[Henry Williamson, author of 'Tarka the Otter'.] Typed material prepared by his daughter-in-law Anne Williamson, intended to provide 'background information for an outline for biographical television treatment'.

Henry Williamson (1895-1977), English novelist, naturalist and ruralist, author of ‘Tarka the Otter’, his daughter-in-law and biographer Anne Williamson, wife of his youngest son Richard Williamson
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Undated [1970s?]. From Anne Williamson's West Sussex address.
SKU: 24835

Anne Williamson, author of two books on Henry Williamson and of his entry in the Oxford DNB, was married to his youngest son Richard (1935-2022). The present typewritten material (88pp, 8vo) consists of several drafts and duplicates of material intended for circulation to production companies she hoped to interest in a television documentary on Williamson. It is in good condition, with each page printed on a separate leaf of A4 cartridge paper. The covering leaf, which is lightly creased, reads: ‘The dreamer of Devon / Henry Williamson / writer / 1895-1977 / An outline / for / biographical television treatment.’ At bottom left: ‘Prepared by / Anne Williamson’ and her West Sussex address. Written in red ink above the words ‘An outline’ is: ‘Background information for’. An introductory page titled ‘The Dreamer of Devon’ and a page discussing ‘Some key dates in the life of Henry Williamson’ are followed by two sets - one plain and the other with manuscript additions also in red ink - of eleven ‘BIOG PANELS’, mini essays on aspects of Williamson’s life, with titles: ‘Early days’, ‘The First World War’, ‘Move to Georgeham in North Devon’, ‘The early twenties’, ‘The Hawthornden Prize’, ‘Shallowford days’, ‘The Norfolk farm’, ‘Return to Devon’, ‘Ancient sunlight’, ‘Last days’ and ‘L’envoi’. She explains the original purpose of these eleven essays in a pencil note: ‘The following pages were based on Display Boards normally accompanied by about fifty photographs and used for Exhibition purposes. Thus they are only a broad outline and bland in content. They are offered as a useful background. NB. The display panels were blown up to A3 & encapsulated in plastic.’ Also present in addition to these two sets is an earlier draft of the eleven-page section, with duplicate pages and a few variations thereof, totalling 64pp.