Herbert G. Wright Papers

Scope and Content

Material comprises drafts, transcripts and offprints of articles, research notes and correspondence.

  • Letters: Addressed to Professor H.G. Wright, from former students of his (Robert Hamilton, P.F. Swinnerton and D.W. Turberville) serving abroad in the armed forces, 1941-44.
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne:Transcript by H.G. Wright, of a pamphlet by Algernon Charles Swinburne entitled The Saviour of Society: Two Sonnets and a Controversy, (1909).
  • Thomas Love Peacock and Wales:Drafts of the introduction to a projected edition by H.G. Wright of The Misfortunes of Elphin, and a group of papers (notes, correspondence etc.), the result of research into Peacock's connections with Wales by G.J. Williams of Coed Menai, Bangor.
  • Shelley in Wales: Material collected by G.J. Williams of Coed Menai, Bangor, for a study of Shelley's connections with North Wales.
  • An Anglo-Welsh Anthology:Typescript with handwritten notes of a work intended for publication.
  • English writers and Wales (1770-1900):Drafts of a series of articles, with a general introduction, on various writers, including, Michael Faraday, Arthur Hugh Clough, Reginald Heber, Anna Seward, Wordsworth, Tennyson and Coleridge.
  • Cowper's translations from Madame Guyon: Incomplete drafts of an article.
  • The vagabond theme in literature:Draft of an article or lecture.
  • Robert Potter:Material collected for a study of the writings of Robert Potter (1721-1804), poet and politician.
  • The sense of historical continuity in English literature:Draft of an unpublished book. Contains studies of Scott, Housman, Masefield, Drinkwater, Kipling, Belloc, Doughty, Edward Thomas and Hudson.
  • Some great book-collectors:Draft of an article.
  • Mandeville's Travels:Draft of an article.
  • The Emperor Otho, by Sir Henry Herbert, edited by Herbert G. Wright:Typescript.
  • Bibliographical list of articles, by H.G. Wright, not including those on Anglo-Welsh relations.
  • Offprints of articles by H.G. Wright which appeared in the Review of English Studies, and The Modern Language Review, 1927-1959.
  • Copies of The Welsh Outlook, 1922-1931, containing articles by H.G. Wright on Anglo-Welsh relations.
  • Photocopy of a British Museum Manuscript 29494 used by H.G. Wright in preparing the text of A Seventeenth-century modernisation of the first three books of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, 1960.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert G. Wright (1888-1962) was Professor of English at the University College of North Wales, 1919-1954. He was a scholar of distinction and wide-ranging interests, not least of which, as these papers show, was Anglo-Welsh literary relations, on which he wrote a large number of articles in the 1920's and 1930's.


Material was received on separate occasions and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

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Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, February 2002. Amended by Elen Wyn Simpson, March 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 14829, 15447, 15536, 17710-17729

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  • Review of English Studies
  • The Modern Language Review
  • The Welsh Outlook
  • Shelley in Wales
  • A Seventeenth-century modernisation of the first three books of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde