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Correspondence of the John Gordon Society , mainly letters to, and carbon copies of letters from, Greene, 1956

MS. Eng. c. 7232
Held at the Weston Library

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Papers of a spoof society formed by Greene and Sutro, 'to represent the ideals of Mr. Gordon' (cutting, 10 Feb. 1956, at fol. 379) after John Gordon, editor of the Sunday Express, had attacked Greene's recommendation of Lolita as one of the best books of the year

Includes :

  1. (fol. 171) letter from Stephen Spender
  2. (fols. 317-326) correspondence with John Gordon
  3. (fols. 327-377) lists of members, and minutes of meetings
  4. (fols. 378-445) newspaper cuttings


  • Creation: 1956


444 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 7232

Custodial History

From the papers of Graham Greene; given by him to Gillian Sutro in 1985 (note by her, fol. 1).

Related Materials

See also MS. Eng. c. 7227, fols. 14-21, typescript draft of minutes of a meeting to discuss the John Gordon society, annotated by Greene, Mar. 1956.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom