Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill Sends a Chapter for the Third Volume of His Biography of His Ancestor


Winston Churchill Sends a Chapter for the Third Volume of His Biography of His Ancestor

“I now send you Chapter XVII (re-numbered) ‘The Winter Struggle’ All the chapters after XI or XII require renumbering, as a new one has come in.”

In this brief letter to the chief copy editor for his publishers, Winston Churchill sends a new chapter for Volume III of his four-volume biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). George G. Harrap & Company published Volume III later in 1936, with “The Winter Struggle” as chapter XXVII in that volume.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Typed Letter Initialed, to Charles C. Wood, March 2, 1936.  1 p., 8" x 10", on “Chartwell” stationery.  Expected folds; paper clip rust stain at top edge; otherwise very good.

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“I now send you Chapter XVII (re-numbered) ‘The Winter Struggle’ All the chapters after XI or XII require renumbering, as a new one has come in. I should be glad to have this chapter back in priority after the first and before the main block of reprints. Six reprints will be required in all cases.”

“I think the principle to adopt about modernizing the letters is to print the new ones which first see the light in their old style and modernize the rest. At any rate do not worry about these changes at this stage in the work.”
    

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was born to a British father and American mother at his family’s ancestral home in Oxfordshire, England. After education at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Churchill served as an army officer in India and Africa and became an accomplished writer. Over a political career that spanned fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions, including First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 to 1915 and again from 1939 to 1940. In 1922, Churchill bought the manor house of Chartwell in Kent, and he later spent most of his retirement there. During the 1930s, he took the lead in warning against Nazi Germany’s hostile ambitions. He served as Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. His speeches inspired British resistance to Nazi Germany, especially in 1940-1941, when the United Kingdom stood almost alone against Adolf Hitler. After suffering a serious stroke in 1953, he retired from political office in 1955. In 1963, he became the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.

Charles C. Wood (1875-1959) joined the publishing firm of George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., in 1912. He served as chief copy editor on Churchill’s monumental biography, Marlborough: His Life and Times, published in four volumes between 1933 and 1938.  In 1948, Churchill hired the retired Wood to proofread his massive multi-volume work, The Second World War. Wood joined Churchill’s staff of secretaries, research assistants, and advisors. Wood became “an essential member of the team and no error escaped his eye.” Wood was as abrasive as Churchill was demanding, and Churchill once called Wood “indefatigable, interminable, intolerable.” The process of proofreading both The Second World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples was called “wooding.”

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