Penguin Collection: Betty Radice Papers

Scope and Content

The papers contain biographical and personal material, as well as materials on translated works, including the works of Erasmus of Rotterdam, Pliny and Peter Abelard. There is also material pertaining to the Penguin Classics range and correspondence with translators and scholars involved with projects pertaining to that range.

Administrative / Biographical History

Betty Radice was born Betty Dawson at Hessle, East Yorkshire, on 3 January, 1912. She was educated at Newland High School, Hull, and St. Hilda's College, Oxford. In 1931, she was awarded an Open Classical Scholarship at St. Hilda's College. In 1935, she married I. de Lisle Radice, with whom she had three sons and one daughter. From 1935-1940 she taught Classics on the staff of the Westminster Tutors and worked on a voluntary basis for the League of Penal Reform publications department. Between 1940 and 1955 she tutored privately for University entrance and scholarships between family commitments. She also worked on Homeric Archaeology and studied at the Institute of Classical Studies. She was appointed as Senior Classics Mistress at Channing School, Highgate, in 1958, and was also made a member of the London Classical Society. In 1959 she began work on a translation of Pliny's Letters for Penguin Books, and rose to become Editor of the Penguin Classics series, gaining renown as an author and translator in her own right. She died in 1985.

Arrangement

The papers contain biographical and personal material, as well as materials on translated works, including the works of Erasmus of Rotterdam, Pliny and Peter Abelard. There is also material relating to the Penguin Classics series, including correspondence with translators and scholars.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all bona fide readers with written permission from Penguin Books, Ltd.

Acquisition Information

These papers were given to the University of Bristol by the estate of Betty Radice.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to copy material must be obtained from University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.