Professor Percy Mansell Jones Papers

Scope and Content

This collection consists of drafts in manuscript and typescript of books, articles, reviews and essays. Also includes lecture notes. Material covers a range of French poetry and prose, from the 17th to the 20th century. Among the authors featured are Emile Verhaeren, Baudelaire, Andre Gide, Racine and Rimbaud. Also includes drafts of his autobiographical work, How they educated Jones (1974).

Administrative / Biographical History

Percy Mansell Jones, 1889-1968, Professor of French and Romance Studies at the University College of North Wales (now the University of Wales, Bangor), 1937-1951 and subsequently Professor Emeritus of French at the University of Manchester.

Professor Mansell Jones spent his childhood in Carmarthenshire and was educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Oxford University, Balliol College. He travelled to Paris in 1913 to develop his knowledge of literature and became acquainted with several authors including Ezra Pound, Emile Verhaeren and Andre Gide.

He is the author and editor of many works on French literature including literary theory, history, criticism and an autobiographical work, published posthumously. Works include: Emile Verhaeren, a study in the development of his art and ideas (1926), Racine, by Jean Giraudoux; translated by P. Mansell Jones (1938), The background of modern French poetry, essays and interviews (1951), Baudelaire (1952), The assault on French literature, and other essays, (1963), A book of French verse: Lamartine to Eluard, edited with introduction and notes by P. Mansell Jones and G. Richardson (1964) and How they educated Jones (1974).


Material was received on separate occasions, arranged according to record type in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

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Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, October 2001

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department at the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 20091-20175, 26650-26651

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