2008 marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of legendary comic actor and broadcaster Kenneth Williams. In that time‚ interest in his career and personality has never abated. But since the publication of the Williams Diaries and Letters‚ no significant new information has been offered to the reading public.
Kenneth Williams Unseen rectifies this. Among the actor's bequests‚ in a will which itself was controversial enough to require re-examination‚ was a large cache of private papers and memorabilia inherited by his godson‚ Robert Chiddell‚ and subsequently acquired by the broadcaster and Williams fanatic‚ Wes Butters. This material‚ none of which has been seen before‚ includes scripts and drafts by Williams‚ lectures and speeches delivered by him (to an audience of policemen‚ in a couple of cases)‚ a large number of superb photographs from all phases of his career‚ and creative writing which even extends to a fictional recreation of his own turbulent Cockney childhood.
Without ever arranging it formally Williams had unwittingly assembled a brilliant scrapbook of his life. Kenneth Williams Unseen is that scrapbook‚ enlarged and emboldened by contributions from those who knew and loved him.