Letters to and from Savery's agent, Mary R. Walsh CWS

Letters to and from an agent, Mary R. Walsh

Mary R. Walsh, Authors' Representative, 6 Park Street, Boston. 21 May 41. Re: Referred by Fleming H. Revell Co.; offers to read The Good Ship Red Lily, recommend changes, submit for publication, receive royalties, and transmit them; terms for her services specified.

To --- Ibid. 2 Jul 41. Re: Delayed response to hear from Revell; glad to accept offer; history of manuscript for The Good Ship Red Lily provided.

--- Ibid. 25 Jul 41. Re: Submitted manuscript to Knopf, but continuing relationship must be with Longmans.

--- Ibid. 19 Jan 42. Re: Harper [and Brothers] finds book too long; interested if shortened to 68,000-70,000 words; will do that here for $25. Manuscript went to Houghton Mifflin when returned by Knopf.

--- Ibid. 21 Apr 42. Re: Received remittance for twenty-five dollars.

--- Ibid. 8 May 42. Re: Understand difficulty in arranging payments; Ursula Woodstrom, New York, reports their list is full, so status of Flight to Freedom is unclear. Expresses concern over German bombing in England.

--- Ibid. 3 Jun 42. Re: Remittance arrived; still waiting for Harper's decision.

--- Ibid. 20 Jun 42. Re: Likely Harper will take book, now titled Flight for Freedom with small number of additional cuts in narrative.

--- Ibid. 3 Oct 42. Re: Harper still delaying; still suggesting further cuts.

--- Ibid. 13 Mar 43. Re: Retyped manuscript should suit Harper's this time.

--- Ibid. . Re: Original and cut versions have been sent, at their request, to Longman's.

--- Ibid. 29 Oct 43. Re: Presume you have heard from Longmans; book will probably appear in Summer or Fall; Walsh's charges spelled out.

To --- Ibid. 3 Jan 44. Re: Mail very unreliable; confirms contract details; any serial or movie prospects? Regarding cuts:

Thank you for all the work you have done for Flight for Freedom. I read it through the other day and wondered whether you had cut where I would have cut. When I sent the MS to Miss Gunterman [Longman's editor] first of all she didn't like my dear Violet Yellow. If you haven't already toned her down, no doubt Miss Gunterman will!
"Dear" Violet Yellow was a nasty piece of goods in the published book. One wonders what she was like originally.

--- Ibid. 31 Aug 44. Re: Remitting royalties, minus charges, for The Good Ship Red Lily.

--- Ibid. 23 Jul 45. Re: Remittance for The Good Ship Red Lily.

--- Ibid. 3 Dec 45. Re: Remittance; "The Good Ship Red Lily has been much praised."

--- Ibid., 64 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. 8 Jun 46. Re: Further remittance.

--- Ibid. 16 Jul 47. Re: Remittance for The Good Ship Red Lily; glad that sales continue.

--- Ibid. 28 Nov 47. Re: Remittance; concerns over inflation; understand situation worse in Britain.

--- Ibid. 3 Aug 48. Re: Small remittance for The Good Ship Red Lily; hope book continues to sell.

--- Ibid. 14 Oct 48. Re: Glad to hear you are still writing; know any other authors needing a representative?

--- Ibid. 8 Nov 48. Re: Small remittance for The Good Ship Red Lily.


NOTES: Communications between the United States and Great Britain during World War Two were sometimes slow or delayed, and having a trustworthy, efficient agent in the United States was both convenient and sensible for Savery. I do not know when their contract was terminated. Evidently it was restricted to the one book. Walsh's name appears only three times in the work diary. The last entry was in November of 1949.

When The Good Ship Red Lily was republished in a British edition with an increased Christian message, the title Flight to Freedom was used.