Papers of E.R. Eddison

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. b. 105, c. 456-7, c. 469, d. 654-6, e. 598-9; Eng. lett. c. 230-2
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Scope and Content

Papers of E.R. Eddison, including:  

  • Letters, 1922-45, concerning The worm Ouroboros, published 1922, and A fish dinner in Memison, published 1941
  • Correspondence and agreements with Jonathan Cape, 1921-41, concerning the publication of The worm Ouroboros (1922) and Styrbiorn the Strong (1926)
  • Correspondence with English and American publishers, 1940-5, concerning A fish dinner in Memison, published by E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., New York, May 1941
  • Letters from friends, with some draft replies, 1939-45
  • Literary papers, including papers relating to 'The saga of Vemund Kgur Fjorleif's son', The Mezentian Gate, Egil's saga, and stories written by Eddison as a young man, ca. 1900-45
  • Drawings by Eddison, some of which were used in his published works, 1892-1958
  • Notebook containing words and phrases from 16th-and 17th-century authors, collected while writing The Mezentian Gate, 1941
  • Albums containing newspaper cuttings of reviews, 1922-41, including reviews of The worm Ouroboros, 1922

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Rcker Eddison (1882-1945) was an author. Details are given in Who Was Who.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1968.


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. 42941-52.

Related Material

The manuscripts of Eddison's published works are in Leeds Public Library.