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Ronald Firbank papers, 1896-1976

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0422
Bib ID 4078757 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Firbank, Ronald, 1886-1926 ; Nevinson, C. R. W (Christopher Richard Wynne), 1889-1946
Title Ronald Firbank papers, 1896-1976
Physical Description 3 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/16_ER-FI_23.pdf

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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 NIGGER, 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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This collection is located on-site.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

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.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

RF letter to Robson Cataloged HR 06/24/92.

Subject Headings

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Book illustration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book jackets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catalogs (auction) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watercolor drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Douglas, Alfred Bruce, 1870-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Firbank, Harriet, Lady Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Firbank, Joseph Thomas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Richards, Grant Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rutherston, Albert, 1881-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Talboys, Rollo Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wellington College Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wiggins, George Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

English novelist, dramatist, and essayist.