Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Curle mss. III, 1904-1967, consist primarily of letters to author Richard Curle, 1883-1968, from Lady Margaret Alice Lilly (de Windt) Brooke, ranee of Sarawak, 1849-1936; bibliographer Nigel Maxwell; and journalist John Mackinnon Robertson, 1856-1933.

The files are arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Margaret of Sarawak's letters date 1923-1930 and consist primarily of social notes and family news, but also with comments on author William Henry Hudson about whom Curle was preparing a book, and on Joseph Conrad. Nigel Maxwell's correspondence, 1963-1967, concerns the preparation and publication of his "Dictionary of the works of Joseph Conrad" and includes some copies of Curle's letters to him offering advice and corrections. Robertson's letters are generally of a literary or personal nature with frequent comments on Curle's writings and on Conrad and Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev as writers.

Typescript copies of Joseph Conrad's letters to Richard Curle, 1912-1924, complete the collection.

Collection size: 393 items

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

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