Gallie, Menna (1920-1990)
Scope:
The Menna Gallie collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, photographs, and other materials.

The collection includes manuscripts for novels, short stories, plays, lectures, broadcasts, book reviews, and other items.

Collected novel manuscripts, published by Gollancz unless noted, include Strike for a Kingdom (1958), Man’s Desiring (1960), The Small Mine (1962), Travels with a Duchess (1967), You’re Welcome to Ulster (1971), The Making of an Heiress (unpublished), One Moonlit Night, and Miriam. 

Collected short story manuscripts include "The Fall of Jerusalem" and "I Never Saw You at My Funeral."  Collected play manuscripts include I Bid You Take Love Easy, North of the Border, and one untitled item.  Collected lecture manuscripts include "The Purpose of PEN," "Racial Discrimination," "The Social Worker in Britain," and "Talk for Women’s Federation at Neath." Collected broadcast manuscripts include "The Italian Bed" and "A Talk for Woman’s Hour.  The collection also includes a manuscript for a book review of Germaine Greer’s "The Female Eunuch," as well as two Welsh manuscripts: "Cymdeithas ynfqy llac" and "Cynghanedd."   A manuscript for "Villa Verses" (poetry), notes for Bradley’s Macbeth, "Writers in Schools" (Gallie’s curriculum vitae),  an untitled radio and TV play, and teaching-related materials constitute additional items.

Many manuscripts are maintained across a series of holograph notebooks, accompanied by additional drafts, diary entries, and notes.

Correspondence, collected between 1956 and 1971, consist of letters and postcards, pertaining primarily to literary matters. Included are Gallie’s exchanges with Hilary Rubinstein (agent) and Harper & Rowe, as well as a Xeroxed letter from Curtis Brown, Ltd. negotiating payments for Travels with a Duchess. Other correspondents include Livia and Victor Gollancz and Gwyn Jones. Also included are undated correspondence from Gallie’s mother, children, and husband.

The collection’s personal memorabilia includes notes from Gallie’s husband, as well as daughter Didi’s juvenilia (a diary and a sketching notebook).

Printed materials in the collection include numerous book reviews from publications such as The New York Times Book review, San Angelo Standard Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Birmingham Post, and others. Publicity items—menus and programs for an annual dinner—are also included. Other items include a short story, a political statement, biographical articles, and clippings regarding political events.

Collected photographs capture Gallie, Mary Lavin, and Sir Harold Wilson. Also present are 40 photographs (some of which feature Gallie’s daughter) and one negative. 

Miscellaneous materials consist of an alphabetical code, a piano score for "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring," travel postcards, a facsimile of Cromwell’s baptismal entry, and a watercolor of rosy flowers.
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Notable Figures
1. Gallie, Menna
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Novels and Short Stories Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Irish Collections Subject Guide