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Swingler, Randall and Rickword, Edgell: letters

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL527
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Swingler, Randall and Rickword, Edgell: letters
Date(s): 1938
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 3 items (3 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Swingler | Randall Carline | 1909-1967 | writer
Rickword | John Edgell | 1898-1982 | poet and book reviewer x Rickword | Edgell Moore | Thomas Sturge | 1870-1944 | writer and wood engraver x Sturge Moore | Thomas


Administrative/Biographical history:

Randall Carline Swingler was born at Aldershot, Hampshire in 1909. He was educated at Winchester College and at New College, Oxford. He was a poet, prose author and journalist, as a well as a flautist to professional standard. A member of the Communist Party, he also edited the Left Review and wrote for the Daily Worker.

John Edgell Rickword was born in Colchester in 1898. He was educated at Colchester Grammar School and Pembroke College, Oxford. He became known as a poet and literary journalist in the early 1920s. Commited to left-wing politics, Rickword joined the Communist Party in 1934 and founded the Left Review the same year. In the late 1940s he developed a new career as a bookseller. Rickword left the Communist Party following the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956 but continued to regard himself as a Marxist.


Scope and content/abstract:

(1) Letter from Randall Carline Swingler of the Left Review, 2 Parton Street, London to Thomas Sturge Moore, c1938. Asking him to contribute an article to the Left Review. Sturge Moore's draft reply appears on the reverse. (2) Letter from Randall CarlineSwingler of the Left Review to Thomas Sturge Moore, c1938. Enclosing the final proof [missing] of Sturge Moore's article Fashions in art and literature.The article appeared in the April 1938 issue. (3)Letter from John Edgell Rickword of the Communist Party of Great Britain, Hampstead Branch, 47 South Hill Park to Thomas Sturge Moore, 15 Feb 1938. Asking him to chair a lecture.

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See hard copy catalogue.

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. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. 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.

Archival Information

Archival history:

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inside the April 1938 issue of Left Review.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
July 2008

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