Lorna Sage Archive

Scope and Content

The papers cover Lorna's writings, the bulk of which centres on her review writing: The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, edited by Lorna in 1999; and Good as Her Word, a selection of Lorna's writings published posthumously.

Copious ms notes, criticism and coursework layouts can be found in the Teaching and Coursework series (LS/TC). Correspondence with students and supervisees (LS/EX) shows Lorna's roles as lecturer and Dean of EAS.

Also included are papers concerning an earlier proposal to set up an archive (LS/LSA); general correspondence; and papers relating to Angela Carter, Doris Lessing, Christina Stead, Christine Brooke-Rose and other writers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lorna Sage (1943-2001) was born in Hanmer, Wales and graduated with a first in English from Durham University. She was Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia from 1994 and was twice appointed Dean of the School of English and American Studies (EAS), 1985-1988 and 1993-1996. Lorna was a literary journalist and critic and wrote extensively for the London Review of Books, The Observer and the Times Literary Supplement. However she became best known for her autobiographical memoir Bad Blood (2000), winner of the Whitbread Biographical Award.


Contains 10 series:

  • LS/AC Angela Carter
  • LS/CG Cambridge Guide
  • LS/DL Doris Lessing
  • LS/EAS School of English and American Studies
  • LS/EX Examination and Supervision
  • LS/GEN General
  • LS/LSA Lorna Sage Archive
  • LS/PER Personal
  • LS/PUB Writing, Manuscripts, Publications
  • LS/TC Teaching and Coursework

Conditions Governing Access

Other than where a specific access restriction is noted, the collection is open for consultation in the Archives Department during its advertised opening hours.

Acquisition Information

Most of this archive had been stored, since Lorna's death, in the School of English and American Studies (EAS) at UEA. The entire collection, along with papers and published review writings, held by her daughter Sharon, were gifted to the UEA in May 2009, and transferred to the Library Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Mixed media. Mostly ms, some computer discs, a couple of dvds, cds, and audio cassettes.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions can be supplied in hard copy or digital format subject to physical condition and the terms of deposit. A charge is made for this service. Copyright restrictions may apply and the advice of the Archives department should be sought for any use of reproductions other than personal research.

Custodial History

The papers were collected by Lorna during her teaching and writing career. Some publications were published posthumously and the related papers and reviews were collected by her daughter Sharon Tolaini-Sage.