Margiad Evans Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Literary and personal papers, 1854, [c. 1932]-1960, of the novelist, poet and artist Margiad Evans comprising mainly manuscript and typescript drafts of both published and unpublished works and including a draft of her second novel The Wooden Doctor (Oxford, 1933), also manuscript and typescript drafts in preparation for her first published volume of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (London, 1947), manuscript essays, and typescript radio scripts by or based on Margiad Evans's work; together with journals for 1933-1934 and 1935-1939, which include mainly literary and personal notes; and miscellaneous papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Margiad Evans (1909-1958), born Peggy Eileen Whistler (later Williams), was a novelist, poet and artist, from Uxbridge, London. She moved to Bridstow, near Ross-on-Wye in 1920, where she lived until 1936. In 1940 she married Michael Williams and moved to Llangarron, staying there for eight years. She then moved to Gloucestershire and later to Sussex. Her first novel, published in 1932, was Country Dance, she then had three further novels published, The Wooden Doctor (1932), Turf or Stone (1934) and Creed (1936). She also published two autobiographical works, Autobiography (1943) and A Ray of Darkness (1952); a collection of short stories The Old and the Young (1948); and two volumes of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (1947) and A Candle Ahead (1956). She died in 1958.

Novelist, poet and artist Margiad Evans (1909-1958) was born Peggy Eileen Arabella Whistler in Uxbridge, London, but moved to Bridstow near Ross-on-Wye in 1920. In 1940 she married Michael Williams and moved to Llangarron. Her first novel, Country Dance, was published in 1932, followed by three further novels, The Wooden Doctor (1933), Turf or Stone (1934) and Creed (1936). Margiad Evans also published two autobiographical works, Autobiography (1943) and A Ray of Darkness (1952), a collection of short stories entitled The Old and the Young (1948), and two volumes of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (1947) and A Candle Ahead (1956).

Arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23357-23374, 23577C.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

NLW MSS 23357-23374: Mr Michael Williams, widower of Margiad Evans; Upper Hartfield, Sussex; Donation; 1995
NLW MS 23577C: Mr Michael Williams, widower of Margiad Evans; Upper Hartfield, Sussex; Donation; 1997

Note

Margiad Evans (1909-1958), born Peggy Eileen Whistler (later Williams), was a novelist, poet and artist, from Uxbridge, London. She moved to Bridstow, near Ross-on-Wye in 1920, where she lived until 1936. In 1940 she married Michael Williams and moved to Llangarron, staying there for eight years. She then moved to Gloucestershire and later to Sussex. Her first novel, published in 1932, was Country Dance, she then had three further novels published, The Wooden Doctor (1932), Turf or Stone (1934) and Creed (1936). She also published two autobiographical works, Autobiography (1943) and A Ray of Darkness (1952); a collection of short stories The Old and the Young (1948); and two volumes of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (1947) and A Candle Ahead (1956). She died in 1958.

Novelist, poet and artist Margiad Evans (1909-1958) was born Peggy Eileen Arabella Whistler in Uxbridge, London, but moved to Bridstow near Ross-on-Wye in 1920. In 1940 she married Michael Williams and moved to Llangarron. Her first novel, Country Dance, was published in 1932, followed by three further novels, The Wooden Doctor (1933), Turf or Stone (1934) and Creed (1936). Margiad Evans also published two autobiographical works, Autobiography (1943) and A Ray of Darkness (1952), a collection of short stories entitled The Old and the Young (1948), and two volumes of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (1947) and A Candle Ahead (1956).

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003); Archives Network Wales online (viewed 7 April 2009).

Title based on contents.

Other Finding Aids

The contents of NLW MSS 23357-23374, 23577C are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).

Archivist's Note

April 2009.

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of Margiad Evans copyright can be found at http://tyler.hrc.utexas.edu/ (viewed August 2012).

Related Material

Proofs and press cuttings included with the donation are NLW ex 1672. For a group of related papers donated in 1982 see NLW, Margiad Evans Papers, listed in the NLW typescript volume Minor Lists and Summaries 1983, pp. 12-15. A photocopy of Margiad Evans's diary for 1947 (the original not included in this collection) is NLW Facs 870. Other papers are NLW ex 2790.

Additional Information

Published

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