (1969), a book of verse titled Sense and Inconsequence: Satirical Verses (1972), and the memoir Tangier: A Writer's Notebook (1977).

Stewart was born in 1936 in Adelaide, Australia, and was the son of British novelist and professor J. I. M. Stewart (1906-1994) and his wife Margaret. Unable to return to England during World War II, the family lived in Australia until 1946. In 1961, Stewart, in search of "the nearest people not like me," moved from England to Tangier, Morocco, for the first time. Over the next thirteen years, Stewart resided alternately in England and Tangier. While in Morocco, he became acquainted with several English and American expatriate intellectuals, such as William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), John Lehmann (1907-1987), and Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), and was especially close to Paul Bowles (1910-1999) and his wife Jane Bowles (1917-1973).

Stewart's controversial first novel,

Sandel (1968), explores the topics of homosexuality and consensual, adult-child sexual relationships. Out of print for several years, the novel has become a rare book, sought-after by many scholars and special interest readers. In Tangier: A Writer's Notebook Stewart recounts the story of his experiences in Morocco as well as his relationship with Meti, a young Moroccan boy. Stewart used two of Meti's drawings as illustrations for Sense and Inconsequence . The book is a collection of what Stewart called "satirical verse," a term which W. H. Auden (1907-1973) revised in his forward to the book, describing the work as well-executed "Nonsense verse."

"Angus (J. M.) Stewart." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography In Context). (accessed October 15, 2012). Angus Stewart.Tangier: A Writer's Notebook. (London: Hutchinson, 1977).

Biographical information also derived from the collection.

The Angus Stewart correspondence and publishing files comprises letters from Australian-born British author Angus Stewart to publishers Timothy d'Arch Smith (born 1936) and Michael Ayres, as well as the Fuller d'Arch Smith, Ltd. files relating to the 1972 publication of

Sense and Inconsequence.

D'Arch Smith and Ayres, of the Michael deHartington firm, managed the publication of the book through Fuller d'Arch Smith.

Included are letters and materials from Stewart to d'Arch Smith and Ayres sent between 1971 and 1972, during the publication of

Sense and Inconsequence. The content of the letters mostly pertain to the book's publication, often discussing W. H. Auden's foreword (referred to as "WHA's noise") and proofs of the illustrations drawn by Meti, Stewart's young Moroccan friend. A color slide of a photograph of Meti is included, as well as a photocopy of Auden's forward.

The Fuller d'Arch Smith publication files include correspondence, invoices, receipts, and estimates that the company received regarding the printing, proofing, and binding of

Sense and Inconsequence. Most of the materials in the publication files are from Compton Press (Salisbury, England), but there are also materials from Daedelus Press (Norfolk, England) and Cedric Chivers, Ltd. (Bath, England). The materials are arranged chronologically, dated January 1972 through March 1973, and demonstrate the various costs and challenges associated with a small publication project during this time.

In addition to the publication files, there is also a small collection of material dated between 1976 and 1977 concerning Fuller d'Arch Smith's sale of gay literature to Elysian Fields Booksellers in New York. The material includes inventory checklists and letters from d'Arch Smith to "Michael" (presumably Ayres) regarding blurbs for the books sold, as well as a list of books and their corresponding blurbs written by d'Arch Smith.

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)

Purchase, July 2012.

Processed and encoded by Elyse Brown, October 2012.

A proof copy of

Sense and Inconsequence, accompanied by Meti's illustration proof of a rhinoceros that was used in the publication, has been cataloged separately with imprints in Special Collections

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2012 October 15
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Collection Inventory

Letters and materials from Angus Stewart, 1971 November 15-1972 November 4.
Box 1 Folder F1
Fuller d'Arch Smith publishing files, 1972 January 4-1973 March 22.
Box 1 Folder F2
Fuller d'Arch Smith bookseller correspondence, 1976 June 3-1977 March 2.
Box 1 Folder F3

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