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Two letters to Cyril Lakin from Jack Walter Lambert

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MS. Eng. c. 8410, fols. 71-72

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Two letters to Cyril Lakin from Jack Walter Lambert, Southside, Beech Farm, Warlingham. The letters explain the circumstances of Lambert's initial appointment at the Sunday Times (Lambert became Assistant Literary and Arts Editor in 1948). In the first letter (typescript, 15 May 1946), Lambert states that he would like to become a theatre critic. The second letter (autograph manuscript, 31 May 1946) was written after meeting Lakin, and Lambert states that 'a comparative analysis of provincial newspapers can hardly fail to be interesting... and I feel sure I can give you the sort of assistance you need'.


  • Creation: May 1946


2 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. c. 8410, fols. 71-72

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21028


Two letters to Cyril Lakin from Jack Walter Lambert, May 1946.

Biographical / Historical

Cyril Lakin (1893-1948) was a journalist, broadcaster, and politician from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan. He attended St John's College, Oxford. Lakin became Assistant Editor of the Daily Telegraph in 1929 until 1933; he was Literary Editor of the Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph between 1933 and 1937; and Assistant Editor and Literary Editor of the Sunday Times between 1937 and 1945. He was also a broadcaster for the BBC and MP (Conservative) for Llandaff and Barry in South Wales between 1942 and 1945. Lakin married Vera Marjory Savill in 1926; they had one daughter, Bridget (b.1927). Lakin died in a car accident in 1948.

For a full biography of Jack Walter Lambert (1917-1985), literary critic and editor, see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

These letters were inherited by Cyril Lakin's daughter, Bridget.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian Libraries by Geoff Andrews, April 2021.

Catalogue of two letters to Cyril Lakin from Jack Walter Lambert, May 1946 CMD ID 21028
Rachael Marsay
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Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest

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