Papers of Hubert Nicholson

Scope and Content

This small collection includes poetry typescripts, newscuttings and letters from Hubert Nicholson to Barbara Elsdale. There are also three typescript poems by Beverley Wills.

Administrative / Biographical History

The journalist, poet and novelist Hubert Nicholson was born in Hull (23rd Jan 1908) and worked on several provincial newspapers, including the Hull-based Eastern Morning News, before moving to London to work in Fleet Street. He joined Reuters after the war as a senior sub-editor, retiring in 1968. His first collection of poems to appear in print was Date (1935) and he continued to write poetry until late in life, publishing his Selected poems 1930-1980 in 1981. He also began writing novels in the 1930s, beginning with Face your lover (1935). His last novel, Late light, appeared in 1987. He founded the Epsom Poetry Group in 1950 and was literary executor to the poet ASJ Tessimond (there are no papers relating to Tessimond amongst these papers). His autobiography of life in artistic and literary circles in London in the 1920s and 1930s, Half my days and nights (1941), was reprinted in 1983 to favourable reviews. His literary output included over 30 books, including poetry, novels, criticism and plays. He died on 11 Jan 1996 aged 87.

Conditions Governing Access

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Purchased from Dominic Winter Book Auctions, The Old School, Maxwell Street, Swindon, 30 January 2002

Related Material

Other papers of Hubert Nicholson are at U DNI [uncatalogued]