The John Clifford Mortimer papers contain the literary manuscripts (holographs, revised typescripts, and revised typescripts
with holograph additions) of his novels, stage and radio plays, scripts for television and screen, short stories, autobiographies,
anthologies, articles, reviews, lectures and other writings. Please see the container list in the finding aid for a complete
listing of manuscripts in collection. The collection contains only a small amount of correspondence, usually from Sir John
Mortimer's commission agent, with the piece commissioned.
John Clifford Mortimer was born on April 21, 1923 in London, England, the only child of Clifford and Kathleen May (Smith)
Mortimer. He attended Brasenose College, Oxford from 1940 to 1942, earning a BA in 1947. During World War II, Mortimer served
as a script writer and assistant director for the Crown Film Units. The son of a barrister, Mortimer was called to the bar
in London in 1948, coinciding with the publication of his first novel, Charade.
Number of containers: 46 boxes
Linear feet: 18.4
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Collection open for research.