Papers of Charles Hubert Sisson

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 70 notebooks containing poems, notes on literature, translations and thoughts on Classical authors. There are also 22 draft manuscripts of Sisson's published and unpublished works, including English Poetry 1900-1950, One Man's India and translations of Dante, Virgil and the Song of Roland.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Hubert Sisson was born on 22 April 1914. He married Nora Gilbertson in 1937, and has two daughters. He was educated at the University of Bristol, graduating in 1934 with a BA. During the Second World War, he served in the army, primarily in India from 1942-1945. He received an honorary DLitt. from Bristol University in 1980. He served in the Department of Employment and the Ministry of Labour, where he became Director of Establishments. A writer of poetry, prose and translation, his published works include English Poetry 1900-1950 (1971), In The Trojan Ditch (1974), and Some Tales of La Fontaine (translation, 1979). He has translated the poems of La Fontaine, Catullus, Virgil, Racine, Dante and Horace.


This collection is arranged into notebooks and drafts.

Conditions Governing Access

Permission to use these papers must be sought from the author through Special Collections

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Charles Hubert Sisson


This description was compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in University of Bristol Special Collections

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be obtained from University of Bristol Special Collections


Further correspondence to be deposited.

Additional Information

See DM 1396 - colour photograph of Sisson receiving his honorary degree from the University of Bristol in 1980.