Title: Algernon Charles Swinburne manuscripts
Classmark: BC MS 19c Swinburne
Creator(s): Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837-1909)
Main language: English; French; Latin
Size and medium: 106 separate items, 79 bound, 24 unbound; manuscript, typescript, and printed material.
Collection group(s): English Literature
Comprises a substantial collection of manuscripts (many of them autographs), typed or pencilled transcriptions, and some printed proofs and early editions of literary works by Swinburne, including poetry, plays, novels, and essays. Many of them have apparently passed through the hands of Sir Edmund Gosse, and there are many editorial notes included in the bound volumes which have been appended by T.J. Wise, from whom Lord Brotherton probably obtained many of them.
Many of the volumes which hold the manuscripts are finely-bound and gilt lettered. The unbound manuscripts are kept in a single archive box.
Additional manuscripts for 'Music: An Ode'; 'Hawthorn Dyke'; 'The Year of Love' and 'Love and Sleep' added to the collection in 2017 (see items 41a; 97 and 98).
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), the poet, playwright, novelist, and essayist. For fuller details of his life and achievements see the Dictionary of National Biography.
The bound volumes are arranged alphabetically by title. The BC MS 19c Swinburne catalogue is based on an historic inventory. The arrangement of material does not necessarily represent the original order of the archive and it is considered partly processed by an archivist. When making requests to consult, please be aware that there may be discrepancies between description and physical arrangement. The retrievable unit for this collection is item level.
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