Papers relating to J. Redwood Anderson

Scope and Content

This small collection contains various items relating to the poet John Redwood Anderson including correspondence and press cuttings. There is also correspondence from his wife, Gwynneth, and photographs of an exhibition of his works at Hull University Library.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Redwood Anderson was born in Salford in 1883; he was educated on the Continent and later studied for a year at Oxford University. He also studied at the Brussels Conservatoire. He took several teaching positions in different parts of the country before he settled in Hull where he taught at Hymers College from 1916 to 1942. He was the English master for the Junior School. During and after his time in Hull he wrote a considerable amount of poetry. He was a member of the Hull Literary Club, the Hull Literary and Philosophical Society and he also acted as president of the Hull Chamber Music Society.

When he retired from teaching he moved to Wales and then to London in 1953. Over his poetry career he wrote more than 20 books. He left two unfinished books, one which was on philosophy. His last book of poetry, published in 1962, was 'While the Fates Allow'. He also wrote the play 'Babel' which was produced several times. He was known as one of the leading modern English poets.

He died in Sible Hedingham, Essex on 29th March 1964.

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Custodial History

Donated by J Bertram Wood, 87 Carr Lane, Willerby, 1972 [DX80/1-5] and 20 Mar 1973 [DX80/6]

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