Letter from Aline Burch to S. S. Koteliansky (10/02/1948)




[[MS 2750/72/11]]




S. S. Koteliansky, Esq., 
5 Acacia Road, 
St. John's Wood, N.W.8.


10th February, 1948.


Dear Mr. Koteliansky,


I have now been able to go into the various points raised in your letter of January 30 and hope that I can clear them to your satisfaction.


In the first place, the cable from Lear Publications certainly implied that 'Stavrogin's Confession' was to be used in an anthology. Their actual words were 'a collection of Dostoevsky material'. We have written for a copy of the book to check up what they have used, but this has not yet come to hand.


With regard to Penguins, I'm afraid we have made a foolish mistake here. The Penguin edition referred to should, of course, have been the 'Tchekov Notebooks' and not 'Gorky's Reminiscences'. You will remember that you agreed,in our letter of September 24th 1946, to Penguins having this material for £25.


The percentage reductions in the







case of Penguins, and that of the B.B.C. fees were the usual percentages due to the publisher, but they should not, of course, have been made in these instances as Mr. Woolf had agreed to the copyright in these works reverting to you.


Please accept our apologies for this, and I think you will find that the revised royalty statement which I am now enclosing, together with our cheque for £4.12.6d., puts the matter right.


With regard to your last paragraph, I entirely agree that any future enquiries about your translations should be directed to you and I will certainly do this in future.


Yours sincerely | for The Hogarth Press Ltd.





1. Aline Burch.

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Reproduced with permission from Penguin Random House  UK archive and library

Source: MS 2750/72/11

Letter from Aline Burch to S. S. Koteliansky (10/02/1948)


University of Reading, Special Collections

Aline Burch apologises for some mistakes regarding his royalties from Stavrogin's Confession and clarifies where it has been reprinted. There is an admission of a mistake with Penguin Publisher

Typescript letter unsigned