Letter from Norman Ault to Francis Needham, and copy of Ault's article 'Pope and the Miscellanies with a new poem by his hand', 1934

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Letter from Norman Ault, 255 Cowley Road, Oxford, to 'Needham', 19 Dec. 1934; thanks him for the 'Miscellany No. 2' and congratulates him on it; comments on Professors appropriating the results of other people's research without acknowledgement; mentions especially the editors of the new 'Oxford Book of 17th Century Verse' who have 'trodden in my footsteps so closely as to gall my kibes'; encloses offprint of his investigations into Pope's unknown early verse, to be published in full as 'Pope's Own Miscellany'; enquires as to whether Welbeck has a copy of the original miscellany, 'Poems on Several Occasions', published 1717. (MS 815/1);

Offprint of Norman Ault's article, 'Pope and the Miscellanies: with a new poem by his hand', reprinted from The Nineteenth Century and After, Vol. CXVI, November 1934, 566-580. (MS 815/2).

Administrative / Biographical History

Norman Ault (1880-1950) was a writer and book illustrator. He wrote children's literature with his wife Lena Ault, and anthologies of lyrics and poetry. His book, 'Pope's Own Miscellany', was published in 1935, and 'The Prose Works of Alexander Pope: The Earlier Works, 1711-1720', was published in 1936.

Francis Needham (1900-1971) was librarian to the 6th Duke of Portland at Welbeck Abbey, and corresponded with a number of scholars researching literary manuscripts.


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Custodial History

The items were acquired by Manuscripts and Special Collections in October 2007.

Related Material

Further letters from Norman Ault to F.R.D. Needham, 1931-1947, are held at Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (reference: MS Eng lett c 483)

One other letter from Ault to Needham is held by Manuscripts and Special Collections (reference: Pw V 1634 (Pw V 352/1))