Materials received from Michael Bond in 1967.
Noncirculating; available for research.
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Michael Bond was born on 13 January 1926, in Newbury, Berkshire, England. He was a student at Presentation College from 1934 to 1940. In 1943 he began his military career with the Royal Air Force but was discharged due to chronic air sickness. He then served in the British Army from 1944 to 1947. After his military service Bond worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (1947 to 1966) as a writer, engineer's assistant, and television cameraman.
In addition to his many children's books, Bond has written adult novels about the detective Monsieur Pamplemousse. The ALA Notable Book, The Tales of Olga da Polga (1971), was selected as one of the Child Study Association of America's Children's Books of the Year in 1973. In 1983 The Complete Adventures of Olga da Polga (1983) was chosen as one of the Child Study Association of America's Children's Books of the Year. Bond is currently serving as the director of Paddington and Company Ltd.
The collection contains both autobiographical material and material related to two books, A Bear Called Paddington, and Paddington At Work. The autobiographical material consists of a typescript autobiography in which Bond discusses his military career and his inspiration for writing Paddington books. Several letters from Bond to Dr. de Grummond are included.
A Bear Called Paddington (1958) is the story of how the young bear from Darkest Peru came to live with the Brown family. The collection contains a set of corrected galleys.
Paddington At Work (1966) follows Paddington's wild adventures as he tries his hand at the stock exchange, barbering, and ballet dancing. An edited typescript of this work is found in the collection.
The Peggy Fortnum Papers (DG1126) contain sixteen sketches which were considered, but not used in Paddington At Work.
A. Autobiographical Material
1/1 Correspondence between Bond and the de Grummond collection, 7 items. Typescript, autobiographical sketch. Card, to Mrs. de Grummond, signed by Paddington. Christmas cards, signed by Paddington, 2 items.
A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum (London: Collins, 1958). 1/2 Galleys, corrected, 35 pp. PADDINGTON AT WORK by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum (London: Collins, 1966) 1/3 Typescript, edited, 102 pp.
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
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