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Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, art work, and printed material of and concerning Ronald Firbank. Included are nine letters from poet Alfred Douglas, seven from artist Albert Rutherston, four from Rollo Talboys, then schoolmaster at Wellington College, and forty-two letters from Firbank himself to his publisher Grant Richards and his manager George Wiggins. There are four letters from his mother, Lady Harriet, to the publisher and one letter from his father, Joseph Thomas Firbank, while serving in the House of Commons, 1897. Manuscripts include drafts and notebooks for his works: THE ARTIFICIAL PRINCESS, A DISCIPLINE FROM THE COUNTRY, THE RYTHUM, PRANCING N***, THE PRINCESS ZOUBAROFF, TRUE LOVE, and VAINGLORY. There is an inscribed photograph of Firbank from 1904; a pen-and-ink drawing by C.R.W. Nevinson used as a book illustration; and Albert Rutherston's watercolor drawing for the dust jacket of Firbank's novel, INCLINATIONS (London, 1916). There are also cataloged correspondence and manuscripts collected collected by Ifan Kyrle Fletcher for his book, RONALD FIRBANK; A MEMOIR.. (London, 1930).
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ronald Firbank papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Related Archival Materials
Five notebooks for Firbank's THE FLOWER BENEATH THE FOOT in the Ms Coll\Samuels, JH.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--202068. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1971. Accession number--M-71.
RF letter to Robson: Source of acquisition--293. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--06/03/92. Accession number--M-92-06-03.
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Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.
RF letter to Robson Cataloged HR 06/24/92.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
English novelist, dramatist, and essayist.