Claude Houghton: Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

MS.Add.7994: Letters to Miss Marie Overton, Cambridge

Letters, 1949-1960, accompanied by songs, short stories, notes and reviews of Houghton's work, 2 boxes.

MS.Add.7995: 'And the glory'

The typescript of a novel, with manuscript annotations, 1 volume, 245 pages. At the front is a note by Houghton describing the work as his third novel, written 11 June 1926 - 28 April 1927.

MS.Add.7996: 'All change humanity'

The manuscript of a heavily-annotated novel written 1939-1941, 509 pages, accompanied by thirty-three pages of notes. The document is dated at the end Bath, 18 April 1941.

MS.Add.7997: Bibliography of published works

'The first printings of the works of Claude Houghton, 1917-1953, with some notes on later editions', a typescript checklist of first editions, 1954. The document was sent to Houghton by Roger Boutell of Santa Barbara, California, who is probably the author.

Administrative / Biographical History

Claude Houghton (Oldfield) (1889-1961), author, was born at Sevenoaks, Kent, and educated at Dulwich College, London. His works include the novels Neighbours (1926), I am Jonathan Scrivener (1930) and Julian Grant loses his way (1933), and the short story collection Three fantastic tales (1934). He also wrote poetry, including The phantom host (1917) and The tavern of dreams (1919); the plays Judas (1922) and In the house of the high priest (1923); and a volume of essays, The kingdoms of the spirit (1924). Houghton was a member of the Savage Club. He died on 10 February 1961.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor L. Lewitter, 1975.

Other Finding Aids

None.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Claude Houghton in Who was who, vol. VI, 1961-1970 (London, 1979), p. 853.