Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Curle mss. II, 1922-1928, consist of a series of letters and cards from Countess Mary Annette (Beauchamp) Russell, 1866-1941, novelist, to Richard Curle, 1883-1968, author. A native of Australia who became the wife of Count Henning August von Arnim of Prussia and later married John Francis Stanley Russell, the 2nd earl Russell, she wrote under the pseudonym of Elizabeth, best known for her work, Elizabeth and Her German Garden.

The correspondence is conducted from her home at White Hall Court in London and from her summer residence Chalet Soleil, Randogne sur Sierre in Switzerland. The contents center around invitations to tea, gifts of Conrad books from Curle, philosophic observations on life and death, and occasional comments on relatives and acquaintances among whom were Joseph Conrad and Katherine Mansfield.

Collection size: 55 items

Related manuscripts: Curle mss., Curle mss. III, Curle mss. IV

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