Orton, James

Scope and Content

Manuscript copy of 'Reuben Manasseh. A tragedy', in five acts (and in verse), by 'Alastor', dated December 1843. A letter concerning the identity of the author has been inserted in the volume, which asserts that he may have been James Orton, who published books under that pseudonym.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Orton was a poet who often published under the name of 'Alastor'. His published works include The enthusiast; or, the straying angel (London, 1852), Excelsior; or, the realms of poesy (London, 1851), and The three palaces and other poems (London, 1859). It appears that 'Reuben Manasseh' was never published.


Single item.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Bought from Weymouth Bookshop in 1955.

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Collection level description.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript octavo. Bound in calf.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.