AP Watt Archive AP Watt Archive

Trees and bluebells AP Watt, founded in 1875, is the oldest literary agency in the world, representing leading British and international writers and illustrators from the 20th century to the present day. 

The University of East Anglia acquired the archive from the Agency in 2013. A limited number of series are available for consultation and future additions are expected.

There are seven boxes of correspondence between AP Watt and the Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer, (from 1975-2007) including correspondence following Gordimer’s refusal to be included on the shortlist for the Orange Prize. The material will be released from embargo in July 2016.

Also included are the papers of children’s author, Dick King-Smith (1922-2011), who is best known for ‘The Sheep Pig’ (1983), adapted as the film ‘Babe’ (1995); papers from children’s author and crime writer, Peter Dickinson; from Michael Holroyd (biographer), Sir Martin Gilbert (official biographer for Sir Winston Churchill who also wrote on the holocaust and Jewish history); Philip Kerr (author of the Bernie Gunther detective series and other standalone thrillers); Timothy Mo (novelist) and Barrie & Frances Pitt (authors of ‘The Chronological Atlas of World War II’).

Handwritten letterThere are copyright valuations for deceased authors; and letters to AP Watt from a number of authors in the 1920s and 30s as well as 93 letters from Sapper (H.C. McNeile, 1888-1937), a commanding officer who wrote yarns and plays during WWI and who went on to publish the ‘Bulldog Drummond’ adventure novels.

Contracts and correspondence from W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot; and the typescript of ‘An After Thought’ by J.M. Barrie.

Listing of this collection [, 500KB]

External links:
AP Watt Records at the University of North Carolina