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Finding Aid of the Leonard Wibberley papers

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch, July 2010

The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator - Author
Holton, Leonard, 1915-1983
Creator - Author
O'Connor, Patrick, 1915-1983
Creator - Author
Webb, Christopher, 1915-1983
Creator - Author
Wibberley, Leonard, 1915-1983
Title
Leonard Wibberley papers
Collection no.
0172
Date [inclusive]
1953-1983
Extent
19.33 Linear feet, 18 boxes, 2 map case files
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains the papers of the author Leonard Wibberley (1915-1983). Wibberley wrote over 100 books over the course of his career. His papers include manuscripts, galleys, and typescripts for books written by him.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Leonard Wibberley papers, Collection no. 0172, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biographical Note

Leonard Wibberley was born April 9, 1915, in Dublin, Ireland. He attended schools in Ireland and England and was an apprentice to a London publisher. At sixteen, he became a copy boy at the Sunday Dispatch; during the Depression, he worked as street fiddler, ditch digger, dishwasher, and cook. From 1932-1936, he was a reporter for the London Daily Mirror and assistant London editor for the Malayan Straits Times and the Singapore Free Press; he then became editor of the Trinidad Evening News in the West Indies. Wibberley worked for the Shell Oil Company in Trinidad from 1939-1941. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1943 to work for Walsh Kaiser Shipyards while also serving as cable editor for the Associated Press. He was the American correspondent for the London Evening News and a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times from 1950 until his death of a heart attack on November 22, 1983, in Santa Monica, California.

Wibberley wrote more than one hundred books, including stories for children, historical novels, satires, plays, and mysteries. Many of these were written under the pseudonyms Leonard Holton, Christopher Webb, and Patrick O'Connor. Wibberley is best known for his five political satires The Mouse That Roared, Beware of the Mouse, The Mouse on the Moon, The Mouse on Wall Street, and The Mouse that Saved the West; the first two were made into successful motion pictures.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains typescripts, manuscripts, and galleys for various works written by Leonard Wibberley. It also includes the texts of some of his lectures and articles and some of his business correspondence. Please see the Scope and Content notes of individual series for more information.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
July 2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition

The Leonard Wibberley papers were donated to USC by Leonard Wibberley in the late 1960s, by his heirs in 2002 and by the archives of Shell Aircraft International in 2004.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts
  • Page proofs
  • Scripts
  • Typescripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Fiction
  • Wibberley, Leonard, 1915-1983 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Authors, Irish--California--Los Angeles--20th century--Archival resources
  • Children's literature--Archival resources
  • Historical fiction--Archival resources
  • Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Travel writing--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Correspondence 

Scope and Content

Series contains Wibberley's correspondence with his agents and publishers for the years 1956-1962.

Arrangement

Series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder

 Bills Paid 1967 

1 1

 Correspondence 

1 2

 Correspondence with Agent/Publisher 1953 

1 3

 Correspondence with Agents 1956-1960 

1 4-5

 Correspondence with Publishers 1956-1960 

1 6-7

 Correspondence 1959 

1 8

 Correspondence with Publishers 1960-1962 

1 9

 Correspondence with Agents 1961-1962 

1 10

 KCRW Stuff 

1 11

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Series 2:  Adult Fiction 

Scope and Content

Series contains working manuscripts and final typescripts of Wibberley's works of fiction written for adults, including the original manuscript of The Mouse that Roared. Other titles present in this series include  The Centurion,  The Hands of Cormac Joyce,  Adventures of an Elephant Boy, and  The Road from Toomi.

Arrangement

Series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of work.

Box
1-4, 14
Box Folder

 Adventures of an Elephant Boy - Working Manuscript 

1 12

 Adventures of an Elephant Boy - Final Typescript 

1 13

 The Better Mousetrap 

1 14

 Beware of the Mouse - Typescript 

1 15-16

 The Centurion - Typescript 

1 17-18

 The Centurion - Carbon Copy 

1 19-20

 The Centurion - First Attempt 

1 21

 The Centurion - Working Manuscript 

1 22-23

 Corner of Paradise 

1 24

 The Dark Night of Father Felix 

1 25

 The Dark Night of Father Felix (rough draft) 

1 26

 The Dark Night of Father Felix (complete) 

1 27

 The Devil to Play 

2 1

 Envoy Extraordinary - Carbon Copy 

2 2

 Envoy Extraordinary - Same Characters as  Mrs. Searwoods Secret Weapon 

2 3

 Envoy Extraordinary - Incomplete 

2 4-5

 A Feast of Freedom - Original Manuscript 

2 6

 Flint's Island - Typescript 

2 7-8

 Flint's Island - Manuscript and Layouts 

2 9

 Flowers by Request 

2 10

 The Gates of Hell 

2 11-12

 The Hands of Cormac Joyce - Final Typescript 

2 13

 The Hands of Cormac Joyce - Working Manuscript 

2 14

 Homeward to Ithaca 

2 15

 The Island of the Angels -Typescript 

2 16

 The Island of the Angels - Working Manuscript 

2 17

 Last Stand of Father Felix 

2 18

 1776-1976 The Meeting 

2 19

 Meeting with a Great Beast - Final Typescript 

2 20

 Meeting with a Great Beast - Typescript with Suggestions 

2 21

 The Mirror of Hell 

2 22

 The Mouse on the Moon - False Start 

2 23

 Mouse on Wall Street (complete) P.1-111 

2 24

 Mouse on Wall Street (complete) P.112-217 

2 25

 Mouse on Wall Street: Dead Matter - Manuscript 

2 26

 The Mouse That Roared - Rough Draft (p.1 - 96) 

2 27

 The Mouse That Roared - Rough Draft (p.97 - end) 

2 28

 The Mouse That Saved The West 

3 1-2

 The Nightmare - Manuscript 

3 3-7

 The Nightmare - Manuscript and Correspondence 

3 8

 One in Four - Working Manuscript 

3 9-10

 One in Four - Outline for Novel 

3 11

 One in Four - S.C.O.P. p.1-198 

3 12

 One in Four - S.C.O.P. p.199-346 

3 13

 Out of the Depths - Carbon Copy 

3 14-15

 Out of the Depths - Working Manuscript 

3 16-17

 A Pact with Satan - Working Manuscript 

3 18-19

 A Problem in Angels - Working Manuscript 

3 20

 The Road from Toomi - Typescript Titled Dimension  "Beyond Africa"  

3 21

 The Road from Toomi - Final Typescript 

3 22-23

 The Road from Toomi - Working Manuscript 

3 24

 The Saint Maker 

3 25

 The Saint Maker - Typescript 

4 1-2

 Sea Captain from Salem - Manuscript 

4 3-5

 The Sea Witch - Signed by Robert Nathan 

4 6

 Secret of the Doubting Saint (Incomplete) 

4 7

 Seven Hills (a.k.a.  Testament of Theophilus

4 8-11

 Stranger at Killnock - Missing a Few Pages 

4 12

 A Touch of Jonah - Miscellaneous Typescript Pages 

4 13

 A Touch of Jonah - Working Manuscript 

4 14-15

 Unidentified Manuscript about Grand Fenwick 

4 16-17

 Untitled Novel - Typescript 

4 18-19

 Untitled Novel - Typescript 

4 20-21

 Miscellaneous Typescript Pages 

4 22-24

 Miscellaneous Partial Manuscripts 

4 25

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Series 3:  Juvenile Fiction 

Scope and Content

Series contains working manuscripts and final typescripts of Wibberley's works of fiction written for children and young adults, including his four-book fictionalization of the life of Thomas Jefferson and his John Treegate series. Other titles present in this series include The Quest of Excalibur,  Attar of the Ice Valley,  Encounter Near Venus, and  The Crime of Martin Coverly.

Arrangement

Series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of work.

Box Folder

 The Adventures of an Elephant Boy (p. 1 - 96) 

4 26

 The Adventures of an Elephant Boy (p. 97 - end) 

4 27

 The Ann and Hope Mutiny 

4 28

 The Ann and Hope Mutiny (p. 1 - 114) 

4 29

 The Ann and Hope Mutiny (p. 115 - end) 

4 30

 Attar of the Sci-Valley 

4 31

 Attar of the Ice Valley - Final Typescript 

5 1

 The Ballad of Mocha Mick - Manuscript 

5 2

 Bases Loaded by Patrick O'Connor - Manuscript 

5 3-4

 Beyond Hawaii - Typescript Corrected by Author 

5 5

 Black Tiger at Bonneville 

5 6

 Black Tiger at Bonneville 

Box Folder

 Black Tiger of Indianapolis by Patrick O'Connor 

5 7

 Black Tiger of Indianapolis by Patrick O'Connor - Complete 

5 8

 A Car Called Camellia by Patrick O'Connor 

5 9

 Typescript Pages from A Car Called Camellia and  Spare Cabin 

5 10

 A Car Called Camellia by Patrick O'Connor - Working Manuscript 

5 11-12

 The Centurion (p. 4 - 13) 

5 13

 The Crime of Martin Coverly - Unbound Proof 

5 14

 The Quest of Martin Coverly (original title) - a.k.a.  The Crime of Martin Coverly 

5 15

 The Quest of Martin Coverly  

5 16

 A Dawn in the Trees - Working Manuscript 

5 17

 Deliver Us From Wolves 

5 18

 Deliver Us From Wolves - Incomplete/Unnumbered Pages 

5 19

 Encounter at Flint's Island 

5 20

 Encounter at Flint's Island - Final Typescript 

5 21-22

 Encounter Near Venus - Working Manuscript 

5 23

 Encounter Near Venus 

5 24

 Eusebius the Phoenician - Working Manuscript 

5 25-26

 The Five Dollar Watch Mystery - mixed up, incomplete 

5 27

 The Fox Who Was Too Clever 

5 28

 The Gales of Spring - Working Manuscript 

6 1

 The Gales of Spring - p.1-109 

6 2

 The Gales of Spring - p.110-end 

6 3

 The Hands of Comac Joyce - incomplete 

6 4

 Homeward to Ithaca 

6 5

 Jefferson - Part of All 3 Books Combined 

6 6

 Journey to Untor - Working Manuscript 

6 7

 Journey to Untor - Carbon Copy 

6 8

 The King and the Goats 

6 9

 Leopard's Prey 

6 10

 Little League Family 

6 11-12

 Mark Toyman's Inheritance 

6 13

 Matt Tyler's Chronicle - Missing 2-7 

6 14-15

 The Mutiny of the Ann and Hope - Miscellaneous Pages from Working Manuscript 

6 16

 The Mutiny of the Ann and Hope - Working Manuscript 

6 17

 Perilous Gold - Manuscript 

6 18-19

 Peter Treegate's War - Working Manuscript 

6 20

 Peter Treegate's War - Duplicate Pages 

6 21

 Peter Treegate's War - Unpublished Version 

6 22-23

 The Quest of Excalibur - Carbon Copy 

6 24-25

 The Quest of Excalibur - Preliminary Sketch 

6 26

 The Quest of Excalibur - Typescript 

6 27-28

 The Quest of Excalibur - Working Manuscript 

7 1

 The Quest of the Otter - Working Manuscript 

7 2

 The Quest of Excalibur - Miscellaneous Typescript Pages 

7 3-4

 The Quest of Excalibur - Manuscript titled "The Return of Arthur" 

7 5-6

 The Quest of Excalibur (Incomplete Chapters) 

7 7-8

 The Raising of the Dubhe - Working Manuscript 

7 9

 Red Pawns 

7 10-11

 The River of Pee Dee Jack - Working Typescript 

7 12-13

 Sea Captain from Salem - Final Typescript 

7 14-15

 Sea Captain from Salem - Unused Chapter 

7 16

 Seawind from Hawaii - Final Typescript 

7 17-18

 Seawind from Hawaii - Original Typescript 

7 19

 South Swell at Hermosa - Working Manuscript 

7 20

 Sword of Thorgrim - Typescript 

7 21-22

 Time of the Harvest - Carbon Copy 

7 23-24

 Time of the Harvest - Typescript 

7 25

 Time of the Harvest - Working Manuscript 

8 1

 Treasure at Twenty Fathoms 

8 2

 Treegate Novel 

8 3

 Treegate's Raiders - Incomplete Typescript 

8 4

 Treegate's Raiders - Finished Manuscript 

8 5-6

 Treegate's Raiders (Incomplete) 

8 7

 Treegate's Raiders (p. 109 - end) 

8 8

 Treegate's Raiders (p. 1 - 108) 

8 9

 Unidentified Treegate Typescript 

8 10

 The Watermelon Mystery 

8 11

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Series 4:  Non-fiction 

Scope and Content

Series contains working manuscripts and final typescripts of Wibberley's works of non-fiction. Titles present in this series include No Garlic in the Soup!: A Portuguese Adventure,  The Land That Isn't There: An Irish Adventure,  Voyage by Bus: Seeing America by Land Yacht, and  Guarneri: Story of a Genius.

Arrangement

Series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of work.

Box Folder

 Ah Julian - Original Manuscript 

8 12

 Autobiography 

8 13

 Book about America for British Readers (unpublished) 

8 14

 The Coming of the Green - As Published by Henry Holt 

8 15-16

 Fiji: Island of the Dawn - Final Typescript 

8 17-18

 Fiji: Island of the Dawn - Working Manuscript 

8 19-20

 Guarneri 

8 21

 Hound of the Sea - Working Manuscript 

8 22-23

 Irish: "If you were to pick up the whole of Ireland" 

9 1

 The Land That Wasn't There (Incomplete) 

9 2

 The Land That Wasn't There (Carbon Copy) 

9 3-4

 The Luthier of God (Guarneri) 

9 5

 No Garlic in the Soup (p. 1 - 111) 

9 6

 No Garlic in the Soup (p. 112 - end) 

9 7

 Oliver Goldsmith or  The Good Natured Man 

9 8

 [ Oliver Goldsmith or  The Good Natured Man] - Miscellaneous Pages and Notes 

Box Folder

 Oliver Goldsmith (p. 1 - 105) 

9 12

 Oliver Goldsmith (p. 106 - 200) 

9 13

 Oliver Goldsmith (p. 201 - 300) 

9 14

 Oliver Goldsmith (p. 301 - 357/end) 

9 15

 Oliver Goldsmith - Manuscript 

9 16-18

 Secret of the Doubting Saint - Working Manuscript 

9 19-20

 The Shannon Sailors - Final Typescript 

9 21-22

 The Shannon Sailors - Dead Matter 

9 23

 Sir Winston Churchill (Incomplete) 

9 24

 Something to Read (Complete) 

9 25

 Third Time Lucky 

9 26-27

 Toward a Distant Island - Final Typescript 

10 1-2

 Towards a Distant Shore - Working Manuscript 

10 3

 Unidentified Working Manuscript 

10 4

 Ventures into the Deep - Working Manuscript 

10 5-6

 Voyage by Bus - Final Typescript 

10 7-8

 Yesterday's Land 

10 9

 Voyage by Bus (p. 115 - end) 

10 10

 Voyage by Bus (p. 9 - 114) 

10 11

 Voyage by Bus - Rough Draft (p. 1 - 114) 

10 12

 Voyage by Bus - Rough Draft (p. 115 - end) 

10 13

 Zebulon Pike - Soldiers and Explorer 

10 14

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Series 5:  Galleys, Proofs and Illustrations 

Scope and Content

Series contains galleys and page proofs for books written by Leonard Wibberley. Titles present in this series include The Crime of Martin Coverly,  The Centurion,  Voyage by Bus: Seeing America by Land Yacht, and  Perlious Gold. Series also includes page layouts for  Little League Family and illustrations for  Beware of the Mouse and  The Quest of Excalibur.

Arrangement

Series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of work.

Map-case
5
Drawer
4
Box
9-11, 15
Box Folder

 Adventures of Elephant Boy - Galley and Page Proofs 

14 1

 Attar of the Ice Valley 

14 2

 Attar of the Ice Valley - Master Proof 

14 4

 Beware of the Mouse - Galley 

14 5

 Beware of the Mouse - Illustrations 

14 6

 The Centurion 

14 7-8

 The Centurion - Galley 

14 9-10

 The Centurion - Printer's Proof 

14 11-12

 The Centurion - Production Galleys 

14 13
Map-case Drawer

 Cover Illustrations 

5 4
Box Folder

 Crime of Martin Coverly 

14 14-16

 Crime of Martin Coverly - Galley Proofs 

14 17

 Encounter Near Venus 

15 1

 Encounter Near Venus - Master Proofs 

15 2
Folder

 The Hands of Cormac Joyce - Author's proof sheets 1961 

1
Box Folder

 The Islands of the Angels 

15 3

 Little League Family 

15 4-5

 Meeting With a Great Beast 

15 6

 Mouse on Wall Street 

15 7

 Perilous Gold 

15 8-9

 The Quest of Excalibur - Galley 

15 10

 The Road from Toomi - Galleys 

15 11

 The Road from Toomi - Proofs 

15 12

 Shannon Sailors 

15 13

 The Time of the Lamb - Galley and Illustration 

15 14

 Ventures into the Deep - Uncorrected Galley Proof 

15 15

 Voyage by Bus 

15 16-18

 Voyage by Bus - Author's Galleys 

16 1

 Voyage by Bus - Galley 

16 2

 Voyage by Bus - Galley Proofs 

16 3

 Voyage by Bus - Maps and Slides 

16 4

 Voyage by Bus - Page Proofs 

16 5

 Zebulon Pike 

16 6

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Series 6:  Articles and Short Stories 

Scope and Content

Series contains edited typescripts of articles and short stories written by Wibberley, including his short story "Prevarication Jones."

Arrangement

Short stories are in alphabetical order by title; articles are not.

 Articles 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   10 15-22
    Box Folder
Textual materials   11 1-9
    Box Folder
Textual materials   16 7

Box Folder

 Untitled Article - Manuscript 

11 10

 "About Robert Nathan" 

11 11

 "The Hands of Cormac Joyce" 

11 12

 Playboy Article 

11 13

 "The Brighter Monday Catastrophe" 

11 14

 "Garden of Eden" Partial Manuscript 

11 15

 "Gift from Hungary" 

11 16

 ["Irish Legend"] - Miscellaneous Manuscript 

11 17

 "Prevarication Jones" - Complete Draft 

11 18

 "Report on an Execution" 

11 19

 "Sea Legend" 

11 20

 Short Story of Captain Penn's Voyage (Complete) 

11 21

 "Time Will Tell" 

11 22

 "The Wine of the King of Spain's Daughter" 

11 23

 Untitled Short Story 

11 24

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Series 7:  Lectures 

Scope and Content

Series contains edited typescripts of lectures, speeches, and talks given by Wibberley to various audiences.

Box Folder

 Speeches 

11 25

 Lecture 

11 26

 Lectures 

11 27

 Lecture #5 

11 28

 Lecture 

11 29

 Lecture - "I Go There Quite Often" 

11 30

 Lecture - "On Reading to Children" 

11 31

 Leonard Wibberly - "The Need of Wyverns" 1968 November 16 

11 32

 Lectures 

11 33

 Speeches 

11 34

 Lecture #4 

11 35

 Lecture #3 

11 36

 Lecture [?] - Father Bredder 

11 37

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Series 8:  Screenplays and Screen Treatments 

Scope and Content

Series contains edited typescripts of screenplays and screen treatments written by Wibberley, including "Take Me to Your President" and "East to the Indies."

Arrangement

Series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of work.

Box Folder

 Black Jack Rides Again 

11 38

 East to the Indies (Treatment) 

11 39

 East to the Indies 

11 40

 Encounter Near Venus 

11 41

 Flint's Island - Script 

11 42

 Francis of Assisi 

11 43

 The Hands of Corman Joyce 

11 44

 Hypsypops Rubicunda 

11 45

 Island of the Angels - Partial Working Manuscript 

11 46

 Island of the Angels - Treatment (2 copies) 

11 47

 The Masterpiece 

11 48

 The Mouse on Wall Street 

11 49

 A Problem in Angels - Treatment [?] 

11 50

 Puss in Boots 

11 51

 Take Me to Your President 

11 52-53

 Meeting With a Great Beast 

13 10

 Stranger at Killknock 

13 11

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Series 9:  Plays 

Scope and Content

Series contains edited typescripts of plays written by Wibberley, including The Heavenly Quarterback and  Black Jack Rides Again.

Arrangement

Series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of work.

Box Folder

 Gift of a Star 

11 54

 Gift of a Star - Working Manuscript 

11 55

 The Heavenly Quarterback 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   11 56
    Box Folder
Textual materials   12 1-2

Box Folder

 The Heavenly Quarterback - Working Typescript 

12 3

 Irish Play for Ben Benjamin (Treatment) 

12 4

 The Laundry Room (Complete Rough Draft) 

12 5

 The Mouse that Roared 

12 6

 The Mouse that Roared - Musical 

12 7

 Mrs. Searwood's Secret Weapon 

12 8

 Mrs. Searwood's Secret Weapon (Incomplete) 

12 9

 Once in a Garden 

12 10

 Portrait of Jenny (Rough Draft) 

12 11

 The Vicar of Wakefield 

12 12

 The Vicar of Wakefield - Final Typescript 

13 1

 The Vicar of Wakefield - Working Manuscript 

13 2

 1776 - 1976 

13 3

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Series 10:  Poetry 

Scope and Content

Series contains edited typescripts of poetry and long verse written by Wibberley.

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous Poems 

13 4

 "The Things People See in Christopher's Room" (Complete) 

13 5

 "Pilgrim Cat" (Complete) 

13 6

 "Gift of the Shepherd: A Christmas Legend" - Manuscript 

13 7

 "The Ballad of Mopey Mick" 

13 8

 "Meeting With a Great Beast" 

13 9

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Series 11:  Sound Recordings 

Scope and Content

Series contains sound recordings of the score for the musical The Mouse that Roared.

Box Folder

 The Mouse that Roared - Musical Score 

13 12

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