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Bayley, John (1925-2015): Correspondence between John Bayley and Michael Howard

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2108 KUAS84
Held at: Kingston University
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Full title: Bayley, John (1925-2015): Correspondence between John Bayley and Michael Howard
Date(s): 1948-2008
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 files
Name of creator(s): Bayley | John | 1925-2015 | literary critic and writer
Howard | Michael | fl. 1939- | army officer


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Bayley was an author and literary critic who was a professor at Oxford for many years. He married the author Iris Murdoch in 1956, and stayed with her until her death in 1999. He published a trilogy of books on his life with Murdoch, particularly on caring for her through her Alzheimer's. After Murdoch's death he married Audi Villiers.

Michael Howard was an army officer during the Second World War. He met John Bayley during this time and continued a friendship and correspondence with him afterwards.


Scope and content/abstract:

25 letters from John Bayley to Michael Howard, spanning from 1948 to 2008. With transcripts and accompanying documents, including letters sent by Michael Howard to John Bayley 1999-2008.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order. Letters are arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Letters are available to view in the Archives and Special Collections by appointment. Please email at least 24 hours before your visit at

Conditions governing reproduction:

Original letters can not be copied at this time. Any requests for copying from other material in the collection should be sent to the Archive.

Finding aids:

Letters are not yet catalogued. Once catalogued, the listings will appear on our online catalogue at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Michael Howard.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
30 Jun 2015

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