Literary papers of David Rees

Scope and Content

This collection contains the literary papers of David Rees, c 1975-c 1993. Not all of his works are included, but his most important published novels, essays and stories are all represented here, including Storm Surge, The Exeter Blitz, The milkman's on his way, Letters to Dorothy and his autobiography Not for your hands. Some of the manuscripts were published post-humously. As well as manuscripts and typescripts, reviews collected by Rees following publication are also often available.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Bartlett Rees (1936-1993) was born in Surbiton and educated at King's College School, Wimbledon, and Queen's College, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a BA in 1958 and an MA in 1961. Originally working as a teacher at Wilson's Grammar School, London, and Vyners School, Ickenham, he moved to Exeter to 1968 to take up the position of lecturer at St. Luke's College. He was promoted to senior lecturer in 1973, and then became lecturer in education in 1978 when the college became a part of the University of Exeter. He remained at the University until 1984, when he retired early in order to write full-time. In 1986 he founded the publishing company Third House with fellow writer Peter Robins. He married in 1966 and had two sons.


Retained in the original file arrangement as imposed by the creator of the collection. All files have been re-housed and are now arranged alphabetically by title of work.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.


Biographical information taken from obituary in The Guardian, 27 May 1993.

Other Finding Aids

A rough handlist is available.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 18 April 2005, and encoded into EAD 3 June 2005.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Transferred from St. Luke's Library in 2005. Donated to Luke's c 1993 by the Rees family. Books donated at the same time by Rees were also transferred to Special Collection in 2005.

Related Material

None known to be held elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Copies of Rees' books are held within the Reserve Collection (University of Exeter Library, Special Collections).


It is not known whether this collection has formed the basis for publication.