Robert Sherard: Letters to Douglas Gray

Scope and Content

Around seventy items of correspondence and related papers concerning the life and works of Oscar Wilde and Robert Sherard's Wildean publications. The principal part of the collection comprises letters to Douglas Gray, Subiaco, Western Australia, from Robert Sherard, and later his wife Muriel, including a few of Sherard's personal letters to Gray, some of which concern Australia. The related material is comprised principally of newscuttings, but there are also theatre programmes, telegrams, and typed copies of letters to Sherard from distinguished individuals. The papers also include Ian Laurenson's 'Letters to Australia from R.H. Sherard and some Wildean echoes', from Margin, no. 4 (Monash University, April 1980), 23 pages, which includes a description of this collection, then in Laurenson's possession.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Harborough Sherard (1861-1943), author, was born in London on 3 December 1861, and attended Queen Elizabeth College, Guernsey; New College, Oxford; and Bonn University. He was special correspondent for English, American and Australian newspapers and reviews in various parts of the world from 1884. Sherard married Alice Muriel Fiddian in 1928, and founded the Vindex Publishing Company, Calvi, in 1933. He was the author of works on Oscar Wilde. He died on 30 January 1943.

Douglas William Gray was a Perth journalist who disseminated Sherard's ideas in the West Australian and other publications.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Ian Laurenson, Department of English, Monash University, Victoria, Australia, 1980.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Robert Sherard in Who was who, vol. IV, 1941-1950 (London, 1980), pp. 1050.

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