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Enid Bagnold Letters to Robin Maugham, 1963-1979, bulk 1979

Summary Information


English author and playwright, Enid Bagnold developed a close personal and professional relationship with fellow English writer Robin Maugham. This collection consists of her letters to him, primarily in the year 1979.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0064
Bib ID 4079854 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bagnold, Enid
Title Enid Bagnold Letters to Robin Maugham, 1963-1979, bulk 1979
Physical Description 0.21 linear feet (0.5 document box)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

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This collection is arranged chronologically. Undated items are placed at the end.



Enid Bagnold's letters to Robin Maugham are primarily personal in nature, though it is evident that Maugham often sent Bagnold copies of his books for which, whether solicited or not, she would share her critique. The letters begin in 1963 with a short, hand-written note on Bagnold's personalized stationery. The letters throughout the 1960s and 1970s, many of which are also hand-written on this stationery, are often congratulatory and consist primarily of discussions of the two's work and travels. Katharine Hepburn is mentioned in one.

Some of the letters in the "undated" folder are fragments. Only one of the letters includes a response from Maugham.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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); Enid Bagnold Letters to Robin Maugham; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

62 letters to Robin Maugham Cataloged HR 04/21/94.

Collection reprocessed and finding aid written by Christina N. Manzella, Pratt SILS 2011, in June 2010

Papers cataloged 10/06.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2010-10-06 xml document instance created by Lea Osborne.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Authors, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maugham, Robin, 1916-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, English -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women dramatists, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Enid Algerine Bagnold was born in October 1889 in Rochester, Kent, England. Both a novelist and a playwright, Bagnold is best remembered for her 1935 book, National Velvet, which was made into the 1944 film of the same title starring Elizabeth Taylor. Her writing career began much earlier, however, when she wrote candidly about serving as a nurse and then as a driver during World War I.

In 1920, Bagnold married Sir Roderick Jones, earning the title Lady Jones yet maintaining her maiden name for her writing career. They resided in the Sir Edward Burne Jones House in Rottingdean, Sussex, England. The couple had four children.

Throughout her long career, Bagnold befriended many in the literary world, some of whom are included in her 1980 publication, Letters to Frank Harris & Other Friends. Another such friend, nephew of writer William Somerset Maugham, Robin Maugham was especially important to her in the final years of her life. Bagnold died in March 1981 at the age of 91.