Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Davray mss., 1896-1936, consist primarily of letters from British author Sir Edmund William Gosse, 1849-1928, to the French writer and translator, Henry Durand Davray, 1873-1944, as well as a few from Gosse's wife and children. Topics covered in the letters provide a panorama of Anglo/French literature as Gosse comments on Gide, Proust, Henry James, Hardy, Kipling, and many others. Davray translated Gosse's Father and Son, as well as some of his articles, so that several of the letters discuss questions of translation, while a handful between 1914 and 1917 describe war happenings.

In addition to the Gosses, other correspondents present in the collection include Arnold Bennett, William Henry Davies, William Heinemann, and Herbert George Wells. There is also a photocopy of a fragment of a speech Gosse gave in France in 1904, and two brief, undated manuscripts in Gosse's hand that are possibly summaries of lectures or addresses delivered by Gosse about the relationship and interaction of French and English literature.

Purchase. M. Sabbagh. Paris, France. 1997

Collection size: 333 items

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