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Three typescript articles:...

"Are We Alone in the Universe?", "The River of Life", "Mystery of the Body". Each covering page headed: "World copyright by Cooperation".

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Published: [c.1939]

Stock Code: 121598

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


Three journalistic pieces attesting to Churchill's prodigious output during the 1930s, when he lived by his writing and when "many subjects were grist to his tireless mill. Apart from anything else, he had no Cabinet salary after 1929 and it was largely his journalism that enabled him to maintain his comfortable standard of living. He therefore accepted virtually every opportunity for publication with alacrity and professionalism. Articles may have been delivered by taxi at the last possible moment, but he never missed a copy date, even at the height of his political worries" (Frederick Woods, Artillery of Words: The Writings of Sir Winston Churchill, 1992, p. 11).
A version of "Are We Alone in the Universe?" was published in the Sunday Dispatch, a Beaverbrook weekly, on 8 March 1942 under the more sensational headline "Are There Men in the Moon?" It is listed in Cohen's bibliography (C662), where he comments "Written before the war but published here i.e. the Sunday Dispatch for the first time. Subsequently published in Collected Essays, Vol. IV, pp. 493-8". The latter text differs somewhat from the present typescript although the opening sentence and several other passages are identical.
"Mystery of the Body" is in large measure the same essay as that published under the title "What Do You Know About Yourself?" (Cohen 666, also written before the war, published in the Sunday Dispatch 5 April 1942 and reprinted in Collected Essays, Vol. IV, pp. 499-503).
"The River of Life" is perhaps the same essay published as "Life Under the Microscope" (Cohen C669, Sunday Dispatch 19 April 1942), but this is not reprinted in the Collected Essays so we have been unable to make a comparison.
The articles are from the collection of Churchill's literary agent Emery Reves (1904-1981), who had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-War international profile by the world-wide syndication of many of his prophetic articles during the late 1930s. Their association blossomed again after the war when Reves negotiated the sale of the US rights for The Second World War, and purchased the international rights himself, selling serialization to 27 newspapers across the globe and securing book rights in 11 European countries. Churchill was a regular visitor to La Pausa, Reves's home in the south of France.
Churchill material of this nature rarely comes onto the market.

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3 typescripts, quarto. "Alone", 11 pp; "River", 15 pp; "Mystery", 14 pp. Each typescript held with a paper clip at head.


In excellent condition.


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