Papers of J.B. Leishman

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. poet. c. 57, d. 164-85
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Scope and Content

Papers of J.B. Leishman, consisting of:  

  • Translations from the poems of R.M. Rilke
  • Translations from the poems of Friedrich Hlderlin
  • Miscellaneous papers, including notes for and fair copy of the introduction to Translating Horace (Oxford, 1956); material for the Penguin edition of Rilke, Selected poems (London, 1964); and fair copy of an article on Rilke for Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Blair Leishman (1902-1963) was a scholar. He was University Lecturer in English Literature, Oxford, from 1946. His publications included translations from the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1825-1926). Details are given in Who Was Who.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by Leishman's literary executors in 1964.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 46347-69.