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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA KC/ADAM, Adam International Review
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
433 boxes (including 5 outsize), 5 posters, 16 framed and unframed pictures and paintings, one sculpture


Name of creator(s)

Adam International Review, magazine

Administrative / Biographical history

Adam International Review was a literary magazine published in English and French, its title an acronym for Arts, Drama, Architecture and Music. The original periodical Adam , founded in 1929 in Bucharest, was by 1938 edited by Miron Grindea (born in Romania, 1909, d 1995). Educated at Bucharest University and the Sorbonne, he worked in Romania and Paris as a music and literary critic during the 1930s, and he and his wife Carola, a pianist, were members of Romania's artistic avant-garde. They settled in London in 1939, and in 1941 the first London issue (no 152), known as Adam International Review, appeared, including contributions from H G Wells, G B Shaw, Thomas Mann and Cecil Day-Lewis. However, wartime paper rationing caused the cessation of publication. The review reappeared in 1946. It provided a vehicle for expression for many literati exiled from Nazi Europe. A number of contributors were Jews in exile. It covered literature, art and music, publishing English and French writers and translations of work by other European authors. Some issues dealt with a single subject and usually contained new material. Many contributions were secured without payment to the authors. Adam was subsidised at different times by various bodies, including the Arts Council. Numbers 455-467 (1985) were published in collaboration with King's College London. From 1985 an annual Adam lecture was held at King's College to mark its acquisition of the Adam archive. The magazine celebrated 500 issues in 1989. Grindea was awarded Prix de l'Academie Francaise, 1955, Lundquist Literary Prize, Sweden, 1965, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, 1974, the MBE in 1977, the OBE in 1986, and an Honorary DLitt degree from Kent, 1983, and was Commander, Order of Arts and Letters, France, 1985. In 1990 BBC2's Bookmark devoted a special programme to him. Grindea's own publications include Malta Calling (1943); Henry Wood , a symposium (1944); Jerusalem, a literary chronicle of 3000 years (1968), 2nd edition Jerusalem, the Holy City in literature , preface by Graham Greene (1982); Natalie Clifford Barney (1963); The London Library , a symposium (1978); and contributions to many periodicals and newspapers.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive of Adam International Review and Miron Grindea's personal library were purchased directly by King's College London with the help of various benefactors in 1984. The purchase was arranged by the Department of French (owing to an existing connection with Grindea), which initially sorted the archive prior to transfer to the College Archives. Further material was transferred after Grindea's death in 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records of the magazine Adam International Review and its editor, Miron Grindea, 1941-1995, and associated papers dating back to c1903, consisting of a wide range of material dealing with aspects of British and European cultural activity, particularly since the 1930s, and relating to art, literature, music, literary criticism, and the history of ideas. The archive includes the Adam International Review , issues 152-499 (wanting 186, 210-211, 218, 224-228, 331-54), 1941, 1946-1988, and indexes; microfilm copies of nos 13-14, 65, 148-149, 151, and issues dating from 1936 and 1938; and published copies of Christopher Fry, 'Genius, Talent and Failure: the Brontes' (The Adam Lecture 1986); Yehudi Menuhin, 'Tolerance' (The Adam Lecture 1987); Frances Stern, 'A Concordance to Proust' (Adam Books, 1987); 'Miron Grindea 1909-1995: a Celebration'. Unpublished papers of the Review were created by or relate to many prominent writers, artists and musicians of the 20th century including Natalie Clifford Barney, Samuel Beckett, Max Beerbohm, Nicolas Bentley, Isaiah Berlin, Edmund Blunden, Agatha Christie, Jean Cocteau, Ivy Compton Burnett, Cyril Connolly, Benedetto Croce, Cecil Day-Lewis, Lawrence Durrell, T S Eliot, George Enescu, E M Forster, Christopher Fry, William Golding, Duncan Grant, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, L P Hartley, Storm Jameson, Augustus John, Arthur Koestler, F R Leavis, Rose Macaulay, Compton Mackenzie, Thomas Mann, Katherine Mansfield, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield, Somerset Maugham, Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Miller, Henry Miller, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Iris Murdoch, Pablo Picasso, Anthony Powell, J B Priestley, Marcel Proust, Herbert Read, Jean Rhys, Ralph Richardson, Vita Sackville-West, Jean Paul Sartre, Siegfried Sassoon, Ronald Searle, George Bernard Shaw, Georges Simenon, the Sitwell family, C P Snow, Stephen Spender, Frances Stern, August Strindberg, Dylan Thomas, Arnold Wesker, Angus Wilson, Stefan Zweig, and others. Other material relates to the management of the magazine and includes editorial material (notes, proofs, preparatory research material, and correspondence required for production of an issue) and papers relating to circulation. The material is varied in form and comprises correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, proofs with author's and editor's corrections and printed documents, including poems, stories, and criticism, both published and rejected for publication; photographs; original drawings and illustrations; news cuttings and other ephemera such as programmes for events; tape recordings including the Adam lectures, 1985-1987; and interview transcripts.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Series relating to editorial matters, circulation, and cultural ephemera (Ref: KC/ADAM/EDIT, CIR, BOX) are likely to be substantially weeded in due course.

System of arrangement

One series comprises editions of the Adam International Review (Ref: Adam International Review). A series of files arranged in alphabetical order by name (Ref: KC/ADAM/FIL1-270) contains correspondence and other papers relating to individual artists and writers. Another series (Ref: KC/ADAM/FILB) has further material relating to George Enescu, Katherine Mansfield, Music, and Frances Stern. Other series (Ref: KC/ADAM/EDIT, CIR, BOX) contain material relating to editorial matters, circulation, and cultural ephemera (the latter arranged by decade). Other material comprises uncatalogued accessions.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English, French

Finding aids

The papers are partially catalogued. Typescript lists detailing 270 files held in 10 boxes (Ref: KC/ADAM/FIL) record the individual(s) to whom they relate. Typescript lists giving descriptions for individual items (Ref: KC/ADAM/DOC, MS, ILL, TAPE, PHO) do not reflect the arrangement of material but are sorted by type (non-manuscript documents, manuscripts, illustrations, tapes, photographs). In order to locate individual items described thus it is usually necessary to identify the file relating to the author or main individual concerned in the alphabetical sequence (Ref: KC/ADAM/FIL). It is consequently easiest initially to find information on particular individuals by retrieving their files from the alphabetical sequence. The descriptions are not indexed. Another series of files (Ref: KC/ADAM/FILB), totalling 76 boxes, is listed by box. Other material (Ref: KC/ADAM/EDIT, CIR, BOX), totalling 341 boxes, is box listed, but not catalogued in detail. Later accessions are uncatalogued.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives, KAL/AD6/F11, contains information on the Adam International Review archive and its acquisition by King's College London. King's College Library holds the former library of the editor Miron Grindea on twentieth-century European literature, known as the Adam Collection and held in Special Collections.

Publication note

Vanessa Louise Davies, 'Adam International Review, 1941-1985: a thematic and contextual study' (PhD, King's College London, 1987); Vanessa L Davies, Adam International Review 1941-1991: a Short Publishing History (Adam Archive Publications, King's College London, 1992).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: lists at King's College London Archives; King's College London Archives, KAL/AD6/F11; Who's Who; Vanessa L Davies, Adam International Review 1941-1991: a Short Publishing History (Adam Archive Publications, King's College London, 1992); The Guardian, 31 Jan 1989, 26 Apr 1990.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Mar 2001

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  • Art criticism
  • Art theory
  • Artists
  • Arts
  • Authors
  • Communication personnel
  • Communications media
  • Cultural history
  • Culture
  • Drawings
  • Editing
  • Editors
  • Illustrations
  • Information sciences
  • Literary criticism
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Magnetic tape recordings
  • Music
  • Musicians
  • Newspaper press
  • Painters
  • Performers
  • Performing arts
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Playwrights
  • Poetry
  • Press
  • Press cuttings
  • Prose
  • Publications
  • Publishing
  • Publishing industry
  • Recordings
  • Short stories
  • Sound recordings
  • Visual materials
  • Women authors
  • Writers

Personal names

  • Barney, Natalie Clifford, 1876-1972, French writer
  • Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989, writer and dramatist
  • Beerbohm, Sir, Henry Maximilian, 1872-1956, Knight, author and cartoonist
  • Bentley, Nicolas Clerihew, 1907-1978, publisher, artist and author
  • Berlin, Sir, Isaiah, 1909-1997, Knight, philosopher and historian of ideas
  • Blunden, Edmund Charles, 1896-1974, poet
  • Brontë, family
  • Burnett, Dame, Ivy, Compton-, 1892-1969, novelist
  • Christie, Dame, Agatha Mary Clarissa, 1891-1976, née Miller, author
  • Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963, French writer and painter
  • Connolly, Cyril Vernon, 1903-1974, author and journalist
  • Croce, Benedetto, 1866-1952, Italian philosopher, historian and critic
  • Durrell, Lawrence George, 1912-1990, author
  • Eliot, Thomas Stearns, 1888-1965, poet
  • Enescu, George, 1881-1955, Romanian musician
  • Forster, Edward Morgan, 1879-1970, novelist and critic
  • Fry, Christopher, b 1907, dramatist
  • Golding, Sir, William Gerald, 1911-1993, Knight, novelist
  • Grant, Duncan James Corrowr, 1885-1978, artist
  • Graves, Robert Ranke, 1895-1985, poet
  • Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, author
  • Grindea, Miron, 1909-1995, editor of Adam International Review
  • Hartley, Leslie Poles, 1895-1972, author
  • Jameson, Margaret Storm, 1891-1986, novelist and critic
  • John, Augustus Edwin, 1878-1961, artist
  • Koestler, Arthur, 1905-1983, author
  • Leavis, Frank Raymond, 1895-1978, literary critic
  • Lewis, Cecil, Day-, 1904-1972, poet
  • Macaulay, Dame, Emilie Rose, 1881-1958, novelist, travel writer and critic
  • Mackenzie, Sir, Edward Montague, Compton, 1883-1972, Knight, writer
  • Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955, German novelist and essayist
  • Mare, Walter John de la, 1873-1956, poet and writer
  • Masefield, John Edward, 1878-1967, poet and novelist
  • Maugham, William Somerset, 1874-1865, author
  • Menuhin, Yehudi, 1916-1999, Baron Menuhin, violinist
  • Miller, Arthur, b 1915, US dramatist
  • Miller, Henry, 1891-1980, US author
  • Miró, Joan, 1893-1983, Spanish painter
  • Moore, Henry Spencer, 1898-1986, sculptor
  • Murdoch, Dame, Jean Iris, 1919-1999, author
  • Murry, Kathleen Mansfield, 1888-1923, née Beauchamp, author called Katherine Mansfield
  • Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973, Spanish artist
  • Powell, Anthony Dymoke, 1905-2000, novelist
  • Priestley, John Boynton, 1894-1984, novelist, playwright, essayist and broadcaster
  • Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922, French novelist
  • Read, Sir, Herbert Edward, 1893-1968, Knight, critic and poet
  • Rhys, Jean, 1894-1979, author
  • Richardson, Sir, Ralph David, 1902-1983, Knight, actor
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul, 1905-1980, French philosopher, playwright and novelist
  • Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967, poet and author
  • Searle, Ronald, b 1920, artist
  • Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950, Irish dramatist, critic and novelist
  • Simenon, Georges Joseph Christian, 1903-1989, Belgian novelist
  • Sitwell, family
  • Snow, Charles Percy, 1905-1980, Baron Snow, novelist and physicist
  • Spender, Sir, Stephen Harold, 1909-1995, Knight, poet and critic
  • Stern, Frances, fl 1987
  • Strindberg, Johan August, 1849-1912, Swedish dramatist and novelist
  • Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953, poet and writer
  • Wesker, Arnold, b 1932, playwright
  • West, Victoria Mary, Sackville-, 1892-1962, afterwards Nicholson, writer and gardener
  • Wilson, Sir, Angus Frank Johnstone, 1913-1991, Knight, novelist
  • Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942, author

Corporate names

  • Adam International Review, magazine
  • King's College London College Archives

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