Norman Douglas

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Norman Douglas was a good friend of Uncle Will who wrote a preface to Douglas'Birds and Beasts of The Greek Anthology. Norman Douglas wrote an introduction to Harold Acton's The Bourbons of Naples.

David Gwyn Jeffreys was a friend of Norman Douglas.

Below is an e-mail from Erwin Haeberle about Jeffreys and Norman Douglas.

Dear Bill,
here is another piece of the puzzle.
Perhaps you can find the Who's Who of 1978 or 1980 and copy the information for me.
Good luck to both of us!

Erwin


Prof. Erwin J. Haeberle
Founder and Director
Archive for Sexology
Humboldt University, Berlin
http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/



Ursprüngliche Nachricht
Von: Beinecke Public Services <beinecke.library@yale.edu>
Gesendet: 24.04.08 21:38:07
An: Erwin Haeberle <haeberlee@web.de>
Betreff: Re: FW: Re: Inquiry Norman Douglas - David Jeffreys

Dear Professor Haeberle,

Frank Turner forwarded your email to me, the research services librarian for the Beinecke Library. I hope I can be of some assistance.

To discover something about the biography of David Gwyn Jeffreys, I read through some of the correspondence between him and Douglas in the archive. There is a very large number of letters from Douglas to Jeffreys -- perhaps one or two hundred -- more than I could read in its entirety. What I did read suggested that they had a close friendship that revolved largely around visits they paid each other in Capri, Italy. The letters reveal few intimate details, though they are familiar in tone. In many of them, Douglas asks to hear more details about Jeffreys' visits to various people in Italy, but the details never actually appear in the letters -- it appears they spoke about those things in person.

I did not see many concrete details about Jeffrey's life. The letters dated during the war are addressed to "Captain David Jeffreys." He had an operation in May, 1945, during which time Douglas addressed postcards to him at: Kingsley Hall, Warbleton, Heathfield, Sussex. By September of 1945 Jeffreys had already departed for Capri and was supplying Douglas with news of several men of Douglas' acquaintance (possibly domestic servants?) who had stayed in Italy during the war. Their correspondence continued until shortly before Douglas' death.

I could not locate any further information about David Gwyn Jeffreys in our administrative files. He does appear to have been given a brief biography in the following references (we do not own copies of these books at the Beinecke, unfortunately):

Jeffreys, David Gwyn (1919-)

Who's Who in the World. Fourth edition, 1978-1979. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1978.

Who's Who in the World. Fifth edition, 1980-1981. Wilmette, IL:Marquis Who's Who, 1980.

Please let me know if I can be of other assistance. Best of luck in your research.

Sincerely,
Eva Guggemos
Research Services Librarian
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale University
203-432-6436
eva.guggemos@yale.edu

Quoting Erwin Haeberle <haeberlee@web.de>:

Dear Mr. Turner,

since I do not know the name and address of the right archivist, I trust you will delegate my inquiry to the appropriate person. I myself was a student of Norman Holmes Pearson's over 40 years ago and worked at Beinecke on the papers of Thornton Wilder (later I donated my book on Wilder to Beinecke). Anyway, today I hope you can help me find out more about David Jeffreys, a friend of Norman Douglas'. I know that, may years ago, Jeffreys sent material to a professor or rare book archivist at Yale by the name of Fritz Liebert. However, I do not much more about Jeffreys, and I hope you can provide me with some additional details about his biography.

I do have in my possession 40 audiotapes made by Jeffreys, whom I call Dr. A. on my web site: http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/TELE/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/july_1999_-_1.HTM

Needless to say, the tapes are unique documents and of great interest to sexual science. However, in order to interpret them properly, we need to know more about the author, and in this respect we are almost completely ignorant. I hope that Beinecke will be able to shed some light on the biography of Jeffreys who must have been a fascinating person.

Thanking you in advance for your trouble, I remain with great memories of Yale and Beinecke Yours very sincerely,

Prof. Erwin J. Haeberle
Founder and Director
Archive for Sexology
Humboldt University, Berlin
http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/

Ursprüngliche Nachricht
Von: "Robert Kohler" <ro.he.kohler@bluewin.ch>
Gesendet: 12.04.08 09:28:10
An: "Erwin Haeberle" <haeberlee@web.de>
Betreff: Re: Patensohn von N. Douglas

Sehr geehrter Herr Haeberle

Im Jahre 1946 blieb Douglas ein Woche bei Jan Greenlees (ein Freund von ihm) in Rom. Beide fuhren dann zusammen nach Neapel zu David Jeffreys, der dort Vize Konsul war...ob Freund oder Patensohn weiss ich nicht...Patensohn eher nicht, habe auch noch nie etwas darüber gelesen...Jeffreys hatte in Positano ein Domizil...sie blieben den ganzen Juli dort, trafen sich auch mit Emilio (auch ein Freund von Douglas) und anderen...er unternahm 1946 mehrere Reise mit Jeffreys, unter anderem auch nach Scanno...mehr weiss ich leider nicht...

Fragen Sie am besten in der Yale University nach...dort liegt der literarische Nachlass von Douglas mit vielen Briefen an Jeffreys... Viel Erfolg bei Ihrer Suche Mit einem Gruss aus Chur Robert Kohler

Original Message
From: "Erwin Haeberle" <haeberlee@web.de>
To: <ro.he.kohler@bluewin.ch>
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 7:29 PM
Subject: Patensohn von N. Douglas


Sehr geehrter Herr Kohler,

es scheint, dass Norman Douglas einen Patensohn hatte mit Namen David Jeffreys or Jeffries.

Dieser war selbst Autor mehrerer Bücher, deren Titel ich aber nicht kenne. Er hat seinerzeit viele seiner Manuskripte an einen Fritz Liebert vom Rare Book Department der Yale Universität gegeben.

Wissen Sie etwas über diesen angeblichen Patensohn? Für jeden Hinweis wäre ich Ihnen sehr dankbar.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Prof. Erwin J. Haeberle
Founder and Director
Archive for Sexology
Humboldt University, Berlin
http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/


Ursprüngliche Nachricht
Von: "Young, Timothy" <timothy.young@yale.edu>
Gesendet: 13.05.08 18:50:02
An: Erwin Haeberle <haeberlee@web.de>
Betreff: Re: Inquiry Norman Douglas - David Jeffreys

Dear Mr. Haeberle:

Thank you for your inquiry. I apologize for the delay I responding, but we wanted to check our collections for any material by David Jeffreys. One of our reference librarians looked through our catalog records, but was not able to find anything by David Jeffreys. In the Norman Douglas Papers, there only appear to be letters FROM Douglas to Jeffreys.

I'm sorry that we don't have more that would be of use to your research.

Yours,

Timothy Young
Associate Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
(203) 432-8131
timothy.young@yale.edu

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Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 10:13:43 +0200
From: Erwin Haeberle <haeberlee@web.de>
To: beinecke.library@yale.edu,
"frank.turner@yale.edu" <frank.turner@yale.edu>
Subject: FW: Re: Inquiry Norman Douglas - David Jeffreys
Precedence: fm-user
Organization: http://freemail.web.de/

Dear Mr. Turner,
since I do not know the name and address of the right archivist, I trust you will delegate my inquiry to the appropriate person. I myself was a student of Norman Holmes Pearson's over 40 years ago and worked at Beinecke on the papers of Thornton Wilder (later I donated my book on Wilder to Beinecke) Anyway, today I hope you can help me find out more about David Jeffreys, a friend of Norman Douglas'. I know that, may years ago, Jeffreys sent material to a professor or rare book archivist at Yale by the name of Fritz Liebert. However, I do not much more about Jeffreys, and I hope you can provide me with some additional details about his biography.

I do have in my possession 40 audiotapes made by Jeffreys, whom I call Dr. A. on my web site: http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/TELE/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/july_1999_-_1.HTM

Needless to say, the tapes are unique documents and of great interest to sexual science. However, in order to interpret them properly, we need to know more about the author, and in this respect we are almost completely ignorant. I hope that Beinecke will be able to shed some light on the biography of Jeffreys who must have been a fascinating person.

Thanking you in advance for your trouble, I remain with great memories of Yale and Beinecke Yours very sincerely,

Prof. Erwin J. Haeberle
Founder and Director
Archive for Sexology
Humboldt University, Berlin
http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/

Unsprüngliche Nachricht
Von: "Robert Kohler" <ro.he.kohler@bluewin.ch>
Gesendet: 12.04.08 09:28:10
An: "Erwin Haeberle" <haeberlee@web.de>
Betreff: Re: Patensohn von N. Douglas

Sehr geehrter Herr Haeberle
Im Jahre 1946 blieb Douglas ein Woche bei Jan Greenlees (ein Freund von ihm) in Rom. Beide fuhren dann zusammen nach Neapel zu David Jeffreys, der dort Vize Konsul war...ob Freund oder Patensohn weiss ich nicht...Patensohn eher nicht, habe auch noch nie etwas darüber gelesen...Jeffreys hatte in Positano ein Domizil...sie blieben den ganzen Juli dort, trafen sich auch mit Emilio (auch ein Freund von Douglas) und anderen...er unternahm 1946 mehrere Reise mit Jeffreys, unter anderem auch nach Scanno...mehr weiss ich leider nicht... Fragen Sie am besten in der Yale University nach...dort liegt der literarische Nachlass von Douglas mit vielen Briefen an Jeffreys... Viel Erfolg bei Ihrer Suche Mit einem Gruss aus Chur Robert Kohler

Original Message
From: "Erwin Haeberle" <haeberlee@web.de>
To: <ro.he.kohler@bluewin.ch>
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 7:29 PM
Subject: Patensohn von N. Douglas


Sehr geehrter Herr Kohler,
es scheint, dass Norman Douglas einen Patensohn hatte mit Namen David Jeffreys or Jeffries. Dieser war selbst Autor mehrerer Bücher, deren Titel ich aber nicht kenne. Er hat seinerzeit viele seiner Manuskripte an einen Fritz Liebert vom Rare Book Department der Yale Universität gegeben. Wissen Sie etwas über diesen angeblichen Patensohn? Für jeden Hinweis wäre ich Ihnen sehr dankbar.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Prof. Erwin J. Haeberle
Founder and Director
Archive for Sexology
Humboldt University, Berlin
http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/

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