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Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Adams, Richard, 1920-
Materials are in English.
The Adams, R. mss., 1968-1984, collection consists of the papers of publishing firm Rex Collings Ltd. relating to the publication of several novels by author Richard Adams, primarily Watership Down.
This collection is open for research.
Richard Adams is an English writer best known for the novel Watership Down (1972).
Most of the papers concern the bestselling children's classic Watership Down (1972), including correspondence, contracts, publicity and production materials, royalty statements, clippings, a radio script, and materials regarding the illustrated edition and the film. There also is a press release and clipping for his The Girl in a Swing (1980); a contract with Penguin Books for The Plague Dogs (1977); and production materials, a press release, and contract materials with Penguin Books for Shardik (1974), as well as correspondence relating to all three of these titles: in particular is a letter from Adams to Rex Collings dated Apr. 29, 1977 concerning a perceived attack on civil servants and parliamentarians in The Plague Dogs. In a July 3, 1973 letter to Collings, Adams discusses the concept and imagery behind the story of Shardik.
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Completed in 2013
Bulk of correspondence pertains to Watership Down. Also includes correspondence regarding The Ship's Cat, Shardik, and The Plague Dogs.