Swinburne, Algernon Charles

Scope and Content

A holograph manuscript, 1890, of an article entitled Robert Davenport , written by Algernon Charles Swinburne.

Administrative / Biographical History

Algernon Charles Swinburne was born in Grosvenor Place, London on 5 April 1837. Swinburne attended Eton in 1849 before entering Balliol College, Oxford in 1856. He left Oxford without graduating in 1860. He contributed to periodicals including the Spectator and Fortnightly Review . The first poem to be published under his name was Atalanta in Calydon (1865), which was received with critical acclaim. He also wrote the political work Songs before Sunrise and continued to write until a few years before his death. He died of influenza on 10 April 1909.

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Other Finding Aids

University of London Library, The Sterling library: a catalogue of the printed books and literary manuscripts collected by Sir Louis Sterling and presented by him to the University of London , Cambridge, (1954).

Archivist's Note

Separated Material

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library, University of Texas at Austin, holds correspondence and papers including literary manuscripts, 1858-1909 (Ref: NUC MS 71-1912), and correspondence with Robert Browning (Ref: NUC MS 71-1899); Eton College Library, Windsor, has literary papers; the British Library, London, contains autograph manuscripts of poems, [1890] (Ref: Add MS 71870), letters and papers, 1872-1907 (Ref: Add MS 70628), letters to Karl Blind, 1865-1905 (Ref: Add MSS 40125-26), letters to Charles Augustus Howell, 1866-1877 (Ref: Ashley MS 5081), letters to Joseph Knight, 1865-1883 (Ref: Add MSS 62697), letters to William Morris, 1875-1896 (Ref: Add MS 45345), letters from John Nichol, 1868-1881 (Ref: Ashley 5752, A295, A1941), correspondence with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1864-1870 (Ref: Ashley MSS 4995, 5074), literary manuscripts, [1849-1860] (Ref: Add MSS 40887-88), literary MSS, 1860-1879 (Ref: Add MSS 60384, 60391 T-V, 60398, 60576), and a manuscript entitled 'Note of an early English republican on the Muscovite crusade' (Ref: Deposit 9402); Balliol College Library, Oxford University, holds letters to T Spencer Baynes, 1875-1886, and literary manuscripts (Ref: MSS 415-417); Worcester College Library, Oxford University has literary manuscripts (Ref: MS 243); Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, contains letters to Edward Burne Jones, and literary manuscripts, 1864-1886; Brotherton Library, Leeds University, holds letters to Sir Edmund Gosse, 1867-1907, and letters from Michael William Rossetti, 1866-1909; Edinburgh University Library has correspondence with James Halliwell-Phillipps, 1876-1882 (Ref: LOA); Trinity College Library, Cambridge University, contains letters to Lord Houghton, 1861-1882; the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, holds correspondence with John Nichol, 1876-1880 (Ref: 891023); Rutgers University Libraries, New Brinswick, New Jersey, USA, has letters mainly to William Michael Rossetti, and literary manuscripts, 1862-1908; the Robinson Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, contains letters to Lady Trevelyan (Ref: WCT); Syracuse University Libraries, New York, holds correspondence and correspondence relating to Swinburne, 1848-1908 (Ref: NUC MS 68-1758); Houghton Library, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, holds correspondence and literary manuscripts, [1864-1890] (Ref: NUC MS 81-642), and letters and literary manuscripts, 1866-1898; the Huntington Library, California, USA, has letters and literary manuscripts, 1866-1902; the William R Perkins University, Duke University, North Carolina, USA, contains letters and literary manuscripts, 1866-1907; Boston Public Library, Massachusetts, USA, has letters and literary manuscripts; Beinecke Library, Yale University, Conneticut, holds letters and literary manuscripts; the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, holds manuscripts of In memory of Aurelio Saffi and Hesperia (Ref: MSS 9923-24);Stanford University Library, California, contains literary papers; and the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, holds correspondence and literary manuscripts.

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