The Brotherton Collection at Leeds University Library is the repository of the literary papers of Angela Thirkell, contributed by Lance Thirkell as her literary executor on the advice of the Angela Thirkell Society (UK). This valuable collection contains original manuscripts, publications, letters, contracts, and other papers which had been preserved by Angela Thirkell during her career. This catalogue is taken from a typewritten catalogue that accompanies the collection. An index and correspondence index are also provided. The collection, stored in twelve boxes, is a fascinating history of a literary career. The Brotherton Collection has many literary and historical interests, but the 20th Century English author collection provides the context for this valuable resource for Angela Thirkell research and knowledge. Prior arrangements to view this collection must be made with the library: Special Collections, Leeds University Library, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK.


Love among the Ruins: manuscript.

Eight stiff-covered ruled exercise books of two sizes (six measuring 7 7/8″ x 6 1/4″ and two measuring 8 7/8″ x 6 7/8″). Manuscript in pencil on rectos only, with some corrections, and occasional additions on versos, foliated by AT, 582 leaves, part of the last book blank. At the end of the last book is the manuscript in pencil apparently of a memoir of J. L. Garvin, followed by an account of an exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art in London.


The Old Bank House: manuscript.

Eighteen ruled exercise books of two sizes (the first twelve and the last four measuring 7 7/8″ x 6 3/8″, and the thirteenth and fourteenth measuring 8 7/8 “x 7”). The first twelve have limp covers; the first, grey-blue, printed ‘Exercise Book’ on front wrapper, being made by Philip & Tacey Ltd., London, while the second to the seventh have plain grey-blue covers. The eighth to the twelfth have buff covers with the printed title ‘The Educational Exercise Book’, with photographic illustrations of aeroplanes and trains. The thirteenth and fourteenth have stiff marbled covers, while the last four are identical with Nos. 8-12. The first six have AT’s signature and address in ink: ‘Mrs. Thirkell, 4, Cheyne Walk, S.W.3’. The manuscript begins in pencil but from early in the first book it is in ink throughout, on rectos only, with some corrections, and with occasional additions on versos, foliated by AT, 644 leaves. Part of the last book is blank.


(1-3): ‘Morning, afternoon and night’: manuscript.

Three ruled exercise books, limp red covers, ‘The Pelham Exercise Book’, one for each part of the story, measuring 7 7/8″ x 6 3/8″. The manuscript is in pencil in the first book and in the first few pages of the second book, but subsequently in ink, written on rectos only, with alterations and corrections, and additions on versos, with additional loose leaves inserted in each book. A manuscript label by AT is loosely inserted in the first book: ‘MS TS Mutilated final version in HOME’.

(4) Jutland Cottage: manuscript.

A ruled exercise book, as (1-3), the first six leaves having the manuscript apparently of a first version of Chapter 3 of Jutland Cottage, written in pencil on rectos, with much deletion and rewriting on versos, foliated by AT 105-110 (continuing to 134). The exercise book also contains the MS, in pencil and ballpoint pen, of the opening of, and notes for, a talk entitled ‘Dickens’ debt to his illustrators’, and some further notes, apparently on the English Romantic poets, especially Keats and Shelley.

(5, 6) Three Score and Ten: manuscript

Chapter 5 only of the manuscript of Three Score and Ten, under the title originally intended by AT: The Vicar’s Daughter, in a ruled exercise book, limp red cover, ‘Silvine Exercise Book’, measurements as (1-4), foliated by AT 161-200, written in pencil throughout, on rectos only, with some corrections, and occasional additions on verses. A similar exercise book, also foliated 161-200, but with the first three numbers crossed out and replaced by 201, 202, 203; on the first two leaves appears the manuscript of the beginning of Chapter 6 of the same novel (not used in the posthumous published version).

(7-13): Never Too Late: manuscript

Seven ruled exercise books, limp red covers, all but one entitled ‘Tudor Exercise Book’, measurements as (1-6), written in pencil throughout, on rectos only, some corrections and occasional additions on verses, foliated by AT, 418 leaves, part of the first book blank, and some loose leaves inserted.


(1) Ruled exercise book, limp light brown cover, ‘The Supreme Exercise Book’, measuring 8″ x 6 5/16″, written in pencil, ink and red ballpoint, from both ends. From the front, a talk beginning ‘Is fiction history?’, followed by notes on Dumas and Sir Walter Scott; from the rear, an essay on Maurice Weightman’s map of Barsetshire, written for The Trollopian, and other matter.

(2) Ruled exercise book, limp red cover, measuring, 7 7/8″ x 6 3/8″, written from both ends in pencil, on the front the remains of a white label with legend by AT: ‘Beginning of a not good short story about children’. From the front, the first 12 leaves are occupied by the children’s story, then 5 leaves of a draft article about Henry Kingsley, then 14 leaves of the children’s story, then 4 leaves of an essay about Gilbert Murray, then 5 leaves: ‘A London childhood in the Nineties’. From the rear, 13 leaves bear a version of the introduction to Barchester Towers (Limited Editions Club).

(3) Ruled exercise book, limp buff covers with photographs of aeroplanes, ‘The Educational Exercise Book’, measurements as (2), written in pencil from both ends. From the front, a draft version of a children’s Christmas story (Homes and Gardens, December 1949); the back cover is labeled ‘Notes on Dumas’, and from the rear is what seems a draft of an essay describing a visit by Dumas père et fils to Epsom Races in 1857, with related notes; many pages are blank.

(4) Ruled exercise book, limp red cover, measurements as (2, 3), labeled by AT: ‘Will do for odd bits of writing’, written in pencil, ballpoint and ink, with many pages blank. The contents comprise an alphabetical index of surnames (? of friends of AT), notes on Thackeray, what seems to be a review of a book of ghost stories introduced by Elizabeth Bowen, a much altered draft version of the introduction to The warden (Limited Editions Club), what seems to be a review of an English translation of a biography of Dumas by André Maurois, a version of Chapter 1 (or part of Chapter 1) of A Double Affair [the marriage of Merry], the beginning of a talk about The Vale.

Printed matter:

(5) ‘Letters from a shepherd of Arcady to a little girl’, Cornhill Magazine New Series 51 (July-December 1921), 632-640. Three copies.

(6) ‘Manuel Garcia, the teacher of Jenny Lind: some notes and personal reminiscences’, Cornhill Magazine New Series 53 (July-December 1922). 377-384. With ALS dated ‘Sept. 8’, on headed notepaper of The Press Club, from Sydney H. Pardon [?], a comment on Pauline Viardot.

(7) ‘Songs my nurses taught me: a footnote to English songs of the ‘nineties’, Cornhill Magazine New Series 55 (July-December 1923). 322-334. Three copies, one lacking the first leaf.

(8) ‘William Paton Kerr: an anniversary memoir from overseas’, Cornhill Magazine New Series 57 (July-December, 1924), 41-42. Two copies.

(9) ‘Shakespeare did not dine out’, Cornhill Magazine New Series 65 (July-December 1928, 202-206. With ALS dated 18 Nov.1928′ from Falconer Madan, annotated apparently by AT’s father, J. W. Mackail.

(10) ‘ “R.L.S.”: footnote to one of his letters. A girlhood memory’, The Observer, 11 November 1928. Cutting, two copies.

(11) ‘Virgil and the goats’, The Spectator, no. 5,268, 15 June 1929, 927.

(12) ‘We shall going in England’, Cornhill Magazine New Series 71 (July-December 1931), 586-590.

(13) ‘A contribution to ‘Clara Gazul’, Cornhill Magazine New Series 72 (January-June 1932), 747-766.

(14) ‘Up the airy mountain’, News Chronicle Monday 29 October 1934, Tuesday 30 October 1934, Wednesday 31 October 1934, Thursday 1 November 1934, Friday 2 November 1934. A long/short story in five installments. with illustrations by Stanley Herbert.

(15) ‘The private view’, Cornhill Magazine 150 (July-December 1934), 598-612.

(16) ‘Henry Kingsley, 1830-1876’, Nineteenth-Century Fiction 5 (1950-51), 175-187. Three copies.

(17) ‘The works of Henry Kingsley’, Nineteenth-Century Fiction 5 (1950-51), 273-293. Five copies, together with a copy of the complete issue (March 1951), with a leaf of MS inserted.

(18) ‘Edwin Drood on the stage’, Dickensian 47 (1950-51), 130-132. A copy of the complete issue, Summer 1951, damp-stained at foot.

(19) ‘The advance of science’, The Spectator 187, no. 6425 (17 August 1951), 210. The ‘telecinema’ at the Festival of Britain. Two copies.

(20) ‘Operation Zebra’, The Spectator 188, no. 6445 (4 January 1952). 10. On zebra crossings.

(21) Review of The little emperors by Alfred Duggan, New York Herald Tribune Book Review 29, no. 25 (1 February 1953), 1.

(22) ‘Angela Thirkell writes for you’, The Writer 12, no. l. New series, July 1953, 4-6. Copy of complete issue.

(23) ‘Angela Thirkell tells how the reader looks at books – from the author’s point of view’, The Writer 16, no. 4, New series, October 1955, 4-6. On fan-mail. Two copies of complete issue.


(1) Correspondence: 27 letters, 16 postcards (49 pieces) to Dr. Eric Millar of the British Museum, between 27 October 1939 and 7 October 1953 (one of 3 October 1953 has a reply from Millar in the same envelope). Two letters typed, all other letters and cards in MS, 23 letters in original envelopes. With: 2 letters to Millar’s mother, Mrs. Millar, 26 March and 30 June 1940, in envelopes; 5 letters to Millar from other persons; letter from Millar to AT, 18 September 1960. 3 letters from Millar to Lance Thirkell, 18 & 25 September 1960, 30 January 1961, typed letter to Lance Thirkell, 27 November 1967, from D.H. Turner of the Department of Manuscripts, British Museum, returning the letters to him, as not wanted by the BM among Millar’s papers.

(2) colour photograph of elderly lady in snow (Mrs. Prescott, American correspondent of AT).

(3) Envelope labeled by AT ‘Cromwell’s Head | with notes on its history’. Contains a photograph of AT holding Cromwell’s shrunken head, with the head’s owner, Canon Horace Wilkinson, dated on verso 1951 (but on an accompanying typescript note of the head’s history the photograph is dated 1950); two newspaper cuttings, Times 15 April 1957 (obituary notice of Canon Wilkinson), Times 16 August 1957 (Canon Wilkinson’s will leaving Cromwell’s head to his son). Also a folder containing photograph of unidentified girl with dog, captioned ‘With love from us all at Framlingham’.

(4) Sepia oval photograph on card. captioned ‘Manuel Garcia Aged 82 Sep: 1887’. Photograph by W. and A. H. Fry, 68, East Street, Brighton.

(5) Glass plate negative photograph of the Sargent portrait of AT, in a box.

(6) Group of items relating to AT as speaker at 5th annual Conference of Writers’ Circles, 13/14 October 1951: 1. printed programme; 2. menu for dinner ‘à la Thirkell’; 3. typed letter of thanks from conference secretary, Angela Buswell, 16 October 1951; 4. typed letter from Margaret Hodgkinson, Hon. Sec. of Buxton Writers’ Circle, 5 December 1951 asking AT to become a Patroness; 5. typed letter from L.N. Radcliffe, editor of Cheshire Life, 10 December 1951, with a photograph cut from this periodical showing AT in a group at the conference; 6. fragment of ALS from the conference chairman Geraldine Mellor, 14 December 1951; 7. black and white glossy photograph, 6 3/8″x 8 1/2″, showing AT with five other persons, at the conference.

(7) Breit Harvey. ‘Talk with Angela Thirkell’, New York Times Book Review, 21 August 1949.

(8) Newspaper cutting, source and date not stated, headed ‘Sayings of the week’ the first reads: ‘One great advantage of having read the world’s classics is that it puts one on an equality with other bores’. Mrs. Angela Thirkell.

(9) Cutting from New York Times, Monday 30 January 1961: ‘Angela Thirkell, novelist, dies’.

(10) Cutting from The Times, Tuesday 15 October 1957, p. 20. ‘The Queen opens Her Canadian Parliament’: three photographs, the third showing ‘The Queen with Her Privy Council for Canada’.

(11) ALS from Bede David to Lance Thirkell, 24 July 1964, with two photographs of autograph letters by persons named Thirkeld, and a further pencil note.

(12) English Association News-Letter No, 43, relay 1960. P-3 refers to the 1960 volume of Essays and Studies as including an article by D.M. Low entitled ‘Contemporary trends in English pronunciation’. With an ALS from Low to AT, 13 July 1960.

(13) Manuscript NOT by AT, lists of characters in the novels, from High Rising to Enter Sir Robert, 22 leaves, 7″ x 4 1/2″, written in ballpoint, with a covering letter to AT from the compiler, Olive Wyatt, 14 December 1955.

(14) Wyld, Ross. What happened in Walthamstow. London: Walthamstow Press Ltd.. n.d. A signed copy, with ALS from the author to AT, 29 October 1950, three letters (two typed, one MS) to AT from the Borough Librarian of Walthamstow, S.E. Overal, 29 November 1950, 17 January 1951, 21 April 1951. With a photograph of Walthamstow Town Hall, signed on verso by local dignitaries, ‘A memento of Mrs. Thirkell’s visit on 18 Nov. 1950’.

(15) Goteborg, gateway to Sweden. Second edition. Goteborg, 1952. 89 pp. Illustrated pamphlet.


Diaries (in fact used as engagement books only): 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 (all these published by Fortnum & Mason Ltd.; that for 1954 has at the end some notes on the Reventlow family), 1960 (Collins Regal Diary), 1961 (Beaufort Diary, from The Times Bookshop; this has virtually no entries except names, possibly for birthdays, at various dates)

Memo book; spiral-bound notebook, 5″ x 3″, labeled ‘Memo Book’, titled ‘Dumas’ in pencil, 19 leaves, the first six with pencil notes by AT: French words and translations, short quotations, notes on editions of Dumas &c. the rest blank apart from the last leaf.


(1) Spring binder of notes, correspondence &c. relating to the biography of Harriette Wilson (only a few letters punched and filed, the remainder loose). 128 sheets and pieces, with two catalogues of the bookseller Andrew Block, No. 13, 1932 and No. 17, 1935-36, each offering a copy of Harriette Wilson’s novel Clara Gazul (probably the same copy).

(2) Collection of lists of words mispronounced by the B.B.C.: 11 pieces, various sizes, cards and sheets, MS and typed. With two copies, one typed sheet 4o of a Parody piece incorporating as many vulgarisms and mispronunciations as possible, the carbon copy plain, the top copy heavily annotated with stress marks and some alterations of the text, headed in MS: ‘Meeting of Eng. Ass. at the New Horticultural Hall May 1952’. and at foot ‘Loud cheers & laughter, even from Dr. E. Sitwell!’


(1) Cuttings of contributions to (chiefly Australian) newspapers and periodicals:

1. ‘An evening with J.M. Barrie’, The Forum 7 June 1922, 12.

2. ‘The Irish players and some critics’, The Forum 5 July 1922, 13.

3. ‘Kipling and the tourists’, The Forum 8 November 1922, 20.

4. ‘British music in Melbourne’, The Forum 16 January 1924, 18.

5. ‘Chequers: the Baldwins at home: Prime-Minister’s diversions’, The Argus 31 March 1928.

6. ‘On Stanley’, The West Australian 21 April 1928.

7. ‘Our charming decedents and these alarming women: a plea for some sartorial distinction for the indication of sex’, The Home 1 May 1928, 32 & 76. Illustrated by E. Collins.

8. ‘A film society: London example: interesting “pictures” ‘, The Argus 5 May 1928.

9. ‘ “The charm of birds”: Viscountess Grey at home’, The Argus 26 May 1928.

10. ‘Food and art: the Tate Gallery with its aesthetic and gastric appeals: and a suggestion for mural decoration in Australia’, The Home 1 June 1928, 40, 82 & 91. Illustrated by E. Collins.

11. ‘Thoughts on Turkish baths, with a note on the horrors of being an introvert’, The Home 2 July 1928, 24 & 56. Illustrated by Edith Collins.

12. ‘A healthy mind in a clean body’, The Home 1 September 1928, 41 & 66.

13. ‘Lord Balfour: some reminiscences’, The Argus Camera Supplement 29 September 1928

14. ‘Rossetti – 1828-1882’ [sic, for 1928], Sydney Morning Herald 29 September 1928.

15. ‘Kipling’s uncle: Frederick W. Macdonald, 1842-1928’, Sydney Morning Herald 20 October 1928.

16. ‘Casanova, the press and the censor: being a plea for a little less moral protection’, The Home 1 November 1928, 27 & 84. Illustrated by Carol White.

17. ‘Australia in 1842: how a convict prospered’, The Argus 9 March 1929.

18. ‘Gravely speaking: of these final departures’, The Home 1 May 1929, 30, 58 & 60.

19. ‘The sneakthief: showing how these modern conditions are responsible for the loss of some of our most cherished evils’, The Home 1 May 1929, 40 & 86.

20. ‘An Australian valley where the bush begins’, The Times [London], 26 August 1929

21. ‘Euterpe in Melbourne a note on Fritz Hart and the new miracles he is working in music’, The Home 2 September 1929, 30, 31 & 64.

22. ‘Why marry a sleuth?’, The Home 1 April 1930, 32 & 33.

23. ‘Divagations on the censorship’, The Home 1 July 1930.

24. ‘A grandfather of famous men: George Browne Macdonald, 1805-1868, The Age 5 July 1930.

25. ‘Charles Rischbieth Jury: the Adelaide poet’, The Age 23 August 1930.

26. ‘The modern boy’, The Australian Woman’s World 1 November 1930, 13, 17 & 52.

27. ‘In the Gargoyle: a gentlemanly night club’, The Argus, no date.


(2) ‘Why I am not an Ancient Roman’, London Mercury 19 (1928-29), 153-158. 2 copies.

(3) ‘Mamsell Fredrika’, Fortnightly Review New Series 126 (1929), 217-229.

(4) ‘A week in an Australian country house’, The National Review 95 (1930), 669-678.

(5) ‘Mother Goose: a critical review of her collected works’, London Mercury 26 (1932), 62-69.

(6) ‘Wilfred Heeley’s letters from India: 1857’, The National Review 102 (1934), 342-353.

(7) ‘The first Nowell’, The Illustrated London News Christmas Number 1934, 33-36. Illustrated by Steven Spurrier.

(8) ‘Pantomime. Tony, of High Rising, discovers ecstasy’, Harper’s Bazaar 11, no. 5 (February 1935), 16, 17, 84, 85. Illustrated by Gerald Backhouse.

(9) ‘The great art of riding, with Tony of High Rising and George Knox’, Harper’s Bazaar 12, no. 6 (September 1935), 28, 29. 96, 98. Illustrated by Gerald Backhouse.

(10) ‘St. Valentine’s holiday: a Tony Morland story’, Harper’s Bazaar 13, no. 5 February 1936), 36, 37, 82. Illustrated by Gerald Backhouse.

(11) ‘High voltage at Low Rising: a Tony Morland story’, Harper’s Bazaar 15, no. 1 (January 1937), 28, 82, 83. With typescript of additional passage, (on Milton mouthwash) omitted from p.82.

(12) ‘Books at random’, a review feature in Books of the Month, each comprising short reviews of several books: September 1942, 9-10; October 1942, 9-10; November 1942, 8; January 1943, 4; February 1943, 4; April 1943, 7-8; May 1943, 11 & 13; June 1943, 9-10; July 1943, 13-14; September 1943, 5-6; October 1943, 13-14; November 1943, 7-8; January 1944, 5-6; February 1944, 7-8; March 1944, 9-10; April 1944, 9-10; May 1944, 9-10; June 1944, 5-6; July 1944, 9-10; August 1944, 7-8; September 1944, 9-10; October 1944, 7; November 1944, 7; January 1945, 5-6; March 1945, 7-8; April 1945, 7-8; September 1945, 11-12; October 1945, 9 & 11; November 1945, 9-10; January 1946, 7-8; February 1946, 9 & 11

Also May 1942, 4-5; review by AT of William Gaunt’s The Pre-Raphaelite tragedy.

(13) ‘More than fifty years ago: memories of Christmas told enchantingly for children … of all ages’, Homes and Gardens 30, no. 6 (December 1949), 18, 18 & 84. Decorations by Nicolson.

(14) The Horatian Society: addresses delivered before the Society at its Dinner held at the Savoy Hotel on 18th July 1950. pp.11. pp.8-9: ‘Mrs. G.L. Thirkell said...’ [three paragraphs]

(15) ‘Henry Kingsley’, The St. John & Red Cross Hospital Library Broadsheet 5, no. 4, August 1950, 6 & 9. Copy of the complete issue.

(16) ‘Three reasons why I like Australia’, South Australian Homes & Gardens December 1950, 20.

(17) Ferguson, Rachel. ‘Writers of today, 10: Modern Jane Austen’, John O’London’s Weekly, 61, no. 1477, 31 October 1952, 981-982. [on AT, with a photograph].

(18) ‘A score of ghosts’, Truth 152, no. 3975, 28 November 1952, 582. [review of The second ghost book, edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith].

(19) Review of E.P. Thompson, William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary, Library Review 15 (Summer 1955), 131. With three typed letters to AT from R.D. Macleod, editor of Library Review, 27 June, 4 July and 6 July 1955.

(20) The Yale University Library Gazette. Vol. 30, No. 1, July 1955. On p. 43 is a note of AT’s donation of the original manuscript of What Did It Mean?, in ten exercise books.

(21) Typescript, top copy, 12 sheets 4o, the introduction to Barchester Towers (Limited Editions Club).

(22) Typescript, top copy, one sheet 4o, broadcast to America, October 1951, with typed letter, 12 October 1951, to AT about the broadcast from the London office of Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc., signed ‘Paul Niven’.

(23) Typescript, carbon copy, one sheet 4o, ‘Carillon’, 40 lines in five unequal stanzas, captioned in pencil ‘Translated for F. Clewton [?] to speak with the University Conservatorium orchestra under Professor Heinze 1930’

(24) Typescript, 13 sheets 4o, top copy with pencil and ink alterations, captioned ‘Children in Dickens’ ‘for the Dickens F’ship Winter 1958-59’ With carbon copy, 11 sheets, lacking sheets 5 and 6 and part of sheet 4; top copy of another version, 7 sheets, incomplete; carbon copy, 7 sheets (not the same 7), one with a piece added at the foot.

(25) Typescript, 38 sheets 4o, top copy and carbon copy (except that sheet 6 of the top copy is present in two states and there is no carbon copy of sheet 6), with ink alterations. The first three chapters of an untitled children’s story. With two typed letters, 4 and 13 July 1956, to AT from Richard Hough of Hamish Hamilton Ltd., the first agreeing to see the story, the second, after reading the story, discouraging.

(26) Typescript, 22 sheets 4o top copy with ink alterations, ‘Dickens’ debt to his illustrators’, plus a prefatory sheet, listing books by Dickens with names of illustrators, and note by AT: ‘Dickens Fellowship Jan 11 1956’.

(27) Typescript, 32 sheets 4o, top copy, foliated 116-147, titled ‘Dumas’ debt to England’ (an address to the English Association). With alterations in ink and pencil (possibly marked up for the printer). With typescript, 5 sheets 4o, top copy, of another version of the beginning of this address, merely entitled ‘Alexandre Dumas’, and a further sheet listing Dumas’ historical novels ‘in chronological order as nearly as possible’.

(28) Typescript, 2 sheets 4o, carbon copy, of a review of André Maurois’ Alexandre Dumas translated by Jack Palmer White.

(29) Typescript. 104 sheets 4o, top copy, some manuscript notes and changes in ink and pencil. Enter Sir Robert, Chapters I and 2 (with preliminary leaf, half-title to Chapter 1, and a leaf between nos. 52 and 53, half-title to Chapter 2). With pencil note by AT: ‘Chapters which had to be cancelled because my typist had underestimated the words, according to HH. It is Miss Phelps’ wedding’. Sheets 1-52 comprise Chapter 1 (the wedding), and 53-104 Chapter 2.

(30) Typescript, 7 sheets 4o, carbon copy, plus sheets 7 & 8 of a variant version ‘Henry Kingsley’. With duplicated notice of a meeting at ‘Central Library, College Green’ [place unspecified] 1 November 1951: ‘Mrs. Thirkell will deliver her lecture on “Henry Kingsley” ‘. With also three typed letters, 13 April, 17 April, and 7 May 1956 to AT from E.F. Bozman, Editorial Director of J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., regarding her writing of an introduction to Everyman Library Vol. 28, Henry Kingsley’s Ravenshoe, with a fee of 15 guineas for 1500-2000 words [no such edition was published].

(31) Typescript, 7 sheets 4o, carbon copy, with MS alterations/additions. ‘Henry Kingsley: a brief appreciation’ (apparently a talk for the English Association).

(32) Typescript, 4 sheets 4 o, carbon and top copy, corrected text of part of article ‘The works of Henry Kingsley’, Nineteenth Century Fiction March 1951, on Stretton and The Boy in Grey, numbered 12-14 and a variant of 14. With four more sheets of typescript, top copy, on Henry Kingsley, unidentified.

(33) Typescript, 5 sheets 4o, top copy. and two sheets 4 o, carbon copy, two versions of address to the Horatian Society 18 July 1950. Some alterations.

(34) Typescript, 34 sheets 4o, top copy, with the same number, carbon copy of the same, titled: ‘Is fiction history?’, the text of an address apparently delivered at Columbia University, New York, on the historical novel (more especially Dumas pére in comparison with Sir Walter Scott). With 34 sheets, and 4 additional sheets, top copy, probably the first version of this address (much alteration), also 13 sheets of quotation (in English) from Dumas’ Chevalier d’Harmental and other omitted passages.

(35) Typescript, 3 sheets 4o, carbon copy, a few alterations. Titled ‘Is the Straight Novel doomed?’, with pencil note by AT reading apparently ‘for St. John & Red+ magazine?’

(36) Typescript, 4 sheets 4o top copy and carbon, each copy corrected in ink by AT, ‘A London childhood in the nineties’. The carbon copy has a note by AT: ‘I did this for the BBC but couldn’t stand them & chucked it’.

(37) Typescript, 43 sheets 4o, two copies, top copy and carbon, with ink alterations with pencil legend by AT: ‘Cancelled bits 1959 book’ [apparently Chapter 1 of Love at All Ages]. With one typed sheet headed ‘Notes – Continued’ [apparently comments by the typist on inconsistencies in the plot].

(38) Typescript, carbon copy, 6 1/2 sheets 4o, titled ‘Martin Farquhar Tupper, 18l0-1889’, labeled by AT ‘Lit-Supp. 1938’.

(39) Typescript, 4 sheets 4o, carbon copy with ink alterations, of the article ‘Angela Thirkell writes for you’, The Writer July 1953. With a typed letter to AT from the editor of The Writer, Kenneth Grenville Myer, 23 March 1953, asking her to write the article for a fee of 5 gns.

(40) Typescript, 7 sheets 4o (five being carbon copies), of the article ‘Shakespeare did not dine out’, Cornhill Magazine August 1928.

(41) Typescript, 151 sheets 4o. Two sheets headed ‘Talk on my books’, followed by a list of books from Three Houses to What Did It Mean?, with titles of brief sample extracts from each, followed by a series of typed extracts as follows (not always those in the list, nor from all books listed): High Rising 2 sheets amateur typing, followed by the same extract typed professionally, 4 sheets, two copies

Wild Strawberries 2 sheets

The Demon in the House 2 sheets

August Folly 3 sheets, three copies

Summer Half 1 sheet amateur, 2 sheets professional (three copies)

The Brandons 14 sheets, three copies

Before Lunch 4 sheets, three copies

Cheerfulness Breaks In 7 sheets, two copies

Northbridge Rectory 11 sheets, three copies

Growing Up 6 sheets

The Headmistress 5 sheets

The Old Bank House 4 sheets

(42) Typescript, 16 sheets 4o, top copy with minor alterations, and 9 sheets of another version, an address given to a meeting of West Country Writers. With two typed letters to AT from Waveney Girvan, chairman of The West Country Writers’ Association, 4 and 6 February 1953, asking AT to speak at a meeting of the Association in Salisbury on 18 June 1953, on Trollope, and accepting her agreement to do so (the address, entitled ‘Trollope’ in pencil, is about Trollope and her own work in unequal proportions).

(43) Typescript, 6 sheets 4o, carbon copy with MS additions/alterations, entitled ‘The Vale’.


(1) Limp blue-covered exercise book, ruled, measuring 9 3/8 x 7″, with label on front cover inscribed by AT: ‘Rough drafts of various | short articles | empty pages’. The first 18 leaves only, of 62, are used. The contents are: 6 leaves on Mrs. Gaskell (? for the introduction to Cranford), 1 page a version of a short piece for the Horatian Society (1950), 9 pages an account of a childhood Christmas in Sussex, 3 papers on Trollope, 5 leaves (rectos only) describing the performance of a dramatisation of Edwin Drood (draft version of Dickensian article).

(2) Typescript, 212 sheets 4o, top copy, plus unpaged title page and final leaf, some ink alterations (p. 31 is missing from the number sequence but no text is lacking). novel: ‘Morning, afternoon and night’, published in four consecutive issues of Homes and Gardens, April, May, June, and July 1951. The typescript and the four complete issues of the periodical are in the remains of a folder with typed label, printed headings, ‘from A. M. Heath & Co. Ltd., 91 Repent Street, London W.1. Each installment has one or more illustrations by Koolman; the printed text is not identical with the typescript. The novel was apparently never published in book form.

BOX 10

(1) Angela Thirkell: autograph letters and postcards, 5 August 1899-8 December 1960. (chiefly a series of letters between 9 August 1960 and 8 December 1960 addressed to her son Lance Thirkell from hospital/nursing home, plus one incomplete, and a letter of 22 August 1960 from Lance Thirkell to his mother with an answer written on it by her; also a printed AT HOME card with autograph pencil notes). 36 pieces.

(2) Letters to and from Angela Thirkell: business, 9 June 1959-21 October 1960 (including an autograph letter by Angela Thirkell with a typed version of the same, 14 February 1960, and an undated pencil draft by her of a letter to Australia about the disposal of property). 8 pieces. Correspondents: P.W. Ettelson, E.G. Goldring, B. Marsden-Smedley, E. Stephens.

(3) Letters to Angela Thirkell and Lance Thirkell: publishers: Hamish Hamilton. 21 March 1960- 9 February 1961. With two photocopies of reviews forwarded by Hamish Hamilton (Marling Hall, Miss Bunting). 10 pieces.

(4) Letters to Angela Thirkell: publishers: Oxford University Press. 10 pieces (including invoices: Three Houses, Eric Duthie). 31 October 1949-12 February 1960.

(5) Letters to Angela Thirkell and Lance Thirkell: Margaret Bird, typist (with one letter from Mrs. Bird’s husband Anthony) 21 August 1959-31 January 1961. 15 pieces, plus 4 sheets of typed comments (apparently on the beginning of the last book, The Vicar’s daughter, published posthumously as Three Score and Ten).

(6) Letters &c. to Lance Thirkell during Angela Thirkell’s illness: business. 48 pieces, plus a brochure for Birtley House Nursing Home. Correspondents: B.U.P.A., Dubois & Co., Farrer & Co., Harvey Nichols & Co., St.Thomas’s Hospital, Thames Bank Nursing Home, Times Bookshop.

(7) Letters to Lance Thirkell during Angela Thirkell’s illness: personal. 40 pieces. Correspondents: (surname only) Barker, C., Hitchcock, Joicey, Langley, McInnes, Mcleod, Marshall, Patterson, Williams, Wright.

(8) Letters of condolence to Lance Thirkell upon Angela Thirkell’s death. 109 pieces, A-Z by surname: Agnew, Anderson, Baker, Barker, Beeching, Bell, Blakiston, Bonham Carter, Boorman, Braddell, Braham, Bridgewater, Brierley, Budd, Campbell, Cass, Clarke, Collin, Cooke, Courtenay Mitchell, Cousins, Cox, Davidson, De Mierre, Dennis, Ettelson, Foot, Fox, Gilbert Lodge, Gobel, Green, Haight, Hall, Harris, Hayne, Irvine, Jakes, Jarrett, Karminski, Keith-Murray, Knox, Langley, Lascelles, Leeper, Little, Macdonald, Macinnes, Malcolm, Mander, Marshall, Mason, Maxse, Miles, Milner Gulland, Moore, Morris, Pam, Patterson, Peek, Penney, Phillips, Porter, Postlethwaite, Price, Robinson, Smith, Spicer, Stephens, Swainston, Tarrant, Thirkell, Tweedsmuir, Washbourne, Watson-Gandy, Weekley, Williams, Wright, Zane.

(9) Letters of condolence to Lance Thirkell upon Angela Thirkell’s death. No surname, or surname not readily legible, arranged as far as possible A-Z by Christian name. 86 pieces.

BOX 11

(1) Typescript (top copy and carbon copy) of undated letter from Angela Thirkell to [ ? ] Aylmer, about a Sunday Times article on Dickens and Ellen Tiernan.

(2) Letters to Angela Thirkell and Lance Thirkell: publishers: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Letters business and personal, 1940-1961, 25 pieces. Statements of royalties &c., 1937-1955, 129 sheets. Contract for Enter Sir Robert. Two press cuttings, newspaper advertisements. Two typed drafts of a letter from Angela Thirkell to Messrs. Knopf (top copy and carbon) about the characters named ‘Warbury’ (Cheerfulness Breaks In)

(3) Letters to Angela Thirkell and Lance Thirkell: publishers: Limited Editions Club. 2 pieces.

(4) Letters to Angela Thirkell: personal.

92 pieces, A-Z by surname, then by Christian name. Correspondents: Bagnold, Baldwin, Campbell, Carrington, Casey, Cass, Crivelli, Curtis, Finley, Gilbert-Lodge, Greenwood, Haight, Joicey, Langley, Lascelles, MacAuslan, McKail, Marshall, Mercier, Pam, Phillips, Poole, Prescott, Reeves, Reynolds, Ribsdale, Riley, Robinson, Ropes, Sherwood, Stephens, Tarrant, Tennant, Thompson, Tweedsmuir, Zane; A, Deirdre, Freda, C.L., Linda, Hazel.

(5) Letters to Angela Thirkell &c.: artistic/literary.

39 pieces, A-Z by writer or institution. Correspondents: Carter, Chelsea Society, Douglass, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard, Gawsworth, Hobson, Ledger, National Gallery of Victoria, National Trust, Nebraska University, Stirling, Tate Gallery, Watson, Wilkinson, Wilson, Yale University Library.

(6) Letters to Angela Thirkell: translators.

8 pieces. Correspondents: Andersson, Martineau, Palmeggiani. With a typed letter (or draft not sent), apparently to Mme. Martineau, 31 August 1955, and an autograph letter/draft in ink and pencil to Ture Andersson, 28 December 1955.

(7) Letters to Angela Thirkell: fan mail.

1960-61 (a few earlier), 80 pieces, A-Z by writer. Correspondents: Abbey, Adam, Anderson, Bach, Baird, Baldwin, Berger, Borcherds, Borman, Bradfield, Currey, Danglish, Drake, Eaton, Geisel, Golding, Goold, Hartley, Holloway, Hurst, James, Kepman, Keppel, Kirton, Kunkel, Laird, Lattimer, Llewellyn, Lochhead, Lynne-Jones, McCauley, Markham, Miles, Mongan, Moore, Morinia, Pope, Priest, Risteen, Saltus, Schreibfeder, Sherman, Sidgwick, Smith, Stack, Stafford, Storms, Tippen, True, Waite, Wallace, Webb, Williams.

(8) Miscellaneous papers, newspaper cuttings etc., including 1960 Who’s Who entry, list of those attending the cremation or who sent flowers, inventory of house contents letters and notes by Lance Thirkell: 32 pieces.

(9) A dramatisation of Angela Thirkell’s novel The Brandons, in two acts, the second of three scenes. All action takes place at Stories; the language is Americanised. 61 4 o sheets duplicated from typescript, no list of characters. No author mentioned, but apparently from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, West 133 Street at Convent Avenue, New York 27, New York. (It is in an envelope bearing this address on a label addressed to Mrs. Angela Thirkell, Cosmopolitan Club, 122 East 66 Street, New York City – the envelope is postmarked 7 May 1949 – loosely inserted is a card typed with directions for finding the college).

With an ALS from Agnes M. Levering, 26 May 1948 apparently to Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, seeking permission to make the dramatisation, with covering letter from William A. Koshland of Knopf, forwarding this application to Angela Thirkell.

BOX 12

(1) ‘Mamsell Fredrika’: typescript of article, carbon copy, 42 4o sheets wrongly numbered 1-40 but with two sheets numbered 35, plus an additional sheet 38A). A very few alterations in ink. The word ‘Long’ in pencil appears on the first sheet.

Two copies of the typescript of a shortened version of the same, top copy (blue) and carbon, each 20 4o sheets, headed ‘short’ in pencil. The top copy has the additional note ‘Printed in Fortnightly Review for August 1929′; this copy has annotations in ink and pencil by Angela Thirkell and others. With a typed letter, 2 4o sheets, 4 September 1929, from Carl Benedicks, director of Metallografiska Institutet, Stockholm (headed notepaper) to Mrs. Angela Thirkell, 4 Grace Street, Malvern, Melbourne, Australia, about this article, accompanied by a small pencil sketch by the writer of a statue of Fredrika Bremer in Stockholm.

(2)-(5) The good little girls: a children’s play in three acts... founded on four books by the Comtesse de Segur: Les Mémoires d’un âne, Les Malheurs de Sophie, Les Vacances, and Les Petites Filles Modèles. 25 characters including the donkey.

(2) Original typescript, [v] 102 4 o sheets, a few ink or pencil alterations, stapled in a folder with printed label of A.M. Heath & Co., Ltd., Princes House, Jermyn Street, London S.W.l.

(3, 4) Two other copies, duplicated from retyped typescript, [ii] 73 4o sheets, some pencil alterations, stapled in folders, one folder with label of A. M. Heath (this folder also with printed address label: Mrs. G. L. Thirkell, 1, Shawfield Street, London S.W.3).

(5) Another top copy typescript, [iii]118 4o sheets, no alterations, with carbon copies of the first three pages, contained in an envelope captioned in pencil by Angela Thirkell (signed with monogram), accompanied by letter on headed notepaper of The Hovend Players Limited, Signed Valery [Hovenden] 4 September 1953, referring to a proposed first performance of the play in January 1954.