Correspondence and literary works relating to Alfred Lord Tennyson and his family

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 19c Tennyson
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      87 letters (1827-1906) in 3 vols, 1 box, and 1 envelope, 1 vol. being a printed book, otherwise manuscript and typescript. The three vols are finely bound in dark green leather with gilt lettering embossed on their spines, the printed one being held in a solander and with brown silk on both fly-leaves and inside covers.

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) Poems, by two brothers, 1st edition, London, 1827, actually poems by the three brothers, Frederick, Charles, and Alfred Tennyson; (2) 'A collection of autograph letters from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Lady Emily Tennyson (his wife), and Hallam, Lord Tennyson (his son) to various correspondents, 1844-1892', concluding with a printed funeral service; (3) 'Tennysoniana. A collection of autograph letters from Alfred Tennyson, together with eight letters from his son Lionel Tennyson to Henry Cameron and other miscellaneous correspondence', with a portrait of Alfred Tennyson taken from a photograph opposite the title-page; (4) Green box containing '3rd copies' of (2) above in typescript and of 40 letters from Hallam, Lord Tennyson to Bram Stoker, dated 1881-1906, also in typescript; (5) Autograph manuscript letter from Alfred Tennyson to Mr Philpott, dated 1 Nov 1869, Hazlemere, a more recent acquisition to the archive, held in an envelope.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-1892) was poet laureate in succession to Wordsworth from 1850. For a full account of his life and work see the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Mainly from the library of Lord Brotherton, but with an additional letter purchased from Quaritch/Phillips on 14 Nov 1991.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

The letters are listed in the Letters database

Related Material

Additional Tennyson letters are located elsewhere in the Brotherton Collection; see the Letters database.

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