In Memory Of Carmen Callil

In Memory Of Carmen Callil

Carmen Callil, writer, creator and founding father of Virago Press died on Monday.

Callil based the publishing home Virago Pressin 1972, and was additionally managing director of Chatto and Windus and Hogarth Press between 1982 and 1994. Callil remained chairman of Virago Press till 1995 and was additionally a member of the board of administrators of Channel 4 Tv, between 1985 and 1991, and member of the Booker Prize committee between 1979-1984.

Callil wrote and revealed on his personal, together with Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Homeland, A biography by Louis Darquier de Pellepoix and Vichy France, revealed in 2006.

The British Library Archives and Modern Manuscripts Division holds Virago Press archive, in addition to the just lately acquired private papers of Callil herself. A really modern assortment, with materials spanning the 2010s, the Carmen Callil Archive continues to be being cataloged and is anticipated to be obtainable to researchers in 2023.

As cataloger of this materials, it was an honor to have the ability to work alongside Callil throughout its processing. She was at all times supportive and within the work we have been doing, in addition to captivated with taking part in occasions and analysis, and serving to our staff navigate the collections.

“Maintain every thing you assume a scholar of ladies’s literature in 2000 want to learn about us” [1] Callil wrote in an inside memo to Virago Press employees within the early Eighties.

The message appears to have been taken into consideration. Virago’s press supplies and Carmen Callil’s archives come collectively to create an exquisite useful resource for students in a variety of fields, whereas forming an integral a part of the reminiscence of Carmen herself.

THE Virago press archiveAdd MS 88904, may be accessed within the Manuscript Studying Room.

The Carmen Callil Archive, Add MS 89178, is presently being cataloged and will probably be obtainable to researchers in 2023. Please contact for any enquiries.

The references:

[1] Carmen Callil Archives, add MS 89178/1/71

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