Correspondence of David Nichol Smith

Scope and Content

Correspondence of David Nichol Smith as general editor of volumes 1-6 of The Percy letters (New Haven & London, 1944-61), consisting of letters from Cleanth Brooks, co-general editor, 1932-49, and letters from editors of individual volumes in the series, 1935-60.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Nichol Smith (1875-1962) was a literary scholar and Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The correspondence was given to the Library in 1962.


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. 41435-8.

Related Material

See also Lectures, Essays and Notes of D. Nichol Smith (MSS. Eng. misc. c. 383-5, d. 539-49, d. 551-5, e. 483-4, e. 551).