Davison Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of Peter Davison, [1978-2000] relating to 'The Complete Works of George Orwell', including Davison's notebooks and notes; letters relating to errors in 'The Complete Works'; letters to publishers; biographical material relating to Orwell; drafts of 'The Complete Works' and photocopies of Orwell's correspondence, diaries, book reviews and works from the BBC - many annotated by Davison.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Davison was editor of 'The Complete Works of George Orwell' and Professor and Senior Research Fellow in English and Media, De Montfort University, Leicester. Davison was originally commissioned in 1981 to produce corrected versions of Orwell's nine separate books. He also edited the Facsimile of the Manuscript of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and was commissioned in 1982 to produce a collected edition of Orwell's shorter writing which developed into the production of 'The Complete Works'. He was President of the Bibliographical Society, 1992-1994, whose journal, 'The Library', he edited for 12 years. He was also a Shakespeare expert on whose plays he published a number of works.


'The Complete Works of George Orwell' editor

'Songs of the British Music Hall: A Critical Study'

'Popular Appeal in English Drama to 1850'

'Contemporary Drama and the Popular Dramatic Tradition'

'Hamlet: Text and Performance'

'Henry V: Masterguide'

'Othello: The Critical Debate'

'George Orwell: A Literary Life.


Original order.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Peter Davison, 2004.

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