Correspondence from leading figures of the 20th century is one of the highlights of a major archive now open to the public at the National Library of Scotland.
The Library has spent the past year cataloguing the contents of the archive of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, regarded as the finest travel writer of his generation.
Paddy, as he was universally known, occupied a central place in 20th century cultural life which is reflected in the archive. It includes correspondence from famous names including:
- Prince Charles
- John Betjeman
- Truman Capote
- Freya Stark
- Gore Vidal.
The archive occupies some 16 metres of shelving and contains literary manuscripts, diaries, notebooks, photographs and passports, as well as voluminous correspondence.
Sir Patrick was a decorated war hero as well as a writer and has been described as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, Graham Greene and James Bond'.
Graham Stewart, the curator who has carried out the cataloguing work said: 'There has already been a lot of interest in the archive and we expect this to increase now among Leigh Fermor fans and people interested in the 20th century more generally.'
Details of the archive are available in the Fermor archive inventory (PDF) (81 pages; 556 KB).
Read more in the Leigh Fermor archive media release.
12 November 2014