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Swinburne, Algernon Charles: letter

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL 137
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Swinburne, Algernon Charles: letter
Date(s): [1869]
Level of description: collection
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Swinburne | Algernon Charles | 1837-1909 | poet


Administrative/Biographical history:

Algernon Charles Swinburne was born in Grosvenor Place, London on 5 April 1837. Swinburne attended Eton in 1849 before entering Balliol College, Oxford in 1856. He left Oxford without graduating in 1860. He contributed to periodicals including the Spectator and Fortnightly Review. The first poem to be published under his name was Atalanta in Calydon (1865), which was received with critical acclaim. He also wrote the political work Songs before Sunrise and continued to write until a few years before his death. He died of influenza on 10 April 1909.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Algernon Charles Swinburne, [1869], comprise To "Sorella Cara" [?one of Swinburne's sisters]. '... my attempt at a translation of the great words "ai Giovanni" is as nearly complete as you expected it to be by this time if I did undertake it.' 'Have you seen the truly chivalrous and bortherly defence of Byron by Martin Tupper? Read and rejoice. There is a communion of spirits between the great, in life or death.' The remainder of the letter comprises 'genealogical information'.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

1 item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April 2008

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