Papers of Thomas Woolner

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. d. 684, e. 648; Eng. lett. d. 292-3; Eng. poet. e. 124-6
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Scope and Content

Papers of Thomas Woolner and of his wife and daughter, consisting of:  

  • Letters to Woolner, 1851-92
  • Manuscript of 'Pygmalion' by Woolner, published, London, 1881
  • Manuscript of 'Silenus' by Woolner, published, London, 1884
  • Manuscript of 'Nelly Dale' by Woolner, with corrected page proofs of 'Children', both published, London, 1887
  • Notebook containing a story 'The sermon', in Woolner's hand, n.d.
  • Miscellaneous letters and papers, 1817-1915, including letters to Mrs Woolner and Miss Amy Woolner, 1893-1915

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Woolner (1825-1892) was a sculptor and poet. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1970.


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. 45476-82.