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The Thread of Life: an introduction to molecular biology , 1963-1971

MS. Eng. c. 2584
Held at the Weston Library

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Early outlines and plans.

Folder L.34. "Dictation notes", 23pp manuscript draft, 4pp additions.

Folder L.35. 15pp typescript outline with marginal indications of visual material, models, diagrams etc.

Folder L.36. "First outline script" dated 7 October 1963.


Folder L.37. Correspondence with producer and others at BBC re programmes, contract, arrangements for recording etc. May-December 1963. Includes correspondence from colleague on electron micrographs for programmes.

Folder L.38. Correspondence and arrangements for German version of lectures: notes of models and material required, contract with Bayerische Rundfunk, payment of fees for original broadcast in 1964 and repeat in 1966.

Folders L.39-L.44. Correspondence with G. Bell & Sons Ltd., and others, regarding published versions of lectures, American and German editions, translations etc. Most of the correspondence is with S.L. Dennis, a director of the firm.

Folder L.39. 1964-1965. Initial approaches, arrangements for adaptation, contract, negotiations with German publisher.

Folder L.40. 1966. English and American editions, Japanese translation, revised preface for German edition.

Folder L.41. October-December 1966. Correspondence and papers relating to article "The Elusive Code of Life" by B. Commoner in Saturday Review 1 October 1966, casting doubt on the role of DNA, and the editorial comment suggesting that Kendrew shared this view; an extract from The Thread of Life was printed in support. Kendrew wrote a letter in rebuttal which was published with an editorial apology in the issue of 4 March 1967.

Folder L.42. 1967. Transcription into Braille, Hungarian, Danish/Norwegian, Polish translations, preface for Japanese translation, paperback rights.

Folder L.43. 1968. Polish, Russian, Spanish translations.

Folder L.44. Correspondence, 1970-1971.


  • 1963-1971


11 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 2584

Former reference:

NCUACS 11/4/89/L.34-44

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