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Common (Jack) Archive

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  • 1916 - 1988

The papers of Jack Common (1900-1968) are a rich resource for those interested in the history of this talented Tyneside-born writer. They include published and unpublished typescripts and manuscripts of his work, including Kiddar's Luck, his fictionalised childhood autobiography, published in 1951. There are also Common's diaries, notebooks, research notes, news cuttings, correspondence and photographs.

The papers also include copies of articles and draft articles for his contribution to the socialist journals The Adelphi and New Britain. Correspondence to Jack Common includes letters from his friends George Orwell, E.M. Forster, Dorothy and Max Plowman, Richard and John Middleton Murry, Thomas McCullough and Connie Common, Jack's second wife. There is also correspondence from various publishers as well as from the BBC and Associated British Picture Corporation.

Common, Jack, 1903-1968, writer

Various short typescripts and manuscripts

a) Waterloo Bridge; (b) In Natopia and Natopia notes (2 booklets) and other notes; c) A Green Man Gone or Noon is No Time; d) Gone the quarter; e) The Inevitability of Christian Materialism; f) The ‘Confessio Fedei' of Dean Inge; g) Inspecting Spectes h) Peace in Wartime; i) Take…: The finding of …; Personal luggage; in the back manuscript: Rumbling in a Cuncil…; k) Taro (Eyes); (l) People's Theatre; m) Introductory: What constitutes a Proletariat; n) On Pesce Privios; o) Marriae as heaven; p) The man who couldn't lose; q) The problem of style – J. Middleton Murray, plus notes on J.M.M.; r) Reflection in the pool; profile: Buck Hammond, Bill Hammond, The food office bride; s) Three typescript with no name (one 10 pages, the second 9 pages, the third synopsis of 8 pages); t) Manuscript, no name, 5 sheets; u) Two sparsitems; v) Notes: 19 pages on various topics; w) Typescript: Four by Rayner Heppenstal

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